Creative Writers Receive More Recognitions

Creative Writers Receive More Recognitions
Posted on 03/05/2019
Danny Diaz

Creative writing students at CREC’s Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts high school keep receiving recognition for their amazing poetry and prose winning, scholarships and awards from local writing groups. One of these organizations is The Connecticut Writers’ Contest, an annual statewide competition for students grades K-12. Thousands of submissions are submitted annually for consideration. Each grade level gets one winner who is published in CT Writers’ Magazine. In addition, many submissions receive honorable mention.

This year, Academy sophomore Evie Knowlton won for her personal essay titled “Terms and Conditions.” In addition, many honorable mentions came from GHAA. They are Danny Diaz-Villafane for his poem “The Strays” and his non-fiction piece “Balancing Act.” Ava Varano won Honorable Mention for her poem “Creation Story” which she had read in front of an audience earlier in the year at the Academy’s “Fall Showcase.” Also receiving honorable mention is sophomore Makai Bruno for his poem “Those Eyes That Would Damn You.”

The second competition recognizing the Academy is the Wallace Stevens Awards. This year, senior Danny Diaz-Villafane won for three of his poems, “Baby Hen,” “Prehistoric Artifact,” and “Mother’s Day.” This is the ninth year in a row that the Academy has won Wallace Stevens and the second year that Diaz-Villafane won. He will be getting a $1,000 scholarship.

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