Congratulations to our 2021 Poetry Contest winners!

First Place:
Celia Lawren – Restoring the San Francisco Salt Ponds

Runner-Up:
KB Ballentine – Valkyrie

Honorable Mention:
Cathy A. Korda – Memo to Myself

Marilyn Kallet, two-time Knoxville Poet Laureate, judged the contest. “It was a close call between two poems, ‘Restoring the San Francisco Salt Ponds’ and ‘Valkyrie,’ she said. “These two rose to the top for their lyricism. They are both rhythmically alive.” Kallet gave an honorable mention to “Memo to Myself” for its emotional honesty.

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