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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:4/14/2013 12:28:00 AM
HI, Guys. thanks to those who entered my contest. I appreciate your support! I enjoyed all the poems on my winners' list and nearly every one of them had already been a fave of mine!

In my next Fave Contest, I want some of you to work harder at finding my absolute favorites among your poems. If your poem does not appear on my Faves list at my own member area (where they all appear for me in alphabetical order), I simply will not use it in my contest. IT is very simple! I want to honor my FAVE poems and a few of you are giving me good poems, but not necessarily what I consider to be your very best! Another rule will be not to use any Fave poem that was a dedication to ME. Any Fave poem except for ones that were written about me!!

Unfortunately I have not always given faves to every single poet at Soup. I'll do other contests in the near future that will include all members, but my next contest is for ALREADY FAVED POEMS only!! You can always soupmail me if you are unsure about your status. However, you can be pretty sure when i have faved you because I almost always let you know a poem has been faved when I see it and comment on it. 

Have a great day, everyone. I'm looking forward to getting a splendid array of poetry up for my second FAVE contest!
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  1. Date: 4/15/2013 12:49:00 PM
    Congrats to all the winners in Andrea Fave Contest.

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  1. Date: 4/15/2013 8:36:00 AM
    Thank you dear Andrea, for (first of all) faving one of my poems, which is an honor in itself, but also giving it another chance for viewing among these outstanding poems by my poet friends. What a beautiful selection of poetry! Thanks so much!

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  1. Date: 4/15/2013 7:57:00 AM
    Hmmm...think I've got one in mind...and thanks for the place!

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  1. Date: 4/14/2013 9:32:00 PM
    My hearty congratulations to all the winners and to you my dear friend Andrea, not only for hosting but for sharing your amazing fav. poems! I've enjoyed so much reading them all last night. Thank you soooo much! Have a great weekend to you and to all! love much, Leonora

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  1. Date: 4/14/2013 8:03:00 PM
    why thank you Andrea,,, I'm happy I made the list... ha ha, I was wondering how you were gonna judge this contest... xox~ PD

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  1. Date: 4/14/2013 4:08:00 PM
    You know I have to say I have no idea what you want us to do or write at all, so yes, Ill take you up on a LONG soup mail L & L

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 4/15/2013 7:43:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I'll get back to you. Just seeing this now and am having to leave for work!!
  1. Date: 4/14/2013 1:01:00 PM
    Thank you for honoring me with a win in the first FAV Poem contest, Andrea. Congratulations to all the winners! Love, Su [Suzette... ;-)]

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  1. Date: 4/14/2013 11:55:00 AM
    Thanks Andrea for my win. I love to read a fellow sonnetier

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  1. Date: 4/14/2013 11:46:00 AM
    Thanks sweetie for showcasing these wonderful poems again through a fave winners' list, it's really a very cool idea... and also, thank you for liking my poems, even faving some of them (I am honored that you do), you have definitely been an encouragement and an inspiration for me.

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  1. Date: 4/14/2013 9:05:00 AM
    Congratulations to all the winners!

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  1. Date: 4/14/2013 1:13:00 AM
    Thanks Andy i am glad i bounced into your fave list , bless you and congrats to all your faves xx

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  1. Date: 4/14/2013 12:48:00 AM
    Also, no repeats from this contest that was just judged, naturally!!

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My Past Blog Posts

Tell Me Your Number Part II: What Your Numbers Mean
Date Posted: 9/16/2014 12:28:00 AM
A Lovely Alouette Contest Finalized/ The #1 Flawless Example
Date Posted: 9/15/2014 12:20:00 AM
Tell Me Your Number!
Date Posted: 9/14/2014 10:57:00 PM
Check your Alouette & a little ChitChat
Date Posted: 9/13/2014 8:30:00 PM
My Awesome Footle Winners
Date Posted: 8/29/2014 1:24:00 AM
New Footles Contest/ Some Suggestions for Footle Writing
Date Posted: 8/17/2014 8:15:00 PM
The Shells Have It!
Date Posted: 8/17/2014 12:56:00 PM
My Latest Contest & A GREAT new movie BOYHOOD
Date Posted: 8/2/2014 8:04:00 PM
Prayers for Lucilla
Date Posted: 7/27/2014 6:30:00 PM
Winners of Let's Get Technical Poetry Contest
Date Posted: 7/27/2014 11:50:00 AM
TALKING TUNAS, DISNEY, Planet of the APES. WASSUP tonight?
Date Posted: 7/24/2014 9:20:00 PM
What a SMALL World. This is a Mystery to me!!
Date Posted: 7/19/2014 11:34:00 PM
IT'S "WEIRD AL" TEACHING GRAMMAR: You have to see this!!!
Date Posted: 7/18/2014 4:47:00 PM
Awesome Acrostics/ Congrats to all my winners
Date Posted: 7/18/2014 12:03:00 AM
PLEASE check your acrostic poems/ Tidy up spelling, etc.
Date Posted: 7/13/2014 11:41:00 AM
An Actually Interesting thing I Found in the ADS of Soup
Date Posted: 7/3/2014 10:01:00 PM
WHO WANTS TO SEE ME DANCE (My new favorite YOUTUBE video)
Date Posted: 6/29/2014 12:31:00 AM
1 In 4 is Judged: LOVED READING THEM!!!
Date Posted: 6/28/2014 10:22:00 PM
Beautiful Winners of Favorite Bodies (of Water)
Date Posted: 6/15/2014 12:30:00 AM
My Favorite Soup Feature/ Do you Know How it Works?
Date Posted: 6/14/2014 1:51:00 PM
My GREAT day/ What is YOUR idea of a Beautiful Friday?
Date Posted: 6/6/2014 9:13:00 PM
Centering & Italics for Dummies (that included me too at one time!!!)
Date Posted: 6/3/2014 8:00:00 PM
Two Ways to Reply/ Can Soup have Lessons on How to Function here?
Date Posted: 6/1/2014 8:12:00 PM
What Body of Water are You & What Does it Mean?
Date Posted: 5/30/2014 11:24:00 PM
Choose Your Favorite Body. . .
Date Posted: 5/29/2014 8:20:00 PM

My Poems

Date PostedPoem TitleFormCategories
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,
8/17/2014Ah, WanderlustRondeautravel,youth,
8/15/2014Sweet PeaFootlefood,
8/14/2014Oh Goddess MoonVersemoon,

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