NYPL's National Poetry Contest on Twitter

Read and share the winning poems from NYPL's 2013 National Poetry Contest on Twitter, selected by our judges from nearly 400 registrants from 224 Cities in 41 States, ranging from Alaska to Wyoming.


Meet Our Judges

Brett Fletcher Lauer (@Poetry_Society) is the Deputy Director of the Poetry Society of America and a poetry editor at A Public Space. His poems have appeared in Boston Review, Fence, Tin House and elsewhere. His first book of poems, A Hotel in Belgium, is forthcoming from Four Way books. He lives in Brooklyn.

Jennifer Benka (@JenBenka), Executive Director at The Academy of American Poets, has served national organizations dedicated to writing and poetry for much of the past two decades. Jen is the author of the poetry collections Pinko (Hanging Loose Press) and A Box of Longing With Fifty Drawers (Soft Skull Press); the artist book Preamble, a collaboration with Mark Wagner (Booklyn); and co-author, with Carol Mirakove, of the chapbook 1,138 (Belladonna).

Karen Gisonny (@KGisonny) is the Helen Bernstein Librarian for Periodicals at the New York Public Library.  She is the curator of the Library's collection of small press books; including contemporary poetry, literary magazines, alternative press publications and zines. She hosts the NYPL reading series Periodically Speaking and is a lover of poetry.

Steven G. Fullwood (@StevenGFullwood) is an archivist in the Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and is the publisher of Vintage Entity Press. He has published three collections of poetry by Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, G. Winston James and Pamela Sneed. His newest work, Black Gay Genius (co-edited with Charles Stephens), is an anthology honoring black gay activist Joseph Beam and his legacy.

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