Last Friday night the Half Moon Bay Library hosted a reading of poems in English and Spanish written and read by Coastside teens in its 16th annual Teen Poetry Contest.
The evening event featured selections from “Moon Harvest/Cosecha de la Luna XVI,” a collection of poems entered in the contest. This year’s edition of the anthology features the poetry of 40 Coastside teens, ranging in age from 12 to 19, from the area served by the library and bookmobile.
The Friends of the Half Moon Bay Library provided funds for the prize money: first-place winners received $75, second-place winners received $50 and honorable mentions and Librarian’s Choice winners received $25.
The winners are:
First place, poem written in English, went to Claire Wang, 13, of Half Moon Bay, with her poem “The Monarch Butterfly”
Second place, poem in English, went to Avery Calhoun, 16, of Half Moon Bay, for “The Drive”
First place, poem in Spanish, went to Alma Munguia, 13, of Half Moon Bay for “La Hermosa Primavera” (“Beautiful Spring”)
Second place, poem in Spanish, went to Marcela Córdova, 17, of Moss Beach, for “La Última Opción” (“The Last Option”)
Honorable Mentions include:
Lani Southern, 13, of Half Moon Bay for “Wind”
Francisco López, 17, of Half Moon Bay, for “Life in Moonridge”
Emily Considine, 14, of Half Moon Bay for “A Breath”
Kahlil Droubi, 15, of El Granada for “I Am Zen"
William McEachen, 13, of El Granada won this year’s Librarian’s Choice with his haiku “Black Holes Acquire”