2018 Venie Holmgren Environmental Poetry Prize Winner

Thank you to all the poets who took the time to compose and send in poems to the 2018 Venie Holmgren Environmental Poetry Prize – we received 154 entries. The content of the poems was beautifully varied: some were engaging, some funny, some sad, delicate, considerate, angry, political, emotive…

A huge thank you to Jessica Wilkinson + Stuart Cooke for judging the Prize, and to Jessica for coming along to Sunday’s Words in Winter event where the winners were announced.

Without further ado, this year’s winners are:

Winner
Shari Kocher – Ode to Earth

Runners up
Michael Farrell – Nature is a Misreading
JP Quinton – The Dingo Poem

Honourable mentions
Connor Weightman – Plastic Free July
Dennis Garvey – Three Teared Wedding Cake

Thank you to Juanita Broderick for taking these photos from the Prize presentation and sharing them with us:

Jessica Wilkinson + David Holmgren

Shari Kocher reads her winning poem while David looks on

Shari and David sharing a laugh

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