April is National Poetry Month, and in recognition of that, the Silent Wings Museum is hosting Tell My Story: A WWII Allied Forces Blackout Poetry Competition! To help participants who are unfamiliar with this poetry style, a workshop will be held from 1 – 3 PM on Saturday, April 1, 2023 in the Silent Wings Museum Hangar Gallery. This workshop will focus on teaching the process of taking a written piece of text from books, newspapers, or magazines and redact words to create a unique and personal poem. Participation in the workshop is free with museum admission.
At the conclusion of the workshop, entry into the competition will begin. Participants must drop off their entries at the Silent Wings Museum between April 1 and April 14. Entries will be judged by local professors Carole Carroll, PhD, William Wenthe, Jessica Smith, and Kimberlee Mendoza, PhD. A closing ceremony for the competition will be held at the Silent Wings Museum from 7 – 8:30 PM on Thursday, April 20, showcasing the poetry of the American Glider Pilots as well as celebrating the competition participants. Poems will be read and exhibited and at the end of the evening the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners of the competition will be announced.
In Their Own Words, a small temporary exhibit about the poetry of the Glider Pilots, will be featured at the Silent Wings Museum until April 30, 2023.
The Silent Wings Museum is located at 6202 N. I-27 in Lubbock’s old airport terminal.