Sarah Loucks of Boston (Milton Academy), for
"In Memoriam"


Michaela Forfa of West Stockbridge (Monument Mountain Regional High School), for "Turn-Down Service"

Joanna Rosenberg of Westford (Westford Academy), for "i'm smaller than yesterday"

Elizabeth Scheer of Northampton (Williston Northampton School), for "Alone on Bedford Street"

Judge for 2007: Naomi Shihab Nye

Read the Winning Poems here!

The winner & three finalists read their poems at the judge's reading at Smith College, April 3, 2007




In addition to the $500 cash prize awarded to the winner, she and the three finalists received a signed copy of 19 Varieties of Gazelle, by Naomi Shihab Nye. The winner and finalists also spent the day at Smith College, meeting privately with Ms. Nye to discuss their poetry, and present their winning work at her evening reading.


Naomi Shihab Nye



Author and editor of more than twenty volumes, including poetry, fiction, and anthologies for young readers, Naomi Shihab Nye has won many distinguished awards, including Lannan and Guggenheim Fellowships, and a Lavan Award from the Academy of American Poets. Her collection 19 Varieties of Gazelle was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her work has been presented on National Public Radio on shows such as A Prairie Home Companion and The Writer's Almanac, and she has been featured on two PBS poetry specials.






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