My name is Andrew Frieder and I am a park ranger at Big Cypress National Preserve. We are very excited to announce that Big Cypress National Preserve will be celebrating National Poetry Month in April by opening up a poetry contest! In order to have as much participation as possible we are contacting writing groups and local universities to spread the word. Big Cypress National Preserve is a wonderful place to become inspired, with nearly 730,000 acres of pristine and wild swamp land in South Florida. One of the goals for the poetry contest is to have people come out to the preserve and experience the swamp on ranger led activities (biking, canoeing, or hiking in the swamp). More information on these trips can be found on our website at ww.nps.gov/bicy. Poems submitted for the contest must be written about the natural or cultural history of South Florida, and preferably about Big Cypress National Preserve or Everglades National Park.
I have attached a flyer on contest details; feel free to post it on your Facebook page or twitter account to promote the event. Please feel free to let as many groups and individuals know about this event. If you are at a university, please notify professors of English or creative writing so they can pass the word down to their students. If you have any questions, contact me at Andrew_Frieder@nps.gov or via cell phone at 262-366-1207 or ask for Andrew at 239-695-4758.