Ascension to Parnassus Poetry Contest Wraps up at SUSU

Ascension to Parnassus Poetry Contest has wrapped up at South Ural State University.

The contest gathered young student poets studying at SUSU. Each participant presented three of their works to the jury, which included members of the Union of Writers of Russia.

“I don’t know any other such contests, at least in Chelyabinsk. It is interesting because everything is happening here and now,” says member of the Union of Writers of Russia Oksana Rolkova.

Maksim Sattarov, student of the Polytechnic Institute, was one of the participants. He has written more than 100 poems. 

“I began seriously writing poems about 6 years ago when I was still in school. Back then I understood that I could write serious poetry in terms of composition, rhythm, and rhyme. I write poems based on my mood, and often it’s lyrics of my soul. But since poems sometimes come to me spontaneously, I write very different kinds of poetry, depending on what pushes me to write. This is not the first time I have participated in Ascension to Parnassus Contest, and since I was pleased with last year’s one, I decided to participate again this year. I read 3 of my poems which I consider as my best.”

At the end of the event, the jury began a vote in which they announced the names of the winners. In turn, the winners will represent SUSU at the International South Ural Literary Award and the city-wide stage of Student Spring. One of the people chosen was student of Miass Branch of SUSU Sergey Polyanskiy. He said that winning was a surprise for him since he participated in Ascension to Parnassus just to hear critical opinion about his poems.

“I came to this competition to see how other poets or beginning poets would react to the literature I write. To hear reviews and simply see peoples’ reactions, and hear what I need to work on. But I ended up winning,and I’m very happy.”

All of the participants were awarded diplomas and prizes, and after that Chelyabinsk poet Roman Yapishin offered a master class for the young poets where he spoke about the subtleties of writing poetic texts.

The literary club Student Parnassus was created at the SUSU Creativity Center in 1988. The Head of this club is Liliya Kuleshova, member of the Union of Writers of Russia. The idea for Ascension to Parnassus festival came at the same time as the the club was created and the goal was to popularize and support students’ creative development as young poets.

Marina Kovyazina; photo by Oleg Igoshin
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