Central Bucks East Sophomore Named 2017 Bucks County High School Poet of the Year
Megan Lunny rose to the top of 275 entries in the 30th annual contest, administered by the college as part of the Bucks County Poet Laureate Program.
Megan Lunny, a sophomore at Central Bucks High School East, has been named the 2017 Bucks County High School Poet of the Year, officials at Bucks County Community College announced. The 15-year-old Doylestown resident rose to the top of 275 entries to win the 30th annual contest, part of the Bucks County Poet Laureate Program administered by the college.
Lunny won a $300 prize and was honored at a poetry reading and reception April 30 on the college’s Newtown campus. She was joined by runners-up and finalists in the contest in a celebration of young poets from across Bucks County. Those attending the free event received an anthology containing the winning poems and a poem from each entrant, Writes of Passage Vol. 7.
The number of entries was more than double last year’s 130 contestants, which made the judges’ task all the more difficult, noted Professor Ethel Rackin, co-director of the Poet Laureate Program. “Entries came from all over the county, and the poems were heartfelt, passionate, and lyrical,” Rackin said.
Outside of school, Lunny is a columnist for the “reality” teen section of the Bucks County Courier Times and Intelligencer. “A self-proclaimed nerd, I am most at home in a library and will probably someday hold the Guinness World Record for Longest Time Spent with Nose in Book,” she wrote in her profile. “If by some miracle I manage to survive high school, you will find me in New York, laboring away the days as a journalist and novelist.”
Contest judges were the current and most recent Bucks County Poets Laureate, Laren McClung (2016) and Tyler Kline (2015). They blindly judged three poems submitted by each contestant, and selected the winner, three runners up, and a list of finalists.
“This poet understands the convergences of the external and internal, the real and the imagined,” McClung wrote of the Lunny’s poetry. “And these conceptual elements are delivered with attention to the language of a controlled line, stanza, or couplet, with awareness to music, image, and metaphor.”
“[Lunny] deals directly with the heartbreak of suburbia that only comes firsthand: time spent idle in grocery store parking lots, on or under bridges, a handbreadth away from birdfeeders,” noted Kline. “The poet clearly identifies in this landscape, but the true marvel comes from their distinction between body and land.”
The judges also named Lucia Mogilyanksy, a senior at Council Rock High School South, as first runner-up; Brooke Gallagher, a junior at Central Bucks High School South, as second runner-up; and Karen Golovko, a senior at Council Rock South, as third runner-up.
The 30th annual Bucks County High School Poet of the Year contest is another way that Bucks County Community College contributes to the cultural heritage of the region. To learn more, visit www.bucks.edu/poets or call the Dept. of Language and Literature at 215-968-8150.