By Mike Goodman

In celebration of April as National Poetry Month, the Ward 6 Democrats are sponsoring Words Matter, a poetry contest open to all residents of Ward 6. 

To enter, respond to the following question in the form of a poem: “What does DC statehood mean to you?”

Entrants are encouraged to use the following guidelines when submitting:

  • Times New Roman font, size 14
  • Entrants must reside in Ward 6 to be considered
  • The contest is open to neighbors ages 6 to 96

Entries can be submitted as an attachment via email to, and will be accepted through Monday, April 19, 2021. 

There are six judges for the contest, including Katie Irish, Regine Charles Bowser and Joel Sarfati, all volunteers from the Ward 6 Democrats; Laurie Gillman, Owner of East City Books; Gwen Hunter, Events Coordinator from Solid States Books; and Matt Koehler, Copy Editor of The Southwester.

The winning poem will be announced Monday, April 26, 2021 and will be published in local media and on the Ward 6 Democrats’ website, and will be promoted on all Ward 6 Democrats’ social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter).

More information can be found at:

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