Poetry contest winners announced

Posted: Monday, April 28, 2014, 8:38 am

The winners of Worthington Libraries' All-Ages Poetry Contest were announced at open mic readings on Saturday, April 26.

More than 55 people submitted poems during last month's competition, now in its fourth year. A panel of judges reviewed the submissions, and selected three winners in the following categories: grades K-3, 4-6, 7-8, 9-12 and adult.

Poems by the first-place winners are now on display at all three library locations, and poems by all 16 winners are available for download in an online chapbook (PDF).

Grades K-3

  • First Place: "Stars Are Everywhere" by Ethan Strock
  • Second Place: "The Baker's Bread" by Ivan Chivington
  • Third Place: "Rain drop" by Reenit Jain

Grades 4-6

  • First Place: "My Kind of June" by Ashley Hall
  • Second Place: "Hidden" by Emma Wince
  • Third Place: "My Bike" by Ruby Clark

Grades 7-8

  • First Place: "The Almost-Night" by Eliza MacGilvray
  • Second Place: "Love in Hard Times" by Meenakshi Jani
  • Third Place: "Shame and Regret" by Meenakshi Jani

Grades 9-12

  • First Place: "Roads of Childhood" by Rylan Lee
  • Second Place: "Homesickness" by Johana Langova
  • Third Place: "Letter of Resignation" by Carolyn Chen


  • First Place: "This is How I Play" by April Scott
  • Second Place: "I Don't Write Poetry Anymore" by Monica Shaner
  • Third Place: "Quasar" by Christopher Weisenberger

Judges for this year's contest were:

  • Rachel Alexander, former Children's Librarian for Worthington Libraries;
  • Marisa Congelio, Library Media Specialist at Daniel Wright Elementary School;
  • Lisa Fuller, Director of Community Engagement at Worthington Libraries;
  • Mary Lee Hahn: 5th Grade Language Arts Teacher at Daniel Wright Elementary;
  • Stuart Lishan, Associate Professor of English at the Ohio State University;
  • Maggie Smith, poet and blogger for the Kenyon Review;
  • Jennifer Smither, poet;
  • Hannah Stephenson, poet, instructor at CCCAD and Otterbein University, founder of Paging Columbus; and
  • Joy Sullivan, writer

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