Desert Town Hall, presented by The H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation, is accepting submissions for a poetry contest in honor of former Ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy. Kennedy is the featured speaker on Thursday, March 8, at 6 p.m., at Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa in Indian Wells.

Kennedy has edited 19 New York Times best-selling books, with many being anthologies of poetry, one of her lifelong passions. This poetry contest is themed “Giving Back,” in honor of her diligent work and dedication to our country. Submitted poems will not only be read by Kennedy, but one poem will be selected as the winner who will be awarded two seats to attend her speech on March 8. In addition to the contest, Kennedy will receive a book including all of the submissions as a memento.

To enter the contest participants can submit the poem along with their name, phone number and a brief bio to by March 1. The winner will be notified by phone.

For additional information about the speaker series or contest, visit or call (760) 610-2852.