Congratulations to Shirley Liu - Winner of the 2021 Know Your Power Teen Arts Contest

Francis A. Gregory Library

Congratulations to Shirley Liu - Winner of the 2021 Know Your Power Teen Arts Contest

The Francis A. Gregory Library would like to congratulate Shirley Liu who won first place in the Writing Category of the 2021 Know Your Power Teen Arts Contest! Her piece is titled 黄 (Yellow). She said about the piece:

"This is a piece about loss (of understanding, of language, of love). Ever since the Atlanta spa shooting, I have felt my relationship with my Asian features grow more tenuous. Reading through this poem helps me work through that uneasiness and fear. I believe in the importance of celebratory pieces right now because I don't think the Asian American experience should be marked by tragedy and inner turmoil -- but at the same time, I hope that writing about my own experiences will resonate with others and let them know that they are not alone in their pain or confusion."

Read the piece below!

黄 by Shirley Liu


The Know Your Power Teen Art Contest, sponsored by Pepco and the DC Public Library Foundation invites D.C. teens to find their power and use it to creatively address a topic that is important to them. Learn more about the contest and see the rest of this year's winners on the Know Your Power page.