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May 13, 2009 > DeClercq poetry contest winners

DeClercq poetry contest winners

Submitted By Diane Daniel

Hayward student Melanie Roland bagged the first prize for her poem "Grandfather's Meeses," in the Fourth Annual California State University, East Bay (CSUEB) Helen Jackie DeClercq Student Poetry Contest. The winner will receive $250 and her poem will be published in the campus literary magazine "Occam's Razor". "Her Hands", by Natalie Garcia of Oakland took second place, and "13 Ways of Looking at a Black and Filipino Man" by Alysa Machado of Hayward was third. "Salvage" by Lynette Jones-Lipscomb of Oakland, and "Working for a Better Future" by Diana Ramos Firestore of American Canyon took Honorable Mentions from among the 160 poems submitted by 69 currently enrolled CSUEB students.

Awards will be presented at the Distinguished Writers Series event featuring poet John Espinoza. Judges were Kathy and John DeClercq, family members of the late, long-time CSUEB employee Jackie DeClercq who bequest the award; Mary D'Alleva, a lecturer in English and Human Development; Aline Soules, a university librarian, and Susan Gubernat, associate professor of English and contest supervisor. D'Alleva, Soules and Gubernat are all published poets.

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served followed by book signing.

Distinguished Writers Series - Poet John Espinoza
Wednesday, May 20
7 p.m.
CSUEB Library, Biella Room
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward
(510) 885-3400

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