FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Carol Warner, Poetry Award Coordinator
Santa Barbara, CA (October 20, 2018) – The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards. Since 1995, the Foundation has held an annual contest to encourage poets to explore and illuminate positive visions of peace and the human spirit. The poetry awards are given in three categories: Adult; Ages 13 through 18; and Ages 12 and under.
In the Adult category, Carla S. Schick was awarded First Place for her poem “When Birds Migrate, They Follow Nature.” A retired public school teacher, Ms. Schick is a queer social justice activist and poet living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She works in her community in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for self-determination. Ms. Schick has been published in the Berkeley Times, Sinister Wisdom, The Peralta Press, Suisun Valley Review and Word Is Bond.
An Honorable Mention in the Adult category was awarded to Madison Trice for her poem “Their Family Wore White.” Ms. Trice is a sophomore at Harvard University, studying Government and Near Eastern Studies. She is the Political Action Chair for the Association of Black Harvard Women. In her spare time, she enjoys singing, acting, knitting, reading, and hip-hop.
First Place in the 13 through 18 category was awarded to Stephanie Anujarerat for her poem “Sleeping, Over.” Ms. Anujarerat lives in Cerritos and is a senior at Whitney High School. Besides writing, she enjoys reading and discussing books. She loves learning about science and how it can be used to improve the world and is an active member of her school’s ecology club.
An Honorable Mention in the 13 through 18 category was awarded to Emily Cho, who lives in Wilmette, Illinois, for her poem “The 38th.” Emily enjoys writing, especially poetry and fiction. She performs in musicals and plays and is also a member of her school’s tennis team. Emily co-founded her school’s Louder Than a Bomb Club.
First Place in the 12 and under category was awarded to Milla Greek for her poem, “The Silence.” Milla attends the International School of Los Angeles, where she is on the debate team. She studies guitar and greatly enjoys reading literature.
Barbara Mandigo Kelly, for whom the Peace poetry Awards are named, was a poet, pianist and peace advocate. To read the First Place and Honorable Mention poems, and for more information, please visit peacecontests.org or contact the Foundation at (805) 965-3443.
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The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan international organization with consultative status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council. The Foundation’s mission is to educate, advocate and inspire action for a just and peaceful world, free of nuclear weapons. For more information about the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, visit www.wagingpeace.org. For more information on the Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards, and to read the poems of current and past winners, visit peacecontests.org.