Poetry contest

Farmington-area organization names poetry contest winners

Literacy Volunteers of Franklin and Somerset Counties has announced the winners of its 12th annual poetry contest.

Laine Kuehn was the judge, according to a press release from the volunteer organization.

Competition categories:

8-12 years old

First Place: Strong’s Mackenzie Smith, “Beauty To Ash”

Second Place: Skylar A. Thurlow of Strong, “Reflection”

Third Place: Strong’s Gabriella Louise Doyon, “Pine Silence”


13-17 years old

First Place: Strong’s Ilmani Chilcote-Joof, “Found”

Second place: Elizabeth Schiche of Strong, “Ode to Spring”

Third Place: Blaine Stuart of Strong, “The Changes of Life, A Sonnet”

18 and over

First place: Heather A. Brown of Farmington, “Friday, January 20, 2017, 11:41 a.m.”


Second Place: Lydia Fernandez of Farmington, “Genesis”

Third place: Leia Antoinette Pasquarelli of Farmington, “The Walk”

Volunteer Literacy Students

First Place: Elizabeth Beaudette of Jay, “Pregnancy After Loss Isn’t Easy”

Second place: Dorothy Richard de Wilton, “who I share things with”

Third Place: Eleanor Hodgkin of Jay, “The Gift”


The collection of winning poems is published online at westernmaineliteracy.org and in a poetry book. Contest prizes are gift certificates to area bookstores: $20 to Devaney Doak & Garrett Booksellers for first place, $15 to Twice Sold Tales for second place, and $10 to Phillips Library Store for second place. third place.

A reading of the winning poetry is scheduled from 4-4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 29 and will be available to the public via Zoom.

The competition was funded in part by Western Mountain Financial Services and the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation

For more information, visit westernmaineliteracy.org or call 207-500-3131.

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