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Project Poet hits “Winter Formal” round Oct. 15

October 8, 2013
By cnp
Posted in Student Events

After last week, eight poets will advance to the Project Poet semifinals, which will take place Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 9:30 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre, located in the Walton Fine Arts Center.

Last week, contestants had to write an ekphrastic poem, where the subject is a painting, a sculpture, or other work of art.  The works of art chosen for this challenge were seven iconic photographic images from the 20th Century. 

Jenn Scott, a junior from Tahlequah, Okla., won the Oct. 1 competition and her spot in the semifinal round, the infamous "Winter Formal" challenge.

The "Winter Formal" round is a Project Poet tradition and widely considered to be the most difficult of all the challenges. For their next competition, the contestants must write three poems, all with strict forms: a haiku, a limerick, and a Shakespearean sonnet. Because of the demanding nature of the challenge, the contestants are given an extra week to prepare.

Accompanying Scott into the semifinal "Winter Formal" round are Chelsey Becker, Cole Clementson, Sandra Davis, Emily Gorham, Alisha Nystrom, David Pluebell, and Utah Robertson.

To read Scott’s winning poem from last week and for more information about the next round, visit

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Students Fernando Valenzuela and Fernando Salazar, the singing duo known as The Fernandos, entertain a recent Project Poet audience in the Black Box Theatre.