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

The submissions deadline is Friday, February 17, 2023.

2022 Winner


When I get to be a painter, I’m going to paint a picture

of forgotten keys, locked doors, and doors left open

of battles against bullies in the ring, but fighting fair.


I’ll throw in deep colors,

crimson, blue, and yellow

green trees, the red playground,

the slide, the yellow pole.


I’ll paint a troubled picture of fights in school

bothering people, red blood in his face,

a swallow of Sprite

for better or worse, and moving on.


Xavier Carson

Charles Hart Middle School

Grade: 7


Washington, DC


Washington, DC

Dream for the Future:

To get a job

Inspirational Figure:

My mom