City hosts poetry contest
It's not your run-of-the-mill poetry contest.
The city of Lake Oswego is hosting a writing competition in hopes of engaging citizens in the ongoing process of updating the comprehensive plan, a land-use document that identifies where, and how, the city should develop in the future.
The poetry contest, with the theme 'We Love Lake Oswego,' is designed to foster public participation, which is key in developing the new comp plan, as it reflects the vision and needs of the entire community.
It also aims to bring some fun to a serious subject, said Laura Weigel, a city planner.
'A poetry contest is a fun way to engage people and hopefully engage those who wouldn't otherwise participate,' she said.
'There is no limit to the way poetry can bring out creative expression and state things in a way that is both provocative and descriptive. With the incredible talent in Lake Oswego and not to mention passion for this place, it seemed a poetry contest is a great way to help us all think about this amazing place.'
A panel of judges with poetry experience will review submissions and choose three winners. The winning works will be published in a city newsletter and recognized by the city council at a November meeting.
The comp plan update process, which began last year, will take a total of about three years.
It's now in its second phase, which involves developing goals and policies in seven areas: community culture; inspiring spaces and places; economic vitality; connected community; complete neighborhoods and housing; community health and public safety; and healthy ecosystems. Summit meetings will be held on each of those topics starting Nov. 3.
Rules for LO poetry contest
• Theme: Poems should describe something the writer loves about Lake Oswego.
• Style: Anything goes.
• Length: Maximum of 14 lines.
• Copies: Two should be submitted, one with contact information and one without any identifying information.
• Limits: Only Lake Oswego residents can enter. Authors can submit up to three poems, and the work must be suitable for the general public; previously published poems will not be accepted.
Additional information: http://welovelakeoswego.com.