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Congratulations to Saundra Rose Maley, whose poem, "Charlotte Darling," won the 2016 Enoch Pratt Free Library / Little Patuxent Review Poetry Contest. This contest was judged by Little Patuxent Review.

Runners-up were Maggie Rosen, for "Coke Machine at the Civil Rights Museum," and Sheri Allen, for "When My Grandparents Come Back to Me."

There were 300 poems submitted to the 2016 Poetry Contest, representing 93 cities and towns and 22 jurisdictions in Maryland (21 counties plus Baltimore City).

The winning poem will be published inĀ Little Patuxent Review and enlarged for display in a Central Library show window. You can also read it here.

Saundra Rose Maley has had poems in Dryad, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Full Moon on K Street: Poems about Washington D.C., and D.C. Perspectives. Her first book of poems, Disappearing Act, was published in 2015, by Dryad Press. She co-edited A Wild Perfection: The Selected Letters of James Wright with Anne Wright and is currently working again with Anne on a book about Wright and translation, tentatively titled, Where the Treasure Lies. She also published Solitary Apprenticeship: James Wright and German Poetry. She teaches Composition and Research at Montgomery College in Takoma Park, Maryland.

On Wednesday, July 20, at 6:30 p.m., there will be a special celebration honoring all three finalists at the Central Library. Please join us!

Interested in past winners? Check out the poems that won in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.

Thank you to everyone who entered the Poetry Contest!