Poetry contest

The Minnesota China Friendship Garden Society and the Dragon Festival are sponsoring a poetry contest in which the winning poet will read their work on the first day of the Dragon Festival at Lake Phalen, July 13. The poem should be based off the story of Qu Yuan — China’s “Peoples Poet”— which provides the basis for the Dragon Festival celebration. He lived from 340-278 B.C. in the Chu State of China whose majority population was Hmong, ancestors of present day Hmong. Betrayed by his government, his country lost to an enemy, he walked into a river and was pursued in vain by townsfolk in boats with banging drums. Poems will be judged by Margaret Hasse, Wang Ping, and Kao Kalia Yang. Poems must be submitted to Romi Slowiak at romislowiak@gmail.com by midnight June 10. For more detail about the contest, go to www.mnchinagarden.org or contact Romi Slowiak via email.

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