Teen Poetry Contest

The Beverly Public Library offers an annual poetry contest for middle and high school students who live, or attend school, in Beverly. 

Congratulations to this year’s finalists! 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.

Middle School Division

Arianna Bocchino for “Don’t Cry In the Dark” (Shore Country Day School)
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)
Lucy Schaeffer for “Doing Homework on a Stormy Night” (Waring School)
Olivia Stanley for “and all its little things” (Beverly Middle School)
Sydney Taylor for “I Wish It Were Different” (Glen Urquhart)

High School Division

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 “Is it God?” (Waring School)
Camille Gimbrere for “Warming Flames” (Waring School)
Kellen Martin for “Night Watch” (Waring School)
Rowan Mulder for “To All the Stink Bugs that I’ve Harmed Before” (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)
Dale Wong for “Vanillatown” (Beverly High School)

Finalists will be invited to read their poems virtually and winners will be announced on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. 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.