Voices of Pike began in 2018 as an annual poetry contest meant to encourage Pike County's youth to express themselves through creative writing, to think critically about the world around them, and to inspire unity and progress. This year the contest centers around the words of Anne Braden, an author, journalist, educator, American civil rights activist, and Louisville, KY native.

The contest is open to all Pike County students grades K-12, including homeschooled students. This year’s contest will also debut an adult component of either poetry or essay.

Winners will receive a cash prize, may have the opportunity to have their work published, and may potentially be included in a local public mural!

Selected poems will also be featured at a community gathering and film screening taking place at 12 noon on March 9th at the Pike County Extension Office. The screening, which is free and open to the public, will feature Appalshop documentary Anne Braden: Southern Patriot, which has previously aired on KET. You may find more info about this screening on the Facebook event page.

PDF icon2019 Voices of Pike information and application form