Pinkie Gordon Lane Winners

Winners of John B. Cade Library’s Pinkie Gordon Lane Poetry Contest were announced this month. Usually, student participants would visit the Southern University-Baton Rouge campus to recite their poems and receive awards during a special ceremony. To celebrate participants this year, finalists will be featured on the Library’s website and in a social media campaign on Facebook and Instagram.

Four ranked prizes and four honorable mentions were awarded by contest judges using a preset rubric. Serving as judges were Dr. Rasheedah Jenkins, Judging Panel Chair, Assistant Professor, Department of English, College of Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies, Southern University; Dr. Jack Bedell, Professor and Graduate Coordinator of Creative Writing, Department of English, College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, Southeastern University; Dr. Vonsha Henderson, Associate Professor, Department of English, College of Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies, Southern University; Dr. Sumita Roy, Associate Professor, Department of English, College of Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies, Southern University.

All of this year’s winners and Honorable Mention recipients attend the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. Student submissions also were received From Istrouma Middle School, Livonia High School, Louisiana State University Laboratory High School, Mckinley High School, Mentorship Academy and Tara High School.

Winners

1st place

“Family Photo Album”

Donatella Henry

2nd place

“Where I’m From”

Lesedi Robertson

3rd place

“I think I want to eat dirt”

Enne Samuel

4th place

“Somewhere between 2:37 and 4:14am”

Jillian Chatelain

 

Honorable Mentions

 

“Stages in grief, In Descension”

Meredith DeLong

 

“Evening Sentinel”

Gabrielle Balot

 

“The Rebellion”

Evan Pope

 

“The beginning of the counterfeit sphynx story *That wasn’t a dream*”

Katherine Edwards

 

 

 Sponsors

The competition received generous donations and monetary support from the Office of Academic Affairs, Southern Teachers and Parents Credit Union, Jeffrey Thomas, friend of the library and former SUBR Dean of Libraries, Emma Perry. Thank you.

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