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Celebrating the 2023 Poetry Contest Finalists with Little Patuxent Review

In celebration of the finalists of the 2023 Poetry Contest with the Enoch Pratt Free Library and Little Patuxent Review,  join us for an evening of readings by the three finalists, Anne Rong, Eleanora Hyde, and Bruce Sager, as well as Little Patuxent Review contributor Lisa Park, and Little Patuxent Review lead editor Chelsea Lemon Fetzer. 

Anne Rong, the winner of the 2023 Poetry Contest, is a Taiwanese-American poet born and raised in Rockville, Maryland. She is currently an undergraduate student studying English and government at the University of Maryland, College Park. In 2022, she was awarded the George A. Watrous Literary Prize for poetry.

Eleanora Hyde, a 2023 Poetry Contest finalist, is a photographer, filmmaker, and poet living in Baltimore ever since the pandemic brought her closer to home. She loves capturing everyday beauty in any medium and her recent work can be viewed at

Bruce Sager of Westminster, Maryland, a 2023 Poetry Contest finalist, was awarded the 2014 William Matthews Poetry Prize, selected by Poet Laureate Billy Collins. The Indulgence of Icarus, a book-length poem, was released in 2016 by Echo Point Press. A prior book, Famous, won the Harriss Poetry Prize, judged by Dick Allen, Poet Laureate. An early book, The Pumping Station, was given the Artscape Literary Arts Award, judged by William Stafford, Poet Laureate.

Lisa Park, a contributor to Little Patuxent Review's summer issue, is an adolescent medicine doctor, former college health director, mother, and gun violence prevention advocate. Her poetry has been published in Gyroscope Review and is forthcoming in Little Patuxent Review.

Chelsea Lemon Fetzer, a contest judge, is a 2019 Rubys recipient for the Literary Arts and a recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council’s 2022 Independent Artist Award. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in journals such as Callaloo, Tin House, Mississippi Review, and Minnesota Review. Her essay “Speck'' appears in The Beiging of America: Personal Narratives about being Mixed Race in the 21st Century. Fetzer teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Baltimore, serves as vice chair on the board of CityLit Project, is a contributing editor at BmoreArt Magazine, and is the lead editor of the Little Patuxent Review. 

  • This FREE event will be presented in-person and virtually. 
  • To attend in person we strongly encourage you to register here. 
  • There is no registration required for virtual attendance, simply visit the Enoch Pratt Free Library's Facebook or Youtube page. 
  • Free parking vouchers are available to program attendees who park at the Franklin Street Garage (15 W. Franklin Street) after 4pm.  Ask Pratt event staff for your parking voucher prior to or after the program. 
  • For more information about this event, email


Pictured: (top row) Eleanora Hyde, Anne Rong, Bruce Sager, (bottom row) Lisa Park, Chelsea Lemon Fetzer.


Tuesday, August 15, 2023 at 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Central Library, Poe Reading Room
400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Event Type

Writers LIVE!, Poetry, Arts @ the Pratt, Writing @ the Pratt, Virtual Event

Age Group

Adults, Seniors

Compass Category

Writers LIVE at the Library

Event Publisher

Cleve Corner, Manager of Speaker & Author Engagement

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