Winners of Amanda Gorman Future Voices Poetry Prize and Scholarship announced
Beyond Baroque, one of the nation’s leading literary arts centers, recently announced the winners of the inaugural Amanda Gorman Future Voices Poetry Prize and Scholarship. This prize continues beyond its legacy of nurturing some of California’s finest poets including Wanda Coleman, Amy Gerstler, and U.S. Presidential Inaugural Poet Amanda Gorman.
This year’s Scholarship winners are Simone Wesley, Lucia Kornzweig, and Indigo Eatmon. The Prize winners are Tina Mai, Jessica Kim, Fiona Lu, and Anna Yang. The Amanda Gorman Future Voices Poetry Prize and Scholarship was created in honor of Gorman, a Beyond Baroque alumna who spent the earliest days of her career attending workshops there. Through this opportunity, Beyond Baroque seeks to recognize poets enrolled in grades 9 to 12 in California, and who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, or people of color.
“I’ve learned to use the emotions brought up by my circumstance to create poetry that not only serves as an outlet for myself, but provides an emotional conduit for others, as well,” said Wesley, a recipient of the scholarship.
First-place winner and O.C. Youth Poet Laureate Tina Mai said, “It’s always surreal to find out that my work is reaching people and being recognized—not just tucked away in a document on my laptop.”
The funds consist of $10,000 in scholarship and poetry contest money for 9th, 10th, 11th, and college-bound 12th graders, an age range that reflects the early days of Gorman’s journey. College-bound students in the 12th grade were eligible to apply for a scholarship award, and 9th, 10th, and 11th graders were eligible to submit to the poetry contest.
Beyond Baroque received approximately 130 applications across the scholarship and prize tracks, from students all over the state of California. The winners were selected by a panel of poets and writers.
“The volume of applicants, and the quality of their work, only confirms what we already know: the future of poetry is incredibly bright,” said Beyond Baroque’s executive director, Quentin Ring. “Beyond Baroque would like to thank and recognize all of the applicants who shared their writing with the organization. It was an honor for our panel to read each student’s work, and to be able to recognize seven talented, admirable young people whose talent and dedication to poetry all exemplify Amanda Gorman’s legacy.”
Beyond Baroque will host a reading with the scholarship and prize winners on Oct. 1, 2022. More information about the event will be announced in the coming weeks, and can be found on the website and all social media platforms. The opening of applications for the next Amanda Gorman Future Voices Poetry Prize will be announced in 2023.