The Eugenia Price/Joyce Blackburn Foundation, in association with Golden Isles Arts & Humanities, presented the 16th Annual Young Poets Awards during the First Friday festivities in May.

The Young Poets Award was established to encourage and recognize the literary talents of ninth-12th grade public and private school students in Glynn County. The 2019 winners are — Lisbel Ayala, “Conformity Makes a Difference,” ninth grade; Lily Seeman, Untitled, 10th grade; Edith Vazquez-Reyes, “Different,” 11th grade and Geoni Saxton, “I Am a Black Girl,” 12th grade. All are students at Glynn Academy, and each received a certificate and a check for $250 from Heather Heath, executive director, Golden Isles Arts & Humanities.

The theme of this year’s Young Poets Award was “Different.” Students could submit up to three poems for consideration in any style they choose, but the work had to be reflective of the theme. The entries were reviewed and scored by four independent judges. “We are always so impressed by the caliber of work that these students submit and are so appreciative of our judges time,” said Heath. “It is a daunting task and it was a difficult decision. And we thank the Price/Blackburn Foundation for the continued commitment to recognizing the literary talent of our up-and-coming young writers.”

The Price-Blackburn Foundation has been established to ensure the perpetuation of the accomplishments and commitments of the founders. The foundation’s primary work is the continuation of the literary legacy that has enriched the lives of millions of readers. The works of Eugenia Price and Joyce Blackburn includes 57 titles that have been published in 18 languages and printed in excess of 40 million copies worldwide.

The Price-Blackburn Foundation’s support of the literary arts and education in Glynn County enhances the educational and artistic involvement of students as well as to perpetuate, promote and celebrate the memory and achievements of Eugenia Price and Joyce Blackburn. For further information on the Young Poets Award and arts-in-education programs sponsored by Golden Isles Arts & Humanities please call 912-262-6934, email artsed@goldenislesarts.org or visit www.goldenislesarts.org.