Teen Poetry Contest

Congratulations to all of our finalists! This year, in place of an in person poetry reading and awards ceremony, the finalists were invited to record a video of them reading their poems.

Please enjoy our Virtual Poetry reading. The winners will be announced at the end of the videos. 

Middle School Division

High School Division 

Middle School Division

Honorable Mention

Noah Calderaro for “Ocean Floor” (Waring School)
Ireland Doran for “New Dawn, Same Thoughts” (Waring School)
Nico Gilbert for “The musician” (Beverly Middle School)
Rae Hanlon for “I Wonder” (Shore Country Day School)
Lucy Lutton for “Lyrics” (Glen Urquhart School)
Olive Lyons-McLin for “The Ocean” (Waring School)
Olimpia Orr for “I’ve never been stung by a bee” (Beverly Middle School)
Michelle Pichardo Cedillo for “Her Body” (Beverly Middle School)
Cora Ready for “Baking” (Glen Urquhart School)
Nora Robinson for “Perfect” (Saints Academy)
Sydney Taylor for “I Wish It Were Different” (Glen Urquhart)

Third Place
Lucy Schaeffer for “Doing Homework on a Stormy Night” (Waring School)

Second Place
Olivia Stanley for “and all its little things” (Beverly Middle School)

First Place
Arianna Bocchino for “Don’t Cry In the Dark” (Shore Country Day School)

High School Division

Honorable Mention

Miles Avery for “Final Diagnosis” (Waring School)
Isabella Fedele for “Milkweed” (Waring School)
Mallory Gilligan for “Wash, Rinse, Repeat” (Beverly High School)
Camille Gimbrere for “For Father Broderick” (Waring School)
Camille Gimbrere for “Warming Flames” (Waring School)
Kellen Martin for “Night Watch” (Waring School)
Rowan Mulder for “Grovetender” (Waring School)
Griffin Wells for “Séance” (Waring School)
Griffin Wells for “Reminder (Lesion)” (Waring School)
Dale Wong for “The Soup Is On” (Beverly High School)

Third Place
Rowan Mulder for “To All the Stink Bugs that I’ve Harmed Before” (Waring School)

Second Place
Dale Wong for “Vanillatown” (Beverly High School)

First Place
Camille Gimbrere for “Is it God?” (Waring School)

The Beverly Public Library offers an annual poetry contest for middle and high school students who live, or attend school, in Beverly. Their poems are published in a booklet that is distributed to the students and their families, as well as kept in the library’s permanent collection. Cash prizes will be awarded in two age categories, grades 6-8 and grades 9-12. All finalists receive cash prizes, in varying levels based on their placement of Honorable Mention, Third, Second, and First Prize.

For more information, contact Katie Nelson at 978-921-6062 or knelson@noblenet.org.

Thanks to the Friends of the Beverly Public Library whose generosity makes this contest possible.