H.S. Poetry Prize 2009-2010

An annual prize for sophomore and junior girls in New England


Award: $500

Judge for 2010: Tracy K Smith

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

2010 Winner:

Haeyeon Cho (Milton Academy), for “The Soup Kitchen”


Samantha Ardoin (Phillips Exeter Academy), for “No Meaning Intended”

Elizabeth Bennett (Milton Academy), for “Race Days”

Carly McIver (Marblehead High School), for “In Which a Past Shows Visions of the Future and the Mallard Duck Regrets His Choice of Living Quarters”

Read winning poems here!

tksmithJudge 2010: Tracy K Smith

Tracy K. Smith‘s poems treat grief and loss, historical intersections with race and family, and the threshold between childhood and adulthood, prompting Yusef Komunyakaa to write, “Here’s a voice that can weave beauty and terror into one breath.” Joy Harjo has called her work “a true merging of the ancient roots of poetry with the language of an age of a different kind of sense.” Author of two collections, The Body’s Question andDuende, and recipient of many honors, Smith teaches creative writing at Princeton.