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2003 Poetry Contest
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2003 Contest Judge:  Jeffrey Harrison

Contest Coordinator:  Paul Szlosek

Winners' Reading
Sunday, September 14, 2003
Village Arts Gallery, One Ekman Street, Worcester

Winning poems appear in
The Worcester Review Volume XXIV
FIRST PRIZE
Claire Mowbray Golding of Princeton, MA
“Autumn Afternoon”
Claire Mowbray Golding has had feature articles and restaurant reviews published in New England Monthly, Worcester Magazine, and other local newspapers.  She resumed writing poetry in 1998, after a long hiatus, winning second place in Worcester Magazine’s 1999 poetry contest.   She spent twenty years in editorial and management at Worcester’s Davis Publications, where she is now an editor-at-large.  Claire is a member of the Mountain Writer’s Guild in Princeton, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.

SECOND PRIZE (Tie)
Francine D'Alessandro of Worcester, MA
“The Desert”
Francine D’Alessandro is a native New Yorker and has lived in Worcester for twelve years.  She began writing poetry in 1998, encouraged and educated by the energy and generosity of the Worcester poetry community.   Her work has appeared in Sahara, Diner, The Longfellow Society Journal, The Issue, Windfall, and the Poets’ Asylum anthology As We Do Most Sunday Nights.

Dorinda Wegener of Milford, NH
“Thaw”
Dorinda Wegener has published poetry in The Larcom Review and Céide, a literary journal of Ireland.  Her work has been displayed at Harvard University’s Lamont Library.  Dorinda’s first poetry collection, Psalm of the Tongue, is forthcoming by The Dedalus Press.

THIRD PRIZE
Linda Warren of Princeton, MA
“Black Ghost”
Linda Warren wrote 12 novels for Berkley, Harlequin, and Bantam before becoming addicted to poetry three years ago, after going to a few readings, thinking she could stop any time.  She believes poetry is dangerous stuff.

HONORABLE MENTION

Annie Boutelle of Florence, MA
“Morning at Varanasi”
Annie Boutelle, born and raised in Scotland, was educated at the University of St. Andrews and New York University.  Author of Thistle and Rose: A Study of Hugh MacDiarmid’s Poetry, she has written numerous scholarly and popular essays.  She teaches in the English Department at Smith College and is the founder of the Poetry Center there.  Her sequence of poems based on the life of Celia Thaxter was a finalist for the 1999 Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets, and she has published poems in POETRY, Yankee, Ekphrasis, The Green Mountains Review, and other journals.

Laura Jenn Menides of Worcester, MA
“Reunion In Greece: A Sestina”
Laura Jehn Menides, teaches American literature to engineering students at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  She writes poetry, fiction, and opera lyrics in addition to scholarly works on such writers as Robert Frost, T.S. Eliot and Elizabeth Bishop.  A featured poet in Sahara: A Journal of Poetry, she has also been published in The Worcester Review, Connecticut River Review and many other journals.  Currently she is putting together a book of her poems, The Taming of the Girl-Child.

David Thoreen of Worcester, MA
“Episode from the Vulgar Tongue of 1811: A Dictionary of Buckish Slang, University Wit,
and Pickpocket Eloquence” (read by Rodger Martin)
David Thoreen teaches writing and literature at Assumption College.  His recent poems appear or are forthcoming in Diner, The Journal, and Slate.  He is in the process of submitting his book-length manuscript, Someplace Else, to contests.

Eve Rifkah of Worcester, MA
“Solomon”
Eve Rifkah is co-founder and artistic director of Poetry Oasis, Inc. and editor of Diner, a literary journal.  She received an MFA from Vermont College.



Contest judge Jeffrey Harrison is the author of three books of poetry, most recently Feeding the Fire (Sarabande Books, 2001), and the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the NEA, as well as a Pushcart Prize and the Lavan Younger Poets Award from The Academy of American Poets.  His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, Poetry, The Paris Review, The Yale Review, Poets of the New Century, and many other magazines and anthologies.  He is teaching at The College of the Holy Cross this fall.


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