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2013 College Poetry Competition
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Dan Lewis (contest judge), Judith Ferrara (contest judge), Lauren Buczek (Assumption College), Egan Millard (College of the Holy Cross), Jighjigh Tersoo-Ivase (Worcester Polytechnic Institute), Joe Gullekson (Worcester State University), Jessica Bane Robert (contest chair), Emma Pierson (Clark University)


Joe Gullekson
Worcester State University
Faculty Sponsor: Jonathan Blake

Joe Gullekson is a senior at Worcester State University and an English major. Elizabeth Bishop, Wallace Stevens, Richard Wilbur, and William Carlos Williams are among his favorite poets and his major influences. Last semester, Joe placed second in the annual Barbara Pilon Poetry Contest. In addition to reading his poems this Sunday, he will also be reading at the annual Worcester Consortium Shakespeare conference at Holy Cross on Saturday.
2013 Manuscript Prize

Egan Millard
College of the Holy Cross
Faculty Sponsor: Susan ElizabethSweeney

Egan Millard is a poet and photographer from New York City who is currently completing his undergraduate degree in English at the College of the Holy Cross. He reads frequently at the Poets' Asylum and other live poetry venues in Worcester, Providence, and Boston. His first collection of poems, "Interstate," has just been published through Harvard University's bookstore. After graduation, he will be interning at New York magazine.

2013 Manuscript Prize
Egan Millard
College of the Holy Cross

2013 Performance Prize
Jighjigh Tersoo-Evase
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Honorable Mention

Egan Millard
College of the Holy Cross

About the Competition

Finalist Bios


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.

Submissions are judged for the Manuscript Prize and finalists are asked to perform one submitted poem for the Performance Prize.

Students compete for a cash award and a one-year WCPA membership in each category. The winning entry for the Manuscript Prize will be Fall 2013 WCPA literary journal, The Worcester Review
6th Annual College Poetry Competition Finalists' Reading
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Worcester Public Library
2013 Performance Prize

Jighjigh Tersoo-Ivase
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Faculty Sponsor: James Cocola

Jighjigh Tersoo-Ivase is a senior at Worcester Polytechnic Institute studying aerospace engineering. He is an international student from Nigeria. Jighjigh has been intrigued by the beauty, color and form of words since he can remember; and he has been actively writing since the age of 13. He started writing because he felt he had something to say and that what he had to say was relevant. His burning desire to be heard has only increased.


Lauren Buczck
Assumption College
Faculty Sponsor: John Hodgen

Lauren Buczek is an English Literature major in her senior year at Assumption College. She is an editor for the nonfiction publication Thoreau's Rooster, and, after graduating in May, will be attending Fairfield University to pursue her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.

Emma Pierson
Clark University
Faculty Sponsor: Joan Houlihan

Emma Pierson is a Junior at Clark University. She has been writing and keeping a journal since the beginning of High School, but did not really begin to write poetry until this school year when she took her first poetry writing class. She is overjoyed to share her poems with the world!

2013 Contest Judges

Writer and visual artist Judith Ferrara lives in Worcester. She has published two collections of poetry: Gestures of Trees (Mellen Poetry Press, 2000) and A Brush with Words (Autumn Light Press, 2013). Her poems have appeared in the black fly review, The Comstock Review, The Portland Literary Review, GSU Review, The Worcester Review and others. Her artwork has been shown since 1998 in group and solo exhibitions. In 2009, she began a study of Stanley Kunitz and established the Stanley Kunitz Boyhood Home docent program. She continues to research his early life and Worcester-based poems. Her web site www.PaletteAndPen.com features her artwork and Judy’s Journal, a monthly blog on the creative process.

Dan Lewis lives on the edge of the Patch Reservoir in Worcester, MA. He is the author of two chapbooks, Tickets for the Broken Year, and Iconospheres as well as a full-length poetry collection, This Garden. Winner of the 2012 Frank O'Hara Prize, he has been published in many journals.  Visit Dan's website at http://danlewispoetry.com/.

2013 Contest Chair

Jessica Bane Robert teaches writing and literature at Clark University in Worcester Ma. and owns the Barred Owl Retreat: Center for Writing and Learning in Leicester, Ma. Her poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals and have won prizes such as the Rita Dove international poetry prize and the international merit award from the Atlanta Review.

Her first chap book of poems, Scarred Seasons, was published in 2009 by Finishing Line Press and was nominated for a Mass Book Award and a Pen New England Literary Award.

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