Academy of American Poets Announces Winner of the 2020 National Poetry Month Poster Contest for Students

April is National poetry month.  Poem in Pocket Day 2020 falls on April 30th. Stay tuned for Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Library annual poetry without paper contest for students.

Here’s the winning image for the 2020 poster – this year was an open call to student artists!

SAMANTHA AIKMAN winner 2020 National Poetry Month Poster Contest for Students_photograph
Order the 2020 poster with winning art by SAMANTHA AIKMAN, 10th grader from VT,  for the Academy of American Poets’ 2020 National Poetry Month poster contest for students (photography “tree cookies”) 


New York, NY (January 9, 2020)—The Academy of American Poets is pleased to announce that tenth grader Samantha Aikman from Mount Mansfield Union High School in Richmond, Vermont, has been named the winner of the 2020 National Poetry Month Poster Contest for Students. Aikman’s artwork was selected by former U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera and award-winning cartoonist Alison Bechdel from among ten outstanding finalists and 180 student submissions. The Academy of American Poets will distribute 100,000 free copies of the 2020 National Poetry Month poster featuring Aikman’s artwork to libraries, schools, bookstores, and community centers nationwide. The poster will also be available for download

As the winner of the contest, Aikman will receive $500, a $500 gift certificate to Blick Art Materials, and art supplies from Sakura Color of America. She will also be featured in the April 2020 issue of American Poets magazine. 

The judges have additionally selected artwork by twelfth grader Kai Huie from The Bronx High School of Science in New York, New York, to receive Honorable Mention for the 2020 National Poetry Month Poster Contest for Students. As the runner-up Huie will receive $250.

KAI HUIE honorable mention 2020 National Poetry Month Poster Contest for Students
KAI HUIE 2020 National Poetry Month poster contest for students – honorable mention


For the contest, the Academy of American Poets invited students in grades nine through twelve to submit artwork that incorporated line(s) from the poem “Remember” by current U. S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo and that reflected a celebration of the art of poetry.

Read the full release and more about the lines both Aikman and Huie selected here

Request a free copy of the National Poetry Month poster featuring Aikman’s winning artwork in time for the April 2020 celebration.

View all ten incredible finalists.

Tell students you know who might like to submit for the poster contest 2021.

Two Entries for The Downtown Gloucester Block Party Poster Contest Helen Lind and Linda Cordner- The Vote Ends Tomorrow Morning At 5AM

H.A. Lind-

Hi Joey:
I could not resist your challenge of a new design for the Block Party poster
for three (very serious) reasons:
• I miss Glosta soooo much.
• I lived/worked in 3 apartments in Kirk Noyes wonderful 92 Main Street building downtown,and
• I just miss everything Gloucester, especially downtown!!!
Yes – I am passionate about downtown!
You will notice my design reflects these interests!
Many Thanks to you and all of your contributors for helping me to maintain my sanity –
in spite of our 3000 miles of separation!!!
Best regards,
H. A. Lind
aka. HelannaBanana
;  )


and below Linda Cordner-



Our Gloucester Block Party Series needs a dynamic poster! Artist can submit any media to the Good Morning Gloucester site for online voting right now!

The contest and voting ends August 1. Joe Ciaramitaro will run a poll and winner will be announced in Good Morning Gloucester.

· Win dinner for two at awesome Alchemy!

Posters should be 8 ½” X 11 for duplications contain the following information arranged as artists like:

· Downtown Gloucester Block Party

· Third Saturday of the Month

· August 20 September 17

· 6 to 11 pm

· “Free” “Outdoor Dining” “Street Performers” “Music” “Fun for All Ages” – or some arrangement of these (quotes not needed). Give us your own ideas too.


Submit a photo of your entry to: In addition please bring the original hard copy to the Art Haven, 180B Main Street, so folks can see the posters up close and we can display the winner. In both cases include your name and contact information.

Get creative, get zany – capture the spirit of your fantastic

Downtown Gloucester Block Party!

Great Brewers Gran Prix of Gloucester Poster Contest


If there’s anything we know around here it’s that the GMG community loves a contest, especially when there are prizes involved.

Here’s the latest.  I have one Great Brewers Gran Prix of Gloucester Poster that will go to the first person that can email a picture of the GMG Homie Pumpkin display at Topsfield Fair. 

The rules

Photo must be emailed to

Only one poster and it goes to the first person that emails it in.

Person must pick up the poster here at the dock. 

This is the GMG Pumpkin display at Topsfield Fair you’re looking for-


The GMG pumpkin display is in the Fruits and Vegetables Building, center aisle half way down on the left hand side.