"JC Todd and I read through more than 700 poems for the Third Annual Brittany Noakes Poetry Award, and were astounded at the quality and heart behind the submissions—it was nearly impossible to choose just 25 among them. Preliminary Judge Raena Shirali had the difficult task of narrowing these down to the Finalists, from whom Final Judge Yolanda Wisher made her top selections.
Our congratulations extend to the names below, and the woman whose dreams will come true thanks to those who entered.
Our gratitude to all of you."
–Shevaun Brannigan, Founder of The Brittany Noakes Poetry Award
Winner: Kathryn Hargett
Runner-Up: Kara Krewer
“Genesis,” Julia Dasbach
“Where Does the Rabbit Go When the Hounds are Loosed?” Emari DiGiorgio
“Grease,” Kate Hanson Foster
“Paddling Canals where the Colorado Ends,” & “Derecho,” Sonja Johanson
“Alpaca,” Elizabeth Oxley
“Picture Me Beaming,” Jed Myers
“Season of Want,” Casey Patrick
“The Orange-and-White High-Heeled Shoes,” Ellen Bass
“Daylight, muscle rippling,” Mary Buchinger Bodwell
“Protection Spell,” Emily Cole
“After,” Jessica Cuello
“Other women don't tell you,” Julia Dasbach
“THINGS I’D TELL YOU IF I KNEW HOW TO REACH YOU,” Joanne Esser
“The Body Keeps the Score,” Avery M. Guess
“Shut Your Eyes,” Kyle Laws
“My Mother Sits in Front of a Light,” Jennifer Jackson Berry
“After my Mother’s Hip Replacement Surgery We Gather Around Her Heart,” Natasha Moni
“At the wheel,” Aimee Penna
“Hestering,” Diana Pinckney
“daffodils exploding brightly in a sea of green,” Linda Russo
“Dear Self,” Amy Small-McKinney
“Still, My Daughter Wants to Fly,” Kory Wells
Volunteer screeners from the SI/Rittenhouse Square will be ensuring the anonymity of all poems, and if an entrant is a repeat from a prior year, they will be reviewed by JC Todd for fresh eyes.
Who is Brittany Noakes?
Brittany Noakes was SI|Rittenhouse Square's very first local-level Live Your Dream Awards recipient in 2014. An overwhelming majority of the women who receive this unique scholarship are also survivors and single moms working to make a better life for themselves and their families.