Steamboat Art Museum

Steamboat Art Museum announces the winners of the fifth annual writing competition Ekphrasis 2022:  A Visual Writing Event.    

Not a commonly used word in our modern language, ekphrasis, or ecphrasis, comes from the Greek for the description of a work of art produced as a rhetorical exercise, often used in the adjectival form ekphrastic.  It is a vivid, often dramatic, verbal description of a visual work of art, either real or imagined.  The Steamboat Art Museum, in the best tradition of artistic license, expands this definition to challenge writers to create a poem or story limited to 750 words inspired by a piece of art, allowing writers free reign for their creativity.  

Awards were presented in three categories; adult prose, adult poetry and youth entries.   The winners received cash and gift certificates provided by sponsors of the competition, Ski Town Media and Off the Beaten Path Bookstore with additional gift certificates from Johnny B Goods Diner and Metropolitan Theaters.    

In great appreciation to: 

  •  Ski Town Media for their support in leading this event, judging, award underwriting and production of the 2022 Ekphrasis Anthology.   
  • Off the Beaten Path Bookstore for leading the judging effort and award support.  
  • Jenny Shea and Mandy Miller for their participation as judges. 
  • John deWardt for cash awards to the first place adult writers 
  • Johnny B. Goods Diner for award support. 
  • Metropolitan Theaters for award support.  
  • The Steamboat Writers group for all of their participation in this event and their support of creative writing for everyone.  


Adult Prose:   

  • 1st place: Kathi Guler for her story based on the paintings “Untamed” by Johne Richardson  
  • Honorable Mention:  Dagny McKinley for her story based on “After the Storm” by Nancy Howe

Adult Poetry:  

  • 1st place:  Marian Tolles for her poem based on “Incoming Tide, Laguna Beach” by Calvin Liang 
  • Honorable Mention:  Wendy Lind for her poem based on “King of the Wild Things” by Ana Rose Bain 


  • 1st place:  Lyla Baker (age 14) for her story based on “La Playa del Sol” by Timothy Reese  
  • Honorable Mention:  Tessher Feinberg (age 12) for his poem based on “Night Approached” by Cristen Miller