Teen Poetry Contest
The winners of Skokie Public Library's 2008 Teen Poetry Contest were announced in early January 2009. The poems by teens, ages 12 through 18, 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.
The Bear, Ainee Fatima, Niles West High School, grade 11
Arguing, Nathaniel Mitchell, King Lab Magnet School, grade 8
Ode to Pepperoni Pizza, Ray Goodall, King Lab Magnet School, grade 8
Braces, Rabia Saleem, McCracken middle School, grade 8
Dear Italy, Anthony DeCapri, King Lab Magnet School, grade 8
The Oceans, Geet Kumar, McCracken Middle School, grade 8
Crisis, Ramzy Sabbara, King Lab Magnet 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.