McKensie Clayton of Eugene never really tried her hand at poetry, unless it was required as part of a school assignment.
But then Diane McGinnis, the English teacher at Three Lakes High School in Albany’s Oak Creek Youth Correctional Facility, told the young women incarcerated there they had an opportunity to enter a poetry contest.
The contest, sponsored by the Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings, based in Washington, D.C., puts together an anthology of some of the entries and gives cash prizes to the winners.
Clayton thought about entering a short poem she’d written recently, then thought about creating something longer.
Then she thought more about the issues of methamphetamine addiction that landed her in Oak Creek in the first place.