The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2010 Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards. Since 1995, the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation has made an annual series of awards to encourage poets to explore and illuminate positive visions of peace and the human spirit. The poetry awards are offered in three categories: Adult, Youth 13 to 18, and Youth 12 and Under.
In the Adult category there was a tie for first place between Olivia Cole from Chicago, Illinois and Kristin George of Santa Barbara, California. Olivia Cole was chosen for her poem “Earth, 1945.” She is completing her last semester at Columbia College and is an intern at Young Chicago Authors. She plans to pursue an MFA in Writing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Kristin George’s winning poem is entitled “Cut Hair.” She obtained her B.A. in English from Westmont College in Santa Barbara. Her winning poem emerged from visiting Auschwitz-Birkenau and studying peace and conflict in several countries.
First place in the Youth 13 to 18 category was awarded to Rachael Brittain for her poem “Our Own Peace.” She lives in Pine, Colorado and this is the first contest she has entered. She enjoys writing as well music and photography. An Honorable Mention in this category was awarded to Alexandra Timmer of Scottsdale, Arizona for her poem “Paper Crane.” She is involved in Society of Women Scholars, the National Honors Society, and her high school’s mentoring program for freshmen.
In the Youth 12 and Under category, first place was awarded to Brittany Madden of Ukiah, California for her poem “If I Were.” Julian Molina of Fort Bragg, California was awarded an Honorable Mention in the 12 and Under category for his poem “Night’s Song.”
The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan international organization with consultative status to the United Nations. For 28 years the Foundation has been committed to advancing initiatives to eliminate the nuclear weapons threat to all life, to fostering the global rule of law, and to building an enduring legacy of peace through education and advocacy.
Barbara Mandigo Kelly was a poet, pianist, and peace advocate. She was married to Frank King Kelly, one of the founders of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.
For more information, including the winning and honorable mention poems in their entirety, previous years’ winners and the 2011 Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards guidelines, please visit the Foundation’s website or contact the Foundation at (805) 965-3443.