Sylvia Plath at Smith

Award: $500

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.


2014 Winner:

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

Judge 2014


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












From Sylvia Plath's journal, Smith College, April 27, 1953