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Winners’ Reading for the 2022 Frank O’Hara Prize

September 25, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join the winners of the WCPA’s 2022 Annual Poetry Contest: The Frank O’Hara Prize for a reading of their work and the work of contest judge Usman Hameedi. There will be an opportunity to mingle over refreshments as well.

First place – Jennifer Freed
Second place – Lis Beasley
Third place – Cheryl Bonin
Honorable mentions – Glenn D’Alessio and Dennis Rhodes

Free and open to the public.

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Contest judge Usman Hameedi is a Pakistani-American scientist, poet, and educator. He also serves on Mass Poetry’s Board of Directors. He earned his MS in Biomedical Sciences from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. During his graduate studies, he did additional work in medical humanities and volunteered in geriatric care at Mount Sinai Hospital. Neuroscience and oncology are his primary areas of scientific interest and expertise. Since 2008, he has competed in and coached for collegiate, national, and international level poetry slams. He was featured on The Huffington Post, Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine, and The Story Collider: Storytelling for Scientists podcast. His first full-length collection is forthcoming in 2023 and will be published by Button Poetry. Usman was a Mass Poetry Artist in Residence and worked with students in Hyde Park and Salem. He has also worked with other educators on how they can incorporate poetry into their classroom communities. Usman is shaping his career around his missions and ideals. His proudest moments are helping others see the genius within themselves. So much of his journey is still to come!



September 25, 2022
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Worcester County Poetry Associaton


First Unitarian Church
90 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01608
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