The Worcester County Poetry Association inaugurated the College Poetry Competition in 2008 to encourage and recognize the next generation of poets.  The finalists, who are nominated by faculty and administrators at colleges in Worcester County, compete for two available awards: the Poetry Manuscript Prize and the Poetry Performance Prize.

The 2009 Performance Competition, reception and awards ceremony were held in the
Saxe Room of the Worcester Public Library on April 4.
2009 Judges: RODGER MARTIN is editor of The Worcester Review and author of three volumes of poetry, including The Blue Moon Series (Hobblebush, 2007). EMILY FERRARA, who teaches creative writing at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, won the 2006 BordigheraPoetry Prize for her book The Alchemy of Grief (Bordighera, 2007).
Manuscript Prize - First Place

Joey Kingsley is an English major at the College of the Holy Cross with a concentration in creative writing and a minor in studio art.  She grew up in North Attleboro and enjoys reading, drawing, walking alone at night, a good cup of coffee, and citrus fruits.  Next year she will begin an MFA program in poetry, either here in Massachusetts or in warmer climes.

Sponsor: Robert Cording
2009 College Poetry Contest Finalists
Performance Prize - First Place

Cody Kucker majors in English, with a focus in secondary education, at Fitchburg State College.  This semester he is known as Mr. Kucker because he is student teaching at Fitchburg High School.  Next fall he will begin pursuing an MFA in creative writing.

Sponsor: Ian Williams
Manuscript Prize - Honorable Mention

Caitlin Lahey is an English major, Secondary Education concentrator, and Theatre Arts minor at Assumption College.  Last year, Caitlin won a prize for a co-authored research project on “Text Messages and the Spoken Word.”  She is currently obsessed with the poetry of Jack Gilbert, whom she met in person a few years ago.

Sponsor: John Hodgen
Performance Prize - Honorable Mention

Sandy Wade is a senior who is majoring in General Studies at Quinsigamond Community College.  She has served on the staff of Memescapes, QCC’s journal of fine arts, and often reads at local poetry venues.  Next year, Sandy will attend Worcester State College to pursue a career in Speech Pathology.

Sponsor: Lisa Palmer
Joshua Jones-Powell is a second year student in pharmaceutical marketing and management at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.  Joshua’s poetry is influenced by hip hop.  Last fall he wrote a dramatic play in rhyme, and this past winter one of his poems appeared in the campus newspaper to mark President Obama’s inauguration.

Sponsor: Mary Bodwell
Jacqueline Morrill majors in English, with a concentration in creative writing, at Worcester State College.  She won first place in Worcester State’s Barbara Pilon Poetry Contest last fall.  After graduating this spring, Jackie will set off on a cross-country road trip, intent on "hunting down creative prey."

Sponsors: Phil Burns and Ken Gibbs
Patrick Nietupski is a junior at Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a major in Mechanical Engineering.  Patrick has always been interested in writing, jotting down his ideas for poems in a little brown notebook that seldom leaves his side.  He also enjoys music, drawing, and whatever else the world has to offer.

Sponsor: James Dempsey
Jennifer Phaiah is a senior at Clark University with a double major in Sociology and Gender Studies.  She also interns as a SAFEPLAN Advocate, tends the bar at Moynihan’s Pub, and creates jewelry for Flying Carpet Studios.  Jenn likes the poetry of Marilyn Hacker, Tony Hoagland, and Nikki Giovanni, and her favorite number is 2.

Sponsor: Susan Richmond

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