Poetry contest

Cowichan Foundation Poetry Contest Winners Announced – Cowichan Valley Citizen

Grace Lavigne is the winner of the Cowichan Foundation’s first annual Michael Coleman Poetry and Spoken Word Competition.

With this distinction, Lavigne won $2,500. Maia Cassie won second place and $500 while Hanna Jenks won $250 and third place.

“We were very happy to see so many young poets from our community participating in the competition. This contest is a wonderful opportunity to honor our beloved Michael Coleman, who has been so much to our community, a founder of the Cowichan Foundation and a passionate poet,” said Foundation President Daniel Varga. “We know Mike would have loved all the spoken word and poetry entries! The judges truly had some amazing admissions to assess and we thank each contestant for their participation.

According to his video entry, titled Undetermined Phenomenon, Lavigne is “an avid writer, artist, nerd, and costume designer. Its natural habitat includes thrift stores, cafes, and anywhere with cats!

According to its video entry, named Letter to the male GlanceCassie “when not hosting her school’s Poetry Café or re-reading her favorite poems, also enjoys analyzing film and television through video essays and volunteering at her local library.”

According to his entry titled The Cave“Hannah grew up in the Cowichan Valley and currently attends school at West View Learning Canter. Although she started writing at a young age, this is her first publicly shared work.

To see the top three entries, visit https://www.cowichanfoundation.com/category/mc-poetry-contest/

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Maia Cassie won second place and $500 in the Cowichan Foundation’s first annual Michael Coleman Poetry and Spoken Word Competition. (Courtesy of The Cowichan Foundation)

Hanna Jenks won $250 and placed third in the Cowichan Foundation's First Annual Michael Coleman Poetry and Spoken Word Competition.  (Courtesy of the Cowichan Foundation).