V+V POETS: KLRU Wants to Tape YOUR Poem!

You are a superstar – come tape your poem!

We are very fortunate that KLRU (our local PBS station) has been a supporter of Vision+Voice since we started in 2013. They generously offer up their talent, time, and facilities to tape the winning and honorable mention poets reading their poems. The videos will be premiered at the Vision+Voice Award Reception on April 13th, and are then posted online at KLRU and here on the Vision+Voice website. This year, our judges have selected 50 winning and honorable mention poems, and we want to tape ALL of them.

The taping is scheduled for March 26 & 27, from 11am1pm & 2pm6pm each day. 
Each poem takes between 5 -15 minutes to tape, and I will do my best to arrange the schedule to meet your request.

Poets: you do not need to memorize your poems! I will have the poems printed for you.

This is a great way to showcase the excellent work of this year’s poets, and I hope you will all take advantage of this generous offer from KLRU.
Here are the 2017 videos so you can see how cool this is!


The time-slots are filling up quickly, please contact me to schedule your taping: pmonear@austincc.edu.


See you soon!

Polly Monear, Vision+Voice Team
Austin Community College


And the Winners Are…

WOW – So many great poems this year!

Poets, you have made selecting this year’s winners both difficult and enjoyable. Thank you for participating and congratulations on your achievement.

Here are the winners and honorable mention poems for the 2018 Vision+Voice Poetry Contest:


Winner                          Robot by Rowan F

Honorable Mention          Whale by Alchemy D

Honorable Mention          Feelings by Malik S



Winner                          Guess It! by Valerie W

Honorable Mention          Albert Pujols by Zinn T

Honorable Mention          The Unicorn’s Journey to France by Maple W

Honorable Mention         El Atardecer  by Ines G



Winner                          Deep Down by Ellidy J

Honorable Mention          Skip, Dance by Sven G

Honorable Mention          Best Valentine by Riley M



Winner                          Chlorine by Orla T

Honorable Mention          Wind by Olivia R

Honorable Mention          In a Chihuahua’s Eyes by Asa W

Honorable Mention          Where I Come From by Ivy G

Honorable Mention          Books by Clarey W



Winner                          The Howl by Yaijaira D

Honorable Mention          The Garden by Lark T

Honorable Mention          Girl by Julianna P

Honorable Mention          Chances by Lyla B



Winner                          Rain Fun by Layla W

Honorable Mention          My Magic Box by Ahmory H

Honorable Mention          Water by Olive A

Honorable Mention          Day 1, Day 2 by Reina S

Honorable Mention          Brave Voices by Martha N



Winner                          Poem by Kole M

Honorable Mention          Driving in the Dark by Katherine K

Honorable Mention          I Dropped My Pencil by Grace S

Honorable Mention          Things to Remember by Nicole P



Winner                          The Red Flowers by Elizabeth R

Honorable Mention          Compose a Symphony by Alexander N

Honorable Mention          Today’s Fight by Claire M



Winner                          Requiem for a Friendship by Sarah A

Honorable Mention          Thoughts by Abigail L

Honorable Mention          Rhyming by Davis K

Honorable Mention          Life in Poverty by Javier M

Honorable Mention          Like Elephants by Meagan L



Winner                          Wings by Teresa R

Honorable Mention          Water by Nia O



Winner                          Ocean Love by Sara V

Honorable Mention          My Scrawny Nightmare by Talia H

Honorable Mention          angels in new england by Inayah M



Winner                          Condemned by Payton B

Honorable Mention          My Family Comes From the Sea by Logan D

Honorable Mention          Suburbia by Amy S

Honorable Mention          If childhood had a flavor, by Amy S



Winner                          This is What the Moon Thinks About by Saylor H

Honorable Mention          Pain by Kevin B

Honorable Mention          Autobahn by Justine L

Honorable Mention          Mauve Azaleas by Saylor H

Honorable Mention          Into the Frill by Nate S


Congratulations to everyone!
We look forward to seeing you all at the Award Reception on April 13th (details coming soon).

  • The V+V Team


That’s it for now!

Yes, V+V friends, that’s it for now. We aren’t taking any more submissions this year. But there’s good news!

First, we have published 520 submitted poems! 520 is awesome. If you converted these poems into string cheese, you could put cheese on 823 foot-long hot dogs. (This is based on the average length of the poems we got this year. Some were short and some were long; the average was 19 inches of poem.)

Second, our judges are hard at work eating hot dogs!

No, seriously. They’re hard at work reading all the great poems you submitted! We’ll unveil our picks soon.

And there’s more good news. If you didn’t submit a poem this year, don’t worry, because next year, Vision+Voice. Will. Be. Back.

Thanks and stay tuned!

The V+V Team

Advice for Poets

Hello Poets!
We hope you’re busy putting the finishing touches on your poetic masterpieces so you can submit your poems by the February 19 deadline!

Wondering what the judges will be looking for when they read your poem? Here are a few hints:

Imagery – images need not be only visual; any of the five senses (sight, hearing, touch, taste, smell) make a poem vital and interesting.

Originality – Use your own voice in your own way.

Use of Language and Form – How does the work look on the page? How does it sound when you read it aloud? Don’t sacrifice a great phrase or image just to make a rhyme.


KLRU Videos of 2017 Vision+Voice Winners

Fostering Originality in Poetry

Young Poets Network

2017 The Interviews

This year I had the honor of being among some of the most talented young creative writers in Austin. Young people of all ages crowded a banquet room brimming with beautiful floral bouquets, dressed tables, and a mini red carpet just for them. Vision + Voice has had an impressive 4 year run and as the years go by the number of student poetry writers increases and amazes. I had a chat with several of these young writers and couldn’t help but fawn over the mix of adorable and well thought out interview answers, many of which impressed me. Continue reading “2017 The Interviews”

2017 Award Reception Video

Want to re-live the Vision+Voice Award Reception? Here’s your chance!
This is the live-stream video that ACC broadcast during the event on April 28. Please feel free to download and share this video.

Sorry, you’ll have to provide your own snacks to enjoy while viewing this. We couldn’t figure out a way to include a link to the great food that was at the event.

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2017 Vision+Voice Poetry Videos

Here are the KLRU videos of this year’s students reading their poems. Enjoy!

We are busy sorting through lots of great photos and video from the Award Reception and promise we’ll have them posted soon.

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The night you’ve been waiting for

Hello, Vision+Voice fans and families!

Here’s some information so you know what to expect at tonight’s Award Reception.

Our overall goal is to make the Vision+Voice honorees feel like rock-stars at the award reception. We want the students to see themselves as artists whose expression of self is important to the world.

We will have a great buffet of tapas-style food catered by students in ACC’s Hospitality Program. There will be a red-carpet with paparazzi, film crews will be documenting and live-streaming, and we have a writer who will be interviewing students and parents to capture info that she’ll use for an article about V+V. What a night!

Vision+Voice honorees will each get a goody bag with special treats — including the 2017 Vision+Voice Anthology and a certificate of achievement. And we have lots of posters to give away.

The program will feature speakers from ACC and AISD, and will include the videos of the students reading their poems. Our Master of Ceremonies is an award-winning poet and educator who is coming all the way from New Orleans for this event.

Please bring your friends and family to enjoy the festivities.

Doors open at 6:30pm, the program starts at 7pm.
Location: ACC Eastview Campus, 3401 Webberville Road, Room 8500
Park in any student or faculty spot in Lot G or Lot E
And, as if that’s not enough, we’ve added a feature to our website: You can now subscribe to get all the latest news and updates from the Vision+Voice team!
I hope you’ll give us feedback on Vision+Voice. We’re always looking for ways to make it better and more meaningful for your students.
See you soon!
The Vision+Voice Team

Vision+Voice Award Reception Master of Ceremonies

We are thrilled to announce that our Master of Ceremonies for this year’s Award Reception is Brad Richard, chair of the creative writing program at Lusher Charter School in New Orleans.

“As a poet, a teacher, and an advocate for young writers, I’m delighted to be part of this celebration of these poets,” says Richard. “There are few things I love more than seeing young people get recognition for extraordinary creative work, so I can’t wait to join in the applause!”

2015 Louisiana Artist of the Year, and poetry winner in the 2002 Poets & Writers Writers Exchange competition, Brad is the author of three collections of poems, Habitations, Motion Studies (winner of the 2010 Washington Prize) and Butcher’s Sugar, and two chapbooks, The Men in the Dark and Curtain Optional. His poems and reviews have appeared in Gettysburg Review, Okey-Panky, Unlikely Stories, Guernica, American Letters & Commentary, and other journals. Mr. Richard is co-director of the southeast Louisiana affiliate of the Scholastic Writing Awards and of The New Orleans New Writers Literary Festival. He is a recipient of fellowships from the Surdna Foundation, the Louisiana Division of the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Vision+Voice Award Reception will be held on Friday, April 28th from 6:30-8:30pm at Austin Community College’s Eastview Campus (3401 Webberville Road).
Please join us!