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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

Info on finding Faves for my FAVE FACTOR Contest
Blog Posted:4/8/2013 3:07:00 PM


Hey, Soupers. I was disappointed to discover yesterday that the FAVE section of my blog , right above here where it says My Fave Poems, is incomplete. Only four pages of faved poems are shown; whereas in reality, I have TWELVE pages in my member area. I wish I had known that before doing the contest. I may have chosen to do my contest a different way. I decided to go through my own list (the longer one) and I counted around 700 faved poems belonging to at least 150 different members. I was going to list the names all out, but it would just take too much time and also I don't want to hurt the feelings of poets who have never appeared on my list. I'll just say that the majority of poets I communicate with on a regular basis are on my list at least once. The longer I have known you and the more often I visit you, the more chance you have, obviously, of being on my list.

If you have way too many pages of poems to ever figure out if and when I ever faved you, just soupmail me and I will tell you if you are on my list. If you are, I will give you hints but I probably will not tell you directly the title of the poem! I want you to at least work a little bit!! If you are not on my Fave list at all, you can always try to enter a poem that you think I might really like. There have been many times that I have come across amazing poems but never faved them. 

I hope this was useful. Did you guys know where to find your own list of poems at Soup that you have faved? They are in your member are at "My Favorite Poems" Also, if you want to know how many times each of your poems may have been faved, you can click on "My poems - Member Favorites" and it tells you how many times that the different titles listed have been faved. It's really useful to know this information. If, for example, five poets have faved a poem of yours, right there you can know, "Hey, this is a great poem I wrote.I can maybe use this one in the big Soup International Contest." 

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  1. Date: 4/10/2013 9:22:00 AM
    I remember in one of your comments you said were faving one of mine...No dice (sniff)...And I'm also a dummy like Ruben about the rules...

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    Ryerson Avatar Tim Ryerson Date: 4/10/2013 9:27:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Didn't see this in 'Contests: by Members' either (I TOLD you I was a dummy)
  1. Date: 4/9/2013 2:10:00 PM
    Abdul, I think you are too new to be involved in this particular contest. I think I have only seen one or two of your poems! Go read my contest page and you will understand better!!

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    Oyewole Avatar Abdulhafeez Oyewole Date: 4/9/2013 3:29:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I heard you... Yeah just have to wait... Thanks for passing by few secs. ago
  1. Date: 4/9/2013 8:23:00 AM
    Hello PS... Can anyone tell me what's going on here... Ofcourse, you have to... cos I am new here... My lady, I am listening, please don't keep me waiting. Thanks

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  1. Date: 4/9/2013 6:16:00 AM
    Ok that makes sense now...

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  1. Date: 4/9/2013 4:21:00 AM
    Gud and interesting contest, Andrea.I'm not sure whether my name is on d list.if it is,how will I know d one?Hmm! Very challenging.

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  1. Date: 4/9/2013 12:33:00 AM
    can't find me there Andy lol xx

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    Tams The Golden Girl Avatar Mandy Tams The Golden Girl Date: 4/9/2013 12:51:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    ooh just found one, wow xx
  1. Date: 4/8/2013 6:49:00 PM
    well I gave it a valiant try but no go, I was not on the four pages of listed poems, and if I were to go to my list of poems that someone had elected favourites I'd be just as in the dark, as there are tons and each one was a favourite once, twice at the most. Bet you didn't think it would be this complicated for us when you posted it. hey, maybe I never made the 12 page list either, lol.

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 4/8/2013 11:13:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    you are on it at least twice, Francine.I will soupmail you some clues!
  1. Date: 4/8/2013 4:37:00 PM
    Ruben, why aren't people getting this? If you are already on my FAVE list, you are already on my winners' list!! (I'll be checking out winners WITH my faves list!!) It's the few who are not on my list at all who may not get on the winners list because they will have to show me a poem that i would honestly want to fave. PLEASE ENTER the one of the two you have that you like best!!! Sometimes a good small poem is just as meaningful as a longer one. Also, I doubt I will do a lot of different number placements. Probably I will have multiple high placement wins! Like many winners in each number from one to three. Not sure yet. But that's what I hope for.

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    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 4/8/2013 4:59:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    So, the ---- doesnt matter? : D !! Im sorry, I coudlnt resist the stupid joke! Im going to enter the "beautiful words" poem that you mentioned below. Have a great day.
  1. Date: 4/8/2013 4:33:00 PM
    I looked at your fav list (only 4 pages) and I found 2 of my poems... BUT (1) they're two tooooo little-little senryu ... they can't compite with a tanka or a sonnet, so ...I dont think im going to enter them. BUT (2) I want to support your contest anyways... so, tell me if you want me to enter them. (I hope I was clear! LOL) I think it's a great idea. Have a great day.

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 4/8/2013 4:39:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    also, Ruben, are you sure you don't have a longer poem on my fave list? hmmm, maybe I never faved that top winning poem in that first contest I ever had at Soup. Do you remember it? I remember you placed very high with an outstanding poem. But no matter, please enter my contest with one of those two you mentioned.

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BROTHER - BILLYNarrativebrother,childhood,family,
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Concept of TimeFree versenature
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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
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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
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