Winners were determined by our judges, Hanif Abdurraqib, Shira Erlichman, Kaveh Akbar, Amanda Gorman, and Diane Luby Lane.
Judges: thank you so much for your time and expertise! We couldn’t have done this without you!
Congratulations to all of the people who have added their voices to the Why I Rise conversation! Your poems were extraordinary and we are so grateful for your words. Meet our judges and learn more at getlit.org/whyirise.
Performance: Delivered with strong conviction. Memorization preferred, not essential.
Creativity: Original, exciting, unique perspective
Relevance: About some aspect of mental health