and staff of the D.C. Creative Writing Workshop have earned numerous
awards and accolades since the program was founded in 1995. These
include the following:
Poetry Contest is an annual citywide competition which designates
20 winners in the lower school division (6th through 8th grades)
and 20 in the upper school division (9th through 12th grades). For
several years, Workshop students from Hart have won more awards
than any other middle or junior high school in the city.
In 2012, twelve
of the twenty winners in the Middle School category were from Hart—Alpha
Conteh, Zena Craig, Kuela’H Simms, Demarco Green, Asia Chaney,
Mitchel Tolar, Hailey Lewis, Daisha Wilson, Shaniyah Lesane, Ladeisha
Meriweather, TyJuan Hogan, and Donte Harris. Also winning in the
High School category was Zinquarn Wright.
In 2011, we
had six winners from Hart—Abigail Bibb, Daiquon Felder, Myron
Jones, David McIntyre, Lakeisha Thompson, and Zinquarn Wright—and
Ballou had four—Aaron Brooks, Gregory Edelin, Bruce Gibson,
and Maria Watkins.
In 2010, we
had five winners from Hart—Stelita Better, DeArren Dawkins,Sieeda
Jones, Kierra Parks and Lakeisha Thompson—and Ballou had four—Maryum
Abdullah, Tamera Pearson, Nichell Kee, and Sequan Wilson. Three
other DCCWW students won: Jessica Carpenter from Luke C. Moore Academy,
Kee'Shawn Murphy from M.C. Terrell Elementary, and Monae Smith from
Hospitality Public Charter School.
In 2009, we
had nine winners from Hart—Lamara Brooks, Bernice Caldwell,
Davon Ford, Devon Hudson, Khalil Jones, Shawntay Kent, Kirk Murphy,
Khadijah Rashad and DarVel Suggs—and Ballou had six—Marcus
Barnes, Damon Kee, Nichell Kee, Steven Reed, Renita Williams and
Sequan Wilson. Two other Workshop students won: Monae Smith from
Hospitality Public Charter School, and Kiana Murphy from Friendship
In 2008, we
had four winners from Hart—Rian Hayes, Cherish Carroll, Tracey
Harris and Anthony Torrence—and three winners from Ballou—Yasmine
Jones, Luqman Abdullah and Maryum Abdullah.
In 2007, Hart
had eight winners—Luqman Abdullah, Shamia House, Antonio Spencer,
Quanika Jackson, Raymond Reynolds, Monae Smith, Jasmine Murray,
and Tiara Mason—and Ballou had five—Maryum Abdullah,
Ashley Barber, Damon Kee, James Saunders, and Renita Williams. One
Workshop student from the SAIL Public Charter School, James Tindle,
In 2006, Hart
had five winners—Mercede Monroe, Renita Williams, Monae Smith,
Reginald Conway, James Tindle—and Ballou had four—James
Saunders, Brittany Keys, Malik Battle, and Rayshaun Bernaugh.
of our students won the Parkmont Poetry Contest in 2004, left to
right: Alyssa Flemming, Reginald Williams, Raekala Middleton, Steven
Reed, Brittany Love, James Saunders, Tayonne Casey, Ricardo Jackson,
Delonte Morrow, and Sherrell Jones
The Larry Neal
Awards, sponsored by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities,
honor the best writing by adults, youth, and teens in a handful
of categories. Winners receive cash prizes at a formal ceremony
at the Folger Shakespeare Library.
In 2012, our
students swept the Youth Poetry category: TyJuan Hogan placed first,
Muhammad Ali got second, and LaShanda Jones was third. The Workshop’s
Program Manager, Abbey Chung, won first place in the Adult category
In 2011, Sharri
Barnes won first place in Youth Poetry and Robin Jones won third
place in teen poetry.
In 2010, DCCWW
students nearly swept the prizes in Youth Poetry: David Thomas won
2nd place, Lakeisha Thompson won 3rd place, and Sharri Barnes won
In 2009, In
Youth Poetry, Imani Hyman won 1st place, Kierra Parks won 3rd place,
and Jason Goolsby won honorable mention. James Saunders won 2nd
place in Teen Poetry, and Deamonte Gibson won 1st place in Youth
In 2008, Ishmael
Perkins won 1st place in the Youth Essay category, Antione Winfield
won 1st place in Youth Fiction, and in Youth Poetry, Rian Hayes
won 1st place, Devon Hudson won 3rd place, and Breyonna Douglas
won honorable mention.
In 2007, in
the Youth Poetry category, Demond Parker won 1st place, Almus Bush,
Jr. won 2nd place, and both Shaiski Johnson and Marvin McDowell
won honorable mentions. James Saunders won 2nd place and Reginald
Conway won honorable mention in Teen Poetry. Lance Favors won honorable
mention in Teen Fiction.
In 2006, Reginald Conway won 1st place and Terry Bennett won 2nd
place in the Youth Poetry category. James Tindle won 3rd place in
Teen Poetry. Darcy Jones-Duberry won 3rd place in Teen Essay.
of our five 2008 winners of the Larry Neal awards, left to right:
Rian Hayes, Ishmael Perkins, Antione Winfield, and Devon Hudson,
with writers-in-residence Dwayne Betts and Drew Evans
Gabriela" and Kids Post Contests
In 2012, TyJuan
Hogan and Nia Adams were both first place winners in the 3rd Annual
“Finding Gabriela” D.C. Poetry Contest sponsored by
the In Series, the Embassy of Chile, the Embassy of El Salvador,
the Humanities Council, Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and
the Gabriela Mistral Foundation. Adams won first place in her age
group and Hogan won first place overall.
was one of the winners of the 2012 Kids Post Poetry Contest, sponsored
by the Washington Post.
League Teen Poetry Competition
League Teen Poetry Competition honors the best student poem in each
grade from the 4th through 8th grades. Cash prizes are awarded at
the annual Junior League membership meeting.
In 2011, JoVante
Hall, Arnche Owens, and Cer'cia Wallace were all finalists.
In 2010, DCCWW
students won three of the prizes: Sharri Barnes for 6th grade, Kierra
Parks for 7th grade, and Anthony Bell for 8th grade.
In 2009, Marquise
Lewis won the citywide award for 8th grade.
In 2007, Workshop
students won three of these citywide awards: Reginald Conway for
8th grade, Mark Neal for 7th grade, and Robert Redd, Jr. for 4th
students have also won the District Lines Poetry on Metro
Contest and the Washington Post KidsPost Poetry Contest. They have
had their poetry published in the Potomac Review, and have
represented the District of Columbia at the National Teen Poetry
Slam. Artistic Director Nancy Schwalb received 2002 “Shayne”
NonProfit Leadership Award and she has won six Larry Neal awards
for fiction and essays.