Congratulations to Jalynn Harris, whose poem "Phillis Wheatley questions the quarter" won the 2019 Enoch Pratt Free Library / Little Patuxent Review Poetry Contest. The finalists were "October" by Tom Large and
"Cherchez la Femme" by Sara Burnett.
The poems were judged anonymously by a panel of judges from Little Patuxent Review.
There were 264 poems submitted to the 2019 Poetry Contest, representing 88 cities and towns and 21 counties in Maryland plus Baltimore City.
Jalynn Harris is a Baltimore native currently pursuing an MFA at the University of Baltimore where she is the inaugural recipient of the Michael F. Klein Fellowship for Social Justice. She is also the founder of SoftSavagePress, a press dedicated to promoting works by Black people. She received her BA in Linguistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her work has appeared in Transition, Gordon Square Review,
Super Stoked Words, and Scalawag Magazine.
Read the winning poem, and winners in previous years.
You can hear Jalynn read her winning poem on Saturday, April 27, at the CityLit Festival, which will take place at the University of Baltimore's William H. Thumel
Sr. Business Center.
The winning poem and runners-up will be published in the Summer 2019 issue of Little Patuxent Review and celebrated at a special Pratt Library event on Tuesday, August 6, at 6:30 p.m. at the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.