Cheryl RiceBob Sharkey announces the results of the 2017 Stephen A DiBiase Poetry Contest. There will be a reading at the Colonie Town Library on Sunday, May 7, beginning at 1:30 p.m. where many of the poets listed below will read the poems they submitted to the contest.

2017 Stephen A DiBiase Poetry Contest Awards and Finalists

First Place, $500: “Your Service”—Cheryl Rice, Kingston NY
Second Place, $250: “The Osterias Are Tipping Prosecco”—Ken Holland, Fishkill NY
Third Place, $200: “What Was Once Solid”—Phyllis Hillinger, Delmar NY
Fourth Place, $100: “Granted Dominion”—Andy Fogle, Saratoga Springs NY
Best Out of State, $300: “Anabasis By Night”—Marc Levy, Salem MA

High Honorable Mentions (4) $75:

  • “Not My President”—Karen Fabiane, Troy NY
  • “The Moon, a Blood Orange”—Mary Leonard, Kingston NY
  • “Pipe”—Dianne Sefcik, Westerlo NY
  • “It is in the shelter of each other that people live”—Mark O’Brien, Clarksville NY

Honorable Mentions (6) $45:

  • “The Dance Of Dish And Glass”—Anthony Bernini, Troy NY
  • “Lovestory”—Dineen Carta, Gansevoort NY
  • “Linoleum”—Michelle Chen, Whitestone NY
  • “Dr. Kwan Kew Lai’s Refrigerator”—Jodi Ackerman Frank, Argyle NY
  • “Dissolving the Distance Between You”—Carol Graser, Galway NY
  • “Dream a Little Dream of Me: Visiting Louis Armstrong’s Birthplace”—Catherine Norr, Glenville NY

Other Finalists:

  • “Organ Lessons”—Joe Krausman, Albany NY
  • “9th Period”—Amy Reynolds Comtois, Cohoes NY
  • “A Love Sonnet to February”—Tess Lecuyer, Albany NY
  • “Directions For Success”—Paul Horton Amidon, Albany NY
  • “Summer, Maine, 1968”—Virginia Bach Folger, Schenectady NY
  • “What Marks the Spot Is the Cost of Doing Business”—Jen Karetnick, Miami Shores FL
  • “Symphony”—Martin Willitts Jr, Syracuse NY
  • “Of Leave-takings”—Sharmon Gazaway, Calhoun GA
  • “Where Utopians Sport Recoilless Doc Martins”—Tom Corrado, Middleburgh NY
  • “Tents of Jordan”—Therese Broderick, Albany NY
  • “Litany”—Kathleen Smith, Loudonville NY
  • “Squid Fishing in Halong Bay”—Bunkong Tuon, Niskayuna NY
  • “Before you know gratitude”—Nancy Klepsch, Troy NY
  • “Maria Lactans”—Barbara Ungar, Saratoga Springs NY
  • “Braque’s Athena 1931”—Sarah Wyman, Rosendale NY
  • “Dear Daughters Our World Spins Round”—Rebecca Irene, Portland ME
  • “Those Days Are Gone”—Tanzila Rehmat, Islamabad, Pakistan

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