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Julius Sokenu Poetry Awards 2017

QVCC’s annual poetry contest!

This is the 10th anniversary of the Julius Sokenu Poetry Awards. Submit up to three original poems!

Prize Categories

  • QVCC Students – English
  • QVCC Students – Spanish heritage speakers
  • QVCC Students – Spanish non-heritage speakers
  • Quinebaug Middle College

Prizes are offered in ALL three categories: 1st $100 / 2nd $50 / 3rd $50

2017 Poetry Submission Form


Julius SokenuJulius Sokenu’s poems have been published in Nimrod: International Journal of Prose and Poetry, Hayden’s Ferry Review and Zone Magazine. His Master’s Thesis East of Badagry won the Glendon Swarthout Award at Arizona State University. He has been an artist on the roster of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, Vice Chair of the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and Bosselaar Family Foundation poetry scholar at the Aspen Writers Conference.

He holds a Doctorate in Education with emphasis in Curriculum and Teaching from Boston University, an MFA in Poetry from Arizona State University, Tempe and a B.A in English Creative Writing from the University of Southern California.  He also holds a B.S Business (International Finance) from the University of Southern California

Julius has over 20 years in Community Colleges, with leadership experience in Instruction, Student Services, and Career Technical Education. He is the current President of the California Community College Association for Occupational Education and represents the organization on the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Consultation Council.

Julius is the Interim Executive Vice President at Moorpark College.

He lives in Pasadena, CA with his son Michael.