Save the Earth Poetry Announces its 2018 Contest

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Commencing February 1st and running through March 31, 2018, the ‘Save the Earth’ Poetry contest is accepting poems written by high school poets. Poets are invited, without an entry fee, to email a poem to

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Poets are invited, without an entry fee, to email a poem to

The ‘Save the Earth’ Committee and Weeden Ventures announce the 7th Annual ‘Save the Earth’ Poetry Contest. The contest is based on the book, Can Poetry Save the Earth? A Field Guide to Nature Poems, written by the late John Felstiner, Professor, Stanford University. Students are invited to submit poems which evoke humankind’s awareness of the natural world and nature as such. A minimum of 7 winners will receive $200. Winners will be announced April 30, 2018.

“These poems possess a freshness and insight which is unique in modern poetry,” says Charles Weeden, Contest Director. “There are maybe 5-10 poems each year from which I get a rush as I had when I first read John Muir’s ‘My First Summer in the Sierra’ or Gary Snyder.

“We also can’t say enough about the English teachers in our high schools,” furthers Mr. Weeden. “Many do the incredible: Teach our kids how to express the subtleties of their thoughts and emotions. Can there be a harder job in this too-technical, too tweeted world?”

Winning high school poets of the 2017 ‘Save the Earth’ Poetry Contest:

  •     Christopher Calvin / SMAN 2 High School, East Java, Indonesia

o    English Teacher: Dinar Wirantika

  •     Annie Barron / Lawrence Academy, Groton, MA

o    English Teachers: Mark Haman and Laura Moore

  •     Mary Gorman / Seton Home Study School, Larimore, ND

o    English Teacher: Andrew Boysen

  •     Kanglong Gui / Poughkeepsie Day School, Poughkeepsie, NY

o    English Teacher: Jeffrey Fisher

  •     Isaac Haahr / El Dorado High School, El Dorado, KS

o    English Teacher: Heather Fangmann

  •     Ayden Henson / Falmouth High School, Falmouth, ME

o    English Teachers: Julie Blodgett and Suzanne Langlois

  •     Isis Huang / Arroyo High School, San Lorenzo, CA

o    English Teacher: Mrs. Sandoval

  •     YunJin Jeong / Emma Willard School , Troy, NY

o    English Teacher: Jonathan Mossop

  •     Mairead Kilgallon / Greenwich Academy, Greenwich, CT

o    English Teacher: Jeff Schwartz

  •     Xiting (Brian) Liao / Glastonbury High School, Glastonbury, CT

o    English Teacher: Mrs. Jenna Brousseau

  •     Steven Manner / Hawaiian Academy of Arts and Sciences, Pahoa, HI

o    English Teacher: Ms. Jacqueline Barr

  •     Lauren Mendez / School for Creative and Performing Arts, Cincinnati, OH

o    English Teacher: Ms. Wendy Braun

  •     Caitlyn Mlodzik / The Vanguard School, Colorado Springs, CO

o    English Teacher: Soren Schwab

  •     Abigail Okland / Charlotte Latin School, Charlotte, NC

o    English Teacher: Richard Harris

  •     Vienna Scott / Hollis Brookline High School, Hollis, NH

o    English Teacher: Marie Salamone

  •     Stephanie Tom / Roslyn High School, Roslyn Heights, NY

o    English Teacher: Marie Salamone

Please visit our website, for contest details or to read poems from last year’s winners. To submit, students need only email their poem to: There is no fee to enter.

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