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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


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Blog Posted:9/15/2013 3:24:00 AM


WoW, it is so fun to see who did these!!! I have to say, when I read my number one winner by Connie, I just knew this had to be someone who knew ME very well. Connie has known me longer than anyone else on the winners list and she very cleverly described my favorite number FIVE as no other even tried to do!! Sandra, my other number one winner wrote a poem that also hit close to my heart. When I turned fifty, I began feeling the emotions of her poem. That's why I loved hers so much.

My other top poems, OUTSTANDING, and I had no clue who was writing them, Well, I did guess Constance's
Black. Her lovely style is unmistakable, but wow, Kash, what a beauty he gave me with Adieu. I had no clue it was Kash who wrote that one, but I should have guessed since he has been coming up with such gorgeous haiku lately, and his acrostic put me in mind of a haiku/tanka type poem. Another beauty was Shadow's Ivory. I loved how she used interesting examples of objects in that color to depict it. Eileen's Naive was personal and that made it endearing.  Seren's was funny and it very clearly captured the meaning of Bawdy. I loved how Joseph not only described but also SHOWED Rhyme in his acrostic. And I was very taken by the ending line of Tara's Flame acrostic. It made the acrostic much more special than if she had only described a flame all the way through. I have to make  special mention of Fifth by Leonora. (Thanks for sneaking in that cute birthday message to me through your poem, Leonora), and I admired Deb's extra inventive acrostic she did with Sleep. I think she called it palindrome style!

I also want to thank all who supported my contest. A big
Congrats to ALL my great winner. There were two others I really liked but they just had spelling problems and I needed to stick to my guns, so I left them off the list.


1  F I V E S  Connie Marcum Wong

l  fifty  Sandra Adams
2  Adieu  kash poet
2  Ivory  Shadow Hamilton
2  NAIVE  Eileen Ghali
3  BAWDY - Seren Roberts
3  FLAME  Tara Andre
3  Black  Broken Wings
3  Rhyme  Joseph May
4  Death  Abdul Malik
4  Sleep  Debbie Guzzi
4  Photo  Frank Polgar
5  Knock--- Carrie Richards
5  NIGHT  nette onclaud
5  Grace Curtis Moorman
5  Ghost jack horne
5  FIFTH  Leonora Galinta
6  SMILE  Vandana Sharma
6  ADORE  Cecilia Macfarlane
6  HORSE acrosticVictoria Anderson-Throop
7  Craze  Reason A. Poteet
7  Amour  Gail Angel Doyle
8  Tenth  Bakari Matano
8  Lover  Rick Zablocki
9  Fifty Ways Richard Lamoureux
9  MARCH  Mystic Rose
10 Adieu  Barbara Gorelick
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  1. Date: 2/26/2014 4:40:00 AM
    2/9/2014 12:00:00 AM a POEM was featured how do I find the poem and the contest results.I ENTERED A CONTEST ON PALINDROME ? THANKS IF YOU CAN HELP,ME NAVIGATE.

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  1. Date: 2/26/2014 4:40:00 AM
    2/9/2014 12:00:00 AM a POEM was featured how do I find the poem and the contest results.I ENTERED A CONTEST ON PALINDROME ? THANKS IF YOU CAN HELP,ME NAVIGATE.

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  1. Date: 9/17/2013 10:19:00 AM
    I'm so so glad that you like my poem for you your birthday my very dear friend Andrea. Thank you so much for placing it in your contest. My heartfelt congratulations to all my fellow winners and you miss celebrity of the month of hosting this wonderful contest. Have a great day! love lots, Leonora

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  1. Date: 9/16/2013 12:08:00 PM
    Andie you know how much trouble I had even following your derections LOL BUT I could have sworn, in the past, you told me you felt, an acrostic had to be about the word used ie: sleep was about sleep? I wish I didn't have that restriction stuck in my mind. I would have done a LONGER verse![probably wasn't even you who said it? I probably heard it some where at some time LOL]

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  1. Date: 9/16/2013 7:57:00 AM
    what a fantastic trip, andie... my special cheers to everyone!.. thank you for the inspiration..:) huggs

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  1. Date: 9/15/2013 11:08:00 AM
    Congrats to all your winners, Andrea! Acrostics are such a challenge for me, and that's so wonderful how your winners did amazing jobs-- Connie sure does know you!

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  1. Date: 9/15/2013 9:29:00 AM
    Andrea, thank you for my winning placement in your contest and a BIG CONGRATULATIONS TO THE REST OF THE WINNERS!!Wishing everyone a blessed Sunday. Love, Gail

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  1. Date: 9/15/2013 8:51:00 AM
    Thank you, Andrea............I loved reading what everyone came up with !! Wonderful acrostics everyone!!

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  1. Date: 9/15/2013 7:11:00 AM
    Thank you for my win Andrea and congrats to all winners

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  1. Date: 9/15/2013 4:28:00 AM
    And thanks for this fantastic blog and those inspiring words Andrea:)

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  1. Date: 9/15/2013 4:02:00 AM
    Thanks for my placement Andrea.Congratulations to all the winners!Enjoyed the challenge.

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My Past Blog Posts

A Cool Poem I found today for Easter/ by Ravindra Kapoor
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Support for Poet Jack Horne
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Prayers for Lucilla Carillo
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Wot is Going On Around Here?
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Swap Quatrain Contest Judged; Limerick Contest to be Posted
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What's Up with So Many Comments on Comments
Date Posted: 3/2/2014 11:37:00 AM
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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
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WINNERS of NOTHING BUT LOVE (love seeing who I chose!)
Date Posted: 1/24/2014 7:35:00 PM
Sad News about Linda-Sweetheart
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Quickly: Is anyone else having this problem?
Date Posted: 1/22/2014 9:11:00 AM
WINNERS of One in Five: For Beauty Strive
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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
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Your Best Costume/ Tell me About it.
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My Poems

Date PostedPoem TitleFormCategories
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,
3/15/2014The Phantom HorseQuatrainwar,
3/11/2014My Alien With a Cat's FaceLimerickfunny,space,

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