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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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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 8/10/2013 8:30:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

  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

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
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A Message from Francine Roberts
Date Posted: 5/24/2014 1:06:00 AM
YAYYYY For Survivor's TONY the COP/ What's YOUR favorite show??
Date Posted: 5/22/2014 1:54:00 AM
Final FOOD Test RESULTS. Happy Sunday, Guys!!!
Date Posted: 5/18/2014 11:51:00 AM
Experimenting with posting pictures or Links/ a Cronut & my Food Test
Date Posted: 5/18/2014 11:26:00 AM
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Does Anyone Remember......?
Date Posted: 5/17/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Pizza Parlor! PICK your FAVORITE TOPPING/ Food Quiz 7
Date Posted: 5/12/2014 6:05:00 PM
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Food Quiz 6: 12 Flavors Ice Cream Shoppe
Date Posted: 5/9/2014 10:02:00 PM
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The SOUPER Results for Food Quiz #4
Date Posted: 5/6/2014 5:31:00 PM
"SOUPER" Easy Food Quiz #4: your favorite SOUP
Date Posted: 5/5/2014 5:33:00 PM

My Poems

Date PostedPoem TitleFormCategories
7/12/2014The Third Wish - A CharmVersebaby,
7/10/2014That Evening On the PierVersefriendship,nostalgia,
7/9/2014The Most BeautifulSijobeautiful,
7/6/2014Freya's PeaceSonnetpoets,
7/5/2014Goethe's PathVerseappreciation,nature,
7/3/2014What I GaveEthereemarriage,
6/30/2014Mortality's Own FriendTrioletmemory,
6/28/2014One Day's MagicTankapeople,
6/25/2014Silly SallyLimerickfunny,
6/22/2014A Positive PoemTrioletnature,
6/20/2014The Hills Are AliveEthereenature,tree,
6/20/2014a QuickieVersebeach,
6/19/2014I Did It My WaySonnetchildhood,
6/17/2014Summer MoonAcrosticmoon,night,
6/14/2014The Midnight HourTrioletnight,
6/14/2014One Huge FlameRhymeearth,
6/13/2014Say NothingLyricbreak up,
6/12/2014The Summer FlingSijopassion,
6/10/2014The Soup is OnLight Poetrysong,
6/7/2014Ghost Rider in VegasSonnetnostalgia,people,
6/4/2014A Letter To - - -Quatrainpoetess,

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