Call for Poems

After screening nearly 600 entries, we're very happy to announce the winners and finalists of the National Call for Poems about Peace.


Thank you to Naomi Shihab Nye who selected the winners, and thank you to everyone who submitted to this call.


Honorable Mention:


  • "Reportage from Two Vantage-Points" by Brian Larson
  • "Poem About Displacement" by Jonathan Endurance
  • "Poem Beginning with Invasion and Narrowing to a Garden" by Philip Metres
  • "Morning alms in Xieng Khouang, Laos" by Brendan Walsh
  • "[the wind / has never cared]" by Darren Demaree
  • "Panacea" by Akosua Afiriyie-Hwedie
  • "To listen" by Marlanda Dekine
  • "A Former Child Soldier of the Maoist Revolution Seeks Asylum in America" by Samyak Shertok
  • "Triptych with Endings and Beginnings" by Gwendolyn Hill
  • "After Fifty Years, An American Soldier Returns to My Lai" by Anne Whitehouse
  • "In Action" by Regan Schell
  • "Uni" by Theo Cai
  • "Light" by Tessa Fisher
  • "A Practical Guide to Letting Go" by Anu Soneye
  • "49-53" by Mason Finamore