Art Talks Back Poetry Contest Winners

Albert W. Wein (American, 1915-1991)
Fastball, 1987, bronze
Gift of the Howmet Community Fund of the Muskegon County Community Foundation

Michigan writers were invited to create original ekphrastic poems based on one of ten selected works of art from the Muskegon Museum of Art’s permanent collection in this year’s Art Talks Back poetry contest. The competition ran January 24 through March 28, 2019.

2019 Art Talks Back Poetry Contest Winners

1st: CJ Giroux, Saginaw
Poem title: “Viewing Michael Triegel’s ‘Self Portrait'”
Artwork: Self Portrait by Michael Triegel

2nd: Jane Wheeler, Lowell
Poem title: “The Pitch”
Artwork: Fastball by Albert W. Wein

3rd: Philip Sterling, Lowell
Poem title: “Still Life with Footprints”
Artwork: Footsteps in the Snow by Dale Nichols and “Nature Morte aux Pommes” by Alfred Sisley

Honorable Mentions

Joann C. Odneal, Muskegon
Poem title: “Muscle Hustle for the Fastball”
Artwork: Fastball by Albert W. Wein

Diana Dinverno, Troy
Poem title: “Morningtide”
Artwork: Footsteps in the Snow by Dale Nichols

Janet Bohac, Spring Lake
Poem title: “King of the Seine”
Artwork: Remorquage sur la Seine les Andelys by Maxime Maufra

Deirdre Fagan, Paris (MI)
Poem title: “Notre Amour, Comme une Pomme, Vient de la Terre” *
Artwork: Nature Morte aux Pommes by Alfred Sisley
* “My Love, Like an Apple, Comes from the Earth”

Nicholas Boerema, Muskegon
Poem title: “Human Machine”
Artwork: Demolition in Hyde Park by Tunis Ponsen

The award-winning writers will read their poems and be recognized at a ceremony on April 18 at 6:00 pm.

Cash prizes, Museum memberships, and gift certificates will be awarded to the winning poets.

The Art Talks Back poetry project is underwritten by Michael and Patricia Wade.

First Place award is sponsored by the Poetry Society of Michigan.