Thank you to the young poets who participated in the 2020 Aline B. Carter Poetry Contest. The Maverick Carter House and Gemini Ink hosted the contest for 10th-12th grade high school students throughout San Antonio in the Spring of 2020. This year’s theme was “The Natural World of Texas.”

Winning Best Overall Poem is Jacqueline Halldórsson, a sophomore at Claudia Taylor Johnson High School, for “Only Texas Knows.” The honor comes with a $1,000 prize. Second Prize, with a $500 award, goes to Devyn Moore, a senior at the Young Women’s Leadership Academy, for “The Life of a Rock.” Third Prize winner is Thelo Lewis for “Odyssey of the Sonne.” Lewis is a senior at Health Careers High School.

Winners in the three categories are William Rowden of Brandeis High School for Best Poem in Free Verse, Gina Yu of Health Careers High School for Best Poem in Form, and Ricardo Rodriguez of North East School of the Arts for Best Poem in Spanish. Each award carries a prize of $100.

The judges, chosen for their varied approaches to poetry and esteem in the literary community, chose the three top winners from 20 finalists, out of nearly 100 entries. They also selected the best poems in the categories of Free Verse, Form, and Spanish language.

Judges include 2018-‘19 San Antonio Poet Laureate Octavio Quintanilla, former English teacher and poet Mobi Warren, and spoken word artist Anthony “The Poet” Flores.

We are all impressed by your talents and hope you are encouraged to continue writing and reading poetry. Certainly, there is no shortage of subject matter, especially now.

Best wishes from Gemini Ink, the Carter Family, and all involved in the 2020 contest. Keep in touch!

2020 Aline B. Carter Poetry Contest Winners reading their poems

Jacqueline Halldórsson. Best Overall Poem, Only Texas Knows.

Devyn Moore. 2nd Prize, The Life of a Rock.

Thelo Lewis. 3rd Prize, Odyssey of the Sonne.

Gina Yu. Best Poem in Form, The Unplanned Visit.

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