"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

  "T Returns to Atone for Molestation” By Kathryn Hargett   Kathryn Hargett is an undergraduate at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is the recipient of fellowships from Kundiman and the UAB Honors College, and her work has been nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology and Pushcart Prize. Her writing has been recognized by Princeton University, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, the National YoungArts Foundation, the Alabama Writers Forum, the Poetry Society of the United Kingdom, and others. She is editor-in-chief of TRACK//FOUR and reads for Winter Tangerine. Her work has been published by or is forthcoming from Anomaly, The Adroit Journal, The Miami Rail, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Cosmonauts Avenue, and elsewhere.

"T Returns to Atone for Molestation” By Kathryn Hargett

Kathryn Hargett is an undergraduate at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is the recipient of fellowships from Kundiman and the UAB Honors College, and her work has been nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology and Pushcart Prize. Her writing has been recognized by Princeton University, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, the National YoungArts Foundation, the Alabama Writers Forum, the Poetry Society of the United Kingdom, and others. She is editor-in-chief of TRACK//FOUR and reads for Winter Tangerine. Her work has been published by or is forthcoming from Anomaly, The Adroit Journal, The Miami Rail, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Cosmonauts Avenue, and elsewhere.

  “ON HEARING ANOTHER SERMON ABOUT LOT’S WIFE” by Kara Krewer   Kara Krewer was raised on an orchard in rural Georgia. She received her MFA from Purdue University, and is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. Her poems have appeared in West Branch, Prairie Schooner, Crab Orchard Review, and elsewhere. This fall, she'll begin pursuing a PhD at the University of Georgia.

“ON HEARING ANOTHER SERMON ABOUT LOT’S WIFE” by Kara Krewer

Kara Krewer was raised on an orchard in rural Georgia. She received her MFA from Purdue University, and is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. Her poems have appeared in West Branch, Prairie Schooner, Crab Orchard Review, and elsewhere. This fall, she'll begin pursuing a PhD at the University of Georgia.

Finalists:

“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

Semi-Finalists:

“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

     
     

    The Judges

    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.

     Our final judge,  Yolanda Wisher , is the 2016-17 Poet Laureate of Philadelphia. Wisher has been a force within Philadelphia’s literary scene for the past two decades, upholding poetry as a public art.

    Our final judge, Yolanda Wisher, is the 2016-17 Poet Laureate of Philadelphia. Wisher has been a force within Philadelphia’s literary scene for the past two decades, upholding poetry as a public art.

     Selecting the top ten poems from the 25 semi-finalists will be poet  Raena Shirali , Pushcart prize winner, Winner of the "Discovery" / Boston Review poetry prize, the Gulf Coast Poetry Prize, and many other awards. 

    Selecting the top ten poems from the 25 semi-finalists will be poet Raena Shirali, Pushcart prize winner, Winner of the "Discovery" / Boston Review poetry prize, the Gulf Coast Poetry Prize, and many other awards. 

      JC Todd  was the inaugural judge for the Brittany Noakes Poetry Award, and continues supporting women's educational dreams. Todd is a PEW Fellow, won the Rita Dove Poetry Prize in the International Literary Awards Competition, and long-standing advocate for single moms and poetry. 

    JC Todd was the inaugural judge for the Brittany Noakes Poetry Award, and continues supporting women's educational dreams. Todd is a PEW Fellow, won the Rita Dove Poetry Prize in the International Literary Awards Competition, and long-standing advocate for single moms and poetry. 

      Shevaun Brannigan  is the founder of the Brittany Noakes Poetry Award, and President of SI/Rittenhouse Square, PA. She has been published in  Best New Poets, Slice, Crab Orchard Review , and  Redivider . She has previously led poetry workshops at a local domestic violence shelter, as well as at Broad Street Ministries. 

    Shevaun Brannigan is the founder of the Brittany Noakes Poetry Award, and President of SI/Rittenhouse Square, PA. She has been published in Best New Poets, Slice, Crab Orchard Review, and Redivider. She has previously led poetry workshops at a local domestic violence shelter, as well as at Broad Street Ministries. 


    Previous Honorees:

    2017: Kayleb Rae Candrilli’s winning poem, selected by judge Sandra Beasley, can be read in The Adroit Journal.  It was also made into a custom broadside valued at $500 by artist and poet MaryAnn L. Miller.

    Now I will relive my mother
    backwards, read her life
    from back to front
    from the moment she breathed
    her last breath in my arms...
    — Lisa Grunberger

    2016: Lisa Grunberger’s winning poem, selected by judge JC Todd, is pictured here in its broadside form. The broadside was also created by MaryAnn L. Miller, who donates her time and materials to the cause!

     

    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. 

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