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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

Congratulations to my Contest Winners: 1 in 3: Write Beautifully
Blog Posted:8/8/2013 11:43:00 PM


Thanks to everyone who tried my contest. I had a lot of fun seeing all the poems. These were just my favorites of the bunch! I am always excited to see who I have chosen. I was thinking whoever did the free verse in the top winning placement had to be someone excellent with free verse, and I was right. That one, written by Charlotte Puddifoot,  just blew me away! Many of my other top three happened to be sonnets, some not the traditional sonnet forms but I loved them nonetheless. I have amended my winners' list since last night to include Craig Corning's outstanding sonnet in first place position as well. I had made a mistake in the judging process and forgotten to place his poem first instead of second. Today I have learned how to remedy that situation!

Most of my winners were flowing with gorgeous imagery, so I hope to see more of that in my current contest
Picture Perfect! I even see a poet on my list that I do not know and I'm anxious to check out Vandana Sharm!

By the way, it looks like the title, Into the Gloaming, stole the show, with nine of my faves being from that category. Five winners used Beyond Midnight and four used the theme In Absence of Moonlight. Just beautiful, you guys!! 

1Beyond Midnight                   Charlotte Puddifoot
1.Into the Gloaming                Craig Cornish

2Beyond Midnight                    jack horne
2In the Absence of Moonlight    Joe Flach
2Into the Gloaming                   Heather Ober  
3INTO THE GLOAMING              nette onclaud
3Into The Gloaming                  Barbara Gorelick
3Beyond Midnight                    kash poet

4Into the Gloaming                  Isaiah Zerbst

5Beyond Midnight                     Broken Wings

6In The Absence of Moonlight    Richard Lamoureux

7In the Absence of Moonlight     Richard D Seal
7Beyond midnight                     Joseph May

8Into the Gloaming                   Carrie Richards
8Into The Gloaming                   yasmin khan

9Into The Gloaming                   Sara Kendrick
9In The Absence Of Moonlight    Gail Angel Doyle

10Into the Gloaming                  Vandana Sharm
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  1. Date: 8/11/2013 12:56:00 PM
    Thank you so much for my placement Andrea!Congratulations to all the winners.

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  1. Date: 8/9/2013 7:41:00 PM
    andie, thanks for sponsoring a creative challenge... my piece was new and glad you enjoyed... greetings to all entrants!...:) huggs

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  1. Date: 8/9/2013 3:26:00 PM
    Andrea, Thank you so much for my 5th place win in your awesome contest, I am very honoured, Constance

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  1. Date: 8/9/2013 1:52:00 PM
    Thanks so much Andrea for my placement-- And to all the other winners

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  1. Date: 8/9/2013 10:41:00 AM
    OH MY GOSH, I just learned how to change a ranking. I had no idea I could do that after finishing a contest. I had forgotten to change Craig's number two win to a one on my final round and felt bad he did not get the tie I thought he deserved for first place. So I have now changed it at the contest page. So if you guys feel bad about making an error with your scores, you can know that it is possible to change things!!!

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  1. Date: 8/9/2013 8:46:00 AM
    yes congrats to all....LINDA

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  1. Date: 8/9/2013 6:25:00 AM
    Andrea, thanks for my winning placement in your wonderful contest today and big congratulations to the rest of the winners as well. Wishing you all a great day. Love, Gail

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  1. Date: 8/9/2013 2:01:00 AM
    Congrats to all the winners....Going to go and try my round of reading these wonderful pieces. Good for you, Andrea, for sponsoring an interesting contest! HUGS!

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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
Date Posted: 10/26/2013 2:16:00 AM

My Poems

Date PostedPoem TitleFormCategories
4/19/2014The Thread of PoetryVersepoets,writing,
4/18/2014This Golden Day: A Madrigal for AmberQuatrainromance,
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,

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