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Emery L. Campbell Wins 2015 National Senior Poet Laureate Contest Award


Emery L. Campbell, 88, of Lawrenceville, Georgia, is the 2015 National Senior Poet Laureate, winning $350 for his poem, “Meager Legacy.” This is the second National SPL award for Campbell, who won the same award in 1999. National Honor Scroll Award to Sylvia R. Sampson-Haney, 61, Stockbridge, Georgia who won $100 for her poem “Unbroken.” National National Native American Honor Scroll Award to Betty Prisendorf, 80, Merritt Island, Florida, who won $100 for her poem "The Third Planet from the Sun"

Springfield, MO, September 26, 2015 --(PR.com)-- Emery L. Campbell, 88, of Lawrenceville, Georgia, is the 2015 National Senior Poet Laureate (NSPL), winning $350 for his poem, “Meager Legacy.” This is the second National SPL award for Campbell, who also won the same award in 1999.

Campbell is an award-winning poet, a long-time member and former VP of the Georgia Poetry Society, whose work has been widely published in many publications as well as on the Internet. He served four and a half years as a U.S. naval aviator and earned a BA in French language and literature at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and spent two post-graduate years in Paris and Nice, France. Campbell has published two books of poetry in addition to his translations of the works of classical French poets.

Campbell was born in Monroe, Wisconsin; he and his wife Hettie have resided in France and the U.K., and have travelled widely in Eastern and Western Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America. The Campbells moved from Argentina to Lawrenceville, Georgia, in 1988. They had two adult sons, one of whom passed away in 2015 after a year-long struggle with leukemia; the other lives in Georgia.

Two additional NSPL cash awards were given:

National Honor Scroll Award went to Sylvia R. Sampson-Haney, 61, Stockbridge, Georgia who won $100 for her poem “Unbroken.” She is the daughter of 2004 National Senior Poet Laureate Barbara Ruth Sampson.

National Native American Honor Scroll Award went to Betty Prisendorf, 80, Merritt Island, Florida, who won $100 for her poem “The Third Planet from the Sun.”

There were an additional 15 Judges’ Choice Awards given for non-cash winning poems. Further details, including all the winning poems, can be found in the prize announcement at http://www.greatspiritpublishing.yolasite.com/golden-words-spl.php.

Sponsored by Great Spirit Publishing, with consultant support of the contest originator Wanda Sue Parrott (Amy Kitchener’s Angels Without Wings Fdn.), the National Annual Senior Poet Laureate Poetry Competition for American poets age 50 and older. This is the 23rd – and final - year for the contest. Wanda Sue Parrott and Vera Jane Goodin-Schultz co-founded the contest in 1993. The contest named a National Senior Poet Laureate each succeeding year. Parrott retired from the contest in 2013, which was then conducted by interim administrator Barbara Quin in 2014 and 2015.

For more information, please contact: Barbara Quin at greatspiritpublishing@yahoo.com.
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