Worcester County Poetry Association
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WCPA Annual Poetry Contest: The Frank O'Hara Prize
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2011 Contest Judge
Gary Lenhart

2011 Contest Chair
Carrie Corcoran

Winners' Reading
Sunday, September 25


First Unitarian Church
90 Main Street, Worcester

Drawing by Lilyan Bachrach

2011 Contest Winners

FIRST PRIZE
PATRICIA  YOUNGBLOOD
Worcester, MA
"five hundred mountains"

SECOND PRIZE
WENDY  ELIZABETH  INGERSOLL
Newark, DE
"Yesterday"

THIRD PRIZE
LINDA D'AGOSTO
Westborough, MA
"Wasn't It Spring?"


HONORABLE  MENTION

MARSHA  KUNIN
Worcester, MA
"Girl with a Pearl Earring"

MARJORIE  TOUZJIAN
Hopkinton, MA
"Sarah"

COLLEEN  PEARCE
Harvard, MA
"Hank Calls"

JOE  FUSCO,  JR
Worcester, MA
"Cling-Ons"

Winning poems and a selection of poems by Gary Lenhart in The Worcester Review, Volume XXXII, Numbers 1&2.


Linda D’Agosto studies poetry with Jim Beschta at the Worcester Art Museum, and participates in "Wake Up and Smell the Poetry," facilitated by Cheryl Perreault, at the HCAM Studio in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. She lives in Westborough, Massachusetts.

Joe Fusco, Jr. is a humorist and grocery buyer. His poems, essays, and columns have appeared in the United States, specifically Central Massachusetts. He credits his family for his inspiration and their tolerance.

Wendy Elizabeth Ingersoll of Hockessin, Delaware, formerly of Boylston Massachusetts, has authored two poetry books: Grace Only Follows and River, Farm.   Her poems have appeared in Worcester Review, Caesura, Potpourri, Controlled Burn, Broadkill Review, the anthology On the Mason-Dixon Line, and have won numerous regional awards.  www.wendyingersoll.com

Marsha Kunin, a nature enthusiast, lives and works in Massachusetts.

Gary Lenhart is the author of five collections of poems, including The World In A Minute (Hanging Loose Press, 2010).  He edited The Teachers & Writers Guide to William Carlos Williams (T&W, 1998) and from 1986-91 the magazine Transfer. From 1977-85 he was an editor of Mag City and with others edited The Collected Poems of Michael Scholnick (Coffee House, 1998). He has published articles and reviews in many journals, and has taught at Columbia and Dartmouth colleges.

Colleen Pearce studied studio art at the Museum School of Fine Arts in Boston and received her degree in education from Tufts University. Most recently, she has shown her work at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, ARTSWorcester Biennial and at group shows at Bennington College. She lives in Harvard, Massachusetts.

Marjorie Toujzian studied poetry with Harold Bond, Boston area poet, for many years. Her poems have been published in journals such as december magazine, Bitterroot, Soundings East, and Onyx. She live with her Llhasa, Cosmo, volunteering at the Hopkinton library.

Worcester poet Patricia Youngblood reads and workshops regularly with a galvanizing network of  local and regional poets. This is her second appearance as finalist or winner of the WCPA annual contest.


WCPA president Jay Lavelle's welcome to the 2011 Winners' Reading.Contest Chair Carrie Corcoran introduces the readers.Contest Judge Gary Lenhart discussed the judging process and read a selection of his own poetry at the start of the program. He later signed books and broadsides during the reception.Joe Fusco, Jr. (Honorable Mention)Marsha Kunin (Honorable Mention)Marjorie Touzjian (Honorable Mention)Coleen Pearce ((Honorable Mention)Third Prize winner Linda D'Agosto.Anne Marie Lucci presented Second Prize winner Wendy Elizabeth Ingersoll's poem.First Prize winner Patricia Youngblood.Audience at the 2011 winners' reading.Another view of the Bancroft Room of the First Unitarian Church.WCPA often holds readings and lectures in the Bancroft Room.Contest winners Patrica Youngblood and Linda D'Agosto joined by Phil O'Hara, brother of Frank O'Hara, and contest judge Gary Lenhart.Linda D'AgostoLinda D'Agosto and Cheryl Perreault, host of "Wake Up and Smell the Poetry."Joe Fusco, Jr.Marsha KuninContest judge Gary Lenhart, contest chair Carrie Corcoran, WCPA president Jay Lavelle.Marjorie ToujzianPatricia YoungbloodContest winners and guests during the reception which followed the reading.Refreshments are provided by WCPA members in a traditional pot-luck.Colleen Pearce folling the reading.Gary Lenhart broadside.
Patricia Youngblood, Phil O'Hara, Linda D'Agosto, Gary Lenhart
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