Teen Poetry Contest
The winners of Skokie Public Library's 2009 Teen Poetry Contest were announced in early January 2010. 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.
Silent World, Alissa Burke, Niles North High School, grade 11
Meganerd He'll Save You Too!, Dalyan Kosar, Martin Luther King Jr. Lab School, grade 8
10 Pins, Troyer Wallace-Evans, Martin Luther King Jr. Lab School, grade 8
Just Because, Jasmin Montalvo, Martin Luther King Jr. Lab School, grade 8
Ode to the Girl I Never Talked to on the Bus, Noor Hasem, Niles West High School, grade 12
Anna, Anna Bergson, Sager Solomon Schechter Middle School, grade 7
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.