H.S. Poetry Prize 2017-2018

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 LuftThe Holderness School, Plymouth, NH
for “Light in the Wreckage

Maureena Murphy, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH
for “Her Afro Pick Speaks

Susan Li, Deerfield Academy, Deerfield, MA
for “November


Click here to read the winning poems of the 2017-18 Winner and Finalists.

Semifinalists: Gina Pasciuto, Fontbonne Academy, MA
for “Shipwreck in Silver

Caitriona Donahue, Brookline HS, MA
for “cosmogyral”
Jacquelyn Daigneau, Enfield HS, CT
for “Defy You, Stars”
Yunkyo Kim, Lexington HS, MA
for “My Mother Dreams of the Flooded House
Journey Singleton, Chase Collegiate School, CT
for “Mustard Seed
Alexandria Roberts, Walnut Hill School for the Arts, MA
for “Pity the Black Man for the Sky is Blue
Nadia Jo, Deerfield Academy, MA
for “Creationism by the 38th Parallel
Abigail ChangChoate Rosemary Hall, CT
for “etymology

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.