Glascock Poetry Contest

An intercollegiate event since 1924. Students are nominated by faculty members, and then judged by a panel of three distinguished poets.

The 2021 Glascock Poetry Contest will be virtual. While the live event cannot happen due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the competition is still taking place. This year's judges are Cameron Awkward-Rich, Kay Gabriel and Fred Moten.

The events

The judges

Congratulations Ale Cabezas ’21!

Ale will represent Mount Holyoke in this year’s Glascock Competition


Please join us in congratulating Ale Cabezas ’21, who will represent Mount Holyoke in this year’s Glascock Competition!

All events will take place on Zoom over the days of March 25-27, with events featuring our poet-judges Fred Moten, Cameron Awkward-Rich, and Kay Gabriel, as well as the live poetry competition also featuring student-poets from Hampshire College, Houston Community College, the Institute for American Indian Arts, Mills College, and the University of Washington at Seattle.

Mark the dates now, and come out to support Ale!

Stay tuned also for special events leading up to the contest! You can follow @mhcglascock on Instagram for more….

Student contestants

Alejandra Cabezas

Alejandra Cabezas, Mount Holyoke College

Alejandra Cabezas, Mount Holyoke College

Alejandra Cabezas is a poet from Antiguo Cuscatlán, El Salvador. Her work is concerned with family histories, the Mayan cosmovision, and movement across Mesoamerica. She's an avid defender of wildlife, and is currently working for the conservation of sea turtles and yellow-naped parrots in the Salvadoran coastline. She will be graduating from Mount Holyoke in the spring with a double major in English and Ancient Studies. Find her on Instagram: @alecabezas.

Julia Kudler, University of Washington at Seattle

Julia Kudler, University of Washington at Seattle

Julia Kudler, University of Washington at Seattle

Julia is a senior majoring in English with a focus in creative writing. From the time she was a child, she fell in love with stories and language. She has spent the better part of her life weaving narratives and can think of no more rewarding experience than sharing those with others. Her short-form fiction has been featured in the UW literary magazine AU. Beyond the classroom and a growing pile of half to mostly finished poems and short stories, she loves the outdoors, baking, tabletop roleplaying games, and the Oxford comma. Find her online at: juliakudler.com.

Mer Luchs, Hampshire College

Mer Luchs, Hampshire College

Meredith Luchs, Hampshire College

Mer Luchs is in their final semester at Hampshire College working on a book-length collection of poems that explores living in the era of anthropogenic Climate Change. They are a hopeful MFA candidate though have yet to commit to a program. They live in Amherst with their two guinea pigs, Willow and Stevie Nicks, and many plant-children. Find them on Twitter: https://twitter.com/merluchs and on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/starkidmer/.

Felicia Payomo, Mills College

Felicia Payomo, Mills College

Felicia Payomo, Mills College

Felicia Payomo (she/her) is a writer from Oakland, California. She is a student at Mills College working towards her BA in English with an emphasis in creative writing. By exploring the self within her poetry, she hopes that those who have similar experiences feel seen and recognized after reading her work.

Wafa Shaikh, Houston Community College

Wafa Shaikh, Houston Community College

Wafa Shaikh, Houston Community College

Wafa Shaikh is a Creative Writing major at Houston Community College in Texas. She helped start HTX LIT, HCC Katy's literary magazine. Her first publication is at Defunkt Magazine. She is the president of the Creative Writing Club for the 2020-2021 school year. Find her at @wafifi_ on Twitter.

Tovah Strong, Institute for American Indian Arts

Tovah Strong, Institute for American Indian Arts

Tovah Strong, Institute for American Indian Arts

Tovah Strong is from a small train town in New Mexico. A senior at the Institute of American Indian Arts, she is studying creative writing with an emphasis in poetry. She also writes prose. Her work has appeared in Clarkesworld, the Tribal College Journal, Searchlight New Mexico, and others. She cherishes research rabbit holes and watches ravens whenever possible. Find her on Twitter: @tstrongbyandby.

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