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Richmond Writes! Poets present their work at city council

on October 29, 2011

Mayor Gayle McLaughlin honored the Richmond Writes! Poetry Contest winners. Among them are 18 students from four elementary schools – Mira Vista, Sheldon, Washington and Verde. Emily La and Ella Winchester won first place in the elementary school group, with their pieces reviewed as “original imagery” and “rich and witty” by judges of the contest.

Salesian High and Richmond High are home to seven high school group winners. Alicia Rosales, the first place winner from Salesian, read her poem, “A Child’s Place,” during the presentation. The other four winners are from the Literacy for Every Adult Program. Antonia Yancy was the first place poet of LEAP.

Richmond Confidential reporters Robert Rogers and Meghan Walsh were among the judges of the Richmond Write! Contest.


  1. Michele Seville on October 31, 2011 at 11:27 am

    These young winners of the Richmond Writes! poetry contest show talent and pride…and give us hope.

    • Robert Rogers on October 31, 2011 at 4:42 pm

      We agree. Thank you for reading and writing Michele!


  2. Kate Sibley on November 1, 2011 at 12:48 am

    Once again, we see emerging talent in these young poets. I look forward to watching them grow through each annual iteration of this competition. Congratulations to all of them–not just the winners, but all of the students who dared to write.

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