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17th Annual Caldwell Poetry Award Winners: April 2023

The Caldwell Poetry Awards were announced at the End-of-Year Festival on April 12, 2023, and thousands of dollars were awarded (thanks to the generous gift of Jeanne and Will M. Caldwell).

Per usual, the Caldwell Poetry Awards were divided up into two categories (written and performance) as well as broken up into two groups of participants (first-year students and students leaders/alumni).

The winning written poems will also be included in this year’s Arts & Literary Journal, which will be distributed in the fall.

Written Poetry

First Year Students

First Place: Salem Loucks for "Brine-Blue," "Lost Thing," and "Broken Window Glass"

Second Place (tied!): Claire Stephens for "feathers," "i am still such a little girl," "we spent september to november together and i feel like i ruined you," and "it's hereditary"

Second Place (tied!): Sneha Dhandapani for "& so here she trusts" and "worned scarecrow"

Third Place: Wyatt McColough for "snow angel," "Patient Collection Procedure Guide for an Aptima Vaginal Swab Device," "Double Seven-Four-One," and "a love letter to eighteen"

Fourth Place: Hannah Beaucamp for "Twelve" and "my life"  

Honorable Mention: Henry Barron for "One Saturday" and "On Display"

Student Leaders and Alumni

First Place: Martha Schaller for "Address Book" and "Has your father ever"

Second Place (tied!): Steve Liu for "From Mary and Andromeda" and "Tap"

Second Place (tied!): Baz Crow for "What the Sand Remembers" and "If you want to get into birding"

Second Place (tied!): Tyae Grant for "Build-A-Man" and "Chicago"

Original Poetry Performances

First Year Students

First Place: Cecilia Ledezma for "1 East West"

Second Place: Hannah Beaucamp for "naivety"

Third Place: Salem Loucks for "Broken Window Glass"

Student Leaders and Alumni

First Place: Maddie Agne for "I Love You Like I Could Fix You (or The Place Where My Parents Live)"

Second Place: Steve Liu for "Tap"

Third Place: Hailey Love for "Time"

Fourth Place: Tyae Grant for "Scared of Men"

Interpretive Poetry Performances

Student Leaders and Alumni

First Place: Bond for “Untitled” by David Wojnarowicz

Second Place: Maddie Agne for "Night Swims" by Josh Taylor

Third Place (tied!): Em Peplinski for "Do not go gentle into that good night" by Dylan Thomas

Third Place (tied!): Tyae Grant for “3 Questions” by whitneyhanson from TikTok

Previous Caldwell Poetry Award Winners