Happy World Poetry Day!

World Poetry Day

Today, we're super excited to announce the World Poetry Day Contest Winner!

Today is World Poetry Day. What is your favorite poem? Do you love to write poetry? Today is the day to pull your pens out and get those creative juices flowing! This last month, The Crybaby Club blog put out a request for submissions of poetry in honor of World Poetry Day - with the winners to be published on the blog!


But! There is also a SURPRISE PRIZE!


The 1st place winner will also receive a signed copy of the book Crybaby by Caitlin Siehl. Congratulations!


It was relatively close, and we had so many amazing submissions, but there were actually four poems in particular that just spoke to us crybabies.

In third, we had a tie! We just simply could not decide, as they were so good in their own unique ways. The winners are Monsters by Ayris Lopez-Benitez and Seat Stealer by Gabrielle Walz!



by Ayris Lopez Benitez 


Seat Stealer.

by Gabrielle Walz



In second, we have a personal favorite - 17 Facts by Valerie San Filippo.


17 Facts

by Valerie San Filippo


Finally, in first place, we have - Girl King by Valerie Guardiola!


Congratulations Valerie, you'll also receive a signed copy of Crybaby by Caitlin Siehl, on us!


Girl King

by Valerie Guardiola


"I knew love at ten years old,

holding berries, crushed

and bleeding red in my right hand,

unaware of  life after burying my godfather.


I knew love when I held her child

and thought of what life looks like

outside of my own arms.

When there is no way I can imagine

some half hearted attempt to crown a

new girl king, and I bend at the elbows

and hope it will help pass the time.


I knew love when she spoke to me in hymns,

and danced with me, half naked near blazing fires.

When the sky opened and showed me the weight

the women who roar

and the women who mumble..." 

(click link to read the rest!)

Valerie Guardiola is an artist and poet whose work absorbs the tradition of remembrance into daily practice.  Her poetry and essays have been published in The Lone Cypress Review, The Homestead Review, Pif Magazine, Soul Anatomy, Red Cedar Review, and The Voices Project, among many others. She also teaches poetry and has been a poetry curator since 2014, including annual events spotlighting local poets through performance, readings and visual art. She is a co-founder of the Emerging Artists Alliance of Monterey and most recently published her second chapbook, Boomerang Thighs. Valerie is a life-long daughter of the West Coast and lives in California where she enjoys drinking overly-priced coffee, spending too much money on records, and writing…always writing.


Congrats to all the winners and thank you to all you crybabies who were willing to share your talent with us! It was truly a tough choice to pick. Some other poems that stood out to us:



Untitled - Katherine Villarreal
Untitled - Beau Brannick
If you would like to get involved with The Crybaby Club podcast in any form - as a vocal talent, musician, digital artist, audio editor - please contact thecrybabyclub@gmail.com. We'd love to have you!
Interest in writing for the blog? Are you an artist, musician, or other creator crybaby who would be interested in a Crybaby Spotlight? Email us at thecrybabyclubblog@gmail.com! 

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