The Timothy Mumford Poetry competition is held every year in memory of Tim Mumford, a Cornwall graduate who was a talented artist and writer. Four of 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. The winner of the 13-15 age group was a young student, O. Sarah Adegbite, from England, who already has several poetry competition awards under her belt. Sarah had found out about the competition online through the library’s website and was very excited when she heard she had been chosen as a winner. Her poem, “written underneath the skin,” was recorded live and emailed to the library so it could be played in front of the audience.
The 2016 winners are:
Ages 5-6 – Macie Bea Stermer, Age 6, “Spring Peepers”
Ages 7-9 – Nicholas Costanzo, Age 9, “Snake”
Ages 10-12 – Benjamin Harrell, Age 11, “Penguins”
Age 13-15 – Opefoluwa Sarah Adegbite, Age 13, “written underneath the skin”
Age 16-18– John Cameron DiLillo, Age 17, “The Day”
Best Overall Poem – Katie Murphy, Age 18, “The Eternal Canvas”