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Andrea Dietrich grew up in Iowa and now resides in Utah with a spouse and two cats. She has two grown children and three grandchildren. Having graduated BYU with a Spanish major/ESL minor, she has spent most of her adult life teaching. It wasn't until 2000 that she began writing in earnest and discovering her "niche" as a writer of lyrical poetry. The internet opened up a new world for her, and she has spent nearly a decade now participating in poetry clubs, acting as a judge of poetry contests for various magazines and for the website Shadow Poetry, and also, entering poetry contests herself.

Ms. Dietrich has won numerous awards, as well as the title Poet of the Year 2008, from the Yahoo group, Poetry For Thought. In addition, she has won prizes from the magazines Lucidity, Bell's Letters, Art with Words, Poets at Work and SP Quill, the magazine for which she wrote grammar and poetry articles as well as movie reviews and for which she acted as poetry editor for the head editor Marie Summers for six years. Many of her poems have appeared in Shadows Ink, a yearly published series of chapbooks of award winning poetry as well as in numerous other anthologies. Her short stories appeared in many issues of SP Quill and much of her poetry is published in eight chapbooks (the most recent one soon to be published is called Prosies), which can be purchased at


Blog Posted:4/19/2013 6:54:00 PM
Hi, guys, I think I confused a few people with this "contest" which is not even really a contest. It is simply my way of honoring the kinds of poems that FLOAT MY BOAT! I hope you will check  out my very eclectic list of FAVE poem Winners, because all my Faves are  number one with me! 

If some of you never noticed, I have spent the last few weeks going around Soup whispering in poets' ears which of their poems were my faves, and also I started giving our more faves than ever because I am hoping to honor at least once, every poet who has brought me so much pleasure through his/her poetry in my 3 and a half years here at Soup. I'm sorry about those that may have missed a chance with my last two FAVE contests, so that is why I have decided to do one final FAVE contest, a part three. Hopefully it will be posted tonight.

Why I enjoyed doing this type of contest so much!? 

FIRST, it is EASY as HECK to host this kind of "contest." I simply write the titles of all the poems I receive and then go to the alphabetized list in my FAVES area and if the poem matches up, it's a winner. Fastest contests I have ever judged!!

SECOND: In doing these contests, I have been able to review poetry that I loved in the past. And most of them I still love just as much as I did the first time I faved them! Thanks for the laughter and the tears, guys. You are all awesome.

THIRD: I notice some poets do not enter many contests here. My friend Daver has never entered one contest. I am still trying to get him to enter my next and final FAVE contest. Will someone please find that guy and encourage him to do it?? There are other poets who are shy or whose poetry rarely gets read and I really want people to see their work. That's why I have been around giving hints to them to please enter my final contest. I am really hoping every person I've ever faved will appear on at least one of my winners' lists. I know it is unlikely, but it would be nice to see it happen!

FOURTH: I hope I do not appear like a snob, only giving faves to my friends. But any poet who ever made an effort to get to know me or my own poetry is someone that stands a good chance to be on my FAVES list. I have over 670 poems on it, so basically this is a celebration of my friends and the poetry they write that I like best!

FINALLY: I hope you will read at least some of my FAVES on the posted winners' list. At the very least, it will help you to know the kind of poetry I adore, should you ever try one of my other contests in the future!

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  1. Date: 4/21/2013 5:09:00 PM
    i missed this one, andie... got clueless with new settings here.. cheers to all... next time?..:) hugs!

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  1. Date: 4/21/2013 10:35:00 AM
    Winner's list full of awesome poetry!...hey Daver...ENTER!

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 4/21/2013 2:56:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    sadly, he refuses, Caleb. I just heard back from him on that!!
  1. Date: 4/21/2013 9:22:00 AM
    Thank you Andrea, for highlighting some of our poems......I found one of mine on your list that I had forgotten.....and was pleased that you had found it to your liking. My fellow poets have some amazing poems on your list......a pleasure to read them.

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  1. Date: 4/20/2013 9:45:00 PM
    Dear Andrea,Hope this finds YOU and YOURS Healthy and High in the Spirit. I think a Faves contest is a Great Idea. Thank-YOU for my !st Place.With LOVE ALWAYS and FOREVER YOUR Liege...HG

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  1. Date: 4/20/2013 3:52:00 PM
    Luv Ya Andrea

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  1. Date: 4/20/2013 3:13:00 PM
    thanks Andrea

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  1. Date: 4/20/2013 2:42:00 PM
    Thanks for the whisper for it made me look at two of my works that I had forgotten...Sara

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  1. Date: 4/20/2013 10:48:00 AM
    FUN!!!~ I hope to see another Contest soon after this one Mizz AD!!!

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 4/20/2013 11:57:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    yes, I am trying to think of something different, a real contest this time. I am going to make people sick of my always doing fave lists! (but I hope people are reading some of my faves and enjoying them)
  1. Date: 4/20/2013 8:19:00 AM
    thanks you guys, who caught my purpose in all this and for reading the poems on the list!!

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  1. Date: 4/20/2013 5:23:00 AM
    Andy!! Thank you so much for your kind encouragement and honours !! You are such an inspiration. Your spotlight has come at a time most needed. Big hugs, love you bunches, deb

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    Burch Avatar Deborah Burch Date: 4/20/2013 5:25:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    And all your winners have been such a treat to read!! Thank you so much for what you are doing!!
  1. Date: 4/19/2013 10:16:00 PM
    Im not commenting, reading ... not even writing! : ) Im going to check this winners list; Im sure I'll have a great time reading your fav poems, Andrea. Congratulations to all your Favs!

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  1. Date: 4/19/2013 8:24:00 PM
    Good reason Andrea, I think I have one more for your contest :-) ~*~SKAT

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  1. Date: 4/19/2013 7:41:00 PM
    Hi my dear friend Andrea! I humbly say thank you so much for taking one of my poems float on your boat ;). It's my great honor. Last time I read all winners' pieces on your first set and they're all amazing! I love so much all those poems you adore. I'm so eager to go & read the next set. Again, thank you so much and my big congratulations to all! Happy weekend! God bless! love lots, Leonora

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 4/19/2013 7:51:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Leonora, thanks for taking time to read the poems. I really appreciate you doing that if you are making comments to them. I want them to know they won and some of them only find out by seeing the congratulations!

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My Poems

Date PostedPoem TitleFormCategories
9/21/2014My Saddest DayChokadog,
9/19/2014Tantalizing LoveEthereefeelings,
9/18/2014My Time of Worship DivineEthereefirst love,romance,
9/16/2014In the DesertEthereeallegory,
9/13/2014How Poetry BeganQuatrainnature,poetry,
9/12/2014This Autumn DayRhymeautumn,
9/11/2014How Easy Are Earth GirlsSonnetbio,
9/11/2014Boy at the Fair - Well, I DeclareNarrativechild,
9/9/2014I Leave You a KissTrioletdaughter,
9/8/2014Words From a DandelionChastushkafunny,
9/8/2014This Autumn NightRhymeautumn,
9/6/2014My PrayerFree verseprayer,
9/6/2014The Mirror in the Other RoomRhymeage,
9/4/2014Nuts for the FallHaikuautumn,
9/3/2014A Legendary LoveRhymelost love,
9/1/2014The Miller Girls: Now PresentingSonnetsister,
8/30/2014The Best of EdutainmentVersehumorous,technology,
8/27/2014On the Paseo Del RioHaikuromantic,
8/26/2014The Superb CommentLimerickhumorous,
8/25/2014Where Once We PlayedKyrielleplaces,
8/24/2014Through the MistOttava rimanature,
8/22/2014Do I Have to Say ItFree versewrite,
8/21/2014Summer Reveries - More than DreamsRhymesummer,
8/21/2014The MarkTriolettrust,
8/18/2014Tale of a Witch - Modern DayQuatrainwoman,

My Photos

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Fav Poems

Poem TitleFormCategories
The StoneElegydeath,love,
A Winter NightLyricimagination,nature,
Just wait and seeFree versenature,science,space,
My White Lace TableclothNarrativefamily,forgiveness,friend
A LIMERICK CHRISTMAS THREE (3) .Limerickfunny,seasons,thank you,c
ALWAYS MOTHERS DAYRhymefunny,mother,thank you,me
A Pirate JayLight Poetryanimals,
Divine SplendorBlank verseintrospection,nature,scie
BROTHER - BILLYNarrativebrother,childhood,family,
You played mePersonificationconfusion,imagination,mus
Concept of TimeFree versenature
JINGLEFree versefunny,life,music
AN EVER-CHANGING UNIVERSENarrativemysterylight,light,
My Partner, my LifeFree versehusband,loveme,
Spaces .... The Earth Moved .....Imagismlove
December Sun .Rhymenaturewinter,sun,winter,
A Whisper on the WindFree versenature
FootstepsFree versefatherme,me,
If everFree verselove
Dreams like Light-Waves Prose Poetryimaginationautumn,
A fantsy worldHaiku 
Borrowed SweetnessSenryugirlfriend-boyfriend

Fav Poets

Grace EunSong Lee Korea (South) Flag Korea (South) Read
Broken Wings Canada Flag Canada Read
daver austin United States Flag United States Read
Carolyn Devonshire United States Flag United States Read
Carrie Richards United States Flag United States Read
James Foulk United States Flag United States Read
Rick Parise United States Flag United States Read
Debbie Guzzi United States Flag United States Read
Barbara Gorelick United States Flag United States Read
Michelle Mac Donald Canada Flag Canada Read
Ruben O. Argentina Flag Argentina Read
Charmaine Chircop Malta Flag Malta Read
Dane Ann Smith-Johnsen United States Flag United States Read
James Fraser United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Jayne Eggins Australia Flag Australia Read
binibining p.iNk Philippines Flag Philippines Read
Joyce Johnson United States Flag United States Read
Robert A. Dufresne United States Flag United States Read
Linda-Marie SweetHeart Italy Flag Italy Read
David Byrne Ireland Flag Ireland Read
Maurice Rigoler United States Flag United States Read
Samir Georges Canada Flag Canada Read
Connie Marcum Wong United States Flag United States Read
Robert L. Hinshaw United States Flag United States Read
Margaret Foster Australia Flag Australia Read