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Comment by Kathryn Stripling Byer on March 9, 2011 at 8:35pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                    Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center  

February 23, 2011                    Robbinsville, NC  28771 


Kate Parkerson 



Poetry Contest for Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest 75th Anniversary Celebration 


Robbinsville, NC.  This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the dedication of the Joyce Kilmer 

Memorial Forest, a living memorial to writer/poet Joyce Kilmer, best known for the poem, 

“Trees.” Kilmer was killed in action during World War I while serving in France on July 30, 1918. 

The Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center is sponsoring a Poetry Contest to honor this 

anniversary.  The 75th Anniversary Celebration will take place on July 30, 2011. 


The poetry contest is open to school children in grades K-12 and to adults and professional 

writers as well.  The contest asks for poems to be submitted about a tree, trees, or forests with 

entries divided by grade levels (K-4, 5-8, High School) and adult/professional.   All poems 

submitted will be received by Stecoah Valley cultural Arts Center and judged by a panel 

consisting of teachers, writers, and the general public.  First, second, and third place winners 

along with one honorable mention will be chosen from each submitting category. The winning 

poems will be displayed at the 75th Anniversary, and the authors will be recognized at the 75th 

Anniversary Celebration event on July 30, 2011.  Once the judging has been completed and the 

winners notified, submissions will be publicly displayed at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts 

Center.  Complete information about the Poetry Contest and entry forms can be found at Entry forms are also available at Stecoah Valley Center and are 

being made available in the schools. 


The forest is located in Graham County, North Carolina just outside of Robbinsville, which is in 

the far western corner of the state The 3,800-acre Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest with trees 

dating back 450 years is now a part of the 14,000 acre Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness.   In 

this most beautiful, natural setting that was the unchartered hunting ground of the Cherokee 

Indians, trees grow more than 100 feet tall and some 20 feet around the base. In addition to 

these trees, there is an outstanding variety of shrubs, vines, ferns, mosses, lichen, liverworts, 

and herbaceous plants. In spring, wildflowers take advantage of the sunlight which will not be 

available after the hardwood trees are covered with shade-producing leaves. The Memorial 

Forest, comprised of giant poplars and large red oaks, as well as many other varieties of trees, is 


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