2021 6th Annual H. Gene Murtha Memorial Contest Winners

First Place:

courtroom––
how white the shirt
of the rapist

— Arvinder Kaur


Second Place:

first cry . . .
I too am born
a mother

— Agnes Eva Savich


Third Place:

white privilege––
a protester asks
to use the bathroom

—Kelley White


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2020 5th Annual H. Gene Murtha Memorial Senryu Contest Winners

First Place:

the lingering notes
of an out of tune piano
burying grandpa

— Louise Hopewell


Second Place:

lockdown loving
the surprise of wild
nose hairs

— Roberta Beary


Third Place:

chemotherapy
she takes a selfie with
the new wig

— Minal Sarosh 


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2019 4th Annual H. Gene Murtha Memorial Senryu Contest Winners

First Place:

ultrasound gel
as she circles the probe
I read her face

— Madhuri Pillai


Second Place:

strip-o-gram
everyone’s standards
go lower

— Elizabeth Crocket


Third Place:

shriveled flesh
the impermanence
of bath bubbles

— Kelly Sauvage Angel


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