Poetry Contest Winners!



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.

Congratulations to our winners and a huge thank you to Mr. Bertolino!