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Poetry Without Paper 2023 – Celebrate Gloucester’s 400th!


Please submit entries using the form at the bottom of this page.


Questions? Please contact Christy Rosso at Sawyer Free Library:, or call 978-325-5551 or 5505

Poetry Resources for Students and Teachers

Amanda Gorman. National Youth Poet Laureate.

Favorite Poem Project. Resources for Educators page includes Elementary, Middle, and High School lesson plans.

Kwame Alexander. Poet, author, educator, and publisher.

Poetry Foundation: Children. Poems and videos chosen to help children learn about poetry. 

Poetry Foundation: Teens. Poems, podcasts, and author studies for teen poets. The funny poetry playground of children’s author Kenn Nesbitt, former Children’s Poet Laureate (2013-15). Lots of funny poems for kids, classic children’s poems, games, poetry lessons and activities, plus a rhyming dictionary, videos, and more. Poems for Kids. Popular poems for children and great poems for children by theme. Poems for Teens. Poems, essays, recommended reading lists, must-have anthologies, interviews, and advice for teen poets. Poetry-writing lesson plans and activities for teachers of students in grades K-12. This website partners with the International Literacy Association and the National Council of Teachers of English. 

Shel Silverstein Animations. Animated videos of Shel Silverstein’s well-loved poems. 

Shel Silverstein Poetry Lessons and Activities. Poetry lessons, National Poetry Month activities, and more.

Award-Winning Poems from Previous Years

Poetry without Paper 2022

Poetry without Paper 2021

Poetry without Paper 2020

Poetry without Paper 2019

Poetry without Paper 2018

Poetry without Paper 2017

Poetry without Paper 2016

Poetry without Paper 2015

Video Resources

Here is a great example from a contestant who chose to set her poem to video. “1, 2, 3” by Chandra Lavery:



Submission Form:
Parent/Guardian email strongly preferred as follow up email responses cannot get through student email accounts.
Please check here acknowledging that you agree to having your child's winning poetry published on the Sawyer Free Library website. March 1, 2023

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