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English Department Poetry Contest

2021 This is Poetry ENGLISH DEPARTMENT POETRY CONTEST

Theme: The Last Year

The world is temporarily closed

(Photo by Edwin Hooper)

The last year has been a tough one. A LOT has happened. So write a poem that reflects loss, grief, pain, frustration, isolation, injustice, uncertainty, unrest, quiet, connection, love, hope, or anything else you associate with the last year.

Deadline: April 30, 11:59 pm

Submission Guidelines

1st place: $125 - 2nd place: $75 - 3rd place: $50


2019 This is Poetry ENGLISH DEPARTMENT POETRY CONTEST 

Theme: Identity

 Flowers growing out of a person's neck

Winners 

1st Place: “P-problem in the Meadow” by Daniel Orona

2nd Place: Untitled by Marilyn Ramirez

3rd Place: “A Friend at the End of the World” by Leiza Castillo

Honorable Mention: “Dissociative” by James Shawe

 

2018 This is Poetry ENGLISH DEPARTMENT POETRY CONTEST 

Theme: Boundaries

 Hand breaking through fishtank

Winners 

1st Place: "My, What Voice You Have" by Jessi Jarrin

2nd Place: "Is It Stockholm Syndrome?" by Meztli Morales

3rd Place: Untitled by Laura Rosen

Honorable Mention: "Lady of Belen" by Maria De Jesus Antunez

 

2017 This is Poetry ENGLISH DEPARTMENT POETRY CONTEST 

Theme: Oppression

 "Poetry is not a luxury. It is a vital necessity of our existence."

--Audre Lorde

 Girl with mouth covered with tape

WINNERS

1st Place:“Offering” by Suzan Ramirez

2nd Place: “Pumpkin Pie” by Jessi Jarrin

3rd Place: “Beautiful Girl” by Jordan Warren

Honorable Mention: "Agoraphobia" by Eric Greilach

 

2016 This is Poetry ENGLISH DEPARTMENT POETRY CONTEST 

Theme: Food

“If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.”

    --Emily Dickinson

 Emily Dickinson with the top of her head blown off

Winners 

1st Place: "The First Bite" by Jessi Jarrin

2nd Place: "El Posole de Abuela" by Karla Enriquez

3rd Place: "The Ice Cream Man" by Kimberly Salazar

Honorable Mention: "What Rhymes with Banana?" by Tahshae Catching

 

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