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2014 Student Poets

Talin Tahajian 2014 - Square Talin Tahajian
Winner

Talin Tahajian grew up in Belmont. Her poetry been recognized by the Basil Bunting Poetry Awards, Sierra Nevada College, Hollins University, Brigham Young University, Gannon University, the British Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine, The Boston Globe, the National Young Arts Foundation, and the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, in addition to the Robert Creeley Foundation. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in PANK, Hobart, Word Riot, Washington Square Review, Out of Sequence: The Sonnets Remixed (Parlor Press, 2014), and elsewhere. She currently serves as a poetry editor for The Adroit Journal, and plans to attend the University of Cambridge in the fall, where she will study English.

Nathaniel Bresnick - Square Nathaniel Bresnick
Runner Up

Nathaniel Bresnick loves science, cities, poetry, the brain, politics, and adventuring with friends. He researches microbes at Harvard University and is the Opinion Manager for The Milton Academy Paper. For his senior project, Bresnick is co-producing an anthology of poems about his experiences of the city of Boston, reflecting on its people and places.

Erika Petersen - Square Erika Petersen
Runner Up

Erika Petersen is a Junior at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School. She has always had a passion for the arts and writes almost every day. She lives in Acton with her parents, her brother, her dog, and two cats. Erika hopes to publish a book of her poems sometime in the future and seeks to find her place in the writing world.

Lauren Rizika - Square Lauren Rizika
Runner Up

Lauren Cristiano Rizika is passionate about animals and art and has a long-range goal of becoming a veterinarian. Lauren received the Gold Key Scholastic Art Award in ceramics and was a semi-finalist for the 2010 Helen Creeley Student Poetry Prize. She is a senior at Wellesley High School where she was co-president and founder of the WHS Writer’s Club. Lauren lives in Wellesley, with her sister, Alexa, her mother, hamster, and two toy poodles, Sanders and Rags.