Worcester County Poetry Association
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2008 Poetry Contest
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2008 Contest Judge:  Dara Wier

Contest Coordinator: Heather Macpherson

Winners' Reading
Sunday, September 20, 2008
Worcester Public Library

Winning poems appear in
The Worcester Review Volume XXVIX

First Prize
Carle A. Johnson of Worcester, MA
"All That is Solid Shall Melt Into Air"

Second Prize
Mark Wagner of Dudley, MA
"A Donkey in a Fry Pan"

Third Prize
Dan Lewis of Worcester, MA
"Prime Meridian"

Honorable Mention

R. Joyce Heon of Lunenburg, MA
"Light in the Land Where Sound is King"

Joan Ericson of West Brookfield, MA
"A Found Painting"

Ann Marie Lucci of Worcester, MA
"Falling Out of March"

Missy Nicholson of Grafton, MA

Roberta Visser of Swanzey, NH
"Humming birds"

Dara Wier was born in Louisiana in 1949. She received her MFA in 1974 from Bowling Green University.

Wier is the author of ten collections of poetry: Reverse Rapture (2005), Hat on a Pond (2002), Voyages in English (2001), Our Master Plan (1998), for which she was a Phi Beta Kappa award finalist, Blue for the Plough (1992), The Book of Knowledge (1988), All You Have in Common (1984), The 8-Step Grapevine (1980), Blood, Hook & Eye (1977), and Remnants of Hannah (2006).

Her work has been included in recent volumes of Best American Poetry and The Pushcart Prize Anthology. The American Poetry Review awarded her the Jerome Shestack Prize in 2001. She received a Pushcart prize in 2002, and has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation and the NEA.

She directs the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and along with Noy Holland and Lisa Olstein co-directs the University of Massachusetts' Juniper Initiative for Literary Arts and Action.

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