Teen Poetry Contest Winners

In December 2005, Skokie Public Library was pleased to announce the winners of the 2005 Teen Poetry Contest. The poems of teens, ages twelve through eighteen, were judged by Skokie librarians. Winners of the contest are listed below. All winners receive prizes and their poems are on display in Skokie Public Library during April, National Poetry Month.

Illinois poet Kevin Stein has selected winning poems from Skokie Public Library's contests to appear on his own website.  Visit his Youth Poetry Archive for more Skokie winners.

First Place

Creature of the Arctic Snow Bed, Pooja Desai, Niles North High School, grade 9

Second Place

Lament to Rosen Mountains, Kara Mae Won Mui, Lincoln Junior High School, grade 7

Third Place

Don't, Kathryn Peyer, Homeschooled, grade 12

Honorable Mentions

MARS, Sadaf Bhai, Lincoln Junior High School, grade 7

Hear O Israel, Aviva Calamaro, Niles West High School, grade 12

INTIFADA, Daniel Kanter, Chicagoland Jewish High School, grade 10

ONE BIG FIGHT, Jenny Tseitlin, Aptakisic Junior High School, grade 8

You may also want to take a look at the list of winning poems from the 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004 Teen Poetry Contests!

Each year, three top poems are submitted by Skokie Public Library to VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates) magazine's national poetry contest.  VOYA winners each receive a small cash prize and their poem is published in the April issue of VOYA magazine.  To date there have been three VOYA winners from Skokie: Maggie Fair, 2002; Avi Cohen-McClelland, 2002; and Tamar Rubin, 2000.

To promote the reading and appreciation of poetry, Skokie Public Library participated in The Favorite Poem Project launched by former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky.

You can find more poetry written by teens on the Teen Ink website.  You can also listen to recordings from the Chicago-area Louder Than A Bomb teen poetry slam.