TYCA National Poetry Month call for poems

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Friends! Poets! Teachers of English in Two-Year Colleges!
Send us your poetry!
Audio and video renditions only!

Help NCTE and the Two-Year College English Association celebrate National Poetry Month. For the third year running, TYCA ( will be publishing a new original poem each day, all by poets who teach in two-year colleges or those teaching the first two years of English curricula across the nation.

Format Desires: Audio: MP3; Video: Real Audio, MS Movie Maker or similar formats.

Submission Deadline: February 28, 2011

Publication begins on April 1—no fooling!

Published poems will be selected by representatives from the eight regions that make up TYCA National.
Publication preference will be given to National TYCA and NCTE members and regional TYCA members. For information on membership, please visit the TYCA website at or contact your regional representatives.

National Poetry Month Submissions sought

To help us celebrate National Poetry Month, we'd like you to submit either an audio or video version of your original poetry to highlight some of the creative work done by faculty in our nation's two-year colleges. Each of TYCA's eight regions will have at least three poems posted to/published on this year's site. We'll be posting a new poem each day through the month of April in celebration of National Poetry Month at

To have your poem considered for posting/publication, please submit your poem to the reviewer for your region. Information is below. These reviewers will select the poems they find worthy of publication to be published on the TYCA site. Additionally, you must complete and fax a permissions form to TYCA or your poem cannot be published. The form, with submission information, is attached to this email.

Pacific Northwest Regional submissions should go to Jeffrey Klausman at

If you have any questions, please contact Bradley Bleck at and we'll help you out.

Write for Pacific View!

Here we are, once again. Another fabulous conference has come and gone, and we are all looking forward to the newest issue of Pacific View. There are many topics to consider and there is much to share as our conference sessions stimulated conversations about often difficult subjects. We request that all TYCA-PNW members and conference goers submit a paragraph or two, focusing on what they saw as the conference highlights.

If you have colleagues who would like to submit an article, session highlight, or something they think regional two-year college faculty, or graduate students should be aware of, please forward our submission guidelines: Submit an attached 200-500 word Word document to Lori Monnastes, lorimATspokanefallsDOTedu or Laura Read, laurarATspokanefallsDOTedu. The deadline is November 26th.

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