2012 Poetry Contest Winners Announced

On Saturday, October 27 the Hudson Valley Writers Guild held a celebratory reading by the winners of the 2012 Poetry Contest at the Bethlehem Public Library in Delmar, NY.

Judges: Cecele Kraus, Thom Francis, Dawn Marar, Mimi Moriarty, Phillip Levine


The poetry contest was open to writers living in New York State and was judged by Cecele Krause, Dawn Marar and Thom Francis.  The final judge was Phillip Levine, poet and actor who lives in Saugerties, NY.  The program was coordinated by Mimi Moriarty, who also served as host of the reading on Saturday.  There were about 240 entries received.  The Hudson Valley Writers Guild sponsors a writing contest in a different genre each year.  The contest for 2013 will be in fiction & details will be announced next Spring.

A complete list of winners follows:

2012 Hudson Valley Writers Guild Poetry Contest Winners, Honorable Mentions and Finalists

(left to right) Tess Lecuyer, Carol Graser, Phillip Levine

First Place Winner – $100
“We, Misplaced” – D. A. Bird, Saugerties

Second Place Winner – $75
“The Haiku” – Carol Graser – Galway

Third Place Winner – $50
“Sonnet for Dana Avenue at Midnight” – Tess Lecuyer, Albany

Honorable Mentions: Kathleen Anne Smith, Deb Livingston Picker, Dennis Sullivan, Virginia Bach Folger, & Karen Schoemer

Honorable Mentions – $10
“How to Get a Busted Lip” – D. A Bird, Saugerties
“To My Heart” and “To the Girls Who Pour Coffee” – Noah Kucij, Albany
“In Church, at Lunchtime, When I was 12 in Catholic School” –
Kathleen Anne Smith, Loudonville
“When the Sunflowers of Summer are Planted” – Dennis Sullivan, Voorheesville
“Marcela – Living in America” – Deb Livingston Picker, Albany
“Julia in Her Room” – Karen Schoemer, Kinderhook
“The Queen of England” – Virginia Bach Folger, Schenectady

“Goldfinch” – Jo Pitkin, Cold Spring
“Beds” – Noah Kucij, Albany
“At the Last” – Katharyn Howd Machan, Ithaca
“Whenever I Am Alone (after Diane dePrima’s Guaceme)” – Joan Oliver, Glenmont
“View from the Highway” – Justin Hardecker, Albany
“Reflections in a Barroom Mirror” –  Mike Burke, Voorheesville
“Marcela – The Name of the Game” – Deb Livingston Picker, Albany
“Bag Ladies” – Amy White, Old Chatham
“A Round for Bix” – John Hopper, Ithaca
“The Book of Sand” – Barbara Louise Unger, Saratoga Springs
“Handles” and “I Did Something…” – Esther Willison, Niskayuna
“Darkwalking” – Tess Lecuyer, Albany
“The Sea of Cause” – Bert Shaw, Bearsville
“It Never Comes Alone” – Nancy Marie Payne, Berne
“Laid Off Summer” – Carol Graser, Galway