Hillgrove High School Graduate Wins Georgia’s Poet Laureate Prize 

Georgia’s Poet Laureate, in collaboration with the Georgia Council for the Artsjust announced the sixth annual Poet Laureate’s Prize, awarded for an original poem written by a Georgia high school student. Recent Hillgrove High School graduate Marylou Sutherland won the top prize for her poem “until I am.” 

Georgia Gov. Brian P. Kemp and the Poet Laureate honored Marylou and four finalists at the Georgia State Capitol on June 4. 

“I am honored to recognize these distinguished students who have shown tremendous talent and creativity through poetry,” said Gov. Kemp. “Their poems put a spotlight on the importance of literary arts across our state.” 

The prize is awarded for an original poem written by a Georgia high school student. This annual program is designed to encourage students, like Marylou, in grades nine through twelve to write original poems and engage in the art form of poetry. 

“What sets our prize winner and finalists apart is their awareness of what poetry can do over other forms of written expression. Their poems use surprising language, charged images, and careful, expressive lines. I’m excited to see where their writing takes them in the future, said Georgia’s Poet Laureate Chelsea Rathburn. 

Atlanta Magazine published Marylou’s poem here.