The New Haven Free Public Library is pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 annual poetry contest, just revealed at the contest reception held on April 21. Winners in each age category include: Youth, Willow Maia Giannotti-Garlinghouse for her poem entitled “From”; Teen, Tarpley Hitt, for her poem “Othniel Marsh”; and Adult, Samantha Ostrowski, for her poem “ELM 1638.” Giannotti-Garlinghouse was also voted the “People’s Choice” winner at the reception.
Cash prizes were provided by the NHFPL Foundation. Refreshments were provided by Starbucks on the Green and Subway Restaurant on Whitney Avenue. Each of the winning poems will be published in a forthcoming edition of NEW HAVEN REVIEW. The library wishes to thank its 125th Presenting Sponsor, First Niagara, for support of this event.
Finalists and Winners of 2012 NHFPL Poetry Contest:
Front, l-r: Willow Maia Giannotti-Garlinghouse (Winner, Youth); Andrea Ascah-Robinson (Finalist, Adult); Maia Robinson (Finalist, Teen); Morgan Addy (Finalist, Teen); Paul Hammer (Finalist, Adult). Back: father of Tarpley Hitt. Missing from picture: Tarpley Hitt (Winner, Teen), Samantha Ostrowski (Winner, Adult).