On Sunday, April 30, the Cornwall Public Library was pleased to recognize several young people whose original poems were named best in Cornwall Public Library’s Annual Timothy Mumford Memorial Poetry Competition. The competition is held every year in memory of Tim Mumford, a Cornwall graduate who was a talented artist and writer. The six winners read their poems to an appreciative audience, after which they received their awards during a special ceremony that took place in the library’s community room. Over 70 original poems were submitted by people ages 5-18, and were read and critiqued by three independent judges: Randall Enos, Steve Fowler and Kris Karaban, who had no knowledge of the authors other than their ages. The judges then conferred with one another to arrive at a unanimous decision regarding best poem in each age category, and best overall poem.
The 2017 winners are:
Ages 5-6 – Clara E. Sanford, The Whole New World Under the Water
Ages 7-9 – Adalyn Brown, Eat A Poem
Ages 10-12 – David Michael Kramer, Thoughts from the other side
Age 13-15 – Ellie Barth, Fire
Age 16-18– Katelyn Lipton, A Forced Slumber
Best Overall Poem – Wyatt McNabb Phillips, Falcon