Sylvia Plath at Smith
Judge for 2014: Natalie Diaz
The winner & three finalists will read their poems at the Judge's reading
at Smith College on April 7th, 2015.
Clara Henderson (The Sharon Academy), for "Daddy"
- Mallory Chabre (Rockville High School), for "Every Bad Thing Happened on a Tuesday"
- Sarah Norden (Merriconeag Waldorf School), for "To His Landlocked Lover"
- Joscelyn Norris (Westover School), for "Tides"
- Hunter Bailey (Oxford High School), for "Stardust and dust bunnies will both leave you the same"
- Emma Brousseau (Rockport High School), for "What I Learned (What You Taught Me) About Beauty"
- Narisa Buranasiri (The Hotchkiss School), for "The Minister's Breakfast"
- Toni Esperanza Chadwell (Ridgefield High School), for "The Galaxy as I Know It"
- Avital Dayanim (Gann Academy) for "Vincent"
- Jemma Fisher (Northampton High School), for "guide for going"
- Cindy Guo (Wheeler School), for "Ode to Charcoal"
- Leah Harmon (Ipswich High School) for "Music Notes"
- Jiyoung Jeong (Milton Academy), for "Watching Children at the Marketplace, One Day"
- Lillian Moore-Eissenberg (The Bromfield School), for "Angled Asphalt"
- Lydia Quevedo (Long Trail School), for "Lost Cheese"
- Abigail Revoir (The Commonwealth School), for "Cavities"
- Haley Tetreault-Kellett (Gorham High School), for "Houses"
The Poetry Center at Smith College was founded in 1998 with the goals of bringing distinguished poets to the College, creating a video archive of their readings, promoting an appreciation of poetry in the larger community through outreach to schools. The Poetry Center celebrates Smith’s long and illustrious relationship with such world-renowned poets as Sylvia Plath, W.H. Auden, Richard Wilbur, and Adrienne Rich.
NATALIE DIAZ's experiences growing up on a Mojave Indian reservation inform her exciting poetry debut, When My Brother Was an Aztec. Praised by New York Times reviewer Eric McHenry as an "ambitious˙ beautiful book," this collection grapples with poverty, drug addiction, and encounters with the law. Formerly a professional basketball player, Diaz now directs a Mojave language revitalization program. Her work has been published in Prairie Schooner, Iowa Review, and Best New Poets, and she received the Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, the Louis Untermeyer Scholarship in Poetry from Bread Loaf, the Narrative Poetry Prize, and a Lannan Literary Fellowship.
Past judges: Naomi Shihab Nye * Sharon Olds * Maxine Kumin