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2012 Frank O'Hara Prize
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2012 Frank O'Hara Prize Winners

First Prize
Dan Lewis of Worcester, MA

Second Prize
Thomas F. Carroll of Oxford, MA
“War Thicker than Blood”

Third Prize
Doris E. Matthews of Brookfield, MA

Honorable Mention

Helen Marie Casey of Sudbury, MA
“When We Are Gone”

Rodger Martin of Hancock, NH
“Cave of Chauvet Pont D’Arc”

Catherine Zebrowski of Winchendon, MA
“An Old Man has Claimed His Spot”

Robert Steele of Charlton, MA
“My mother does not want a funeral”

Lloyd Schwartz is Frederick S. Troy Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Boston, Classical Music Editor of The Boston Phoenix, and a regular commentator for NPR's Fresh Air. His most recent book of poems is Cairo Traffic (University of Chicago Press). He is co-editor of Elizabeth Bishop: Poems, Prose, and Letters (Library of America) and editor of the new centennial edition of Elizabeth Bishop’s Prose (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011). His poems, articles, and reviews have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, The New Republic, The Paris Review, The Pushcart Prize, and The Best American Poetry. In 1994, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.
2012 Contest Judge: Lloyd Scwartz
Contest Chair: Carrie Corcoran

Winners' Reading was held in September 2012.

Winning poems and a selection of poems by Lloyd Schwartz will appear in
The Worcester Review Volume XXXIII
Worcester County Poetry Association / PO Box 804, Worcester, MA 01613 / 508-797-4770 / wcpaboard@yahoo.com

Back Row:  Lloyd Schwartz, Rodger Martin, Dan Lewis
Fron Row:  Tom Carroll, Catherine Zebrowski, Helen Marie Casey, Doris Matthews, Robert Steele
Frank O'Hara Prize Winners 2012
Pat and Phil O'Hara with contest judge Lloyd Schwartz at the 2012 Frank O'Hara Prize Winners' Reading. 

The Frank O'Hara Prize is sponsored by the O'Hara family.
Dan Lewis lives on the edge of the Patch Reservoir in Worcester, MA. He is the author of a chapbook, Tickets for the Broken Year, and a full-length poetry collection, This Garden. His work has been published in many journals. He has twice previously placed third in the WCPA Annual Contest.

Tom Carroll attends poetry classes in schools and networks with a number of writing groups. He’s inspired by all heartfelt work and shares his own in local venues and journals. Tom was born in Worcester, as were his father and his father’s father in 1895, but somehow now lives in Oxford, Massachusetts.       

Doris (Dee) Matthews grew up one of seven children on a small family farm in North Brookfield, Massachusetts, during the early 1960’s. Her love and respect for animals and the natural world comes through to her from her father, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoys hiking, gardening, kayaking and reading and writing. She is celebrating her 34th year of teaching Physical Education to public school children and is looking forward to retirement soon.

Helen Marie Casey’s books include My Dear Girl: The Art of Florence Hosmer (Black Lawrence Press), two chapbooks: Fragrance Upon His Lips (Finishing Line Press), a collection of poems about Joan of Arc, and Inconsiderate Madness (Black Lawrence Press), a collection of poems about Mary Dyer, hanged in Boston in 1660. Helen won the 14th National Poet Hunt sponsored by The MacGuffin and judged by Thomas Lynch. Her poems have appeared in numerous publications, including The Worcester Review, CT Review, Louisiana Literature, The Laurel Review, Tiferet, The South Carolina Review, Runes, America, The MacGuffin, and Dogwood.

Rodger Martin’s The Battlefield Guide (Hobblebush: 2010) is his third book of poetry. Former managing editor of The Worcester Review, he is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships, a Council for Basic Education Fellowship, a New Hampshire State Council on the Arts Fellowship in fiction, and the Appalachia prize for poetry. His poetry, fiction, and critical work has been published throughout the United States and in China, where he has been anthologized in Selected Poems of Contemporary American and European Poets.

Robert Steele is a long-time member of the Worcester County Poetry Association.

Kate Zebrowski grew up in Leicester and went to Worcester State College where she got a degree in English and Art. She’s been writing poetry, fiction and plays since high school. Much of her poetry is influenced by family history, especially Ireland, where she lived and studied for a year in the mid 1970’s. She lives in Winchendon and works doing interlibrary loan at a local college

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