Jan. 24, 2018
The winners of the MLK Poetry Competition were announced at Saint Vincent College’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration hosted by the Office of Multicultural Student Life and the Visionaries of H.O.P.E. at the Fred M. Rogers Center on Jan. 23. The first place winner is “Being Mixed” by Tyrique Anderson, a freshman psychology major from Odenton, Maryland; second place is “Name Omitted for Legal Purposes” by Mallory Truckenmiller, a junior English education major from Belle Vernon; and third place is “a synonym for humanity” by Anthony Horner, a senior English major from Ligonier.
Michelle Gil-Montero, associate professor of English and poetry at Saint Vincent College, was the judge for the poetry contest and announced the winners at the celebration dinner.
“All three winning poems explored the complexities involved with how we define ourselves – not only how those definitions can be limiting, but how the process of self-definition brings us into conflict with ourselves and, often, with each other,” Gil-Montero said after announcing the three winning poems.
Designed to recognize and encourage student writing of multicultural poetry, the MLK Day Celebration Poetry Competition is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Life as part of our goal to spread awareness and understanding of King’s vision.
All three poems will be published on Jan. 24 in Saint Vincent College’s student-run newspaper, The Review, which can be found on the newsstands around campus, and online at its website: https://www.stvincentreview.com/.
Photo A: Anderson read his winning poem, “Being Mixed,” to the audience
Photo B: Left to Right: Anthony Horner, Tyrique Anderson and Mallory Truckenmiller
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