2022 Student Videos

Congratulations to the Highline Student Poets! The full list of winners and honorable mentions can be found below the videos.

First Place Winner

Here is Jenn Ngeth reading her poem Self Portrait as Incense During Worship.

Honorable Mention

Gianna Campos, reading her poem Forgiveness.

Honorable Mention

Bethany Tuchardt reading her poem Crumbled Anger 

2022 Student Poetry Contest Winners

First place: Self Portrait as Incense During Worship by Jenn Ngeth

Second place: For Kiara and Karly – The Angels over Ballyhoo by Rosie Pound

Third place: War memory lane by William Kuch

Honorable mentions

(in alphabetical order by poet’s last name):

  • Forgiveness by Gianna Campos
  • I’m from . . .   by Yesphir Drozdyuk
  • My Two Cents by Ailin Godinez
  • Old Photographs by K. Huynh
  • Big Words by Alivia Joyce
  • Crumbled Anger by Bethany Tuchardt
  • Yarn by Jana Velasquez

These poets were celebrated during National Poetry Month in April at an in-person reception and reading.

2022 Schedule of Events

Upcoming 2022 Events

Naomi Shihab Nye

In-person reading and workshop on Thursday, May 12, 2022 – Bldg 8: Mt Constance/Olympus

Zoom webinar info: [will not be recorded]

When: May 12, 2022 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Please click the link below to join the webinar:


Passcode: poetry2022

Or One tap mobile :

US: +12532158782,,83137704031#

Bio: Naomi Shihab Nye was born to a Palestinian father and an American mother of German and Swiss descent, growing up in St. Louis, Jerusalem, and San Antonio. Nye is the author/editor of over 30 volumes and has won countless awards for her work. She draws her work from her Palestinian-American heritage, using her writing to attest to our shared humanity. Nye’s work also derives from her travels to various countries around the world. Her most recent book is Cast Away: Poems for Our Time (2020).

These events are open to the community, and we welcome full classes of students to attend all events.

Contact Highline’s National Poetry Month committee (npm@highline.edu) with questions.


About Us

Welcome to Highline College’s National Poetry Month Website! If you’re wondering what NPM is all about, you’ve come to the right place. Watch this video below, check out the Frequently Asked Questions, and explore the Poetry Contest Winners from past years!