Worcester County Poetry Association
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2007 Annual Poetry Contest
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2007 Contest Judge:  Chard diNiord

Contest Coordinator:  Heather Macpherson

Winners' Reading
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Vasa Hall, One Ekman Street, Worcester
Photos

Winning poems appear in
The Worcester Review Volume XXVIII
First Prize
KAT O’CONNOR
“Marfa Mystery Lights”
Kat O’Connor is an artist and writer living in Worcester, Massachusetts. Her written work has appeared in The Worcester Review and Voices of Art, and was nominated for a 2003 Pushcart Prize.

Second Prize
JANE POIRIER HART
“French Lessons”
Jane Poirier Hart wrote her first poem by accident in 1996. In 2002, she began private study with the poet and teacher, John Hodgen. Backgrounds in American Sign Language and music composition inform her imagery and lyrical rhythm. Her poems have appeared and disappeared in Southern Poetry Review, The Worcester Review, and the anthology Poetry Nights Poems.

Third Prize
PATRICIA YOUNGBLOOD
“A Sestina for Andy Goldsworthy”
Patricia Youngblood is a Worcester poet and published finalist in several poetry contests, including this one. Her work covers a range of topics, but most frequently returns to her passion for color and art. She is managing editor for Bose.com and keeps herself challenged at the poetry workshops of Jim Beschta, John Hodgen, and Rodger Martin's Monadnock Poets Retreat.


Honorable Mention

JOHN GAUMOND
“Hammurabi’s Code Revisited”
In 2006, photographer/poet John Gaumond received a Jacob Knight Poetry Award, and was 3rd place winner in the Worcester Magazine Poetry Contest. His poetry has appeared in Sahara, The Leaflet,, The Issue, The Longfellow Society Journal, The Lancaster Times, Vox  Poetica ,The Connecticut River Review, and Poets in the Galleries. He hosted Borders Poetry Workshop for six years.

HELEN MARIE CASEY
“A Quarrels Fly”
Helen Marie Casey's first chapbook, Fragrance Upon His Lips, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2005. Her second chapbook, Inconsiderate Madness, won the 2005 Black River Chapbook competition (Black Lawrence Press). It consists of a series of poems about Mary Dyer, who was hanged in Boston in 1660. Helen's poems and book reviews have appeared in Connecticut Review, Dogwood, Minimus, Runes, The South Carolina Review, Louisiana Literature, The Laurel Review, Tiferet, Rosebud, Prairie Schooner, The Litchfield Review, Re)verb, The Worcester Review, and America.

THOMAS ADAMS BACON
“The Pumpkin Sellers”
My name is Thomas Bacon, a native of Sutton and graduate of Bancroft School in Worcester. I am currently a junior at Hamilton College, a small, liberal arts school in upstate New York where I major in history and minor in creative writing. The Pumpkin Sellers, a terza rima, is based on a childhood photo of my sister, my brother, and myself.



Contest judge Chard deNiord is the author of three books of poetry, Asleep in the Fire (University of Alabama Press, 1990), Sharp Golden Thorn (Marsh Hawk Press, 2003) and Night Mowing, forthcoming from the University of Pittsburgh Press. His poems and essays have appeared recently in The American Scholar, The New England Review, Gettysburg Review, The Pushcart Prize, Best American Poetry, The Iowa Review, Poetry East, Agni, Green Mountains Review, The Harvard Review, The American Poetry Review, Ploughshares and The Kenyon Review. He is an associate professor of English at Providence College. He is the founder of the low residency MFA Program in Poetry at New England College.

Vasa HallVasa HallPot luck refreshmentsCurt Curtain and Judy FerraraChard diNiord and Elizabeth Bacon, who read the poem by her son, Thomas, who as unable to attend. Jame Poirier Hart and Rodger MartinContest cordinator Heather Macpherson, contest judge Chard deNiord, WCPA president Beth SweeneyJane Poirier Hart with family and friends.Joe Reynolds and Robert Steele
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