Richard Benvenuto High School Poetry Competition
Tom Samet High School Fiction Competition
The 2017 Benvenuto High School Poetry and Samet High School Fiction Competition winners with Director Anita Skeen (Left to right): Kellen Adler (3rd, Fiction), Tommy Wiaduck (3rd, Poetry), Kyleah Allen-Teneyuque (1st, Poetry), Gabriel Duffield (1st, Fiction), and Hannah Lucas (Honorable mention, Poetry).
Not pictured: Ellie Hershner (Honorable mention, Fiction), Brooke Russell (2nd, Poetry), and Arianna Zaragoza (2nd, Fiction).
Each fall, the RCAH Center for Poetry holds the Richard Benvenuto High School Poetry Competition, with prize donated by Barry Gross in memory of his dear classmate, dear colleague, dear friend Richard Benvenuto.
New in 2017 is the Tom Samet High School Fiction Competition, with prize donated by Barry Gross in memory of his dear friend Tom Samet.
E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org to register your school on our mailing list. The call for entries for the 2018 competition will be mailed to high schools in mid-September. The competition is open to all students who attend a Michigan high school.
Cash prizes are awarded for 1st Place ($100), 2nd Place ($75), 3rd Place ($50), and Honorable Mention ($25).
About Richard Benvenuto
Richard Ercole Benvenuto taught in the English Department at Michigan State University for 20 years. From his office in Morrill Hall he conducted grad student seminars and advised students on the best paths for their lives. He loved teaching and was a published scholar of Victorian Literature. At the time of his death, Indiana University dedicated an issue of Victorian Studies in his honor. He published two biographies, one on Emily Bronte and the other on Amy Lowell. His next book would have been on Oscar Wilde. As a young grad student he was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, which he used to pursue an MFA in Creative Writing at Hollins College, Virginia. At Hollins College, he worked under William Golding, author of Lord of the Flies. Richard played music and wrote poetry throughout his life. He was married for 27 years to his wife, Joyce and has three children and four grandchildren.
About Tom Samet
Tom Samet majored in English at Michigan State University and decided that he wanted to become an English professor. He graduated with High Honors, got a Ph.D in English and American Literature from Brown, and had a varied and satisfying academic career which was cut tragically short by his death at age 52.
Congratulations to all of our participants! The winning writers' prizes were awarded during our Fall Writing Festival, at the reading by George Ella Lyon and Diane Gilliam on October 31.
To read the winning entries, click on the titles below.
Benvenuto Poetry Prize Winners Samet Fiction Prize Winners
First Place: Kyleah Allen-Teneyuque First Place: Gabriel Duffield
High School: Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy High School: Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy
Year in School: Senior Year in School: Sophomore
Sponsoring Teacher: Susan Wolverton Sponsoring Teacher: Jared Morningstar
Second Place: Brooke Russell Second Place: Arianna Zaragoza
High School: Saint Joseph High School High School: Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy
Year In School: Sophomore Year in School: Junior
Sponsoring Teacher: Jessica Sherburn Sponsoring Teacher: Susan Wolverton
Third Place: Thomas Wiaduck Third Place: Kellen Adler
High School: Detroit Catholic Central High School: Detroit Catholic Central
Year In School: Senior Year in School: Junior
Sponsoring Teacher: Kevin Griffin Sponsoring Teacher: Kevin Griffin
Honorable Mention: Hannah Lucas Honorable Mention: Ellie Hershner
School: Williamston High School School: Dexter High School
Year in School: Senior Year in School: Freshman
Sponsoring Teacher: Jean Eddington-Shipman Sponsoring Teacher: Alexander Heidtke