H.S. Poetry Prize 2011-2012

An annual prize for sophomore and junior girls in New England


front, seated: Taite Puhala, winner, Finalist Kathleen Reilly, Finalist Riley Boeth, Finalist Madeleine Chill 
rear, standing: Eavan Boland (right)

2012 Winner:

Taite Puhala from the Westminster School, Simsbury, CT for “a cappella”


Riley Boeth from the Westover School, Middlebury, CT for “A Last Apology”

Madeleine Chill, Home-schooled in Andover, CT for “Antlers”

Kathleen Reilly from Marblehead High School, Marblehead, MA for “Looking for Why”

This year’s judge, Eavan Boland, will meet with the winner and finlalists and they will read their poems at the start of her reading, April 3, 7:30 pm in Weinstein Auditorium.

Read the winning poems here!


Congratulations also to these semifinalists, whose work stood out from the large number of entries:

  • Emeline Atwood from Milton Academy, Milton, MA for “The Big Apple”
  • Tatiana Dalton from Marblehead High School, Marblehead, MA for “Fallen Glass”
  • Kat Kulke from Milton Academy, Milton, MA for “Kurt Cobain’s Widow”
  • Nicole O’Leary from Nauset Regional High School, Eastham, MA for “Day Lilies”
  • Yeong Seo Park from St. Mark’s School, Southborough, MA for “Neglinnaya Street”
  • Sara Sussman from Lexington High School, Lexington, MA for “[lick these words off my hot throat:]”
  • Ira Teveleva from Amherst Regional High School, Amherst, MA for “Like Wildfire”
  • Victoria White from Milton Academy, Milton MA for “August, Age Nine”

Judge for 2012: Eavan Boland

The award carried with it a prize of $500 for the first-place winner, and the winners read their poems on stage at Eavan Boland’s spring poetry reading. Before the reading, the winner and runners-up are also invited to meet privately with Eavan Boland, and to spend an afternoon at Smith, visiting the Poetry Center and meeting with President Christ. The Smith College Poetry Prize for High School Girls is a regionwide contest open to sophomore and junior girls. Submissions were received from all parts of New England, and from public, private and home-schooled students. Tracy K. Smith chose the winning poems from among twenty finalists, selected anonymously by a committee of students and faculty.

ebolandAbout the judge

Eavan Boland was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1944, and graduated from Trinity College in 1966. She has taught at Trinity College, University College, Bowdoin College, and was a member of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. She is on the board of the Irish Arts Council and a member of the Irish Academy of Letters, and is a member of the English Department at Stanford University.