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2024 Poetry Contest Winner

Congratulations to Marc A. Drexler, whose poem "A Few Blocks" won the 2024 Enoch Pratt Free Library Poetry Contest, judged by Little Patuxent Review.

Runners-up were Kate Powell Shine, for "INFRINGED: A Second Amendment Erasure,” and Preet Bhela, for “Hollows.”

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Pratt Library Poetry Contest 2024 Winner Mark Drexler
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Marc A. Drexler has lived in Maryland most of his life since moving from Iowa to attend Johns Hopkins University. His poem "Baltimore, 1977" appears in Maryland in Poetry (2020). He has a poem on some Arlington Transit (ART) buses in Virginia as part of their Moving Words project through September 2024. He has been published by Split This Rock and The Mid-Atlantic Review. Marc has also served as a Community Teaching Assistant for the Coursera online course Modern & Contemporary American Poetry (ModPo), led by Al Filreis out of UPenn. He worked for many years at the Maryland Food Co-op on the University of Maryland, College Park campus and believes strongly in collectivism.

The poems by all three finalists will be published in Little Patuxent Review’s Summer 2024 issue and celebrated at a public event at the Central Library on Tuesday, August 20, at 6:30 p.m. The winning poem may also be turned into a collectible broadside. For more information, please email

There were 277 poems submitted to the 2024 Poetry Contest, representing 64 cities and towns and 19 counties in Maryland plus Baltimore City.

Thank you to everyone who entered the 2024 Poetry Contest!

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