William George Prize in Poetry


This year 47 poems submitted by 25 students were judged anonymously by Shane Seely, director of the Master in Fine Arts program at the University of Missouri St. Louis and the author of several books of poetry, including his most recent, The First Echo. 

First prize: “atomic Theory” by Paul Thibodeau '25

Second prize: “And Still I’ll Walk” by Paddy Jones '25

Honorable Mention: “[In halls where chatter rings…]” by Simon Edgell '26
Honorable Mention: “Morning After the Encounter” by Cody Cox '23
Honorable Mention: “All the Time in the World” by John Bytnar '23


The William George Prize in Poetry—named for English teacher Bill George, whose poems have moved the SLUH community with their wit, their honesty, and their generous good will—is given annually to recognize excellence in student poetry.