The 41st Annual Parkmont Poetry Festival will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2023.

The submissions deadline is Friday, February 17, 2023.

2020 Winner

Where Are You From?

Where are you from

I am from the the times she didn’t have it

From the missing handles on the car door

The years we live with my aunt

The beatings that left me in tears

I am from the sad walk from Holy Cross


Where are you from

I am from the laughter with them

From the countless movie nights

From the times I slept with her

The moments where I was mad at her

I am from the love she gave me


Where are you from

I am from all the call homes

From the years below grade level

From the books I wished I read

I am from the teachers who cared


Where are you from

I am from the fields of Marlow Heights

The slippery courts of Seat Pleasant

The cold days of Fort Washington

I am from the 15 years of life


Damill Bostic

Washington Jesuit Academy

Grade: 8


Hyattsville, MD


Washington, DC

Favorite Author or Book:

My two favorite authors are Gary Paulsen and Jake London. My favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird.

Dream for the Future:

My dream for my future life is to be able to provide for my family. I want to be able to tell my mom that she doesn’t have to work anymore.

Inspirational Figure:

The adult that inspires me the most is my mother. My mother is the most hard-working person I know.