Jackson Book Festival


Jackson Book Festival in the capital city (wlbt.com) News coverage for Jackson Book Festival 2023

Jackson Book Festival Poetry Contest judging score card


Name of poem__________________________________

Category: Elementary __, Middle__, H.S. School__, Adult__

Minimum stanzas __(1) 4-line stanza __(2) 4-line stanzas __(4) mixed stanzas 2 or more lines

Scoring categoriesPossible PointsTotalNotes
Sound Quality20  
Expression & Appeal10  
Eye Contact10  
Appearance & Attire10  

Contestant is disqualified from winning prizes if he/she presents a poem written by another poet.

Jackson Book Festival hosted 8th Poetry Contest @ Holiday Book Festival 2022, Nov. 26, 2022, 12noon to 5pm central

https://www.facebook.com/meredith.mcgee.31/videos/814859259624490/ Holiday Book Festival 2022, Delta Book Festival Spelling Bee (3rd Annual) & Jackson Book Festival Poetry Contest (8th Annual-Bi-annual)

Jackson Book Festival to host 7th Annual POETRY CONTEST via the Holiday Book Festival 2022. Get tickets. Cash prizes….

Jackson Book Festival to host its annual marketplace and Poetry Contest, Sat. Feb 12, 2022, 11am to 5pm, Live on Zoom – Facebook Live.

https://www.facebook.com/jacksonbookfestival/videos/271017668436864 Jackson Book Festival 2022

Jackson Book Festival 2022, Sat Feb 12, 2022 11am to 5pm central
Jackson Book Festival 2022 part 2

Iyanu Carson, 1st place Poetry Contest winner poses with parents – African Art Gallery. Cash prize $75
JPS Teacher Gwendolyn Bell poses with her 2nd place trophy Sun afternoon. 02.19.2022
Makya Caldwell, 3rd place, Jackson Book Festival Poetry Contest, Sat. Feb. 12, 2022, cash prize $25
Shivaani Venkatesh, Jackson Book Festival Poetry Contest, 2nd place, $50 prize, Sat. 02.12.2022
Chevron Guthie, 1st place, Jackson Book Festival – Adult Poetry Contest, Sat. 02.12.2022
Rosemary Jenkins, 3rd place, Jackson Book Festival – Adult Poetry Contest, Sat. 02.12.2022
Jackson Book Festival, Sat. Feb. 12, 2022, 11am to 5pm, book vendors, art vendors, poetry contest....
Jackson Book Festival, Sat. Feb. 12, 2022, 11am to 5pm, book vendors, art vendors, poetry contest….

https://www.eventbrite.com/o/community-library-mississippi-25619420317 get tickets now

Jackson Book Festival Poetry Contest 2022
Jackson Book Festival Poetry Contest 2022

Top left: Jasiele Cheemala, 1st place Speller, $50, 3rd Place Poetry

Top right: Jessica Cheemala, 2nd Place Speller, $50, 2nd Place Poetry

Center left: Harrynoel Chia, 3rd Place Speller, $50

Center right: Iyana Carson, Elementary Student, 1st Place Poet, $100

Bottom left: Chev Guthrie, Adult Poet, 1st Place, $100.00

Bottom right: Gwendolyn Bell, Adult Poet, 2nd Place, $50.00

Jackson Book Festival, Poetry Contest, Holiday Book Festival, Thanksgiving Weekend Poetry Contest.


Holiday Book Festival, Thanksgiving Weekend, Sat. Nov. 27, 2021

Jackson Book Festival goes virtual the 2nd Saturday during Black History Month, Feb. 13, 2020 from 11am to 6pm central standard time zone. The festival is live on Zoom and Facebook live. Get tickets from http://www.eventbrite.com or from our Facebook pages. Jackson Book Festival hosts its 4th Poetry Contest from 5pm to 6pm. There are four competition levels: Elementary Students, Middle Schoolers, H.S. and Adult. Poems must be original and written by contestants.

Jackson Book Festival, Live on Zoom, Facebook Live, Theme: African & Black History Greats, Poetry Contest
https://themississippilink.com/2020/12/16/community-library-mississippi-goes-virtual-highlights-2020s-intellectual-revolution/ By Janice K. Neal-Vincent
Jackson Book Festival POETRY CONTEST, Feb 13, 2021 5pm to 6pm central standard time zone
Chelsea Smith, Elementary Poetry Contest winner, 2nd place tie, Jackson Book Festival
LaRonda Coleman, Winner, H.S. – Adult Poetry Competition, Jackson Book Festival, 02.13.2021
Mikaela Smith, 2nd place, H.S.-Adult Poetry Contest, Jackson Book Festival, 02.2021


Jackson Book Festival hosted its 3rd Poetry Contest during the Virtual Holiday Book Festival, Fri. , 11.28.2020.

Announcing Winners:

Elementary group:

Shivaani Thamizhmani, won 1st Place Trophy.

Chelsea Smith won 2nd Place Trophy.

Harrynoel Chia and Clifton King won 3rd place medallions.

Middle School:

Clarence Ngong won 1st place trophy

Hannah King won 2nd place trophy

H.S. Adult:

1st Place Trophy goes to Marcus Lewis

2nd Place Trophy Mikayla Smith

3rd Place medallion goes to Malesha Smith

Talented Family Team trophies

Smith Family won Talented Family Team

Zoe Davis’s family won Talented Family Team

Thamizhmani family won Talented Family Team

Virtual Holiday Book Festival, Sat. Nov. 28, 2020
Informational video

Your Organizer URL: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/community-library-mississippi-25619420317 Learning Tree Book Club tickets

https://www.jacksonfreepress.com/news/2020/jan/16/second-annual-jackson-book-festival-intellectual-r/ Second Annual Jackson Book Festival By Azia Wiggins Jackson Free Press, Thursday, January 16, 2020 11:17 a.m. CST

Book Vendors will present BOOK TALKS – estimated time now is 4 minutes per vendor. Non-book vendors (merchandise/information tables) will present too. NO food vendors.

Sample Book Talk comparing BOOK TALKS to Movie Trailers

https://www.eventbrite.com/manage/events/86286781085/tickets/151148455 POETRY CONTEST TICKETS registration free via eventbrite.com

What is the purpose of a book talk? Think of a book talk as a commercial for a book. Your job is to persuade someone to read the book you are talking about. You’ll know you gave a great book talk if someone else decides to read your book. Listen to the video above!

Jackson Book Festival

Jackson Medical Mall

Center Stage  

Friday, February 7, 2020

Mail money orders for VENDOR SPACE $20 OR a FULL TABLE FOR $40 to:

Community Library Mississippi, 1052 Maria Court, Jackson, MS 39204

For: Jackson Book Festival Vendor

For more information email communitylibrary.ms@gmail.com

Jackson Book Festival, Fri. Feb. 7, 2020, Jackson Medical Mall

Center Stage, 350 Woodrow Wilson, Jackson, MS 39213. 12 noon to 7 p.m.

Attendance and Poetry Contest Ticket Registration is Free. Vendor Space Tickets via eventbrite.com $21. Two (2) book vendors per table. Save a few dollars when you purchase tickets on this page from Community Library Mississippi – the parent organization.

Vendors may sit together. Buy two tickets on eventbrite.com to reserve the full table. Full table links are available on this site at the top of this page.

https://www.facebook.com/jacksonbookfestival/ Facebook https://twitter.com/book_jackson Twitter https://www.instagram.com/jacksonbookfestival/ Instagram 


  1. Learning Tree Book Club (2016)
  2. Book Toasters (2018)
  3. Jackson Book Festival (Poetry contest – original poems est. 2019)
  4. Reading Fairs (2016)
  5. Community Speaking Series (2019)
  6. Book Toaster’s Speaking Series (2019)
  7. Local History Speaker’s Series (2019)


  1. My First Book Series (six primer books – ages 3 to 6)
  2. My Picture Dictionary (picture dictionary ages 3 to 7)

https://www.facebook.com/jacksonbookfestival/ Visit the Facebook page

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jackson-book-festival-tickets-48045633784 free registration

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jackson-book-festival-poetry-contest-tickets-53023637126 Poetry Contest Registration

Jackson Book Festival, Jackson Medical Mall, Jackson, Mississippi, the capital city. 1st Friday in BLACK HISTORY MONTH - FEB.
Meredith C. McGee wrote this poem to encourage youth to write poetry to express themselves and to encourage them to enter the Jackson Book Festival’s POETRY CONTEST.
Kixie Sunday Morning Magazine, Host Lessie Hayes with Meredith C. McGee, Jackson Book Festival founder
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jackson-book-festival-poetry-contest-tickets-53023637126 Poetry Contest Registration
Jackson Book Festival, Jackson Medical Mall, Center Stage, Jackson, Mississippi, Fri. Feb. 7, 2020 from 12 noon to 7 pm

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jackson-book-festival-vendors-application-tickets-52665457802 vendor registration $20 Feb. 8, 2019 last year

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