Congratulations to the Teen Poetry Contest Winners!

The Write Michigan Teen Poetry Contest and Slam was back this year, and bigger than ever! We had 237 poems submitted from students at 44 schools across our service area. KDL would like to thank all our teen poets – it can be a scary thing to share your art with strangers, and we are honored by your participation.

Our judge for the written competition, GF Korreck, had the following to say about this year’s entries:

“The writers are to be commended for their passion, their willingness to express tough, often hurtful, elements of life, [and] their courage to use their voice as an instrument of communication, of connection.”

Congrats to the winners, who will each receive a $50 gift card to Meijer!

Written Competition, judged by GF Korreck

Give it All to Me by Samantha Gross
Melanoma by  Vivian Schmidt
I Wish I Was a Boy by Sam Temple
Nocturne by George Murphy
The Bull Doesn't See Red by Jesus Garcia
The Dance Show by Hana Hasanovic
"A Pencil" by Samantha Zimmer
My Flawed Theology by Cailey Calhoun
Serenity by Eleanor Barrett
Times We Never Had by Jillian Noe
A Soul That Doesn't Feel by Jia Niemeyer

Spoken Word Competition, judged by Anna Roseboro, Nay Cook and Tim Hawkins

Middle School Winners - Munira Alemayehu, Sophia Lee, Willow Becker-Baretta, Raymond Quiles and Norah Tilchen

High School Winners - Dan Tarantino, Jesus Garcia, Lee Karas, Madi Hammond, Ollie Kuester and Zoe Paskewicz