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Panhandle PBS has partnered with the Amarillo Public Library for a blackout poetry program

On Monday, March 22, a blackout poetry program begins for secondary and post-secondary students. Take home poetry kits will be available for pick-up at the Downtown Library. Each kit will contain a copy of Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and The Sea along with supplies for creating a blackout poem from the pages. Two winners – most beautiful and best poem – will be chosen and announces on April 5 when Hemingway premieres on Panhandle PBS.

Blackout poetry is poetry created by taking a piece of text, often from a book, and marking out chunks of text to make a new message. Check out an example below to get started, and come back for a display of submissions!

Hemingway airs from 7 to 9 p.m., April 5 through 7 on Panhandle PBS.


Corporate funding for HEMINGWAY was provided by Bank of America. Major funding was provided by the Annenberg Foundation, The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, and by β€œThe Better Angels Society,” and its members John & Leslie McQuown, the Elizabeth Ruth Wallace Living Trust, John & Catherine Debs, The Fullerton Family Charitable Trust, the Kissick Family Foundation, Gail M. Elden, Gilchrist & Amy Berg, Robert & Beverly Grappone, Mauree Jane & Mark Perry; and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS.

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