Kiley Malloy, a senior at Council Rock High School South, has been named the 2020 Bucks County High School Poet of the Year, officials at Bucks County Community College announced.
Malloy rose to the top of more than 80 entries in the 33rd annual contest, part of the Bucks County Poet Laureate Program administered by the college. A first runner-up in both 2018 and 2019, Malloy is copy editor for “Illuminations,” the Council Rock South literary magazine.
For her first-place finish, Malloy wins $300 and was honored with a poetry reading aired on the college’s YouTube channel, youtube.com/BucksCCC.
The three poems Malloy submitted for the contest were titled, “When You Take Me for a Ghost,” “For Allen Ginsberg,” and “Apology (Prose Poem)”
Judges were current Bucks County Poet Laureate Mary Jo LoBello Jerome, and last year’s laureate, Carly Volpe.
Jerome called Malloy’s poems “a joy to read,” with “so many artful and surprising nuances.”
“The poet demonstrates a real gift, a true talent, by choosing the details that add interest and surprise, moving the imaagery forward and creating depth, and treating the subjects thoughtfully and creatively,” Jerome said. “The poems are tight — well-crafted and strong.”
In addition to the winner, the judges also named George School freshman Rhianna Searle as first runner-up; Neshaminy High School senior Nathalie Hernandez as second runner-up; and Council Rock High School South senior Jessica Wang as third runner-up.