Julian Riccobon, I can only commend you for using your voice to speak the dirty little secret that actually simply is the truth; a whole nation's one, a minority's everyday truth. Your technique and the union of your ideas and talent are impressive.
Clio Hamilton, thank you for After Eden, it is a phenomenal and rare piece, complex, bitter, sweet, chilling. Congradulations on your win, you certainly deserve it.
Victoria Carl, the last two verses of The Definition of Insanity sum up a very essential and urgent issue. I applaud your clever and raw piece.
Dana Dykiel, your poem is one of my most-liked ones. For once, it was refreshing to be gifted love and romance not as absolute and perfect, but as actually attainable, constructable, breakable.
"A subway map,
Looks like a disembodied heart, with colored lines
Spilling blood from broken vessels"
Lauren James, how does one come up with such an elegant, archaic, frank, paradoxical piece? Talent.
Haemaru Chung, your pieces may be succint but remain powerful through their imagery.
"Red coral bleaches pink,
then white, then ash"