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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

Susan Burch Just Won $50 in a Tanka Contest!!!
Blog Posted:10/13/2013 10:13:00 PM


Susan Burch, AKA Black Eyed Susan, informed me today that she won third place in an International Tanka Contest. What a lovely surprise for her and a great achievement. She does not talk about it much, but for the past year, Susan has been focusing a lot of attention on her Tanka writing skills, also haiku and Haibun, and has been doing workshops and getting herself published in a variety of e-zines and also in the Tanka Society of America's magazine. A BIG CONGRATULATIONS to you,Susan. Your hard work is paying off!! Here is link you can copy and paste to see the announcement; the winners's poems can be seen on this page:
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  1. Date: 10/15/2013 3:10:00 PM
    Thanks Andrea for this blog!

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  1. Date: 10/15/2013 3:09:00 PM
    Hey Susan,Congrats!!Only if people here knew more of what you are doing in the international Tanka scenario!!I wish more and more people here join those groups of Tanka and Haiku in the Facebook!

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  1. Date: 10/15/2013 9:02:00 AM
    Wowzer..Congrat!Tnks for shari ng this news about Susan.You re a darling andrea

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  1. Date: 10/14/2013 8:00:00 PM
    I had to go look at the wonder you won !!! Terrific tanka, happy for your success!!

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  1. Date: 10/14/2013 4:09:00 PM
    Bravo Susan!!

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  1. Date: 10/14/2013 12:27:00 PM
    Congratulations... Your hard work is paying off! Keep on writting :)

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  1. Date: 10/14/2013 12:26:00 PM
    big cheers on your award, susan... more to go, so wing it!...thanks for letting us know, andie..:) huggs

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  1. Date: 10/14/2013 12:23:00 PM
    A BIG THANKS to all my soup friends who have supported me! And thanks Andrea for this blog too :) All of you rock!

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 10/14/2013 10:46:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I'm glad to see all the congrats you got, my friend!!! And thanks also for hosting so many contests. I don't think everyone realizes that you consistently are doing contests every week of the year!!
  1. Date: 10/14/2013 9:27:00 AM
    Congratulations to Susan and thanks Andrea for telling us about her great achievements! Susan has been one of my favorite poets since the first time I read her. I'm so happy for her! :-)) Love &blessings, Rhonda

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  1. Date: 10/14/2013 8:30:00 AM
    So wonderful Susan!! All your study really paid off & International TOO! Fantastic!

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  1. Date: 10/14/2013 8:15:00 AM
    A big congratulations Susan for your outstanding win. This is huge and big compliment pertaining to your writing. Awesome job!! Thanks for Andrea for informing us. Love to you both, Gail

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  1. Date: 10/14/2013 6:29:00 AM
    Wow, congratulations Susan! Your Tanka is amazing.

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  1. Date: 10/14/2013 5:46:00 AM
    Thanks Andrea for letting us know about Susan's achievement; she's one of my favorite Soupers. Congratulations, Susan, your tanka is great! (I think that it deserves the first place) ... also love the first 3 honorable mentions. Too much talent in this group of writers!

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  1. Date: 10/14/2013 1:48:00 AM
    My big heartfelt congratulations on your win and great achievement my dear friend Susan! Cheers and my biggest hugs to you! Thank you so much for sharing my dear friend Andrea. Big hugs as well. love lots, Leonora

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  1. Date: 10/14/2013 12:26:00 AM
    My heartfelt congratulations for winning the prestigious prize, Susan

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  1. Date: 10/13/2013 10:51:00 PM
    Congratulations Susan, well deserved ....Seren. Thank you Andrea for informing us...Seren

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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
4/21/2014I'm HuckLimerickbooks,
4/20/2014A Callie Cat TankaTankacat,
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,

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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

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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