Larry Nimmer

Carpinterian Larry Nimmer reads a poem at the arts center. 

The Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Arts Center will resume the National Poetry Month Competition for April 2023, and will be accepting original poems, no longer than 100 lines, by poets of all ages up until April 30. 

Winning poets will be published in Coastal View News, and will be able to read their poems at a reception at the arts center at 2 p.m. on May 13. One person may submit up to three entries, and there is no entrance fee. 

There will be three age categories – children (ages 5-12), teens (ages 13-18) and adults (19+) – and one prize will be awarded in each category. Winners will also receive cash prizes based on age, $50 for children, $100 for teens and $300 for adults. Poems may be submitted at

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