The Wadadli Pen finalists (all but one) have re-submitted their edited pieces and these have gone off to the judges for final review and ranking.
Amidst the back and forth, and the boring behind the scenes stuff, two responses from finalists stand out.
Can I share them?
“Not gonna lie I still cannot believe you actually read my poem. Thank you so much for everything. I am beyond excited.”
“Thanks for selecting me! I’m so excited.”
Sometimes I run in to the parents, too; like the mom who shared how her daughter sat working on her poem, sharing bits of her work in progress with her, and who when she critiqued its lack of rhyme told her, “mom, poems don’t have to rhyme.” I loved this tale of a baby-poet claiming her voice.
Every time I begin to question why we do all this – seriously the work behind the scenes can make it seem like a full time job with sucky benefits and no relief from the tedium – the writers who have put their work, with trepidation, in our hands, and have had, for some, their first breakthrough on their writing journey, or find in the process some kind of affirmation, remind us why. Their joy is infectious.
(Image at the top – moments of Joy from Wadadli Pen through the years).
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