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

The submissions deadline is Friday, February 17, 2023.

2022 Winner

Haiku for Hiraeth

Lockers In The Sun

Brightly Cheerful This Day Is

Friendship Over Time


Madison McCauley

Banneker Academic High School

Grade: 9


Washington, DC


Washington, DC

Favorite Author or Book:

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Dream for the Future:

My dream for the future is to succeed in college graduation, and become a successful lawyer or attorney. As for the world? I want progress to continue being made. We’ve made lots so far, but we still have a long way to go. I want to see a future filled with equality and purged of the war, hate and injustice that currently stands.

Inspirational Figure:

My mother inspires me the most, as she’s taught me to be resilient in the tough situation, and to give my all in everything I do. She has always been a role model for me, and I would never trade her for anyone else. My mom’s strength, bravery and intelligence have always motivated me to do the best I can.