Selected from over 125 entries from South Texas poets, we congratulate the winners of the Ekphrastic Poetry Contest for their outstanding poems responding to the selected artworks. Our thanks to the participating museums, to all poets who shared their work, and to those organizations who helped publicize the contest.

–       Jim LaVilla-Havelin, Octavio Quintanilla, Linda Simone (Judges)

*Click this link to read the winning poems

ARTWORK:  Sarah #9, Heidi McFall – McNay Art Museum        

Adult Winners:

Day Nine by Diane Gonzales Bertrand, San Antonio, TX

To Dust She Shall Return by Janice Bethany, Houston, TX

Face by Ramiro Rodriguez, Brownsville, TX


Youth Winners

Eyes for No One by Heaven Raechi Navarro, Harlingen, TX

Dazed  by Ruby Vallarelli, San Antonio, TX

Sarah #9 by Weathers Jessee, San AntonioTX


ARTWORK:  Mama Ocllo, First Coya (artist unknown) – San Antonio Museum of Art

Adult Winners:

Beautiful Chaos Just Landed Us on Mars by Claudio San Miguel, San Antonio, TX

On Her Deathbed by Pablo Miguel Martinez, San Antonio, TX

The Heart that Fed by Wilson R. M. Taylor, San Antonio, TX


Youth Winner:

The Woman by Zoe Morris, San Antonio, TX


ARTWORK:  Apache Pitch Lined Basket (artist unknown) – Witte Museum

Adult Winners:

Skin Thirst  by Mobi Warren, San Antonio, TX

Apache Pitch Lined Basket by Catherine Lee, San Antonio, TX

Bloodline by Karen Summers-Murray, Houston, TX


ARTWORK:  Once Upon a Time, Mark Maggiori  – Briscoe Western Museum

Adult Winners:

Exodusters by Jeanie Sanders, Lytle, TX

Two Horsemen Reach Mesilla by Milton Jordan, Georgetown, TX

If You Are Headed West on Route 66 by Sarah Colby, San Antonio, TX


Youth Winners:

Lone Rangers by Marin Blankinship, San Antonio, TX

Rebirth: Sky, Desert, Plants, and Us by Pia Nathani, San Antonio, TX

Download the winning poems by clicking on the image link. 

Anisa Onofre

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