Word Up! Winners 2009
Illyshia Parker, Erika Wade, Kendall Straley Congratulations to Erika Wade from the Alabama School of Fine Arts for winning Word Up! 2009 with her poem "Sowei Girl's Womanhood." Wade was also the winner of last year's Word Up! contest. Kendall Straley of Spain Park and Illyshia Parker of Woodlawn High placed 2nd and 3rd with poems inspired by Portrait of Lady Helen by John Singer Sargent . Word Up! is a poetry contest sponsored by the public libraries of Jefferson County and the Birmingham Museum of Art . This year's contestants got inspiration from one of four works at the museum. Don't miss your chance to see these three ladies perform at this year's Alabama Bound .