Poetry of Resistance Contest

“You can cut all the flowers, but you can’t stop spring”

Painting by Clara Rabbani (age 16). Watercolor inspired by poet Pablo Neruda’s words.

Painting by Clara Rabbani (age 16). Watercolor inspired by poet Pablo Neruda’s words.

Thank you so much to those who participated in our contest. We had more than 250 submissions from 18 US States and 12 countries around the world: Brazil, Mexico, Spain, France, England, Mozambique, Kenya, India, Pakistan, Philippines and China. We were humbled and honored to read your poems and witness their power and beauty.  

Ten judges, members of the SJC and a local poet, Annie Newcomer, deliberated for two weeks and the top 13 poems were sent to Slam Poetry World Champion, Joaquin Zihuatanejo. Below are this year’s winners:

1st place: “Between Dawn and Indigo” by Joanna Lau, New York

2nd place: “Baba in My Dream” by Ava Minu-Sepehr, Oregon

3rd place: “Thanksgiving” by Chloe Jane Rosenstock, California, “Fruit Fly Thoughts” by Krishi Desai, New Jersey, and “Arma das Minorias” by Priscila Oliveira Nascimento, Sergipe, Brazil.

Besides English, poems were submitted in French, Spanish and Portuguese

Several poems were chosen for publication in an illustrated anthology. Selected authors will be contacted separately.