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We are happy to post on this site a sampling of the winning poems from the Community College Poetry Competition. The same poems are presented here in two formats: (1) alphabetical, by author or by college, and (2) in a page-turner, anthology format, entitled "Poetry for the Mind's Joy."

Winning poems were selected during a competition administered this spring by the Community College Humanities Association. Winners were chosen at the local level by the participating campuses. We hope this sampling will give you an idea of the literary creativity on today's community college campuses.

American River College, Sacramento, CA
Faculty Contact: Lois Ann Abraham, English Department Chair

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A

American River College,
Sacramento, CA
Allo, Viola
Nigerian Girl with Calabash
Anne Arundel Community College,
Arnold, MD
Staisloff, Ben
Sir

B

Bucks County Community College,
Newtown, PA
Manoff, Chelsea
Bland and White from Suburbia

C

Cañada College,
Redwood City, CA
Christiansen, Nikki
Bombed
Cape Cod Community College,
West Barnstable, MA
Renoe, Ethan
Dogtown
Carroll Community College,
Westminster, MD
Kresge, Sara
The Hotel
Century College,
White Bear Lake, MN
Kreiner, Eric
Holy War
Chabot College,
Hayward, CA
Fernandez, Alexander
this is not a poem
College of the Sequoias,
Visalia, CA
Hallare, Diana Paula
Girl in Nursery School
College of Western Idaho,
Boise, ID
Eppes, Colette
Her Concerto
Cosumnes River College, Los Rios Community College District,
Sacramento, CA
Hesselbein, John
In Defense of Poetry

D

Delaware County Community College,
Media, PA
Samone
Window Lantern
Delaware County Community College,
Downingtown, PA
Pollock, Andrew
Snow Shepard

E

Erie Community College,
Buffalo, NY
Baumgardner, Keith
Epilogue (For Vincent Van Gogh)

F

Folsom Lake College,
Folsom, CA
Clark, Amy
Untitled #7
Fort Scott Community College,
Fort Scott, KS
Stevenson, Michelle
Beyond Measure
Frank Phillips College,
Borger, TX
Blankenship, Sean
Have You Ever

G

Georgia Highlands College,
Silver Creek, GA
Godfrey, Nicholas J
When Simplicity Dies
Glen Oaks Community College,
Centerville, MI
Bender, Jena
Hunt
Gwinnett Technical College,
Lawrenceville, GA
Burts, Jessica
Last Leaf Before Winter

H

Hillsborough Community College,
Tampa, FL
Reed, Amanda
A Marionette Without Its Strings

I

Inver Hills Community College,
Inver Grove Heights, MN
LaFollette, Kristine
Shampoo
Ivy Tech Community College, Bloomington Campus,
Bloomington, IN
Conyer, J. Scott
The Shawl, in the Land of Furies
Ivy Tech Community College, Evansville Campus,
Evansville, IN
Griffin, Keneth
The Dog Park
Ivy Tech Community College, Indianapolis Campus,
Indinanapolis, IN
Smith, Shannon Naomi
Echoes

K

Kauai Community College,
Lihue, HI
Savage, Martine
Untitled
Kirkwood Community College,
Iowa City, IA
NeuCollins, Ryan
Tempest

L

Lake Tahoe Community College,
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Easley, Terry
The Garage Where I Grew Up
Las Positas College,
Livermore, CA
Stahl, Julia
Gringa
Linn-Benton Community College,
Albany, OR
Rex, Coquille
I Too
Little Big Horn College,
Crow Agency, MT
Dust Jr., John
Dichotomy

M

Maysville Comminity & Technical College,
Maysville, KY
Powell, Pamela
I NEVER FORGET
Metropolitan Community College - Maple Woods,
Kansas City, MO
Cordray, Kate
The End is the Beginning
Minneapolis Community and Technical College,
Minneapolis, MN
Sanders, Christina F.
The Desert Dust
Modesto Junior College,
Manteca, CA
Thornburg, Bryce
What Can’t Be Held
Monroe County Community College,
Monroe, MI
Werner, Brandy L.
For a Time

N

NMSU, Grants Campus,
Grants, NM
Calderon, Hector
LIFE

O

Orange County Community College,
Middletown, NY
Odom, Gabrielle
Ancient Kingdoms in My Kitchen
Owens Community College,
Toledo, OH
Long, Richard
Remembering Autumn
Owensboro Community and Technical College,
Owensboro, KY
Smith, Jonathan
Winter Soul

R

Riverland Community College,
Austin, MN
Carlson, Tiffany
Muse

S

San Joaquin Delta College,
Stockton, CA
Reyna, Lena
The Weight of Words in Reverse
Sierra College,
Rocklin, CA
Inocencio, Nevada
Best Western
St. Charles Community College,
Cottleville, MO
Niendick, Robin
Pale Grace and Ashes

T

Tarrant County College,
Forth Worth, TX
Nichols, Nishea
The Gardener
Tulsa Community College,
Tulsa, OK
Ledbetter, Lissa
Faith
Tulsa Community College,
Tulsa, OK
Hardy, Jason
Insomnia

V

Valencia Community College,
Orlando, FL
Monaco, Luke David
Vines Have Thorns

W

Warren County Community College,
Washington, NJ
Ciceran, Tristan
The Horsemen and the Ambulances
Waubonsee Community College,
Sugar Grove, IL
Clark, Matt
Untitled
Wenatchee Valley College,
Wenatchee, WA
Neely, Cynthia
Birdland
Wor-Wic Community College,
Salisbury, MD
Johnson, Tonika
TROUBLED EYES