Latitude 35

Navigating Knoxville Through Poetry

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Celebrate Knoxville with Our First Poet Laureate!

R.B. Morris is Knoxville's first Poet Laureate. During his tenure, he is launching a project with Knox County Schools to celebrate the city of Knoxville through poetry. Join us in creating an original collection of poetry about our hometown.

Submission Guidelines

Rationale: Coming together as a community, citizens and students of Knox County can share the rich history of our hometown.


Task: Submit an original poem or lyrical prose about your hometown and its impact on your life. Do you have a favorite place to visit? Is your church your second home? What places have left their mark on you? Are you new to Knoxville? Consider writing a two-voice poem comparing your former city to your new home. The format is open to all kinds of poetry, and the focus should be on your impressions of Knoxville in whatever way makes sense to you.


Submission: Send a clearly printed hard copy of your submissions to Shannon Jackson by the end of business on Friday, March 9, 2017. Use the form attached to this link as a cover sheet for submissions.


Address for Submissions:

912 S Gay Street

Suite 1421a

Knoxville, TN 37902

Resources and Submission Portal

Students submitting their poems online will use the Canvas Course, Latitude 35.

Additionally, this course contains resources for students and teachers to use as they explore students as poets.