Worcester County Poetry Association
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WCPA Annual Meeting and Board Elections
February 23, 2014

Jay Lavelle opened the meeting with his thoughts as he steps down as Association president.  This was followed by reports from the 2013 annual meeting and the treasurer's report.  Kristina England then announced the slate of candidates for the WCPA board and the vote was taken.

2014-2015 WCPA Board
Jonathan Blake
Jim Cocola
Bob Cronin - Interim President
Kristina England - Secretary
Peter Foulkes
Robert Gill - Treasurer
Gary Hawksley
Carle Johnson
Sam Lalos
Jay Lavelle
Dan Lewis
Anne Marie Lucci - VP, Publicity
Rodger Martin
Trent Masiki
Laura Menides
Diane Mulligan - Editor, The Worcester Review
Catherine Reed
Joe Reynolds
Robert Steele
Eleanor Vincellette
Mark Wagner
Patricia Youngblood

Following the business meeting we enjoy refreshments and then our guest performer, Corwin Ericson, entertained us with poetry, humorous and thoughtful.

Thank you to all who attended.
Photos by Kristina England and Bob Gill.

Guest Poet:  Corwin Ericson

Thank you to everyone who submitted their poetry to
The WCPA Annual
Poetry Contest: The
Frank O'Hara Prize.

Contest Judge:  BJ Ward

2014 Contest Chair:  Robert Steele

Visit the 2014 Contest Page for the submission guidelines and info on online submissions.

Look below for the winner's, the names of their poems and a link to the 2014 Winner's Reading photo gallery.

Worcester County Poetry Association / 1 Ekman Street, Worcester, MA 01607 / 508-797-4770 / wcpaboard@yahoo.com

7th Annual College Poetry Competition Finalists' Reading
April 6, 2014

Visit the 2014 College Competition page for more info.
2014 Manuscript Prize

Yulia Issa
Quinsigamond Community College

Honorable Mention
Nicole Lucia
Fitchburg State Univeristy

2014 Performance Prize

Quinn McCracken
College of the Holy Cross

Honorable Mention
Jess Valensi
MCPHS University

April was National Poetry Month!!!

Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April. Poets  and lovers of poetry, throughout the United States band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events.

For more info visit poets.org.
Thanks to everyone who came out for
Bloomsday 2014!

Mark June 16th, 2015 in your calendar and join us for the next Bloomsday Ramble.

Photos from the 2014 Ramble can be found on the this page.

Our thanks to those who made
the second season of the
Stanley Kunitz Boyhood Home
Summer Writing Series
a big sucess. 

Details can be found on the
2nd Season Info Page.

Sponsored by:
The Stanley Kunitz Boyhood Home

the Stanley Kunitz Award
Following Stanley Kunitz's death in 2006 a sum of money was given to the Worcester County Poetry Assocation for the purpose of creating an award in his name.   Additional fundraising was needed to support the award.   The inaugural award will be presented in 2015.

Additional information, including nomrination dates and award guidelines, can be found at the Stanley Kunitz Award page.
2014 Winner's Reading for the
WCPA Annual Poetry Contest:
the Frank O'Hara Prize

Sunday, September 14, 2014
First Unitarian Church, Worcester

Stephen Campiglio - Honorable Mention

Jeffrey Beck - Honorable Mention
“his father’s voice”

Marsha Kunin - Honorable Mention
“Leaping the Blithewood Road”

Edward Cronin - Honorable Mention
“At the Memorial”

Linda D’Agosto - Third Prize
“A Clean Kill”

G.D. Hawksley - Second Prize
“Pook is Gone”

Helen Marie Casey - First Prize
“The Loneliness of the Heart is Forever”

Photos can be found on the 2014 Winner's Reading page.

Information on board members and program coordinators for 2014 can be found here.
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