The Results of Our Twitter Poetry Contest

May 8th, 2015

We are excited to announce the winner and honorable mentions of our Twitter Poetry contest. The challenge was to write a poem in 140 characters or less. Shirley McPhillips, poet and author of the recent book Poem Central, served as our judge.

And the winner is….

HER by Erika Zeccardi

curved back
leans against the maple,
bare branches outstretched.
Faint whispers of red river valley
dance across the yard


Honorable mentions:


Allowed to speak? Yes.
Of course. But always we must
have something to say.

–Carol Kellogg

Phoenix rises from ashes
Memories in flashes
Fall hard on ground
Voices call her
Daggers take her
A new day begins


Tomorrow’s mystery today?
Please, no.
Now needs full attention.
I can’t afford spending
today with tomorrow.

–Chris Kostenko

Congratulations to Erika, as well as to Chris, A.T., and Carol! Keep writing!

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Stacey  |  May 8th, 2015 at 8:48 am

    I thought about taking on this challenge, but it seemed SO hard! Congratulations to those of you who wrote spectacular poems in 140 characters or less!

  • 2. Erika Zeccardi  |  May 8th, 2015 at 10:08 am

    Thank you very much for this contest! I find that I write about the same image in many different forms, so I was excited to add twitter poem to the collection. I look forward to continuing this work with my students-what an authentic, organic way to look at revision and getting to the heart of a matter.

  • 3. Chris Kostenko  |  May 8th, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    Congratulations, Erika. I have read your poem to so many students. And one of them has received honorable mention.

    I loved your poem, and I thought it was about your daughter. Just heard this afternoon it was your grandmother. That makes it even better for me. I have been singing Red River Valley since I read your poem.

    Worked with students in grades 4-8 yesterday at HSS introducing twitter poems. It’s become my favorite word puzzle. Can’t wait to see what they come up with.

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