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Star Poets Project


Star Poets 2011 Journal (Printable Document)

Welcome to Star Poets, a project of Windward Community College, the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities, and the Hawai‘i Writing Project, with additional support from the Windward Arts Council.  Star Poets has been encouraging creativity and literacy in Hawai‘i’s schools by sponsoring an annual poetry contest since 1999.  Winning students receive cash prizes and share their poems at an awards ceremony and reading in May.

This year we are partnering with the Honolulu Theatre for Youth for their 2011-2012 production, “Poetry Fever,” featuring Star Poets poems from the last decade of winners.   For more details, go to and click on “Poetry Fever.”

We will also be offering workshops this summer and fall for teachers who want to improve their skills in teaching poetry through the Hawaii Writing Project and a special grant from the Atherton Family Foundation.  For more details, email Susan St. John at

Star Poets maintains “Poetry Recess” at as an online teaching resource featuring essays, activities and interviews about poetry.  We invite teachers to post comments or contribute ideas.

Also, check out the Teacher’s Corner page of the Bamboo Ridge website, which is sponsored in part by the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities.  This page features classroom activities, writing starters and strategies; find it at

2011-2012 Star Poets Poetry Contest

Entries are being accepted now from students in grades 3 – 12 on all islands for the 2011-2012 Star Poets Contest.  We continue to offer a special Humanities prize, which will be awarded to one or more poems that explore Hawai‘i’s diverse cultures and the bridges — especially music, song and chant — that link them.

Teachers will be notified of winning students in April 2012 and winning poems will be posted in May 2012 on Windward Community College’s website.  Students may enter up to three poems on any topic as long as each poem does not exceed 20 lines.  However, students with multiple entries will be judged on their body of work.

Prizes include $50 to the top five winners in each grade.  The winning student poems will be published in the Star Poets Journal, and winning students will be invited to participate in a public awards ceremony and reading in May 2012 at Paliku Theatre.

The deadline for submissions is January 27, 2012.  Mail entries to the Star Poets Contest c/o Susan St. John, Windward Community College, 45-720 Keaahala Road, Kaneohe, HI  96744.   If you have questions or need additional information, email


2012 Forms