Winners of 53rd annual Dudley Randall Poetry Contest

Winners of 53rd annual Dudley Randall Poetry Contest

Each year, the Detroit Mercy English Department honors Dudley Randall, the late poet, publisher and Detroit Mercy librarian and poet-in-residence, by sponsoring a poetry competition in his name.

Collin Schacht, 2023 Dudley Randall winner
Collin Schacht

We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 53rd annual Dudley Randall Poetry Contest for 2023. You can read the winning poems at this link:

1st Prize: Collin Schacht, English major, Creative Writing concentration

  • “Persona”

2nd Prize: Olivia Vitale, Biochemistry major, Literature minor

  • “I Forgot Your Middle Name”

3rd Prize: Lydia Chapman, Social Work major

  • “Evening Bats”

Honorable Mention: Aly Porcerelli, Business Administration major, Creative Writing minor

  • “Dearest Audience”

Honorable Mention: Jeremy St. Martin, Theatre major, Creative Writing minor

  • “The Man in the Below Poem Has Become Aware He is in a Poem”

Congratulations to all of the winners and to all of the excellent poets who submitted their work this year!

Special thanks to Stacy Gnall, poet-in-residence, for organizing this year’s contest, and to our esteemed judges Emily Corwin and Marcelo Hernandez Castillo.

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