The Massillon Public Library is pleased to announce the winners of its 2013 Poetry Contest. In all, 35 poets entered 55 original poems. In the adult category, Rob Ellis won with his poem "Duel." From the poems submitted by those in grades 9-12, the winner was Clara Coggiano for her poem "Fragment." In the grades 3-8 category, the winner was Anna Berens for her poem "Memories."
"Picking a winner is always challenging," said contest judge Duane Dodson (local, published poet and full-time Assistant Professor at Stark State College of Technology). "I wanted to give every entrant a hug or a handshake because it was clear that their poems were from the heart. Writing poetry can be very therapeutic and cathartic."