Our 2018 Carnival of the Animals Poetry Contest has come to a close, and we are thrilled to announce the winning poems! Winning poems were chosen for each category of the Carnival of the Animals. These poems were read aloud by narrator Ian Bivins during our Educational Concert on May 7th. Winners also received a free membership to our Classical Kids Club!
Introduction Lucy, Grade 4, St. Paul’s Academy
The Lion Abby, Grade 4, Carl Cozier Elementary
Hens and Roosters Hewson, Grade 4, Lowell Elementary
Animals of the Wild Lexi, Grade 4, Carl Cozier Elementary
Tortoises Lillian, Grade 4, Lowell Elementary
The Elephant Pelagia, Grade 4, Lowell Elementary
Kangaroos Jacob, Grade 4, Carl Cozier Elementary
Aquarium Lucy, Grade 4, St. Paul’s Academy
Characters with Long Ears Lexi, Grade 4, Carl Cozier Elementary
The Cuckoo Ferdowsa, Grade 4, Carl Cozier Elementary
Birds Leilani, Grade 4, Carl Cozier Elementary
Pianists Baylor, Grade 4, Lowell Elementary
Fossils Phoebe, Grade 4, Lowell Elementary
The Swan Lucy, Grade 4, Lowell Elementary
We would like to extend our thanks to this year’s Poetry Contest judge, local poet James Bertolino!
James Bertolino poetry has received recognition through a Book-of-the-Month Club Poetry Fellowship, the Discovery Award, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, two Quarterly Review of Literature book publication awards, and the Jeanne Lohmann Poetry Prize for Washington State Poets. He has had 12 volumes of poetry published, the most recent being Ravenous Bliss: New and Selected Love Poems, 2014, from MoonPath Press. Since 1965, he has had his poetry reprinted in 48 anthologies, and in 1968 he edited the Northwest Poets anthology published by Quixote Press. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, and his MFA from Cornell University. He taught creative writing for 36 years at Cornell University, University of Cincinnati, Western Washington University and, in 2006, retired from a position as Writer-in-Residence at Willamette University in Oregon. He and his wife, poet and artist Anita Boyle, live on five acres near Bellingham, Washington. In 2012 Bertolino served as judge for the California Federation of Chaparral Poets competition, and 2017 was the eighth year that, as a board member of the Before Columbus Foundation in Berkeley, he chose a book for an American Book Award.