2021 Poetry Contest Winners

The Emma Lazarus Poetry Contest offers young and emerging poets the opportunity to reimagine The New Colossus. View all of our winner and finalist submissions below.

Middle school
by Angelique Sarofim
High school
by Alexa Marsh
by A. Thu Ngo

Winners and Finalists

Give Me Your Tired
by Carol Tiebout
"We were held, suspended, plaster  falling off the wire frames of us while  some of us could not breathe. "
Adult 2020 Finalist
Moira Camp: A New Colossus
by Ojo Taiye
"every spring— these young shoots of familial histories, of narrative thread— damaged fruits like the silence of snapped bough, bird-less"
Adult 2020 Finalist
Out here on the Mesa
by Naomi Feinstein Sandweiss
"The people emerged (legend has it)  From the center of the earth to inhabit prairie, mountains and sacred valleys.  Breathing free. "
Adult 2020 Finalist
Postcard to a 71A or C Port Authority Bus Driver
by Micaela Fox Corn
"even had to blow past huddled masses on Centre Street  because there was just no room,  do you miss that? Do you miss "
Adult 2020 Finalist
Some Questions for You, America
by Lisa Summe
"Can you explain the logic in bootstraps when so many of us are walking barefoot?"
Adult 2020 Finalist
Lady Liberty: Reimagined
by Kevin Kong
"She tears through a pearl brokenness, hair loosening in a sea of taxicabs."
High school 2020 Winner
American Dream, Interrupted
by Serrina Zou
" In between blood-stained reds & tear-born blues is my  corpse, a body politic cleaved by white-picket fences & a dimming lamp  that guides me anywhere but home."
High school 2020 Finalist
Neck of Copper
by Rosetta Serrano
"watching chronicle after chronicle  surrounded by waters darkened  by your textured deja vu. "
High school 2020 Finalist
Threnody for Libertas
by Dana Blatte
"Look — lady liberty,  we are both shipwrecks.  Your promises easier said than done  & ours, heavy behind our feet. "
High school 2020 Finalist
Whose broad stripes and bright stars
by Samantha Tan
"My young blind self wore red white and blue,  being proud of my america. Proud for who "
High school 2020 Finalist