Congratulations to the Winner and Finalists
of the 12th annual
Smith College Poetry Prize for High School Girls
Winner: Malia Chung, Milton Academy, Milton, MA
for “Crabbing in Bethany, Delaware”
Finalists: Lexie von der Luft, The Holderness School, Plymouth, NH
for “Light in the Wreckage“
Maureena Murphy, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH
for “Her Afro Pick Speaks“
Qingying Li, Deerfield Academy, Deerfield, MA
Semifinalists: Gina Pasciuto, Fontbonne Academy, MA
for “Shipwreck in Silver“
for “Creationism by the 38th Parallel“
Sponsored by the Poetry Center at Smith College
The Poetry Center at Smith College was founded in 1997 with the goals of bringing distinguished poets to the College, creating a video archive of their readings, and 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.
About the Judge
MARIE HOWE writes with stunning simplicity and intimacy. She is the author of The Good Thief, The Kingdom of Ordinary Time, and What the Living Do, which is in large part a personal elegy to her brother John, who died of AIDS. Michael Cunningham pronounced her long-anticipated new book Magdalene “gorgeous, ferocious, lacerating, sexy, and profoundly compassionate.” Howe has been a fellow at the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe and a recipient of NEA and Guggenheim fellowships. Currently, she teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College and NYU.