Posted: Monday, April 29, 2013, 8:47 am
The winners of Worthington Libraries' All-Ages Poetry Contest were announced at open mic readings on Saturday, April 27.
More than 75 entries were received for the third annual competition, and a panel of judges awarded first through third place honors in five categories.
Poems by the first-place winners are now on display at Old Worthington and Northwest Libraries, and poems by all 16 winners are available for download in an online chapbook (PDF).
- First place: "French Fries" by Ardo Diallo
- Second place: "Our School Is Very Different!" by Brianna Biehn
- Third place (tie): "My Eyes" by Ella Fledderjohann and "Winter Night" by Natalie Schneider
- First place: "Here I Stand, Proud and Tall" by Meenakshi Jani
- Second place: "Questions for the People" by Mallory Hartsell
- Third place: "The Mockingbird" by Victoria Nash
- First place: "My Cats: Lyra and Thunder" by Bonnie Guo
- Second place: "Fading Color" by Sidney Smith
- Third place: "We Roses." by Kia Malkin
- First place: "Three Lockets" by Cora Reichert
- Second place: "Presentation" by Annie Chen
- Third place: "Porcelain Doll" by Carolyn Chen
- First place: "A Zealot" by Nicole Nicholson
- Second place: "Hawks" by Wendy Salyer
- Third place: "Plumbum" by Sam Orndorff
Judges for this year's contest were:
- Marisa Congelio, Library Media Specialist at Daniel Wright Elementary School;
- Lisa Fuller, Director of Community Engagement at Worthington Libraries;
- Lesley Jenike, Assistant Professor of English at Columbus College of Art and Design;
- Stuart Lishan, Associate Professor of English at the Ohio State University;
- Mary McClellan, children's writer;
- Lori Poleway, Library Media Specialist at Thomas Worthington High School;
- Maggie Smith, poet and blogger for the Kenyon Review;
- Jennifer Smither, poet; and,
- Robin Troth, Language Arts teacher at Kilbourne Middle School.
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