Kaeding’s (’23) Writing Selected in New York Times Collaborative Poem Contest

Auguste Kaeding (23)

Auguste Kaeding (’23)

Larissa Hebert, Adviser

According to Bellows Free Academy English teacher, Wesley Dunn, in April he had students from his creative writing provide submissions to a New York Times writing contest.


Dunn said that students submitted lines to be selected by poet Danusha Laméris to create a collaborative poem around the theme of “small kindnesses.”


Auguste Kaeding (’23), a student in Dunn’s creative writing class, had her lines selected and published in the collaborative poem.


“Only a select few submissions caught the author’s eye and made it in,” Dunn said.  He added that there were over 1,300 students from all over the world who submitted lines, and [Laméris] chose less than 6 percent of those.


Kaeding’s lines that Danusha selected were: “A smile of sunflowers chasing the light, golden petals pressed forever in the pages.”