Mina King

Mina King is a high school senior from Louisiana. Her poem “In Pursuit of Dawn” was the second-place winner of the 2021 Inaugural Poem Contest for Students.

Of her poem, judge Richard Blanco said, “With a sweeping Whitmanesque voice, Mina King surveys and celebrates the diversity of our nation’s many landscapes: natural, cultural, emotional. The poem reminds us of our collective quest for that proverbial dawn, representing our perpetual desire and hope ‘…to form a more perfect Union,’ as written in our constitution.”