The Merriconeag Poetry Festival features renowned poet, Richard Blanco as Festival judge and finalists from the following high schools: Cape Elizabeth, Catherine McAuley, Chop Point School, Edward Little, Falmouth, Gorham, Greely, Hyde School, Merriconeag Waldorf, South Portland, and Yarmouth.
The event will feature the student poets reading their prize-winning work. Blanco, author of award-winning collections, including City of a Hundred Fires, Directions to the Beach of the Dead, and Looking for The Gulf Motel, will read his own work as well and speak briefly on the power of poetry. He will also reveal the first, second and third prize winners, whose poems will be displayed on a poster to be distributed to all high schools in the region. All finalists will receive gift certificates and a festival booklet containing all the selected poems.