An annual prize for sophomore and junior girls in New England
Judge for 2013: Aracelis Girmay
The winner & three finalists will read their poems at the Judge’s reading at Smith College.
Helena Ainsworth from Newburyport High School, Newburyport, MA
for “Space Cadet Noggin Socket Helmet”
Annalise Cain from Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Public Charter School, South Hadley, MA for “Porky the Papa”
Deja Carr from Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Public Charter School, South Hadley, MA for “John Deere and Aunt Jemima”
Nadia Gribkova from Westover School, Middlebury, CT for “Daybreak”
Read the winning poems here!
About the Judge:
Aracelis Girmay’s poems move with grace between prayerfulness, defiance, heartache, and mischief. Her first book of poems, Teeth, draws from her many lineages—Eritrean, Puerto Rican, African American—and joins them in a distinct voice that Martín Espada calls “brave, lyrical, fiery, joyful.” Her stunning most recent collection, Kingdom Animalia, won the Isabella Gardner Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle, who called Girmay “an American original.”