Verses and Voices is about poetry (Verses) and the many artistic ways we express creative words (Voices). When students learn to express words creatively, seeing colors and images, feeling movement and rhythm, hearing sound and music, they are enabled to see, shape, and share their creative vision and voice. Verses and Voices is an educational initiative that was founded in Missouri after the state named it's first Poet Laureate, Walter Bargen, in 2008.
The initiative has six primary goals:
The arts are the bright, unexpected threads shot through the muted fabric of our daily lives. They bring us joy and deepen human experience. They stir our imagination. They connect us with one another, and they create a tapestry that reveals who we are and what we value. The arts preserve for future generations what we think is worth listening to, looking at, talking about, and remembering. Verses and Voices is an important part of prescribing and promoting our arts traditions, and I am proud to be a part of this special tradition.
2013 Verses and Voices Poet Laureate Festival
St. Joseph/Savannah Missouri Verses and Voices Festival
First Lady Awards
First Lady Georganne Nixon is inaugurating new awards for creative vision.
Missouri Poet Laureate Award for an Original Poem
Verses and Voices
Winners in Poetry
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