As I am a person who suffers anxiety in the face of public speaking I feel I got through my first ever poetry reading fairly well. The audience was not too big and my wonderful cousin Stewart provided much needed moral support & a little comic relief. Thanks so much again Stewart. Thanks also to Shirley, the Friends of the University, and to the judges. I look forward to the next competition and to the opportunity to improve as a writer and in public speaking.
Poetry winners were each awarded a gift certificate to use on a purchase from the Friends Gift Shop. Already an Al Brant fan it was an easy decision to get a copy of his CD "Songs for the Early Morning Sun", that's just smart shopping. I also bought a silk scarf before seeking out the assistance of a hospital employee to help me find my car.
It was a good day overall, both inspiring and wonderful to be a part of.