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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


Most Recent Blog Post

Blog Posted:5/20/2013 5:57:00 PM


Gosh, I hope this goes through. FIrst time I think I may have gotten the winners' list posted like it appears on Soup!! I wish I had time to review my favorite poems here the way Cyndi, Craig and others have done in the past, but I need to get offline now and I just really wanted to show these winners. They were MARVELOUS!!! Thanks so much, to everyone who participated. I will be visiting your poems later. Some of the HM's did not post dates or they would have scored higher!! You guys made me swoon!!!

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  1. Date: 5/21/2013 4:51:00 PM
    Congratulations to all, well done, excellent examples of tanka writing.

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  1. Date: 5/21/2013 4:40:00 PM
    Good morning my dear friend Andrea! Thank you so much for my awesome placement in your contest. I'm glad you like my poem. Big hearty congratulations to all my fellow winners and to you for hosting this amazing contest with a very nice theme. I've truly enjoyed. God bless and have a wonderful day to all! love lots, Leonora

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  1. Date: 5/21/2013 1:39:00 PM
    Congrats to all the winners!!And I discovered Red OMara just today!!

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 5/22/2013 6:32:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Awesome, Kash!
  1. Date: 5/21/2013 11:16:00 AM
    Hullo, Andrea. This might come across in an asshole sort of way, but really, why start caring now about wot people here might think of me(lol). I inadvertently read a tanka which was meant for your contest. It could very well be the worst attempt at tanka that I have ever read. And not just on this site, but ever. This particular tanka didn't make it onto your list(not even as a HM), and I am very thankful it wasn't showcased as a winner in a tanka contest, because it belongs somewhere else entirely. Not only is it not tanka, but it isn't poetry by any stretch of the imagination....more like a poorly written biology lesson. I respect you for not choosing that particular entry. Thank you.

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 5/22/2013 6:34:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    thanks for this, Chris. I had done a blog just before judging, asking people to please think about what tanka is supposed to be and getting no response, I felt maybe I scared some people. anyway, I sure am glad I got some great entries. Wish you had entered!
  1. Date: 5/21/2013 10:49:00 AM
    A welcome treat for all, andie...warmest cheers to alll who joined.. thank you from the heart!..:) huggles

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  1. Date: 5/21/2013 6:53:00 AM
    Kudos to all who made it to the list. Thanks to the host. AO

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  1. Date: 5/20/2013 8:21:00 PM
    What a joy to read these beautiful tankas!!! What a rainbow of wonderful I am over the rainbow with joy that you liked mine, Andrea!! Thank you very much...must have been a hard contest to judge! !! Congratulations to everyone!

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  1. Date: 5/20/2013 7:34:00 PM
    Congratulations to all. DX

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  1. Date: 5/20/2013 6:04:00 PM
    Kudos all around and thank you Andrea for hosting!

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  1. Date: 5/20/2013 6:00:00 PM
    Congratulations to all the winners in Andrea's contest. Love, Gail

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My Past Blog Posts

A Cool Poem I found today for Easter/ by Ravindra Kapoor
Date Posted: 4/13/2014 4:55:00 PM
What's Going On?
Date Posted: 4/13/2014 11:43:00 AM
Support for Poet Jack Horne
Date Posted: 4/9/2014 3:42:00 PM
Prayers for Lucilla Carillo
Date Posted: 4/6/2014 12:16:00 PM
Roy, I Think I Found the Pattern
Date Posted: 3/23/2014 7:32:00 PM
Wot is Going On Around Here?
Date Posted: 3/9/2014 10:23:00 AM
Swap Quatrain Contest Judged; Limerick Contest to be Posted
Date Posted: 3/9/2014 12:37:00 AM
What's Up with So Many Comments on Comments
Date Posted: 3/2/2014 11:37:00 AM
Date Posted: 3/1/2014 8:29:00 PM
HAPPY Birthday, dear NIKKO (Feb. 28 in Philippines)
Date Posted: 2/27/2014 3:33:00 PM
Swap Quatrains -My Latest Contest
Date Posted: 2/18/2014 10:59:00 PM
Happy Valentine's Day to Linda Marie: Tribute Poetry is Posted
Date Posted: 2/14/2014 11:40:00 PM
Something Fun at Facebook
Date Posted: 2/8/2014 7:56:00 PM
WINNERS of NOTHING BUT LOVE (love seeing who I chose!)
Date Posted: 1/24/2014 7:35:00 PM
Sad News about Linda-Sweetheart
Date Posted: 1/22/2014 8:49:00 PM
Quickly: Is anyone else having this problem?
Date Posted: 1/22/2014 9:11:00 AM
WINNERS of One in Five: For Beauty Strive
Date Posted: 1/11/2014 9:11:00 PM
On the Death of a Young Man
Date Posted: 1/4/2014 4:31:00 PM
An Opinion on Blog Topics
Date Posted: 1/1/2014 4:54:00 PM
My Latest Contest/ Great Christmas Movies/ What will you be doing?
Date Posted: 12/23/2013 1:31:00 AM
A Not So Happy Holiday WINNERS
Date Posted: 12/11/2013 10:19:00 PM
Date Posted: 11/17/2013 5:14:00 PM
Did You Know. ..
Date Posted: 11/1/2013 9:15:00 AM
Your Best Costume/ Tell me About it.
Date Posted: 10/30/2013 9:39:00 PM
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My Poems

Date PostedPoem TitleFormCategories
4/17/2014A Sweet SuiteTankafood,sweet,
4/16/2014AntiquesTankamother daughter,
4/14/2014Spring LassesQuintain (English)spring,
4/13/2014Rhyme Battle - Round FIVELimerickpoetry,
4/11/2014Muscatine, IAAcrosticcity,
4/8/2014Her Last DateLimerickfunny,
4/8/2014Blue Eyes Meant Only For MeCouplethusband,
4/6/2014Whispers of LoveQuaternlove,
4/3/2014If I Could Paint Your PictureCoupletromantic,
4/3/2014God Spelled BackwardsSonnetdog,love,
4/3/2014Five Lines or LessTankacelebrity,marriage,
4/2/2014As My Daily Meals RevolveVersefood,
3/31/2014Tanka Contest entryTankalife,
3/29/2014All of Me - All of You: A Realist's ViewQuaternlove,marriage,
3/27/2014This Wondrous NightQuaternnight,writing,
3/25/2014The Seasons of LoveQuatrainlove,seasons,
3/22/2014In Clover GreenRondeauromance,
3/21/2014Leaving My HeartEthereefarewell,pets,
3/19/2014I Have To TellRhymefunny,
3/18/2014ExonerationFree verseabuse,
3/17/2014LIfe is What You Make ItHaikulife,
3/16/2014To Touch a GodSonnetphilosophy,
3/15/2014The Phantom HorseQuatrainwar,
3/11/2014My Alien With a Cat's FaceLimerickfunny,space,

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
C. L. Thornton 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