Massachusetts Poetry Contest Celebrates Market Basket Deal

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The North Andover, Massachusetts poet laureate is encouraging all local poets to enter their poems in the “Market Basket is Back! Celebration Challenge.” According to Wicked Local, a North Andover community news source, Karen Kline hopes the poetry contest will get local shoppers back in line at Market Baskets across the state.

This past summer, Market Basket endured a long and vicious struggle over the company, as relatives of Arthur T. Demoulas attempted to oust him from the store’s chain of command. Employees of Market Basket rallied behind Demoulas, many engaging in an epic strike, saying that they would not return to work without Demoulas. Demoulas has a well-established reputation of treating his workers fairly, compensating them well and demonstrating respect and gratitude for their loyalty to Market Basket. At the end of August, a deal was reached, allowing Market Basket to begin the recovery process. Demoulas was allowed to buy back Market Basket for a reported 1.5 billion dollars, according to The Boston Globe.

Now, to aid in the Market Basket recovery, Kline is encouraging all local poets to submit their work to a poetry competition, celebrating the deal. According to Wicked Local, “anyone is welcome to submit a poem or short essay, one page maximum for both, for entry on why they’re thankful for Market Basket.”

Entries should be emailed to valleyofthepoets@gmail.com. On December 19th, all submissions will appear on Wicked Local and on AnneBradstreet.org. A winning entry from a youth as one from an adult will appear in the North Andover Citizen.