Rock River Poetry Contest winners announced

Rock River Poetry Contest winners announced


The Rock River Poetry Contest VI is pleased to announce this year’s winners. The national winner is “For This We Have Survived” by Robert Mills; and the Illinois winner is “At Seventeen I Learned the Truth” by Allison Joseph. The national winner is awarded $100, and the Illinois winner is awarded $50. These poems will be published in The Rock River Times, this year’s sponsor of the Rock River Poetry Contest.

In addition, the following poems have been selected to be published throughout the year in The Rock River Times: “Mice” and “Scientific Experiment” by Carol Atkins; “Apocalypse on Sherman Street” by Ed McManis; “September 2001” and “dream time” by Charles Farrell Thielman; “Comfort” by Devorah Namm; “Rosietos”, “Opening the Summer Cottage” and “Baking Cookies” by Bonnie Kepplinger; “After School” by Ron Rehfeldt; “Rimbaud’s Bridges” by

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J.G. Mark; “Penmanship” and “Black Raspberry Tart” by Elizabeth Kerilowske; “After 9/11” by Beatrice G. Davis; “Subway Medusa” by Therese Baader Gump; “DeKalb Samaritan” by Jeffrey Mortan; “Construction Site” by Robert Mills; “Looking for poets” and “Collision” by Allison Joseph; “North”, “Fourth of July, 2001” and “July 5, 2001” by Katherine Howd Machan; and “Deja Vu” by Cal Thorpe.

Several hundred poems were submitted from all around the United States and even Canada. The poems were judged anonymously, poem by poem. A broad spectrum of poetic talent was submitted, and the competition was very tough. Many fine poems came close to making it into publication, and no poet should feel that not placing in this poetry contest is a commentary on the value of his work. We appreciate all the support, which makes possible the publication of these poems in a special “Writer’s Garret” coming to The Rock River Times.

“The Writer’s Garret” will be a column written by Christine Swanberg, who also founded the Rock River Poetry Contest several years ago. The “Garret” will give space to the poems selected in this year’s contest as well as helpful commentary and advice for writers in general. Look for it soon.

Thanks again to all the poets who helped make the Rock River Poetry Contest VI a real event and for bringing poetry to Rockford via The Rock River Times. May 2002 be a great year for you and your writing.

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