H.S. Poetry Prize 2016-2017 Winners

An annual prize for sophomore and junior girls in New England

Left to Right: Finalist Arielle Belluck, Judge Meg Day, Finalist Alena Ayvazian

Finalist Ana Kusserow

Winner Masfi Khan


2017 Winner:

Masfi Khan, Queens High School for the Sciences at York College, New York, NY
for “My Body as a Home”


  • Alena Ayvazian, The Hartsbrook School, Hadley, MA
    for “Indigo-berried Bees”
  • Arielle Belluck, Weston High School, Weston, CT
    for “תשובה (Teshuva)”
  • Ana Kusserow, Vermont Commons School, South Burlington, VT
    for “Our Father’s Garden”

Read the winning poems here!


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

  • Isabella Alvarez, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH for “A Compendium”
  • Jennifer Boyd, Notre Dame Academy, Hingham, MA for “Trapeze Song”
  • Sophia Chang, North Kingstown High School, North Kingstown, RI for “Sappho, in Pantoum”
  • Lily Goldberg, Hunter College High School, New York, NY for “prayer for second love (january)”
  • Rachel Justice, Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, Hartford, CT for “Works in Progress”
  • Sydney Kim, Concord Academy, Concord, MA for “Scheherazade”
  • Lissa Paul, Arlington Catholic High School, Arlington, MA for “[In the vortex of life, she is a cicada]”
  • Kaleigh Perkins, Rockville High School, Vernon, CT for “Terminal”
  • Marie-Rose Sheinerman, Hunter College High School, New York, NY for “Babushka”
  • Elizabeth Szanton, Newton South High School, Newton, MA for “The Moon and Other Survivors”
  • Jessica Wang, Milton Academy, Milton, MA for “In the Kitchen with My Mother”


About the Judge:

Meg Day is the author of Last Psalm at Sea Level, winner of the Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize and The Publishing Triangle’s 2015 Audre Lorde Award, as well as finalist for the 2016 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Day earned a Ph.D in Literature and Creative Writing with an emphasis on Disability Poetics from the University of Utah, and, while there, was Poetry Editor of Quarterly West. A recipient of the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, Day teaches at Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania.