he Alabama Center for the Book, Auburn University Environmental Institute, Auburn University Libraries, Alabama Water Watch, and Auburn University College of Agriculture announce the winners of River of Words 2009.

River of Words is an environmental art and poetry contest created to promote watershed awareness, literacy, and the arts among our nation's youth. Students are invited to explore the natural and cultural history of the river, lakes, and streams of Alabama - and the puddles and ponds of their own backyard - then to express through poetry and art what they discover.

State winners are recognized in April. National Grand Prize winners (eight students each year) receive a trip to Washington, DC, where they are recognized at the Library of Congress.

For more information about River of Words, including guidelines and entry forms, go to www.riverofwords.org