Cosby Show Star Awards $1,000 Prize to Winning Poet

Top Quote Geoffrey Owens and Risingstar31 Productions announce the winner of the first Poetry In Motion writing contest. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) April 02, 2012 - Geoffrey Owens and RisingStar31 are pleased to announce the first Poetry In Motion contest winner. The writing competition opened in November 2011 and continued to February 29th of this year. After receiving many wonderful entries, Owens selected the sonnet entitled, Fire and Grace, written by Merri Mcelderry, who will be awarded $1,000 in cash. The poem can be viewed at the RisingStar31 website by clicking:

    Owens, who starred in The Cosby Show, is a Shakespearean actor, drama teacher and poet. He recently teamed up with RisingStar31 to begin production of the Poetry In Motion videotaped e-Cards, an entertaining selection of poetry-filled cards that celebrate the holidays and special events.

    The writing contest was sponsored by Zoe Bowie, author of the book, My Father, My Son and Dr. Randall C. Morgan, Jr., Executive Director of the Montague Cobb National Medical Association.

    Zoe has been an advocate for teens for most of her life, finding safe and secure adoptive homes for them, and in her career as a Rehabilitation Counselor she worked with at-risk youth in the Massachusetts and New York prison systems.

    In My Father, My Son Zoe offers a powerful lesson to young people who're in search of their identities and struggling to free themselves from the dangers of the streets and sense of hopelessness.

    "The inspiration for this book," says Zoe, "originated from my work with teenagers and in observing their lack of self-esteem, poor self-images and lack of vision for their futures." In developing the main character, she used memories of her own son's struggles and accomplishments, and the manner in which he applied them to help others.

    The book trailer for My Father, My Son can be viewed at:

    For more information about the book, visit the website:

    As Executive Director of the Cobb Institute, Dr. Morgan spearheads an organization that conducts vital research projects that impact the country's health-care policies and delivery of medical services.

    The W. Montague Cobb/NMA Health Institute was founded in 2004 at Howard University in Washington D.C. The Institute conducts research that informs health policy-makers and serves as a vehicle for the discussion of relevant issues. Since its inception, the Cobb/NMA Institute has focused on a mission to identify and facilitate solutions that will reduce racial and ethnic health disparities and in the process, improve the health of all Americans.

    For more information about the Cobb Institute, visit their website at:

    For more information about RisingStar31 Productions' talent contests (open auditions), books, videos and production services, please visit:

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