Freshkills Park 2011 Haiku Contest winners

It is time to announce the winners of our third annual Freshkills Park Haiku Contest! April is National Poetry Month, and to celebrate, we asked fans of Freshkills Park to submit a haiku inspired by the park.  We split the entries into two categories, Adult and Student, and our judges selected three Adult winners and one Student winner.

Adult winners:

Somewhere underneath
The bike paths I will ride on
My old love letters

-Stevie D’Arbanville

Oasis appears
Decay now gives way to growth
Nature rejoices

-Louis J. Lombardo

To think that our trash
Molded in lovely moundings
Now draws birds, bugs, us!

-Sarah Dolinar

Student winner:

Kites flying up high
And birds hovering above
And hiking below

-Christopher Pagano, Age 12

Congratulations! Thanks to all who participated, and to our judges:

Ava Chin writes the Urban Forager column for the NY Times. Her work has appeared in Saveur, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, the Village Voice, and Spin Magazine. She is the editor of Split: Stories From a Generation Raised on Divorce (McGraw-Hill, 2002) and is an assistant professor at the College of Staten Island. She is currently working on a memoir for Simon & Schuster.

Patrick Morrissey is the author of Transparency (Cannibal Books, 2009).  His poems have appeared in New American Writing, Harp & Altar, Colorado Review, and other journals. He lives in New York City and teaches at Friends Seminary.

Oliver de la Paz is the author of three collections of poetry: Names Above Houses, Furious Lullaby, and Requiem for the Orchard. He is the chair for the advisory board of and a board member of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs. A recipient of grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts and The Artists’ Trust, he teaches creative writing at Western Washington University.

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