Casey Epstein-Gross, a senior at The Solebury School, was named the 2021 Bucks County High School Poet of the Year. Her distinction was awarded by Bucks County Community College and covered in The Centurion, the community college’s school newspaper.
Epstein-Gross rose to the top of more than 150 entrants. The competition, with a 30+ year history, is part of the college’s poet laureate program.
For her first-place finish, Epstein-Gross won $300. Her work will be read in a virtual ceremony on May 16 at 1 p.m. COVID-19 restrictions require that the usual in-person ceremony be replaced by a broadcast stream.
The three poems Epstein-Gross submitted were titled:
- Allecto, Queen of the Furies
- It’s Kind of a Really Nice Day
- The Most Efficient Way to Eat an Orange
Submission judges were two past Bucks County Poets Laureate: Jane Edna Mohler (2020) and Mary Jo LoBello Jerome (2019).
Mohler said Epstein-Gross’ poems “…offer the reader a fantastic kaleidoscope of pungent images. This poet masters language [and] bends it to her will with an onslaught of sometimes uncomfortable, true images. The lines are pure excitement.”
Jerome called the entry “masterful. They engage the imagination and open vistas of reflection. The poet has crafted delightful images around original subjects with an artful and gifted grasp of language.”
More on Epstein-Gross, including her winning poems, is at The Centurion.