St. Clairsville teen publishes favorite poem

Madison Gillotte, 13, has done something most only dream about doing. She became a published poet.

“I really like poetry and read tons of poems, and so I entered my favorite poem,” said Gillotte, who has been writing poetry for almost two years. “I’ve always loved reading and writing. … I love the feeling where you can dive into a book and feel like you are in there and part of the story.”

Gillotte’s poem, “Beautiful,” will be published in a poetry collection containing several new and notable authors. The collection is called “This Time Around,” and will be available for sale on and the Bares and Noble website.

Gillotte found the National Amateur writing contest in a magazine, and after a push from her great-grandmother, she decided to enter into the contest. The poem went to the semi-finals.

“I am very excited (to be published). I always thought (my writing) was just OK,” said Gillotte. “Writing is just fun if you ever have problems that are clogging up your brain. … you can write all of your feelings down and then you can shape it into a poem. Writing can make some bad things turn good.”

For the soon-to-be eighth grader at St. Clairsville Middle School, where she is a straight A student, her favorite part about poetry is how everything fits together like a puzzle. Some of her favorite writers include Dr. Seuss, Edgar Allan Poe and William Shakespeare.

“She’s a bigger reader, she loves to read,” said Kellie, Gillotte’s mom, who describes her daughter’s writing style as dark.

While it is hard for Gillotte to name a favorite author or book, her favorite genre is science fiction, fantasy and sci-fi. Her plan for the future is to attend college for performing arts and minor in journalism.

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