Winners of the 38th Annual Jo-Anne Hirshfield Memorial Poetry Awards will have the honor of reading their prize-winning poetry along with this year’s contest judge, John Rybicki. The competition winners in the adult, high school, middle school, and elementary school categories will receive their awards at a ceremony to be held April 24 at 2 p.m. at the Library, 1703 Orrington Ave.
Winner of this year’s first prize in the adult category is Anita Koester of Chicago for her poem “Peering Inside the Mouth of the Chicago River.” Pat Price of Evanston wins second prize for her poem “Farewell Dinner at Lugenda Camp Niassa Reserve, Mozambique,” and Sharon Lieberman, of Evanston, takes third prize for her poem, “Old World Fish Memory.” Honorable mentions in this category go to Maureen Flannery of Evanston for “What the North Star Might Reveal to the Seven Sisters of the Pleiades,” Kelly Schiff of Evanston for “Red Line,” Gay Guard-Chamberlin of Chicago for “Pernoctation,” and Emily Feng of Evanston for “Remembrance.”
JJ Shankar of Evanston Township High School wins first prize in the high school category for his poem “The Death of Stonewall Jackson.” Anna Harvey wins second prize for the poem “Cosmic Wanderer,” and third prize goes to Danielle Montella for “Tomorrow.” Honorable mentions are Molly Hart for “A Synesthete’s Aesthetic,” Zinnia Hera Schwartz for “Someday,” Aela Morris for “Broken Glass,” and Hyohee Kim for “Seeing You Stare.”
The middle school winners are: first prize to Esther Orlov-Mayer of Haven Middle School for her poem “Finding My Voice.” Second prize belongs to Anna Wittcoff of Haven Middle School for “Darkness to Sunshine,” and third prize is awarded to Connor Mitchell of Nichols Middle School for “The Cable Car.” Honorable mention is awarded to Rachel Gelhausen of King Arts School for “I Am Earth.”
Winners in the elementary school category are: first prize to Lila Portis of Dewey Elementary School for “Sophina, My Mother,” second prize to Jane Watson of Saint Athanasius School for “Frozen in Time,” and third prize to Ahania Soni of Dewey Elementary School for her poem, “Waiting.”
The program and presentation are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.