Congratulations to Mya Green, whose poem, "Responsibility," won first place in the 2014 Pratt Library / Poet Lore Poetry Contest! The contest was judged by Poet Lore.
Poet Lore also honored three additional poems:
You can read "Responsibility" by Mya Green and see a video of Mya reading it here. The poem was displayed in a Central Library window and will be published in the Fall/Winter issue of Poet Lore.
Mya Green is originally from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and has lived and traveled the globe. She is an independent editorial consultant who earned both her BA in Liberal Arts and MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College (Bronxville, New York). She served as Poetry Contest Director and Editor for LUMINA Journal Volume XI and acted as a liaison for Sarah Lawrence’s ninth Annual Poetry Festival, where she also opened for 2012 National Book Award winner, Nikky Finney. She enjoys international travel and yoga in her free time and considers herself to be a lifelong learner, in the stead of her mother who holds two Masters and two Doctoral degrees. When she isn’t writing or relocating, she is celebrating life.
There were 284 poems submitted to the 2014 Pratt Library Poetry Contest, representing 22 jurisdictions (Baltimore City plus 21 Maryland counties) and 85 towns. Thank you to all the participants!