Tally Shaver accepted a Gold Medal Award for her poetry at Carnegie Hall in New York City on June 6. Shaver received a regional Gold Key for Writing in the 2019 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards earlier this year, which nominated her for a national medal award. New to writing poetry, she never expected her writing to earn national accolades.
“It was validating to know that a stranger thought what I had created was worth something,” Shaver said.
Shaver was honored for her work at the National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall where hundreds of students and their guests from around the country were celebrated. This year’s event keynote speaker was Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actress, writer and producer Tina Fey.
Shaver submitted a poetry portfolio into the competition titled Tempo of a Tainted Oblivion. It included a poem called “108187” and “The Afterlife.” She said her poetry allowed her to develop a newfound connection with her grandfather, who was both a poet and a painter.
“I’d like to use poetry as a tool for connection and being able to say something differently, vividly, or unearth a feeling,” she said.