H.S. Poetry Prize

Congratulations to the Winner and Finalists
of the eleventh annual
Smith College Poetry Prize for High School Girls

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

Finalists: 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”

The Winner and Finalists will read with prize judge Meg Day on April 4, 2017.

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”

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

MegDay_LastPsalmauthorphoto_CroppedMEG 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.


Past judges: * Naomi Shihab Nye * Sharon Olds * Maxine Kumin