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Oregon Youth Wins National Poem Contest

poetryGRANTS PASS, Ore.– A young Roseburg man received national recognition for a poem he wrote while serving at the Rogue Valley Youth Correctional Facility in Grants Pass.

The poem, “Meth”, took top honors in the “2014 Words Unlocked” poetry contest. It was one of 430 entries submitted from around the country. Chelsea Clinton was on the panel of four who judged the submissions.

This is the second year in a row a youth in an Oregon Facility took first place. Last year’s winner was a young woman from Oak Creek Youth Correctional Facility in Albany, Oregon who took top honors for her poem, “Hell’s Angel.”

The contest is an annual event meant¬†to allow¬†youth in correctional facilities to explore themselves. The director of the Oregon Youth Authority said the goal of the poetry competition is to prove that “incarceration doesn’t need to stifle creative expression.”

You can read the winning poem, and many other entries, by clicking here