Cambridge Public Library Poetry Contest


5/29/2021

Tree Poetry Awards

Each year, the Cambridge Public Library hosts a poetry contest for students in grades K-8 who live or attend school in Cambridge. We are delighted to announce the winners of this year's awards below. This year, instead of our customary awards ceremony and reading, we are sharing the students' poems with the Cambridge community by posting them at four locations around the city:

  • Joan Lorentz Park outside the Main Library, 449 Broadway, along the playground fence
  • Central Square Branch Library, 45 Pearl Street, Franklin Street side windows
  • Valente Branch Library, 826 Cambridge Street, windows overlooking the reading garden, Berkshire Street side
  • Peabody School/O'Neill Branch Library, 70 Rindge Avenue, along the fence We hope you will visit all four sites to see this year's 69 winning poems selected from the nearly 700 wonderful entries!

Name

Grade

Poem

Poem Location

Abdirizak Abdulle

Eighth

“My Name is Abdirizak Abdulle”

Valente

Abdullah Akbar Causer

Second

“Ramzan”

Joan Lorentz Park/Main Library

Aleena Fereja

First

“Water:

Central Square

Ali Uthman Shareef

Sixth

“January 2021”

Joan Lorentz Park/Main Library

Alice Pollock

Fifth

“Writer's Block”

Valente

Apple

Eighth

“I was raised by...”

Valente

ARS

Eighth

“Rose in a Field of Wheat”

Central Square

Aryeh

Sixth

“Oda a mis gatos”/”Ode to My Cats”

Central Square

Beatrix

Seventh

“Father Who”

Central Square

Charlotte

Eighth

“Crossroads”

Central Square

Clara Cosulich

First

“I am”

Peabody/O’Neill

Clark

Third

“Separation”

Central Square

David Xiong

Seventh

“I Am From”

Joan Lorentz Park/Main Library

Eleanor

Third

“Hugo”

Peabody/O’Neill

Eliana Dini

Fourth

“The Spider's Home”

Valente

Eliana Mamo

Eighth

“Inbetween”

Valente

Elias Estivaliz Liceaga

Seventh

“Cómo ser parte de la diáspora”/

“How to be part of a diaspora”

Central Square

Emil Adelmant-Pacy

Kindergarten

“Nature”

Joan Lorentz Park/Main Library

Emily

Seventh

“Oda al Baile/Ode to Dance”

Central Square

Esha

Second

“Flowers”

Joan Lorentz Park/Main Library

Ethan

Second

“Trees”

Joan Lorentz Park/Main Library

Evangeline Yeo

First

“childhood bunny”

Peabody/O’Neill

Finnian

Second

“The Dark”

Peabody/O’Neill

Gabriel

Second

“Favorite and Not Favorite Places”

Joan Lorentz Park/Main Library

Gaven

Fifth

“Cold breeze floats around...”

Valente

Harvey

Kindergarten

“Bus”

Peabody/O’Neill

Ilah Saunders

Third

“Space”

Joan Lorentz Park/Main Library

Isabel Navarro

Fifth

“Women”

Valente

Isabella

Fourth

“Everything's Online”

Peabody/O’Neill

Isabella Pacheco

Fifth

“The Place”

Peabody/O’Neill

Ivy Saltzman

Third

“A World of Beauty (to Dad)”

Central Square

Jennifer Alcius Etienne

Sixth

“Society”

Valente

Jordan Charles

Third

“Jordan”

Joan Lorentz Park/Main Library

Joy Poritzky

Sixth

“Beautiful”

Valente

June Lopez

First

“Anything for You”

Joan Lorentz Park/Main Library

Justin

Fourth

“I wanted a chance to say..”

Peabody/O’Neill

Kendall Syllien

Second

“Forest Climbing”

Peabody/O’Neill

Lion Sekou

Third

“My Real Life and True Imagination”

Central Square

Lizzy Kelly-Montgomery

Eighth

“Pétalosenpáginas”/”Petals in Pages”

Central Square

Lucas Economou

Eighth

“Featherless Biped”

Valente

Lucia de Icaza

Fifth

“Scribble”

Central Square

Madeline H. Taylor

First

“Let the World Be Great”

Central Square

Marina

Fourth

“Spring Stars”

Peabody/O’Neill

Max Sharma

Kindergarten

“The Cattails”

Valente

Merissa Jacques

Third

“In My Box”

Valente

Mirabelle

Second

“rain pitter patter pitter…"

Peabody/O’Neill

Mohamed

Second

“Mohamed”

Peabody/O’Neill

Nava Galperin

Fifth

Spring in New England

Joan Lorentz Park/Main Library

Noah Abebe Woreta

First

“Sea Dragons”

Peabody/O’Neill

Norah

Fourth

“Soul Sisters”

Peabody/O’Neill

Peter Mohan

Fifth

“Books”

Central Square

Rakeb

Third

“I'm a Red Fox”

Peabody/O’Neill

Ravi

First

“August's House”

Joan Lorentz Park/Main Library

Reign Dendy

Eighth

“19”

Valente

Rory

Sixth

Oda a la confusión/

”Ode to Confusion”

Central Square

Rory

Third

“Natural Happiness”

Joan Lorentz Park/Main Library

Sadie Piper

Second

“The Ice Cream”

Peabody/O’Neill

Samantha Shil

Third

“What Is It?”

Peabody/O’Neill

Savannah Rose Jackson

Kindergarten

“The Nothing Window”

Peabody/O’Neill

Saya Chu-Shore

Seventh

"Plastic bags like jellyfish…"

Valente

Skyla

Third

“Ev”

Valente

Sophia Malakis

Third

“Shine Brightly”

Valente

Sophie

Kindergarten

“My Brother”

Joan Lorentz Park/Main Library

Stella

Seventh

“Her Yellow Sweater”

Valente

Tatum

Third

“This girl looks free...”

Joan Lorentz Park/Main Library

Tenzin Khando

Seventh

“In the sea of love...”

Central Square

Trevor

Fourth

“Purple City”

Joan Lorentz Park/Main Library

William Lara-McCannon

Fifth

“The Real Magic”

Central Square

Yasmina G.

Fourth

“Waves”

Joan Lorentz Park/Main Library