Worcester County Poetry Association
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2011 College  Poetry Competition
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The Worcester County Poetry Association inaugurated the College Poetry Competition in 2008 to encourage and recognize the next generation of poets.  The finalists are nominated by faculty and administrators at colleges in Worcester County.

Nominated students are asked to perform one submitted poem. Students compete for
a cash award and a one-year WCPA membership in two categories: the WCPA College Manuscript Prize and the WCPA College Performance Poetry Prize. The judges are Bob Gill, Carle Johnson, and Diane Mulligan. In addition, this year the winning entry will be published in The Worcester Review and all submissions will
be considered for publication in Route 2: The Literary Journal of Fitchburg State College.



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College Poetry Competition
Finalists' Reading

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Worcester Public Library
Finalists: (top row) Peter Laub, Derek Morley, Stephanie Giguere;
(seated) Jose Alegria Alberto, Melvin J. Baez. (Not pictured: Ashley Torkildsen)
(left to right) contest judges Carle A. Johnson, Diane Mulligan, Bob Gill, contest founder Susan Elizabeth Sweeney, contest coordinator Ian Williams.
Not pictured:

Ashley Torkildsen - Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Faculty sponsor: Mary Bodwell

Ashley Torkildsen is a second-year transfer student at MCPHS in the PharmD program, and she thoroughly enjoys writing and taking pictures as a hobby in her spare time.
Stephanie Giguere - Assumption College
Honorable Mention: Performance Prize
Faculty sponsor: John Hogden

Stephanie Giguere is a junior at Assumption College. She majors in English and, when she isn’t doing homework, she spends most of her time organizing trips for the Outdoors Club, promoting and editing Assumption’s literary magazine, L’Esprit, and serving at her local parish.
Peter Laub - College of the Holy Cross
Faculty sponsors: Beth Sweeney and Robert Cording

Peter Laub was born in Buffalo, NY, in 1988 and raised in beautiful Western New York.  A senior who majors in Art History and concentrates in the Premedical Program at Holy Cross, he aspires to become a physician in the distant future.

Derek Morley - Fitchburg State University
Faculty sponsor: Ian Williams

Derek Morley is an English/Communications media major at Fitchburg State University. He lives for entertaining people. His hobbies include music production, writing, and drawing. He loves to direct and act (sometimes simultaneously). He has a passion for writing poetry since he was very young.
Melvin J. Baez - Quinsigamond Community College
Faculty sponsor: Trent Masiki

Melvin Baez is a student at Quinsigamond Community College. His enjoys poetry that pushes boundaries.
Jose Alegria Alberto - Worcester State University
First Place Manuscript & Performance Prizes
Faculty sponsor: Jonathan Blake

Having dedicated his professional life to working with adolescent sexual offenders and fire starters for nearly 15 years, Jose Alegria Alberto has found himself returning to Worcester State University at the age of 40 to finish his education.  Graduating in May with a degree in Criminal Justice, as well as a Minor in History, his hope is to continue pursuing a degree in Law and eventually continuing his work with adolescents involved in the court process. His work is influenced by the poetry of Charles Bukowski, Pablo Neruda, and Hart Crane.
Ian Williams welcomes the 2011 College Poetry Contest.Stephanie GiguereStephanie Giguere and family.Peter Laub.Peter Laub and friends.Derek Morley.Melvin J. Baez.Jose Alegria Alberto, winner of the Manuscript and Performance Prizes.Diane Mulligan, Carle Johnson and Bob Gill listen as the winners are announced.
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