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Teen Poetry Contest winners announced

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Write Michigan Teen Poetry Slam performers

Congratulations to the winners of our 16th annual Write Michigan Teen Poetry Contest! We received entries from nearly 100 young authors. The winning poems were selected by local poet GF Korreck.

The top 10 poems in the written portion for the contest are:

  • "The Thing Is" by Yasmin Alemayehu    
  • "Wild" by Maggie Brew  
  • "He" by Eliott Buyce
  • "Unconditional Made Conditional" by Regina Cassese   
  • "I’m that kinda (Redacted)" by Olivia Clark
  • "Life Outside of Orbit" by Korey Deans
  • "Dancing" by Nigella McConnell     
  • "Silences" by Grace Schlett  
  • "Regarding Oates-Challenger- and Relativity" by Marie Zelaya 
  • "Nightmares" by Riley Thomson

Last night, 35 of the poets performed their works during an inspiring evening at the Write Michigan Teen Poetry Slam at our Kentwood branch.

The top finishers in the Write Michigan Teen Poetry Slam are:

Grades 6-9

Write Michigan Teen Poetry Slam: grades 6-9 winners

Winning poets from left to right:

  • Cameron DuBois
  • Zulekha Alemayehu
  • Zoe Paskewicz
  • Korey Deans
  • Selena P
  • Lilli Berg

Grades 10-12

Write Michigan Teen Poetry Slam: grades 10-12 winners

Winning poets from left to right:

  • Yasmin Alemayehu
  • James Anderson
  • Regina Cassese
  • Kyle Tarchinski
  • Heaven Rademaker
  • Eliott Buyce