Poetry Jam – Cast Your Vote!

Let’s think about pink! The Pink Ribbon Blues Poetry Jam ran from June 1 – June 30. There were 13 submissions and ten finalists are waiting for your review. You’ll have about 2 weeks to vote for your favorite pink-culture jamming poem (the rating survey will be open through July 24). The top 3 favorites win the contest!

Click on the link below to read the poems and rate them according to your liking.  Remember the ultimate goal for the jam is to change the conversation about breast cancer by challenging assumptions, values, beliefs, and norms.

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6QGHYNH

Prizes:

  • Grand prize: $100 donated in your name directly to the cancer-related organization of your choice; a copy of Pink Ribbon Blues signed to you by the author; and your winning poem with a short bio of the poet displayed on the PRB website through the month of Pinktober.
  • 2nd place prize: $50 donated in your name directly to the cancer-related organization of your choice; a copy of Pink Ribbon Blues signed to you by the author; and your winning poem with a short bio of the poet displayed on the PRB website through the month of Pinktober.
  • 3rd place prize: $25 donated in your name directly to the cancer-related organization of your choice; a copy of Pink Ribbon Blues signed to you by the author; and your winning poem with a short bio of the poet displayed on the PRB website through the month of Pinktober.

P.S. I hoped to have these out to you on July 5th… but missed my own deadline. My apologies!

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4 comments to Poetry Jam – Cast Your Vote!

  • Pink Ribbon Blues,

    It’s great to finally have some fun with pink! Let the voting begin! Nice prizes, too, by the way!

  • Oh these are great! What a fun read! Thank you Gayle for putting this on, what a great idea . . . and great prizes too!

    All the best,
    Lisa

  • I really enjoyed reading these poems, and I thought they all had a unique take on the assignment. It’s so hard to pick a favorite among them, but I think the limerick may have done the best job of capturing the spirit needed to “wake up” pink culture — it’s inanity and rhyme captured the “don’t think, just pink” spirit very well. Thank you for putting on this contest, strong entries! Congratulations to all the poets on their work! -Michael

  • Mary

    Thank you, Gayle, for taking the time to do this, with your busy schedule. The poems tell it like it is. I happen to look good in pink and wear it occasionally but now that I am a BC/treatment “survivor?” (hate that word, but will leave that for another time), I’m always asked if I am wearing it for the cause. Duh, NO!!! I resent my birthday month being taken over by fake pink hype with too much of the profits going to the manufacturers of pink products. You are a true blessing!

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* GAYLE IN THE MEDIA *

"Seeing clearly through the pink haze" Toronto Sun

*Sad face*: Being happy does not help you live longer" New Scientist

How should we address breast cancer when norms continually change? The Guardian

Your Fun 'No Bra Day' Photos Are Overshadowing Terminal Breast Cancer Patients Broadly

Backlash against “pinkwashing” of breast cancer awareness campaigns BMJ

Breast Cancer to Rise 50 Percent by 2030? Hey, Not So Fast! Health News Review

Breast Cancer: The Flaws in the Cause iafrica.com

How to Make the Biggest Impact With Your Breast Cancer Donations Money

The Very Pink, Very Controversial Business of Breast Cancer Awareness Racked

NFL, Pink Ribbons Not Enough to Win over Women CNN

3 Questions We Need to Answer for Breast Cancer Awareness Month Chronicle of Philanthropy

The problem with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Women's Health Magazine

Pink Ribbon Envy: Living with an Uncool Cancer The Nib

A Year After Bombings, Some Say 'Boston Strong' Has Gone Overboard NPR, All Things Considered

Canadian Mammogram Study KCRW, NPR Affiliate

Time to Debunk the Mammography Myth CNN

Breast Cancer: Awareness, Activism & Pinkwashing NPR Charlotte

Buying Pink Al Jazeera's The Stream Watch »

The Pink Backlash Orlando Sentinel

Why Jolie's Test Costs So Much CNN

Preventative Mastectomies: Disease and Deception BlogTalkRadio

Angelina Jolie and the 'Breast Cancer Gene' KCRW

Our Feel-Good War on Breast Cancer The New York Times Magazine.

The Story Behind the Pink Ribbon Campaign Sisters Talk Radio

WISH Interview Women's International Summit for Health

Making Cancer About The Patient, Not The Body Part CBS Pittsburgh

Sexy breast cancer campaigns anger many patients USA Today

The perils of pink The Daily

Komen pink campaign creates breast-cancer blues for some Dallas Morning News

A yellow flag for the NFL's pink New York Daily

Gayle Sulik named #7 in SharecareNow’s Top 10 Online Influencers in Breast Cancer

Breast cancer cancer causes so easily derailed Philly Inquirer

Komen Charity Under Microscope for Funding, Science Reuters

The Fight Against Cancer - And Abortion? Salon.com

Susan G. Komen For the Cure defunds Planned Parenthood. In Deep with Angie Coiro

Amid Breast Cancer Month, Is there Pink Fatigue? NPR's All Things Considered

How is Breast Cancer Culture Undermining Women's Health? America’s Radio News Network

Pink Ribbon Culture and Breast Cancer The Kojo Nnamdi Show

The Big Business of Breast Cancer
Marie Claire

Does Breast Cancer Awareness Month Crowd Out Other Diseases? Slate

Pink Inc. Has Many Starting to See Red The Sacramento Bee

Get Your Pink Off Ottawa Citizen

Komen Pink Ribbons Raise Green and Questions USA Today

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