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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

Sorry not so Active lately/ about the Summer Lovin' Couplet contest

Blog Posted:6/13/2013 3:32:00 PM
Sorry I have not been seeing blogs. My school seems to be wanting us to do more and more lately!! It gives me little time to come here like I used to. But I am still trying to keep up with poetry comments. I have read a few of the blogs and I want you to know how much I appreciate when you guys blog!

HOW HOT IS IT where you are? It's averaging in the 80's in Utah, usually high 80's. I plan to go out in the sun and relax this afternoon. Just feeling beat! 

About my latest contest. I went for the first time just now to see what kind of poems I was getting. I didn't read them, but of the 19, three of them which were NOT couplets at all and sadly, I don't suppose those poets are reading this blog. I wish I had asked for dates on the poems, but since I didn't, I am just assuming you are entering new poems and I appreciate the people who put dates on their entries. Can't wait to see all of them at the same time when I start to judge them!!
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  1. Date: 6/14/2013 10:00:00 PM
    Just me saying hi Andrea, I hope you'll have a lighter load next week! The weather's been temperemental over here though...

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  1. Date: 6/14/2013 4:31:00 PM
    Hi Andrea..its very hot here and it will get hotter in july and august.Best place to be is at the beach or in a pool..I can t wait till September comes : ) Miss you and your fun blogs dear

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 6/14/2013 6:02:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    gosh, I wish I was there in the pool with you.
    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 6/14/2013 6:02:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    on your lovely island!!
    Chircop Avatar Charmaine Chircop Date: 6/14/2013 4:35:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    37degrees celsius..that must be close to hundred fahrenheit I guess : )..And two hours plane away its raining cats
  1. Date: 6/14/2013 1:20:00 PM
    finally, we are having intermittent rains here but after the showers, the heat comes back with vengeance.. too bad for my alllergies but am okay... more power to you and your contest, andie... stay cool!..:) huggs

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 6/14/2013 6:01:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    yes, those allergies really do you in, don't they? I sure hope you take care of yourself, Nette.
  1. Date: 6/14/2013 5:52:00 AM
    It was 97 here here yesterday...heat index was seems less humid this mornin' though, so that's a blessing.

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    Smith Avatar Caleb Smith Date: 6/14/2013 11:32:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry's hot as hell today, too...
    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 6/14/2013 8:15:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    YIKES!!! Someone bring that guy a fan!!!
  1. Date: 6/14/2013 2:47:00 AM
    Lol Mandy i can see now what you wrote, well you were talking about England, now we in Wales have had some great weather until 3 days ago, then the rain. Andrea i enjoy the 2 line couplets, doesnt tax my brain so much lol ...have a brilliant summer ..Seren

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    Tams The Golden Girl Avatar Mandy Tams The Golden Girl Date: 6/14/2013 4:31:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    na na na na na lol xx
  1. Date: 6/14/2013 12:09:00 AM
    Hi Andy we are still waiting to reach a good 70, in England we are all growing webbed feet and fur obviously we are now evolving with global warming, which seems to be freezing us out,,, well fed up with it now... must try and get a couplet in before you close the contest, be good xx

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 6/14/2013 12:59:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    dang, it must suck to be having cold weather in summer!! I need to look thru my entries again. I am thinking some people are not using the correct title and I might have to disqualify entries or blog about it sometime.
  1. Date: 6/13/2013 8:15:00 PM
    Hey, lady! :) So good to see you blogging again! I'm not used to measuring temperature in Fahrenheit, so I just made the conversion from Celsius. It's been in the 80s here too. But it feels even hotter with the humidity. July should be a scorcher...

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 6/13/2013 11:43:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, Heather. I grew up in Iowa where it gets really humid too. Utah is more like being stuck inside an oven!! Dry heat, which I had to accustom myself to when I first came out here in the 70's!!
  1. Date: 6/13/2013 3:44:00 PM
    Hi Andrea lucky you to have the sun, it has left us temporarily, should return at the weekend, might reach 20deg, if we are lucky...Seren

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 6/13/2013 8:12:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    sorry, seren, and tonight we got wind so hard, it blew two doors open on my house!
  1. Date: 6/13/2013 3:40:00 PM
    Hi, Andrea! We're in the 90's (95!!) in South Florida. One question: your contest asks just for "one" couplet, right? Only TWO lines?

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 6/13/2013 8:11:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    YES< you got it. I was kind of copying Susan's idea. Her one couplet contest produced such cute poems!!!

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My Poems

Date PostedPoem TitleFormCategories
9/23/2014The Non-ProposalSonnethusband,
9/21/2014The RushHaikufirst love,
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,

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The StoneElegydeath,love,
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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

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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
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Robert A. Dufresne United States Flag United States Read
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