Congratulations to the 5th Annual Karen McKinnon Poetry Contest Winners

Pictured, from left to right: Mia Sutanto, Solana Armijo, Andrea Chin-Lopez

The English Department congratulates the winners of the 5th Annual Karen McKinnon Poetry Awards! Many thanks to our faculty judges, Feroza Jussawalla, Stephen Benz and Anita Obermeier and to our Contest Coordinator, Diane Thiel. Our deep gratitude to Karen McKinnon for her generous gift which funds this annual award. 

1st Place Mia Sutanto for “Rez Life” 

Mia is a junior at the University of New Mexico and is majoring in English and minoring in Chemistry. She enjoys writing poetry and songs in her free time. She hopes to continue writing in the future while she pursues a career in the medical field. 

2nd Place Solana Armijo for “The River” 

Solana Armijo is a junior at The University of New Mexico, studying English and German. She is a twenty-year-old New Mexico native with a passion for literature and visual art. Solana is inspired in her art and poetry by what it means to be human, the natural world, and how the little things often have the greatest impact. 

3rd Place Andrea Chin-Lopez for “Cultural Feast” 

Andrea Chin-Lopez is a 4th year dual degree student at UNM studying Biology and English. She plans to pursue graduate school and then ultimately work in either science communications, research writing or science journalism. She loves the outdoors and is passionate about writing in all forms and mediums, especially when it pertains to culture, biological conservational and environmental efforts, ecology and literature.