Ekphrastic Poetry Contest Winners 2013

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Ekphrastic writing is a Greek term for “writing about art.” In TMA’s annual Ekphrastic Poetry Contest, visitors write original poems inspired by objects in the Museum’s collection.

Judges review the entries based on originality, form, language, grammatical skill, and the creative interpretation of ekphrastic writing. Cash and/or and membership prizes are awarded, and the winning poems are displayed May–September 2 next to the works of art that inspired them.

The Museum is pleased to recognize the following winners of the fifth annual Ekphrastic Poetry Contest:

Middle School

First Place: Evan Kachmarik of Oregon, a student at St. John’s Jesuit Academy
Second Place: Maddy Vesoulis of Sylvania, a student at West Side Montessori
Third Place: Laramie Reynolds of Holland, a student at West Side Montessori

Honorable Mentions: Jenna Reichert of Walbridge, a student at all Saints Catholic School; Libby Stupica of Sylvania, a student at West Side Montessori, and Alex Whitacre of Bowling Green, a student at West Side Montessori.

High School

First Place: Michelle Li of Sylvania, a student at Sylvania Southview High School
Second Place: Gabriel Salas of Blissfield, Mich., a student at Blissfield High School
Third Place: Alex Joyce of Toledo, a student at Whitmer High School

Honorable Mentions: Sydney Lahre of Toledo, a student at Sylvania Southview High School; Joey Sechrist of Whitehouse, a student at Anthony Wayne High School, and Aaron Powers of Toledo, a student at Central Catholic High School.

Post-Secondary/Adult

First Place: Cheryl Horton of Toledo.
Second Place: Steven Kapela of Waterville, a student at Ohio University.
Third Place: Kerry Trautman of Findlay.

Honorable Mentions: Andrew Field of Toledo, a student at the University of Toledo; Lylanne Musselman of Toledo; Mary Brandon of Maumee; Mary Lee Gladieux of Toledo, and Ylisse Joell Yepez of Toledo.

Click here to read the winning entries.