The 12th Annual Hungry Poets Night took place at the Blue Moose Cafe this Saturday, September 24th. Created in honor of Gabe Friedberg, the event showcases emerging local talent by asking poets under 30 to submit their best work. Eleven finalists were chosen and they performed their pieces to a packed cafe. Along with the finalists, “less-hungry” poets read their work, including English Department Chair Jim Harms, West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman, and local poets Michael Blumenthal and Andi Stout. The poetry was interspersed with musical performances and several tributes to Gabe.
The WVU Creative Writing program was proud to have many graduate and undergraduate representatives read at the event. Congratulations to the winners and finalists!
1st place: Heather Myers, “Kairos” (1st year, MFA Poetry)
2nd place: Natalie Homer, “Liquor Outlet” (2nd year, MFA Poetry)
3rd place: Evan Kertman, “The Hunting” (1st year, MFA Poetry)
Heather Myers reading her winning poem, “Kairos.” Photo Credit: Lauren Milici