SLPC Poetry Contests



Congratulations to all of the Hopkins High School Contest finalists, whose work was passed on to the judge, Suzanne Buffam. We received entries from more than 125 poets. The work of the 22 finalists embodies wit, courage, compassion, wisdom, and verbal music.


The first, second, and third place winners along with honorable mentions will be notified in April. The awards ceremony will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, at the Focal Point, 2720 Sutton Blvd in Maplewood.


Thank you for submitting your excellent work–and keep writing!

Contest Judge: Suzanne Buffam 

Suzanne Buffam was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. She earned an MA in English from Concordia University and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently A Pillow Book, which was named one of the ten Best Poetry Books of 2016 by The New York Times. Her other books are The Irrationalist, a finalist for the 2011 Griffin Poetry Prize, and Past Imperfect, winner of Canada’s 2006 Gerald Lampert Award. Her work has been supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Jeannette Heian Ballard Writers’ Trust, and the Canada Council for the Arts.