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Gabriel A. Zimpritch Poetry Symposium goes virtual
Gabriel A. Zimpritch Poetry Symposium goes virtual
Ginger Raspiller
Friday, May 15, 2020

The annual Gabriel Zimpritch Poetry Symposium was held in a virtual format this year, with 13 students taking part in a day-long writing workshop and evening poetry reading with poet Kwame Dawes. The event is supported through a donation by the Zimpritch family to Thomas Memorial Library, in memory of son Gabe, CEHS Class of '96. Thirteen students took part, including seniors Raina Sparks, Firdaws Hakiziman, Millie Erikson; juniors Ben Stone, Helen Strout, Bella Rodrigues, Will Altenburg, Marco Hansel; sophomores Rayyaan Hakizimana, Claire McDonald, Owen McAnuff; and freshmen Emma Halter and Lydia Branson. 


Reaction to Kwame's work with the students was overwhelmingly positive.

I really enjoyed the symposium overall! We were introduced to new challenges and formatting within our poetry and writing and it was super fun to be creative in those ways!

~Claire McDonald

This was my first year participating in the Zimpritch Symposium and it was a remarkable experience!  I worked with an amazing group of peers and a brilliant guest poet, Kwame Dawes.  I learned a great deal about poetry writing and myself as a writer.  I was proud of the work I produced throughout the day and was very moved by the event in the evening.  It was wonderful to be a part of the Symposium and I am very grateful to have been given the opportunity. 

Thank you,

Lydia Branson 

The Poetry Symposium was a great experience, both for kids who wanted to find their own personal voice as a poet, and for those who wanted to gain better knowledge about writing in general!

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