Loyola University Maryland

Modern Languages & Literatures

Fall Poetry Contest

Every fall semester, the department of Modern Languages and Literatures sponsors a Poetry Recitation Contest in which students in Modern Languages courses compete in performing poetry recitations in the language studied.


With your professor's input, choose a poem in the language you study at Loyola (Arabic, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, German, Chinese or Japanese). Memorize your poem! Work with your professor to master it! Be prepared to introduce the poem - author, time period, why you chose it, other details you'd like to share.


Students who wish to participate must have the support of their language instructor. Students currently enrolled in 103 and up are eligible.

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The application deadline is announced during the fall semester.


The contest will take place on Monday, November 12, 2018 from 6 - 8 p.m. in AWSC Reading Room.

Free refreshments will follow the awarding of prizes after the recitation!  Contact Ms. Sarah Tyler for more information.

Previous Winners

2017 (Fall)

  • Evan Mazmanian, Chinese
  • Christina Russo, German
  • Juliana Bono, Italian
  • Lauren Keyes, Spanish

2016 (Fall)

  • Alexandra Billups, Chinese
  • Kelly Keenan, French
  • Christina Russo, German
  • Zalen King, Italian
  • Michelle Reilly, Spanish

2016 (Spring)

  • Denise Medenilla, French
  • Brian Krell, German
  • Matthew Rossi, Italian
  • Christine Philips, Spanish


  • Miley Lott, Chinese
  • Hallie Stacho, French
  • Jessica D’angelo, Italian
  • Jakob Gorski, Japanese
  • Sydney Schildnecht, Spanish


  • Haleigh Morgus, Chinese
  • Marian Okpali, French
  • Laura Biesiadecki, Italian
  • John Sherman, Japanese
  • Nahal (Aliyah) Sadegh, Spanish
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