Music Writing Contest Winner

Kayla Wiltfong
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Sep 6, 2018

Johnson County Library and The Writers Place are pleased to announce that Kayla Wiltfong has won the open category of our writing contest on the theme of MUSIC with "From the Joint".

Kayla Wiltfong is a student in the undergraduate English program at the University of Missouri - Kansas City, with an emphasis in creative writing. She had two poems published in the 2016 edition of Elementia and three in Shawnee Mission East's 2016 Free Lancer literary magazine. In 2017, she won a contest held by the Johnson County Library for her poem "Politics," as well as having an essay published in the Sosland Journal. Her goal is to write and publish novels. More of her work can be found on her blog,

You can follow Kayla on Twitter @kaylaWiltfong and on Goodreads as Kayla Wiltfong.

Jazz can be clean,
be made like yachts
and granite countertops
in blinding white kitchens,

but the best jazz
is dirty like pickup

baseball in the park
just after rain, like barbeque


from the joint


down the street that your grandmother


would never set foot in,


like the studio apartment


where the writer scatters


ink like blood and sheds


paper like skin, more​
shapeshifter than snake.


Reviewed by Helen H.
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