Teen Poetry Contest Winners
The winners of Skokie Public Library's 2007 Teen Poetry Contest were announced in December. 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.
Brady, Aja Klevs, King Lab Magnet School, grade 8
As We EmBraced, Jamshaid Wasson, Homeschooled, grade 11
picturesque (for you), Kara Mui, Niles West High School, grade 9
In the eyes of a first grader, Lanie Berk, King Lab Magnet School, grade 8
Where I'm From, Rupal S. Desai, Old Orchard Junior High School, grade 7
Soccer, Talya Erf, East Prairie School, grade 6
The Ideal Man, Cindy Pollack, Ida Crown Jewish Academy, grade 12
Alexander, Alex Stavropoulos,East Prairie School, grade 8
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.