Scroll down to see the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest winning poets and poems from each contest year, 2006-2017; click on the poem name to read the poem and see the illustrated placard.

WALK AWARDS

Mariah Brown-Pounds Winter Witch
Dee Dee Chapman Colluvium
Kaylee Davenport Salt Fills My Mouth
Julio Enriquez Abuela
Virginia Ferm Herrick In-between Places
Eric R. Kosarot Slip of the Frozen Note
J.R. Lara Migration Season
Amelia O’Connell Rabbits with Wings
Robert Stern untitled
Richard Widerkehr At Akumal: What Have I Asked For?

MERIT AWARDS

Sterling C.H. Bemment Dear Rain
Judy Bishop What Salmon Know
Aysha Burney Sudden Thoughts
Amelia Carr The Perfect Ballerina
Marlene Chasson Possession
Roger William Gilman Standing on the Shore of Yellowstone Lake
Darian Karuza Since You Ghosted
David M. Laws Early Hike with Dog
Marie Marchand Reverie
Mason Mills Let them be Cars
Jim Milstead Wonder
Sheila Nickerson The Woman Who Feeds Raccoons
Maddie Patterson The Sea
Ruby Thomas Princess and Maiden
Gary Wade Used To Be

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2016

WALK AWARDS

Greg Beatty Bedtime
Susan Chase-Foster Shadow and Light
Marlene Chasson The Spelling Bee
Winter Gariss Willow Trees
Sydney Glover Game Point
Tallie Jones February 29
Timothy Pilgrim Wrong a lot
Rodolph Rowe Breakfast
Sylvia Tag Lake of the Isles

MERIT AWARDS

Judy Bishop Semiahmoo
Jessica Bloom Her house
Carla Conforto Architecture Stolen from Animals
Corinne Foster Haikus
Samantha Gablehouse Brother
Roger William Gilman The Following Monday
Jacob Hartsoch Of the Sea
Rick Hermann Rain
Jessica Lee Ars Poetica
Joe Nolting Mapping the World
Lucas Nydam dog walking
Dayna Patterson Logophilia
Logan Sitkin Dreams on Montlake
Scott Sutherland Black Bears
Leslie Wharton Nooksack Salutation

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2015

WALK AWARDS

Thomas Boyle To Rizzy
Lauren Carr I am not a puddle
Cheryl A. Fear Clothesline Epiphany
Jacob Hartsoch Wanapum Remorse
Rick Hermann Nooksack
Liam Kudijaroff Domino
Jessica Lann Little Brother
Annie Roth My Brother
Claire Stodola Ireland
Devin Zook Mother

MERIT AWARDS

Luther Allen living on the mountain
Téa Beaulieu Rock Dust
Angela Belcaster Weeding Goosefoot
Lily Danke How Big?
Owen Davis-Bower Four Squares
Seth Friedman When Birds Could Talk
Heidi Kenyon Delivering the Fruit
Hazel Lauber What is Turquoise?
Paul Little untitled
Eric Lochridge At Dawn I Stare Down a Raccoon from my Back Porch
Natalee Markowski That Time
Erica Reed Synthesis of Happiness
Chloe Rhodes Ripples
Karen Vande Bossche Shoots
Charles Walker A Star Vanishing Away

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2014

WALK AWARDS

Michelle Ballou untitled
Amanda Chandler The Beginning
Linda Conroy Moving On
Thom Davis The Mountain
Evan Ingalls Physics
Konrád Kocsis Women of Valor
Andrew Shattuck McBride I Love My City in Snow
Savannah Miller Be Fearless
Erica Reed Washing
Judy Teresa The Morning After

MERIT AWARDS

Luther Allen untitled
Diane Bateman Balance
Angela Belcaster In the Dance Studio
Cassondra Dick My Best Friend
Seren Fargo untitled (change)
Seth Friedman Upon Submitting to the Sue Boynton Poetry Contest
Suzanne Harris Father
Bob Hicks Fill Me
Brett Larkin Cheddar and Mozzarella
Thomas Lewis The Raging Storm Inside
Carol McMillan Medicine Dance
M. Ann Miller A Slice of the Pie
Cody Moser Get Dirty
Donna Watson Rushing for Keri Sherlock
Luci Shaw After reading my friend’s poem

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2013

WALK AWARDS

Angela Belcaster April Night
Mariah Brown-Pounds Raspberry Rhubarb Pie
Susan Chase-Foster On Being a Squirrel
Kayla Donovan One Last Time
Malcolm H. Kenyon The Goat Island Battery
Mike Long A Love Song, Repurposed
Matt Malyon Icarus Ashore
Betty Scott My Dog Barks
Emily Spector-Van Zee The World of Life
Liam Veitch Skate

MERIT AWARDS

Luther Allen stillness.
Maddy DeFreest The Fall
Victoria Doerper Great Blue
Deborah Lutz The Beginning
Andrew Shattuck McBride Forgetfulness
Jim Milstead Collage
Marina Murphy Lazy Train
Bassam Najib Boulos The Square Watermelon
Joe Nolting Lily of the Mohawks
Timothy Pilgrim Breathing snow
Colleen Schwartz Point Lobos
Kristin Smith Wanderer’s Heart
Tom Villa-Lovoz Waiting
Richard Widerkehr Peonies
Margarethe Zubler-Keller Simile

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2012

WALK AWARDS

Kari Galbraith Indian Plum
Bob Hicks The Engorged Heron
Peter Howard-Snyder Ballad of Bed Head
William Howard-Snyder Traveling Through the Dessert
David M. Laws Miscommunication
Carole MacRury An Intimate Look at a Slug
Sheila Nickerson December Dusk: The Stables off Smith Road
Judy Orvik Another Kind of Leaving
Cindi Williamson I laid out red thread on the grass
Margarethe Zubler-Keller WORDS

MERIT AWARDS

Finnigan Cooper Asperger’s
Don Cramer My Ladder
Ella Denham-Conroy Midnight Walk in The Golden Gate City
Denise duMaurier Midnight Mission
Carly Eathorne Caddisfly Larvae
Maria Frazey Ode to Cats
Jacob Hartsoch Saving Power Creek
Andrew Shattuck McBride Grace
Wendy McLeod Tennant Lake Park Rules
Ali Morrow Where I Am From
Nicola Morrow Ode to Potato Chip
Jon A. Orvik Small Things
Théa Rosenburg Munchers
George Such Snorkeling with My Daughter at Gili Aire
Elizabeth Vignali My Mother’s Afterlife

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WALK AWARDS

Richard Blake Your Blue Shirt
Dakota Carson Poor Me
Nina Djukic Sinking
Alysa Gallant A Day at the Lake
Norman L. Green teach me reeds
Rachel Mehl Bellingham
Timothy Pilgrim Painting lesson
George Such Veiled
Lucas Walker the engineer
Cindi Williamson Four Blue Heron

MERIT AWARDS

Caleb Barber Pete
Laura Boynton Azygous
McKeahan Carlton The Trees
Eric Carr SNOW
Linda Conroy January View
Denise duMaurier Conspiring
Jesse Kennemer Vigil
Mary Lucas Question
Sandra F. Lucke Piano Cowboy
Carolyn McCarthy Departure
Kevin Murphy Books on Trees
Lara Niedermeyer Stormless
Ruby Powers Daylight on a Summer Branch
Emily Ramey Frog?
Kobe Woodruff Pencil Elves

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WALK AWARDS

Conor Callaghan Black
Abigail Carr Blowing the Lake into Place
David P. Drummond Guillemots
Evan Ingalls Natural Communication
Carolyn McCarthy Wild Orchid
Kevin Murphy Falling Apart
Paul Piper To a Slug in Winter
Taylor Rowland Questions I Had Growing Up
Devan Schwartz On Heliotrope Trail
Carla Shafer Migrant

MERIT AWARDS

Erik Burge Suiattle
Joe Cook Samsara
Sierra Golden What I really like about making bread
Zoie Greve The Mist
Jo Ann Heydron How to Stay
Bella Mallett Happiness
Mitchell Morrison we are the mole people
Nicola Morrow Emma’s Kitchen
Sheila Nickerson In a University Town: September
Luke Reinschmidt I Remember
Kim Roe After Being Called ‘Girlie’ at the Hardware Store
Ellie Rogers Window Seat
Jose Valenzuala King of All Erasers
Karee Wardrop How to Promote Peace by Watching Birds
Keajn Wardrop-Peterson Wood

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WALK AWARDS

Erik Burge Squalicum
Tyree Callahan A Reefnetter’s Paean to the Sea
Esme Dutcher Indian Plum
Tessa Haggerty Bare Feet
Oksana Hanson Awe
Sarah Hill Forever Breeze
Katie Humes Spin
Kate Berne Miller Diminishing Returns
Dorothy Regal Little Mothers
Gary Wade Invitation to Jake

MERIT AWARDS

Alexis Austin Mayfield Lake
Brenda Beehler I Build You a House of Whale Bones
Angela Belcaster Rain Words
Madeline Bowler The Moon
Kai Bretherton In the Blast Zone (Mt. St. Helens, 28 years after)
Julie Dunaway Bellingham trains
Stephanee Henderson You can’t have it all . . .
Christine M. Kendall Watching the Storm
Taylor Knutson Heart Song
Bob Markey A Growing Family
Andrew Shattuck McBride Boulevard Park
Niel Pfundt Wife of a Fisherman
Kim Roe Desire
Colleen Schwartz Migration
Dale Wallace Waiting for our ship – 1935

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WALK AWARDS

Rachel Ballard New Year’s Day at Whatcom Creek, Far from the War
Angela Belcaster Spring Cleaning
Linda Conroy Organization
Ryler Dustin Your Heart Was Once a Hill
J. I. Kleinberg Pedestrian’s Lament
David M. Laws january foot
Hunter Mumm Lightning and Thunder
Stephen A. Peters (untitled)
Abby Sussman Magnetic North
Johnathan Zavalza Baby

MERIT AWARDS

Patricia Alesse Ode to the Grandview Signal Light
Jazlyn Atwood Home
Misun Bishop Kivulana
Jason Darling Life as an adolescent boar
M. Elaine Eastman Of Mist and Keramos
Kristi Felbinger Love —
Emilie Elizabeth Friske Terrorist, I am not
Skyler Jones The Sweet, Sweet Smell of Success
Elani Koogle to the poet
Rob Macdonald The Storm
Zachary Masterson Moon
Nelle McClenahan Our Twenty-Sixth Winter
Bryan Middlebrook Love Notes from 3 a.m.
Jim Milstead Following Robert Froth
Madison Pheifer Too Little

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WALK AWARDS

Luther Allen Under and Above
Angela Belcaster That Fragile Helix
Skye Burn Uncommon Courtesy
Nancy Lou Canyon Dreaming Beneath a Big Sky
Julia Hobart The Best Recipe
Jeffrey Klausman On Fire
Bob Markey Next Time
Carla Shafer East of Point Francis

MERIT AWARDS

Miranda Myers Barker The Dissipating Property of Sand
Cece Briggs Chemistry
Claire Cancilla Three People
Paige Kulm For What Was
Elise Murphy You see lemons
Mary Peebles I’m Fine, Thank You
Jim Schmotzer August Evening
Devan Schwartz The Futaleufu River
Bernie Thomas Our Human Spirit
Diane Barrera Turner From the same flour
Annie Wilce The Dessert Case
Menko Ypma Never Repeated

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WALK AWARDS

Luther Allen Lummi Island
Alex Check Survive
Barbara Davis-Pyles In This Place
Bliss Goldstein The Bellingham Blues
Johanna Landis Sehome, dusk
Danika Lauderdale People Watching
Kate Miller Owl Song
Lorna Murphy Dandelions on North Garden Street
Edwina Norton Northwest Nightlife
Tom O’Brien Friends
Kelly G. Ramer Song with grey shapes
Sergio Rangel I Am From
Matthew Campbell Roberts Hay
Kim Roe South Fork Valley
Scott Stodola Railroad Avenue
Scott Stodola Place Value
Kayla Townley Untitled
Jeremy Voigt My Neighbor Knocking
Jeanne Yeasting November in the Northwest
Jeanne Yeasting Distance

MERIT AWARDS

Chelsea Applegate You
Dylan Bruce A Community
Brickell Dotson Community
Kiana Gray A School is Like an Aquarium
Kaiya Hammond Community of Friends
Greg Hoffenbacker Last Will and Testament
Johanna Landis Spring Fall
Lorna Murphy Retirement in Bellingham
Stephen A. Peters Untitled
Rena Priest Meridian Traffic
Kelly G. Ramer Celebratory Gowns
James R. Regier New
Jeremy Voigt Rotting Wood
Ashlyn Wade Friends

Early Hike with Dog

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One Response to “Winners”


  1. […] So I’m pleased and astonished to announce that “In-between places” was published in the Sue C. Boynton 2017 chapbook, and also will be posted for a year on the Poetry Walk outside the Bellingham Public Library, illustrated by a local artist. Poems from the contest will be posted inside WTA buses. The poem also can now be read on the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest website, under the Winners tab, https://thepoetrydepartment.wordpress.com/winners/. […]


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