2019 Adult Poetry Contest Winners

Each March, I am floored by the talent that floods my inbox as poets from the area submit their verse to the JMRL-WriterHouse Adult Poetry Contest. This is the fourth year that JMRL and WriterHouse have partnered to offer this contest, which accepted entries from March 1-30.

The contest this year was judged by the esteemed Henry Hart, current Poet Laureate of Virginia and Professor of English and Humanities at the College of William and Mary. The winner and runner-up were announced at the Poetry on the Steps open mic poetry event on Thursday, April 25 at JMRL’s Central Library. Continue reading

2018 Adult Poetry Contest Winners

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2018 Adult Poetry Contest winner Erin Newton Wells reads her poem “Nevertheless, Isabella Gibbons Reads” at Poetry on the Steps

This year was the most successful yet for our third annual Jefferson-Madison Regional Library/WriterHouse Adult Poetry Contest. With 108 entries, it’s easy to see that poetry is near and dear to the hearts of those in the Charlottesville area. Former Poet Laureate of Virginia, Ron Smith, judged the contest this year and selected the winner as Erin Newton Wells with her poignant poem “Nevertheless, Isabella Gibbons Reads.” For this poem, Erin won a $200 Visa gift card as her prize, along with a yearlong membership to WriterHouse. Congratulations, Erin! Pictured here, Erin reads her poem at Poetry on the Steps on April 26. Continue reading

2017 Adult Poetry Contest Winners

Andrea Rowland

Andrea Rowland reads her winning poem “These Same Fields”

Thanks to everyone who made this year’s Adult Poetry Contest a success! This is the second time JMRL has offered a poetry contest for adults in partnership with WriterHouse, and once again,  it was a big hit. Thank you so much to WriterHouse for helping us with this, and to our judge, Annie Kim for her hard work in selecting our winners out of a huge number of amazing poems.

At our Poetry on the Steps event at the Central Library on Thursday, April 20th, both contestants were on hand to read their wonderful poems and receive their prizes – a $100 Visa gift card to our runner-up and $200 Visa gift card to the winner. And now what you’ve all been waiting for: the winning poems!

2017 Adult Poetry Contest Runner-up:  Sharon Ackerman

Sharon was the runner-up with “The Mourning Dove.” Judge Annie Kim says of her selection: “Elegy unites these vivid portraits of a mourning dove, a great-grandmother, and the speaker as a young child, reminding us that the source of all elegy is love.” Continue reading