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2014 Beverly Hopkins Memorial Poetry Contest
for High School Students
April 11, 2014 Press Release
St. Louis Poetry Center Announces Winners of High School Poetry Contest
Lily Fitzsimmons, a sophomore at Crossroads College Preparatory School, has won first place for her poem titled "The Same Sky" in this year's Beverly Hopkins Memorial Poetry Contest for high school students. The award comes with a cash prize of $200.
Fitzsimmons' first-place poem was among 305 works submitted by 125 students from 30 high schools in the greater St. Louis area. Virginia Slachman, a published poet and adjunct professor at Washington University who judged the contest, said that Fitzsimmons’ poem "evinces a mature exploration of the human condition—an auspicious beginning for this young poet."
Second-place honors and a $125 prize went to Abigail Eswine, a sophomore at Webster Groves High School, for her poem "Moscow Evenings." Sophia Marusic, a freshman at John Burroughs School, won third place and $75 for her poem "Flurries.
Contest judge Virginia Slachman selected 3 poems for honorable mentions: "I Am From" by Adullahi Haji at Eureka High School, "Carlos Williams--In Memoriam" by John Fox at St. Louis Priory School, and "Solo" by Xuanie Casareg at Grand Center Arts Academy.
The 3 contest winners and students receiving honorable mentions will read their poems at an awards ceremony at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 18, at The Focal Point, 2720 Sutton Ave., Maplewood, MO, 63143. A reception will follow. Admission is free. The doors open at 1 p.m.
The contest is sponsored by the St. Louis Poetry Center, which cultivates poets and audiences through workshops, reading series, and poetry education in schools, homeless shelters, and other settings. The St. Louis Poetry Center receives funding from the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission and the Missouri Arts Council.
The 2014 James H. Nash
SLPC Members-Only Poetry Contest
Judge: Scott Cairns CONGRATULATIONS to the following,
“Everyman Revisited” and “When He Died In His Sleep”
“Watching Seals Off Lindisfarne” and “Watching the Detective”
Kate Kernan, MD
“Questions upon discharge, Washington, DC, November 2006” and
“Wind Answers, Washington, DC, November 2006”
Teddy Norris, “Bone Cathedral”
Judith Saul Stix, "Gone and Not Gone"
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