Kenyan poet Walter Keyombe has been named the winner of the 4th Annual Northern Essex Community College Peace Poetry Contest for his poem titled Wolves.
His congratulatory email from the organization read: “We are pleased to inform you that your poem “Wolves” was selected as part of a small group of submissions that, because of their creative examination of the topic of peace, will be published in a chapbook titled 2012 NECC Peace Poetry. Also, your poem was chosen as the winning category poem. Congratulations!”
Walter has also been invited to perform the winning poem at the American college on May 4. The reading is “to honor the winners of this contest, and to celebrate the publication of this chapbook of outstanding peace poems.”
Walter will also be presented with a copy of the book and an award certificate. He will also have a chance to talk about his peace work in Kenya.
Walter works with Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI) a nonprofit organization. The purpose of YHRI is to teach youth about human rights, specifically the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and inspire them to become advocates for tolerance and peace.