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First Amendment Writes finalists’ performance Monday, Nov. 8

First Amendment Writes

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Mark your calendar: The 5th Annual First Amendment Writes finalists’ performance will be November 8, at the Jefferson Theater. Doors open at 6:30, performances begin at 7pm. All ages welcome, and the $5 entry fee goes towards prizes.

Celebrity judges this year are: Ginger Barber (Editor Grove/Atlantic Publisher), Gregory Orr (Poet & Writer), Gary Johnson (2009 Poetry Winner), Patrick Jordan (Red Light Management), Andy Waldeck (Singer, Songwriter, Producer), and Carleigh Nesbit (2009 Songwriting Winner). This year, in addition to the first place judges’ winner for each category, there will be an audience favorite winner per category as well.


2010 First Amendment Writes contest underway

Painting of Jefferson by Rembrandt Peale (1805)

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How a year flies by! It’s time once again for the First Amendment Writes Poetry and Songwriting Contest sponsored by the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression and the Music Resource Center. Entries will be accepted through October 25. Winners will be announced November 8. See http://www.tjcenter.org/writes/ for more details.

Deadline drawing near for First Amendment Writes

Check out the details at the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression:

Singer / Songwriter Terri Allard and best-selling author Rita Mae Brown will be among the judges in the fourth annual First Amendment Writes, a poetry and songwriting contest organized by the Music Resource Center, the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression, and WCNR 106.1 FM “The Corner.”  Also on the judging panel are Red Light Management Music Executive Patrick Jordan and past First Amendment Writes winner in poetry, Browning Porter.  The contest is billed as “a celebration of the creative heights that only can be achieved when artists are free to express themselves on any theme, subject or idea.” In addition to competing for a cash prize of $500, ten finalists in both the songwriting and poetry categories will have the opportunity to meet and hear directly from the judges when they read and perform their works at the competition’s closing event on November 12 at The Southern (the former Gravity Lounge).

Submissions must be postmarked by: Monday, November 2, 2009

Winners Announced: Thursday, November 12, 2009

Winning Prize: $500.00