Closed for Memorial Day
The library will be closed Monday, May 27.

Blackout Poetry Contest

Friday, April 1 – Saturday, April 23, 2022
April is National Poetry Month! Celebrate by creating a poem for our Blackout Poetry Contest.

April 1, 2022

Events > Blackout Poetry Contest

Event Information


Friday, April 1
to Saturday, April 23, 2022
iCal / Google Calendar

    Monthly Newsletter

    Stay up-to-date with our monthly newsletter!

    See you next year!

    The 2022 contest is over. We’ll see you next year 🙂

    Looking for a more recent contest? Check out our contests page!

    All Participants


    Blackout poetry, also known as erasure or found poetry, is when you take a written piece of text from a book, newspaper, or magazine and redact words, to come up with a unique poem.

    Contest entries will be anonymously displayed in the library and on the library’s website during the last week of April, allowing the public to vote for their favorite. The author of the winning poem will receive a literary themed prize basket!



    Pick up your kit at the Adult Reference Desk!

    You can make blackout poetry using books, newspapers, magazines, or anything already written. Sharpies are an easy way to redact words, but you can also use pen, paint, or anything else.

    Kits will be available at the library, or you may use your own materials.




    Photo and Video Disclaimer

    The Berlin-Peck Memorial Library, as a public place, reserves the right to photograph and record groups and individuals using library services and attending library programs, and to publish those photographs and videos publicly in its newsletter and on social media outlets. Please contact 860-828-7125 with questions.

    Accommodations Statement

    If you require special accommodation for any library sponsored event, please call 860-828-7125 or email at least ten (10) days prior to the event.