Annual Poetry Contest

The Massillon Public Library is pleased to announce the winners of its 2018 Poetry Contest. In all, 47 poets entered over 55 original poems. In the adult category, Trenton Noble Tusing won with his poem “Sanctuary.” From the poems submitted by those in grades 9-12, the winner was Kathleen Carroll for her poem “Remember Me.” In the grades 3-8 category, the winner was Amber Hochstetler for her poem “Walking-Stick.”

“Picking a winner is always challenging,” said contest judge Duane Dodson (local, published poet and full-time Assistant Professor at Stark State College of Technology). “I wanted to give every entrant a hug or a handshake because it was clear that their poems were from the heart. Writing poetry can be very therapeutic and cathartic.”

The winner from each of these categories was awarded a $75 gift card to Books-a-Million generously donated by the Junior Friends of the Massillon Public Library.

Left to right: Duane Dodson (contest judge), Amber Hochstetler, Kathleen Carroll, Trenton Noble Tusing.


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