The Evanston Public Library invites submissions to the 37th annual Jo-Anne Hirshfield Memorial Poetry Awards. The judge for this year’s contest is Allison Funk, an award-winning Illinois poet. The competition is open to all adult and high school age Chicago-area poets, and to all Evanston elementary and middle-school students.

The deadline for submission is March 20, and the prizes will be awarded at a program on May 3 in the Evanston Public Library’s Community Meeting Room.

Full contest rules may be obtained at any Evanston Public Library location or by going to

Allison Funk

Allison Funk has published four books of poems: “The Knot Garden,” Living at the Epicenter,” “Forms of Conversion” and “The Tumbling Box.” Her fifth book of poems, “Wonder Rooms,” will be published this year.

Ms. Funk is a professor in the English Language and Literature Department at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. Her work has been included in The Best American Poetry, 1994, and such journals as Poetry, The Paris Review, The Georgia Review, The Iowa Review, and Shenandoah.