The Charles Crupi Memorial Poetry Contest

Albion College English professor Charles Crupi with a class in 1981Open to all Michigan High School Students

Albion College sponsors a poetry contest for high school students in Michigan. The contest is dedicated to Charles Crupi, a beloved English professor at Albion who passed away in 2009. Professor Crupi believed that language matters, that poems matter, that students matter—and that is precisely what this contest is about: language, poems, students. We hope that you will consider entering the contest if you are a high school student, or encourage others to do so if you are a teacher, parent, or friend of a Michigan high school student. All Michigan high school students are eligible to enter.

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Congratulations to all of the contest winners!

2016-17 Contest Winners

1st Place

Angelica Parker
Poem title: Splinter
Manton High School, Manton, MI

2nd Place

Ritika Pansare
Poem title: Translation
Grosse Pointe North High School, Grosse Pointe, MI

3rd Place (tie)

Madeline Breay
Poem title: Between Seconds
Grand Rapids Catholic Central, Grand Rapids, MI

3rd Place (tie)

Karolyn DeKam
Poem title: The Man
Western Michigan Christian High School, Norton Shores, MI

2015-16 Contest Winners

1st place

Sara Carretero
Poem Title: Meat
Clarkston High School, Clarkston, MI

2nd place (tie)

Hajjar Baban
Poem Title: Maghrib in Afghanistan
Fordson High School, Dearborn, MI

2nd place (tie)

Lauren Kunkel
Poem Title: A Question for the Dead
Saint Joseph High School, Saint Joseph, MI

3rd place

Abigail Cairns
Poem Title: Carcinoma
Gwinn High School, Gwinn, MI

2014-15 Contest Winners

1st place

Sarah Arnett
Poem Title: Camellia Sinensis
Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, MI

2nd place

Maya Segal
Poem Title: July, 2014
Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, MI

3rd place (tie)

Arzelia Williams
Poem Title: Worlds Apart
Detroit School of Arts, Detroit, MI

3rd place (tie)

Ellen Zhang
Poem Title: My Grandmother Gives Me Advice to Cheer Me Up
Troy High School, Troy, MI