The winners of the 2015 Los Gatos Poet Laureate Poetry Contest have been announced:
First Place, Alina Zeng, “Butterfly”
Second Place, Lauren Finkle, “The Millenials”
Third Place, Yash Mahajani, “I Remember”
Honorable Mention, Michelle Shen, “Faraway”
First Place, Renée M. Schell, “Accidental Bird-Watcher”
Second Place, Ariel Smart, “Henry Rink”
Third Place, Ann Muto, “Civil Control Station: Registration”
Honorable Mentions, Amy Meier, “American Dream,” Jade Bradbury, “Two If By Sea,” Janet Trenchard, “Moon of Shortest Nights,” Pratibha Kelapure, “Monet on Her Mind”
The contest was open to residents of Los Gatos (Santa Clara County or Santa Cruz County), and residents of Santa Clara County. Categories included adult (18 and over) and Teen (13-17). The contest deadline was March 15, 2015, with winners announced on March 31, 2015.
The winning poems were on display at the Los Gatos Library and at the following participating businesses in Los Gatos during National Poetry Month, April 2015:
Black Cat Hats
Great Bear Coffee
Artisan Wine Depot
Los Gatos Birdwatcher
Village House of Books
The contest is a fundraiser for the second Poet Laureate Scholarship for Creative Writing, awarded annually to a student at Los Gatos High School. The first scholarship winner was Ray Pendleton, currently a student at New York University.
— Erica Goss
Erica Goss will be appearing at Village House of Books on May 2nd at 3:00 pm as part of our California Bookstore Day celebration! Come say hello to Erica and our other local authors that we will be featuring throughout the day!