First Place: equipoise, by Sophia DeMoe
We are excited to launch this year's High School Poetry Contest. At least 50 poems will be selected for the 2024 High School Poetry Anthology. Click here for submission guidelines, information about this year's judge, and prizes.
The Marin Poetry Center sponsors teen-related projects that celebrate the arts and through our High School Poetry Contest.
MPC’s contest provides students professional review, selection, and publishing via our High School Poetry Anthology. Also, students selected for the anthology are invited to read their work at our Gala Award Ceremony in the spring of each year and receive a free anthology copy. For many students, inclusion in our anthology is their first experience writing and/or publishing a poem. In the process, students tap into a special part of themselves and learn the power of their unique voice. Thank you for supporting the MPC High School Poetry Contest.
The Marin Poetry Center is thrilled to announce the winners and honorable mentions of the 2023 High School Anthology Contest! To follow the past few years, we opened our contest to Bay Area counties beyond Marin. Semifinalists were selected by a panel of experienced poets and our final judge, Joan Baranow, reviewed them anonymously.
The 2023 Marin Poetry Center High School Anthology joins a decades-long line of previous anthologies, each one offering a yearly glimpse into the minds and hearts, and imaginations of teen poets in Marin County and beyond. In my three years as editor, I have been moved, shaken, inspired, and deeply impressed by the talent, creativity, and wisdom of the young poets who trust me with their words. By extension, I am also in awe of the teachers and parents who nurture and support these poets so that they are able to express themselves with such skill, confidence, and honesty.
1 st Place: equipoise – Sophia DeMoe, Marin School of the Arts
2 nd Place: butterflies – Clark Schutz, Marin School of the Arts
3 rd Place: Do Not Pass Go – Naomi Ko, Saint Ignatius College Preparatory
Your Girl – Katherine Boyle, Marin School of the Arts
ringmaster's apprentice – Lauren Dias, Marin School of the Arts
Hiemal – Roxanne Grechman, Redwood High School
Beauty – Ruby Kosek, Tamalpais High School
Thanks for the EIGHT BUCKS, Grandpa – Anita Luo, Lowell High School 988 – Jordan Silver, Drew High School
44 additional poems have been selected for inclusion in the anthology, which launched at our Awards Ceremony and Reading on May 23, 2023.
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First Place: equipoise, by Sophia DeMoe
Second Place: butterflies, by Clark Shutz
Third Place: Do Not Pass Go, by Naomi Ko
Honorable Mention: Your Girl, by Katherine Boyle
Honorable Mention: ringmaster's apprentice, by Lauren Dias
Honorable Mention: Hiemal, by Roxanne Grechman
Honorable Mention: Beauty, by Ruby Kosek
Honorable Mention: Thanks for the EIGHT BUCKS, Grandpa by Anita Luo
Honorable Mention: 988, by Jordan Silver
First Place: Oral History Poem: beyond what I could've done, by Ni N.F.
Second Place: I'll Pray to Myself (God Poem), by K. Bhatt
Third Place: red #1, by Natalja Vazquez Adams
Honorable Mention: paper dreams, by Vienne Voong
Honorable Mention: College Bound, by Sonja Fish
Honorable Mention: counter balance, by Anonymous
Honorable Mention: I've been peeling oranges as a form of prayer, by Claire Cameron
Honorable Mention: vulnerable, by Manisha Murthy
Honorable Mention: Quilt, by Bodhi Dunkel Wilker
Honorable Mention: Sunday, by Violet Monchick
Honorable Mention: 13 Reasons Why I'm Not a Bubbly Perfect Girl, by Hayley Ballard
Honorable Mention: Ode to a Box Filled with Smaller Boxes, by Adi Jolish
Honorable Mention: For My Daughter, by Shaleez Razavi
Honorable Mention: Where I'm From, by Dorian Grillet
Third Place: Yesterday's Red Plaid Flannel, by Talia Harrison
Second Place: Communicating with my Body, by Artemis Frederick
First Place: Numbers, by Odessa Goldberg
First Place: Les Garçons Amoreaux, by Cole Marrinson
Second Place: November: New York, by Evelyn Bohn
Third Place: 32 Reasons Why I Love My Mom, by Sydney West
Honorable Mention: Something Whispered, by Saoirse Staples
Honorable Mention: One, by Alexis Lanigan
Honorable Mention: All Connected, by Dylan Marin
Honorable Mention: Bittersweet Symphony, by Abigail Merciniak
Honorable Mention: How Capitalism Destroyed the Moon, by Jewel Guerra