Nov/Dec 2017 • Vol. XXXIX No. 6 Patricia Grodd Poetry PrizeNovember 1, 2017 |

Young Poets Introduction

2017 Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers   The Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers, now in its fourteenth year, recognizes an outstanding single poem by a high school junior or senior. This series would not be possible without the generosity of Ms. Grodd, and we at the Kenyon Review continue to be grateful for her gift. This year, we were fortunate to have an exceptional pool of entries that represented a wide range of subjects and styles, a testament to the inquisitiveness, diversity, and heart of young people writing poetry today. Selecting just one winner and two finalists was, as always, a challenge. Thank you to everyone who trusted us with poems this year—they were a joy to read. This year's winning poem, Eileen Huang's "Movie Scene on a Highway Shoulder," stood out for its intellectual complexity and ambition. The poem begins as an ekphrastic, directing us to picture a scene from a movie and then proceeding to dramatize it for us. But the nex

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Natalie Shapero
Natalie Shapero is the professor of the practice of poetry at Tufts University and an editor at large of the Kenyon Review. She was the guest poetry editor for the Sept/Oct 2019 issue of the Kenyon Review. Her poetry collections are Hard Child and No Object, and her writing has appeared in the Nation, the New York Times Magazine, the New Yorker, and elsewhere.

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