John Bosworth took top honors in the 2014 Hilda Simmons Levitt Poetry Contest with a 1st place for his composition titled “The Bible.”
Other winners were: Satina Whalen, 2nd place for “Sawdust”; Xylon Saenz, 3nd place for “Poem”; and John Green, 4th place for “A Man with No Name”.
Honorable mention winners were: Amanda Bell, “The Prison Conundrum”; Nicholas Delao, “Body Freezes Over”; Austin Hafner, “A Poem for Class”; Ali Naqvi, “The Invisible Predator”; Oscar Romo, “D”; and David Scott, “Legend”.
Cash awards were $600 for 1st place, $400 for 2nd place, $200 for 3rd place, and $100 for 4th place. Each winner received a plaque.
The contest was judged by Michael Shewmaker, a Wallace Stegner Fellow in poetry at Stanford University. The contest coordinator is MC English Instructor Brendan Egan.
The contest has been called the most prestigious such competition in the state, according to Egan. It was established in 1988 by the late Stanley Levitt to honor his wife’s memory, her love of poetry, and Midland College. She graduated with honors in journalism from Louisiana State University where she studied under Robert Warren Penn. In 1972, at age 62, Levitt renewed her writing efforts and studied creative writing at MC until her death 1986.
The contest is now underwritten by Levitt’s daughter, Carol Schwartz, who lives in Washington D.C.The contest drew a record 205 entries from 92 students, according to Dr. William Feeler, dean of the MC Fine Arts and Communications Division. “We are very proud of the student winners and the English faculty for their contributions. We especially thank Carol Schwartz for her continued support.”