The 6th Annual Merriconeag Poetry Festival

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Finalists Selected For Merriconeag Poetry Festival
      Five area high schools boasted multiple winners among the twenty finalists chosen for this year's Sixth Annual Merriconeag Poetry festival. Festival judge Megan Grumbling, noted Maine poet, professor and theater critic, selected the finalists from a submission pool containing entries from fourteen high schools. Catherine McAuley High School, Falmouth High School, Merriconeag Waldorf High School, Glickman Academy and Morse High School all provided at least two finalists, each. All finalists will be honored at an awards ceremony and reception on May 5, to be held at Merriconeag Waldorf School in Freeport.
      The event, from 3-4:30 p.m., is open to the public and will feature the student poets reading their prize-winning work. Megan Grumbling will read her own work as well and speak briefly on the power of poetry. She will also reveal the first, second and third prize winners, whose poems will be displayed on a poster to be distributed to all high schools in the region. All finalists will receive gift certificates and a festival booklet containing all the selected poems.
      The Festival, announced in late January, invited all public and private high school students in Cumberland, Androscoggin and Sagadahoc Counties to submit their work, which could be on any subject and in any poetic form. Students from fourteen schools responded. It was a “blind judging;” entries were only identified by titles, so Judge Grumbling had no idea about the identity or school affiliation of the poet.
      The finalists, in no particular order, include: Elise Bickford, Emma Sapat and Jonah Zuckerman, Falmouth High School; Megan Ellis, Delaney Regan, Sierra Stalker, and Ayla Tartre, Catherine McAuley High School; Ylva Hopf and Pearl Wilson, Morse High School; Alex Smith and Zak Pacillo, Glickman Academy; Zoe Chace-Donahue, Jack Pierce, Carlin Tindall, Lily Tupper, and Teagan Wu, Merriconeag Waldorf High School; Ben Evans, Chop Point School; Wyatt Lichtenger, The Hyde School; Aaron Lockman, Thornton Academy; and Seth Queeny, Cape Elizabeth High School.
       The Festival was made possible, in part, by a generous donation from Longfellow Books in Portland.

Merriconeag Lands Five Finalists in Poetry Festival Contest
      For the sixth consecutive year, Merriconeag had multiple winners among the finalists chosen for this year's Sixth Annual Merriconeag Poetry festival. Festival judge Megan Grumbling, noted Maine poet, professor and theater critic, selected five student-poets from Merriconeag: juniorsCarlin Tindall and Lily Tupper, and seniors Zoe Chace-Donahue, Jack Pierce and Teagan Wu. This is Zoe's second consecutive selection, an impressive feat considering that each year the finalists are chosen by a different judge. Other schools with multiple finalists include Catherine McAuley High School, Falmouth High School, Glickman Academy and Morse High School. All finalists will be honored at an awards ceremony and reception on May 5, to be held in the Community Hall. 
      The event, from 3-4:30 p.m., is open to the public and will feature the student poets reading their prize-winning pieces. Megan Grumbling will read her own work as well and speak briefly on the power of poetry. She will also reveal the first, second and third prize winners, whose poems will be displayed on a poster to be distributed to all high schools in the region. All finalists will receive gift certificates and a festival booklet containing all the selected poems.
      The Festival, announced in late January, invited all public and private high school students in Cumberland, Androscoggin and Sagadahoc Counties to submit their work, which could be on any subject and in any poetic form. Students from fourteen schools responded. It was a “blind judging;” entries were only identified by titles, so Judge Grumbling had no idea about the identity or school affiliation of the poet. 
    The Festival was made possible, in part, by a generous donation from Longfellow Books in Portland.

David Sloan