And the winners are...

Nearly 650 writers from 15 states submitted entries inspired by Dorothea Lange's Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California on view in Light Works: Photographs from the Collection. Six judges worked in pairs to select one winner, runners up and entries of special merit in adult, high school and middle school categories. Judging was "blind"-- all author names were removed from the judges' copies. Thanks to Kalamazoo Friends of Poetry for organizing the judging panels and spending hours carefully considering the submissions.


A booklet with all winning entries is on view in the gallery through December 12. (download booklet as PDF) Thanks to everyone who submitted entries.

First Place, Adult

Amy Armstrong-Laitinen, Negaunee, MI; Do You See

Runners Up, Adult
SueAn Stradling, St. Johns, AZ; Migrant Mother
Paul A. Stermer, Kalamazoo, MI; A wooden doll

Special Merit, Adult
Mark Buckley, Port Huron, MI; Florence's Dream
Rene' Meave, Plainwell, MI; Mother
Vicki VanAmeyden, Battle Creek, MI; Madonna of the Dust Bowl
Ron Weber, Stevensville, MI; Migrant Mother: Legacy in Time-lapse



First Place, High School

Connie Wang, Sugar Land, TX; She terrifies me....

Runners Up, High School
Amanda Leichliter, St. Joseph, MI; Her Reflection
Kristi VerHage, Allegan, MI; The Collapse

Special Merit, High School
Meghan Tenacity Anderson, St. Joseph, MI; The Crippled Spirits
Trevor Boyd, O'Neals, CA; Death, hunger, sorrow...
Ashley Dixon, Manitou Beach, MI; Fleeting Thoughts of a Migrant Mother
Kennedy Greer, St. Johns, AZ; A woman looks out...
Stephanie Lin, Sugar Land, TX; Although we know little...
Heather Little, Portage, MI; Handstitched Love
Shelly Pattok, Allegan, MI; In Which the Sun Fell From the Heavens
Alek S., Concho, AZ; Dear Ruthie
Aaron S., Lemay MO; The Migrant Mother
David Sutherland, Richland, MI; Lost Again
Jessica Tariske, Hart, MI; Through the Eyes of a Migrant Mother



First Place, Middle School

Brooks Eisenbise, Kalamazoo, MI; Sepia

Runners Up, Middle School
Nicolas C., Denver, CO; Sadness
Anna Kent, Davison, MI; Face Not Forgotten

Honorable Mention, Middle School
Keegan Giffels, Kalamazoo, MI; Migrant Mother Letter
Anne Heidelberg, Gobles, MI; Just Another Natural Disaster
Charles Williams Johnson, Farnham, VA; The migrant mother sits...
Ruthie Whitlock, Mesa AZ; From a Migrant Mother's Heart

Special Merit, Middle School
Alyssa Baumgarten, Williamston, MI; Frayed Hearts
Laura Cameron, Battle Creek, MI; Poverty Child
Michael Daly, Kalamazoo, MI; Gruesome Criteria Makes Great Media