Poetry Contest Wrap-up and Winners

In celebration of National Poetry Month this April, Palatine Public Library District hosted its ninth annual poetry contest. The Library received nearly 200 poems from poets of all ages. Work by residents of the Library District were considered for the Nancy J. Heggem Poetry Awards, and work by poets living beyond the district's boundaries were considered for the Library's Write On! Awards.

Entries were read and discussed by professional local poets who served as contest judges. Nancy Heggem coordinated the judging and donated the prizes for the award named in her honor, while the nonresident awards were determined by poets Kate Hutchinson and Terry Loncaric. The winners were honored at a special ceremony on Sunday, May 6. Over 100 people attended the event, which included: refreshments; musical entertainment by members of the Fremd High School string orchestra; additional prize drawings; and an Open Mic.

Winners of the Nancy J. Heggem Awards received a certificate and a cash prize. Winners of the Write On! Awards received a certificate and a gift card. One additional performance-based prize was awarded following the Open Mic at Sunday's event; as the top performer in the Open Mic, Varun Kumar received a Half-Price Books gift card.

"This event would not have been possible without the support of our community, benefactors, teen volunteers, and volunteer judges," reflects librarian and contest coordinator Tracie Padal. "While we can only give away a limited number of prizes, it was thrilling to bring so many aspiring writers together.  We hope that all of the participants continue to make poetry a part of their lives."

2018 Nancy J. Heggem Awards:

Winner, Youth (Lower Elementary): “Ice Cream” by Ryan Henderson-Begg
Honorable Mention, Youth (Lower Elementary): “Baking” by Addie Dietrich 

Winner, Youth (Upper Elementary): “Typhoon” by Levyn Mathew
Honorable Mention, Youth (Upper Elementary): “Art of a Twister” by Thomas Applebaum 

Winner, Teen: “woman of color” by Ayushi Tripathi 
Honorable Mention, Teen: “American” by Ysabelle Buenavista 

Winner, Adult: “Crowned with Clouds” by Michael Masterton 
Honorable Mention, Adult: “The Way” by Janet Spaletto

2018 Write On! Awards:

Winner, Youth (Lower Elementary): “Cuddly Penguins” by Anvi Nagwekar 
Honorable Mention, Youth (Lower Elementary): “Cottage” by Caroline Cotovsky 
Honorable Mention, Youth (Lower Elementary): “Sunset” by Josephine Cottenier 

Winner, Youth (Upper Elementary): “What I am Made of” by Julianna Rao 

Winner, Teen: “Love is a lot like Nature” by Frank Adams 

Winner, Adult: “The Queen Bee” by Mike Freveletti
Honorable Mention, Adult: “An Act of Love” by Jim Osebold
Honorable Mention, Adult: “Inside Silence” by Marjorie Skelly