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Goldenrod Poetry Festival

The Goldenrod Poetry Festival is sponsored by the English Club, and is a yearly event. All students are welcome to submit their own original works of poetry. The top ten poets participate in a private workshop with a visiting poet (which changes each year), who also gives a reading during the Goldenrod Poetry Festival. This event is free and open to the public.

For the 2021 contest, please email no more than two submissions to noah.powers235@topper.wku.edu.

The deadline to submit is Friday, Mar. 26, 2021.

This year's Goldenrod Poetry Festival will be held completely online, and will take place on Thursday, Apr. 15. The guest poet is Mackenzie Berry.

Mackenzie Berry was the 2021 guest poet.

1st Place: Kayla Spears

2nd Place: Noah Powers

3rd Place: Adam Woodard

Honorable Mention: Kaity Kot


Erin Slaughter was the 2020 guest poet.

The 2020 Goldenrod Winners are:

1st Place: Noah Powers

2nd Place: Ella Corder

3rd Place: Sarah Olive


Savannah Sipple was the 2019 guest poet.

The 2019 Goldenrod Winners were:

1st place: Samantha Williams

2nd place: Natalie Turner

3rd place: Aimee Edens


Nathan Spoon was the 2018 guest poet.

The 2018 Goldenrod Winners were:

1st place: Adrian Sanders

2nd place: Iman Zaghariet

3rd place: Cassidy Townsend


Maggie Woodward was the 2017 guest poet.

The 2017 Goldenrod Winners were:

1st place: Natalie Rickman

2nd place: Emily Houston

3rd place: Heather Borders


Gary McDowell was the 2016 guest poet.

The 2016 Goldenrod Winners were:

1st place: Josh Arend

2nd place: Taylor Reyes

3rd place: Bridget Yates


Saeed Jones was the 2015 guest poet, who was present via Skype. 

The 2015 Goldenrod Winners were:

1st place: Derek Ellis

2nd place: Jared Johnson

3rd place: Isiah Fish





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