An annual prize for sophomore and junior girls in New England
Judge for 2015: Natalie Diaz
The winner & three finalists will read their poems at the Judge’s reading at Smith College.
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”.
Read the winning poems here!
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 “ambitiousÿ 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.