H.S. Poetry Prize 2013-2014

An annual prize for sophomore and junior girls in New England


from left to right: Finalist Isabelle Ness, Maria Theano Juran, winner,
Judge Alicia Ostriker, Finalist Ruting Li, Finalist Courtney Breiner

Award: $500

Judge for 2014: Alicia Ostriker

The winner & three finalists will read their poems at the Judge’s reading at Smith College.

2014 Winner:

Maria Theano Juran (St. Luke’s School), for “you don’t know anything so don’t even”


  • Ruting Li (Milton Academy), for “Ode to Summer Storms”
  • Courtney Breiner (Emma Willard School), for“Sweetheart, you were rude”
  • Isabelle Ness (Northampton High School), for “When No One’s Watching”.

Read the winning poems here!

About the Judge:


Twice nominated for the National Book Award and winner of the William Carlos Williams Award and Jewish National Book Award, Alicia Ostriker has been called “one of those brilliantly provocative and imaginatively gifted contemporaries” by Joyce Carol Oates, who noted that her “iconoclastic expression, whether in prose or poetry, is essential to our understanding of our American selves.” Named one of “10 Great Jewish Poets” by Moment magazine and the author of 15 books, she is professor emerita of English at Rutgers University and core faculty at the Low-Residency MFA Program at Drew University.