On Sunday, April 24th, the Cornwall Public Library was pleased to recognize several young people whose original poems were named best in the 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 musician and writer, and who served as a Library Page. The winners had the opportunity to read their poems to an appreciative audience in the library’s community room, after which they received their awards. Twenty-eight original poems were submitted by young people ages 5-18. The poems were read and critiqued by three independent judges: Mr. Robert Milby, Mr. Walter Worden and Ms. Andrea Brandt.

The top poems in each category were as follows (click on the poem title to view):

The Cornwall Public Library wishes to thank the Mumford family for their continued support of the library in memory of their son. We are also grateful to the judges for their time spent in careful consideration of each poem. Finally, we wish to thank the twenty young people who shared their creativity with us through their inspiring submissions.

We look forward to seeing what you can do next year!