Poem “Double Dutch Champion” won first-place prize of $100 in the 2017 Al Savard Poetry Contest of the Connecticut Poetry Society. About the poem, the judge wrote: Deceptively simple, this gem of a poem juggles the athleticism of rope-jumping with the exigencies of an orphan’s life. It’s as if the whirring cadences of the poem and of double Dutch itself are meant to hide and assuage Dickensian sorrows, but can’t. The sorrows, the hard facts of loss, never go away. As a winning poem, it will be posted on the Connecticut Poetry Society (CPS) website.