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2014 Poetry Festival Winners Click here to read the winning poems from last year's festival!

I’m going to a world unimaginable
Probably Europe
Mexico, maybe?
I don’t know
I see an aisle
I see children
Where am I going?
I’m going to die
But, not yet
I’m going to college
But, not yet
I’m going to dinner with my class of 2020
But, not yet
I’m going to concerts,
Or the movies with friends
But, not yet
I’m going to fall head-over-heels for some boy
But he’s not here yet
I’m going places
Different places
A lot of places
But, right now
I’m here

Amanda Hillware, Grade 9
Emerson Preparatory School

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Parkmont Poetry Festival

"A poem is a hammer, beating in its words, forcing us to listen."

This young poet's words caught the attention of a Parkmont Poetry Festival judge a few years back, and the poem was included among the winners for that year. Each year for the past 31 years the Parkmont School has been celebrating the creative talents of the District of Columbia's middle and secondary school students by sponsoring the Parkmont Poetry Festival.

2014 Parkmont Poetry Festival

The 32nd Parkmont Poetry Festival Awards Ceremony and Poetry Reading will be held on May 3, 2014, at 2 p.m. Deadline for poetry submissions is March 1, 2014.

Eligibility, Submission & Deadline Details:

  • Open to students living or attending school in the District of Columbia
    in Grades 6-12
  • Limit of 2 poems per student
  • Type poems or use black pen
  • Please fill out the Poetry Entry Form and include it with your poem so that we have the student's name, home phone, school, grade, and teacher's name.
  • Deadline for entering poems is: March 1, 2014.


  • Poems published in the Festival Book
  • $40 Gift Certificate
  • Festival tee-shirt

Send poems to:
Parkmont School
4842 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20011
or email to

2012 Parkmont Poetry Festival

The 30th Parkmont Poetry Festival Awards Ceremony and Poetry Reading occurred on May 5th, 2012!

40 winning student poets from 6-12th grade schools across Washington, D.C. (ranging from such schools as: Wilson High School, E.L. Haynes Public Charter School, Banneker High School, Charles Hart Middle School, Kirov Academy of Ballet, Sharpe Health School, Georgetown Day School, Parkmont, and more) read their own winning works of poetry aloud to an enthusiastic audience. Students were published in an annual booklet, recognized for expressing themselves in the artistic form of poetry. To read the 2012 winning poems, click here.

As always, the event was a moving and inspiring tribute to the diversity of our city's young people. An example of one of our winning poems:

The Zoo

by Mitchel Tolar, Grade 8, Charles Hart Middle School

In my neighborhood

little kids are birds singing

songs of laughter

they’ll lose when they get older.

Some people run like cheetahs

in a field, but others stand stiff

as any old tree

Please contact Kim Schraf, Festival Coordinator, at 202.726.0740 ext 306 for more information. The Poetry Festival is funded in part by the D.C. Commission on Arts & Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts.

© 2011 Parkmont School