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

The submissions deadline is Friday, February 17, 2023.

2022 Winner

Elegy to my Last Name



Who I am,

Who I can become,

Who I’ve been.


The half of me,

often neglected,

through thick and thin,


has groomed me for

nothing but success.


A split child,

galaxies collide,

creating catastrophe.


So where does that leave us now?


The milky way of love,

an outcast,

stranded between dishonor and acceptance.


Except this,



Regardless of distance,


Forever you are me,

Forever I am you.


Cole Hughes

Gonzaga College High School

Grade: 12


Rock Creek Park


Washington, DC

Favorite Author or Book:

Jacob Lawrence

Dream for the Future:

To work in the music business and build a team of creatives.

Inspirational Figure:

Kanye West