2017 Teen Media Expo
Theme: NEW IDENTITY
2017 Teen Media Expo Gold –Photography– ASHLEY JUNG from SEOUL, S. KOREA
“Flip Flops In the Rain” | Expo Theme: New World Identity
When we informed Ashley of her win, we were also delighted to give the 1st place matching gift to her school. This is the email from her teacher: “Dear ‘ZO’, I am Ashley’s Art teacher (John Young, head of Art and Design at Seoul Foreign School) and I am delighted to hear the news of Ashley winning the award. Actually we are going back to the Philippines this November to the place where the photo was taken and we will be working on a mural painting at one of the schools there, that is what Ashley wishes the money to go towards, so its a nice cycle of events, that the money will be going towards a painting the boy in the photo will be able to enjoy and brighten up the local community there.”
We are absolutely invigorated by the brilliant entries we receive in Art, Photography, Poetry and especially impressed with the Teen Expo submissions we’ve received. These Expos become real “EVENTS” and we can’t wait to expand into “live” and new collaborative artistic disciplines. We term the events exposés rather than contests because we are trying to redefine the way that our platform communicates with artists and even among ourselves. We are trying to be supportive rather than competitive — inclusive, rather than strictly building a hierarchy among the many exceptional talents we find.
Gold CATEGORY SURREAL Winner
Jiaqi Tang — “Jump”
Gold POETRY Winner
Marina Ellis — “Sapphic Fantasies”
Imagine if we could walk down cobbled streets
with our fingers tied together like ancient roots,
keeping our feet planted and grounded in history
and our backs arched upwards without a single bend.
Imagine if I could kiss you softy, slowly, sweetly
like maple-syrup-coated-clichés, but beautiful clichés,
underneath a palm tree like a sacred garden of intimacy,
alone yet among a crowd thick like molasses.
Imagine if you looked at me one summer morning
in a hurricane of white sheets and send fireworks
from your eyelashes and rolls of red lava from your lips.
You could bring brightness into the shadows under our bed.
If we could all speak what was forbidden- declared love,
long serenades, and promises of a never-ending happiness-
just imagine how loud the world would be.
Marina Ellis is a junior at Miami Arts Charter. They have been published by Canvas, Open Minds Quarterly, Poetry Matters, Colorism Healing, Literature Wales, and World Enough Writers. Marina has been awarded two Silver Keys from Scholastic Art and Writing, first place in Florida’s 2014 Promising Young Writer’s essay contest, and fifth place in the Atlantic Institute’s 2014 essay contest.
Nathalie Reyes Rico — “Exit Only”
SILVER Category Surreal (Tie)
Richard Leitz — “Leitz Robotic Stegosaurous”
SILVER Category Surreal (Tie)
Zoë Keeler — “Beholder”
All, I Am Not – Konstantin Nicholas Rega
So here I am
of ashes and earth
……from exploded stars
…………with their electric greens
…………their dusty beaten golds
……in that toxic spill
…………of polluted blues
A train is derailed outside
my apartment window.
It reminds me of some pop-icon
all that conflated caterwauling
propelling the next hot air balloon:
always missing the moon least to
say the other deaf and dumb stars.
I’m sure if I connected them
(that child still peeking
from across 18th Street) they
would spill those back-of-the-throat
secrets, for I am tired of taking
so-called lemon lozenges that my
Veterinarian prescribes with a grin.
But then the TV roars and the radio
pushes its own “for-the-masses” message
as I watch a small girl hopscotch by—
firetrucks sirens returning us to white static.
This sick soft exhaustion
in my outstretched lungs
……bared and silver-veined wings
…………taking off with every gasp
…………landing at the once-loved sigh
……that cannot be cured by medicine
…………without a wind.
Every word in a poem is at the poet’s expense: this is my philosophy. This poem is influenced by the New York School of Poetry; it is about the individual facing off against a world that is changing, though it is ironically constant in that “changing”. I am a 19-year-old student at The University of Kent in Canterbury, England studying British & American Literature and Creative Writing. I was born in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. — Konstantin Nicholas Rega
—Category Surreal Pearl—
Bera Iphigenie, Rwanda, Africa
Britney Allen, Miami, FL – USA
Up set the treadmill,
The voices giving a threat;
Forbidden but yet done.
Crying orphan’s voices in air;
Craving the fruit hoping for the rare seed.
Finding the treasure without measures,
Lives can’t measure that treasure.
Weep the population without sparring,
Causing the damage beyond bearing.
Black sheet falling on the third party,
Blank sheet covering the devastated area.
No, no more standing for our destroyal.
Yes, yes we can stop that treadmill,
And run on actual ground for our development.
Bera Marie Iphigenie is a girl born in 2001 in northern part of Rwanda. She discovered her writing talent when she had been writing and reciting poems to her colleagues in her free times. She is aimed at preserving this gift for world to be the better place motivating young ones to develop their talents thus playing well in society.
BERA Marie Iphigenie
The tackiness on the dash board
melted further under the three o’clock sun.
We drove for hours and hours
relaying our plans and racing with time.
Like the motion of a wind gust,
another car imprinted itself into my side
and the Hawaiian bobble head went flying.
In an instant,
there was a green hue at the corner of my eye.
and grass met my face.
Britney Allen has been published in Canvas Literary Magazine, Skipping Stones Magazine, Young American Poetry Digest Anthology, Creative Communications Poetry Anthology, Poetry Matters, Hypernova Lit, Orange Island Arts Foundation, The Poetry Society of Virginia first place prize for the Jenkins Prize, and several of her short poems have been published in cupcakes at the Bunnie Cakes bakery. She has also received two honorable mention awards and five silver keys in the Scholastics Art and Writing Awards.
THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO SUBMITTED!
2017 TEEN MEDIA EXPO JUDGES
All of us at ZO are so very grateful for the supportive artists and friends that we have made over the years in experimenting with these unique presentations. We not only love to promote artists but the creative side in everyone. Creativity Can Change the World!