(Jerusalem, Israel) – W.F. Lantry of Washington, DC won the 2010 International Poetry for Peace Prize sponsored by the Lindberg Peace Foundation in Israel for his poem “Kiste.” The first place award was announced on October 11, 2010 in Jerusalem at the Poetry for Peace Prize Music and Poetry Event held in Talbiye, Jerusalem. The event included poets reading winning and honorable mention work, as well as a discussion led by the poetry competition judges. Lantry read his prize winning poem via video.
The International Poetry for Peace competition seeks poems that most appropriately strengthen the call for peace and loving kindness in a challenging world. The prize winning work was selected from among entries responding to the theme of peace: internal, between people, between nations, world peace, how peace may be achieved, or obstacles to peace. First Prize includes a $500 award and publication in an anthology of the winning poems by runners-up and honorable mentions. Judges for this year’s competition were Mike Scheidemann, Jeffrey M. Green, and Hayim Abramson, Ph.D.