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Sister Maura Eichner Award for Young Poets

Named in honor of poet, teacher and alumna, Maura Eichner, SSND '41, Notre Dame's prestigious award celebrates aspiring young female poets nationwide.

2014-2015 Eichner Awards for Young Poets

First Prize

Rayna Perry from Savannah Arts Academy in Savannah, GA for her poem, "Ancestry."

Natasha Sajé, Contest Judge: “I love the knottedness of this poem, its circularity with depth. I reread it with pleasure as it is both well made and large despite being so brief."



If the scientists are right
we are made in memory of the stars
that were once young enough to be wished on,
and if that’s true,
the darkness must only exist to
show us what we’re made of.

Second Prize

Jessica Li from Livingston High School in Livingston, NJ, for her poem “Histories.”

Third Prize

Erin Stoodley from El Camino High School at Ventura College in Ventura, CA, for her poem “Nestling.”

Honorable Mentions

Mariah Bowman from Yorktown High School in Arlington, VAfor her poem “Julia.”

Audrey Spensley from Avon Lake High School in Avon Lake, OH, for her poem “Breakfast in Manhattan.”

Semifinalists (in alphabetical order):

Ifunanya Ezimora  Franklin High School, Elk Grove, CA
Sofiy Inck  Saint Ann’s School, Brooklyn, NY
Madison Krchnavy  Bel Air High School, Bel Air, MD
Allison Lindquist  Peak to Peak Charter School, Louisville, CO
Angela Luo  Dougherty Valley High School, San Ramon, CA
Hannah Miao  Hamilton High School, Chandler, AZ
Alyssia Mingo  Treasure Coast High School, Port St. Lucie, FL
Marilyn Mossien  Glastonbury High School, Glastonbury, CT
Melissa Padron  Homeschooled, Grassy Creek, NC
Annabelle Tseng  Cupertino High School, Cupertino, CA
Lydia Velazquez  Sherwood High School, Brookeville, MD 

Natasha Sajé, 2014-15 Eichner Award Judge

Natasha Sajé is the author of three books of poems, Red Under the SkinBend, and most recently, Vivarium (Tupelo, 2014). She is also the author of a critical book about poetry, Windows and Doors: A Poet Reads Literary Theory. Her honors include the Robert Winner and the Alice Fay di Castagnola Awards from the Poetry Society of America, the 2002 Campbell Corner Poetry Prize, a Fulbright Scholarship to Slovenia, and a Camargo Fellowship in France. Sajé has been teaching in the low residency Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing Program since 1996, and is a professor of English at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, where she directs the Weeks Poetry Series.