(update, 2022: the poem has been removed at the author’s request)

Michal Leibowitz, 18, was born and raised in White Plains, NY. After high school, she spent a year in Israel where she studied, worked, and wrote poetry. Michal’s work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Cleaver Magazine, Up the Staircase Quarterly, and the Winter Tangerine Review. Michal will be attending Stanford University in the fall of 2015.

Honorable mentions: Leah Bordlee (New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, New Orleans, LA); Kenzie Bruce (Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12, Pittsburgh, PA); Sarah Chekfa (Cornell University, Ithaca, NY); Jessica Ignasky (Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12, Pittsburgh, PA); Seanan Kenney (Champs Charter High School, Van Nuys, CA); Luis Lizam (Humble High School, Humble, TX); Bre’Ann Newsome (Lehman College, Bronx, NY); Ike Nwoye (Truman College, Chicago, IL); Drew Praskovich (Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12, Pittsburgh, PA); Olivia Spring (School of the Future High School, NY, NY); Eleanor Stern (Barnard College, NY, NY); Eli Winter (Carnegie Vanguard High School, Houston, TX)

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