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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

Loved My Winners' List
Blog Posted:8/22/2013 3:45:00 PM


OOPs, I saw after I listed winners, I had let through a few that did not quite follow a few of my rules. Sorry about that. It isn't quite fair to the other HM's, some of whom followed those particular rules perfectly. Just wanted everyone to know how much I enjoyed reading the poems entered into my contest. If you have any questions about your placements or about not being placed at all, just let me know and I can explain why I didn't place your poem or why I placed it on the list the way I did. Thanks to all those who supported this contest!

In my next contest, punctuation probably won't be such a distraction for me. I am going to have a contest in which you will have to write a very short poem! Get your acrostic thinking caps on and be ready for when I post it!!
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  1. Date: 8/26/2013 12:20:00 PM
    a wonderful fest, andie... congrats to all who entered and thank you for the inspiration...:) huggs

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  1. Date: 8/25/2013 9:35:00 AM
    Belated hearty congratulations with my biggest hugs to all the winners and to our dear friend Andrea for hosting this very wonderful & inspiring contest. I, too was inspired by this contest but my entry was late ;)). Hope you'll go & critique it if you've time. Again, thank you so much & Congratulations! Have a nice wkend to all! love lots, Leonora

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  1. Date: 8/23/2013 6:04:00 PM
    Andrea, thanks so much for my placement in your wonderful and inspiring contest, Constance

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  1. Date: 8/23/2013 5:09:00 PM
    Have you seen my picture perfect poem? I was unable to meet the deadline, missing it by one minute. I am curious though as to how well I would have done in the contest. I am sure there are punctuation errors because of my hurry. I'm terrible at it anyway.

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  1. Date: 8/22/2013 11:11:00 PM
    Thanks, you guys!

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  1. Date: 8/22/2013 8:01:00 PM
    I ditto what Carrie says here!

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  1. Date: 8/22/2013 6:53:00 PM
    Thanks you Andrea......I know you always go the extra mile as a judge, to be fair. Thanks so much and congrats to all !

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 8/22/2013 11:10:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Carrie, thanks for that. I could kick myself for a few things that I let get past me!! I was just too much in a hurry while doing it.
  1. Date: 8/22/2013 6:47:00 PM
    by the way you Rock, xox~ Linda

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  1. Date: 8/22/2013 6:46:00 PM
    Andrea, I have a question... Why am I placed 8th place.. and Not 10th... LOL, I did not even put the word Effort into your contest...((all I did was change the title)) Sorry, but that is the truth:-) Anyways... I am so so so glad you adored my picture perfect poem. I forgot the original title...

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 8/22/2013 11:09:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    PD, to answer your question, I decided not to care about punctuation or the lack of it, and I was being a stickler mainly for spelling and grammar and as I recall, you did fine in those two areas. In the future I hope to do a contest JUST on comma usage. Hmmm, maybe you won't do so well in that one. hahaha. Luv ya!!
  1. Date: 8/22/2013 5:50:00 PM
    congrats to all the winners and thanks, my friend : )

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  1. Date: 8/22/2013 3:55:00 PM
    OK, I'll go get my thinking caps on acrostic.Congratulations to all the winners in Andrea's Picture Perfect contest today and thanks Andrea for sponsoring a great contest. oxox Gail

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My Past Blog Posts

Writing Quaterns
Date Posted: 4/19/2014 11:45:00 PM
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

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,
4/13/2014This DittyLimerickpoetry,
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,

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Fav Poems

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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

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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
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Dane Ann Smith-Johnsen United States Flag United States Read
James Fraser United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Jayne Eggins Australia Flag Australia Read
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