2020 Poetry Contest Winners

The Emma Lazarus Poetry Contest offers young and emerging poets the opportunity to reimagine The New Colossus. View all of our winner and finalist submissions below.

Middle school
by Sophie Goldensohn
High school
by Kevin Kong
by Sophia Haber

Winners and Finalists

Neck of Copper
by Rosetta Serrano
"watching chronicle after chronicle  surrounded by waters darkened  by your textured deja vu. "
High school Finalist
Out here on the Mesa
by Naomi Feinstein Sandweiss
"The people emerged (legend has it)  From the center of the earth to inhabit prairie, mountains and sacred valleys.  Breathing free. "
Adult Finalist
Postcard to a 71A or C Port Authority Bus Driver
by Micaela Fox Corn
"even had to blow past huddled masses on Centre Street  because there was just no room,  do you miss that? Do you miss "
Adult Finalist
Some Questions for You, America
by Lisa Summe
"Can you explain the logic in bootstraps when so many of us are walking barefoot?"
Adult Finalist
The Statue of Liberty
by Mila Duffoo
"I know I am powerful, strong and I can surviveIn this new world, I will finally feel alive."
Middle school Finalist
Threnody for Libertas
by Dana Blatte
"Look — lady liberty,  we are both shipwrecks.  Your promises easier said than done  & ours, heavy behind our feet. "
High school Finalist
Whose broad stripes and bright stars
by Samantha Tan
"My young blind self wore red white and blue,  being proud of my america. Proud for who "
High school Finalist