The Journal Star in Lincoln Nebraska has an article about a high school students journey into the world poetry. What got her started and where has she gone since first jumping into the art.
“Maybe, says Shuqiao Song, it was a T.S. Eliot poem. Maybe it was her English teacher. Maybe it was the competition. Whatever it was, Song, now a Lincoln East High School senior, discovered poetry…Maybe, says Shuqiao Song, it was T.S. Eliot, that first line of his “The Waste Land” so powerful she had to put the book down, only to come back later and consume the whole poem, word by word.”
So far she has won local and state poetry competitions and last spring went to Washington, D.C. to take part in the national “Poetry Out Loud” contest, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and The Poetry Foundation, with other students from all over the country.