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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 Shadowpoetry.com.


CONGRATULATIONS - SF WINNERS


Blog Posted:11/17/2013 5:14:00 PM
CONGRATULATIONS to all WINNERS of my SUCCINCTLY FREE Verse Poetry Contest.
I love all the poems on this list and hope you will check them out. The top winners, especially, used wonderful imagery, which for me is the hallmark of a good free verse poem! A few poems I liked got eliminated because they felt more like narrative or stories than like free verse, but that does not mean they were not good poems. I just wanted to show the poetry that to MY mind is representative of free verse!

Many people did not follow my rules. I eliminated at least six or seven that were much longer than the required lines I asked for, and several poets forgot to write SF near their titles. However, my favorites all followed the rules and that made me very happy!!! I'll be posting a new contest shortly. Thanks for your support!


1 HOW LUSH--SF nette onclaud
1 DUST BOWL SF Monterey Sirak

2 Blood Test - SF Charlotte Puddifoot
2 Dance of Cranes: on Coming Home - SF SuZ - D

3 Furrows - SF Barbara Gorelick
3 Train Track To Abstract --SF Carrie Richards
3 Stammer -SF Choo Sum Lee

4 January Rain -SF-Poet Destroyer A
4 Precipice SF Richard Lamoureux

5 Loving The Night--SF Deb Wilson
5 Labyrinth SF Mark Peterson

6 Daffodil Dreams SF Christopher Thor Britt
6 Snowflakes - SF john beharry

7 Freedom SF Euginia Liapich

8 Another blue sky---SF kash poet

9 Cottage in the Wood - SF Tim Ryerson

10 boxed in --SF binibining P.iNk

Honorable Mention It is love- SF Dr.Ram Mehta

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  1. Date: 12/2/2013 10:46:00 AM
    Way to go all winners...Thanks for stopping by my work..Sara

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  1. Date: 11/18/2013 9:47:00 AM
    Thanks so much Andrea, what a great idea for a contest. Loved the short, snappy verses, and cheers to all your winners! Thanks again for my placement!

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  1. Date: 11/18/2013 8:59:00 AM
    Thanks for the honorable mention. I think it's time for me to introspect and be alert about the theme of the contest, Andrea.

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  1. Date: 11/17/2013 11:46:00 PM
    Congratulations to all the winners. Thanks for a place among all these fine poems. Look forward to reading all the winners.

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  1. Date: 11/17/2013 11:24:00 PM
    Andrea, thank you very much... xox..LINDA

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  1. Date: 11/17/2013 9:35:00 PM
    andie, this contest brought me back to my father's hometown.. thanks much for the inspiration and big cheers to all who joined... : huggs

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My Past Blog Posts

 
WRITE WITH THE WIT OF TWAIN- (That's what my Winners DID)
Date Posted: 7/19/2015 10:45:00 AM
How I judged my Wit of Twain Contest
Date Posted: 7/19/2015 9:36:00 AM
Quickie Blog: Raccoon!
Date Posted: 7/4/2015 10:09:00 AM
SQUIRREL!!!!
Date Posted: 7/1/2015 11:26:00 PM
Fantastic Triolet Writers
Date Posted: 6/13/2015 12:34:00 AM
A very Worthwhile 4 Minute video
Date Posted: 5/27/2015 5:27:00 PM
To Those Who Can't Get Contests to Post
Date Posted: 5/25/2015 2:49:00 PM
"PICTURE YOURSELF AS A BIRD" WINNERS!
Date Posted: 5/23/2015 8:06:00 PM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CARRIE (and others!!! Look to see who)
Date Posted: 5/21/2015 4:16:00 PM
My Beautiful Garden of Winners
Date Posted: 5/9/2015 2:48:00 AM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to CONNIE MARCUM WONG
Date Posted: 5/2/2015 9:29:00 PM
TROCHEE WINNERS: Congratulations, you guys were MA-VA-LOUS!!!!
Date Posted: 5/2/2015 12:31:00 AM
WOW! Our Monterey Sirak's Novel to be Published on Contract!
Date Posted: 4/30/2015 10:09:00 PM
Chocolate Rabbit/ Happy Easter!
Date Posted: 4/5/2015 11:02:00 AM
MY THIRD TANKA CONTEST WINNERS
Date Posted: 3/28/2015 1:08:00 AM
TANKA 2 WINNERS POSTED: Congratulations, All & NEW CONTEST
Date Posted: 3/21/2015 10:33:00 PM
Calling for Contest Ideas! What do you think of these?
Date Posted: 3/14/2015 8:52:00 PM
My Tanka Contest & A Shout Out for ShadowPoetry.com
Date Posted: 3/7/2015 9:00:00 PM
WINNERS OF MY NEW POETRY FORM POSTED/ NAMES FOR IT
Date Posted: 2/23/2015 1:58:00 AM
Double check Your Entries in My Last Contest
Date Posted: 2/22/2015 1:17:00 AM
On President's Day I Came out of the Closet
Date Posted: 2/19/2015 7:04:00 PM
MY NEWEST CONTEST: You Choose Your OWN theme/Questions?
Date Posted: 2/10/2015 1:25:00 AM
"Glorious Sijo Fields" is judged/ Congratulations to Winners
Date Posted: 2/8/2015 12:36:00 AM
HOW CAN WE WORK HERE?? I CAn't be the only one, can I???
Date Posted: 1/27/2015 2:24:00 PM
WINNERS of My Cinquain Contest Posted : Beautiful
Date Posted: 1/25/2015 12:57:00 PM

My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
7/28/2015 The Party Pooper Limerickhumorous,
7/27/2015 Jeeeeez Quatrainlanguage,
7/26/2015 Delight is the Night Rhymelove,
7/25/2015 crosses in your eyes Senryuhumorous,
7/23/2015 Limericks for Utah's State Flag and Bird Limerickplaces,
7/22/2015 Misjudged - For a Long Ago Friend Senryufriend,
7/19/2015 Just a Bag of Fries Free versefood,
7/18/2015 Their Precious Jewels Tankamen,power,
7/17/2015 On Iowa's Flag Senryuhome,
7/17/2015 On My Home State's Flag Senryuanimal,freedom,patriotic,
7/15/2015 A Limerician's Shrift Limerickhumorous,
7/13/2015 Feather Play Senryuadventure,romance,
7/12/2015 A Warm Kentucky Afternoon Quatrainnature,
7/11/2015 Snow -a Sleep Rhymemetaphor,
7/11/2015 In Death's Dream - Life's Brevity Versedeath,destiny,nostalgia,
7/9/2015 Beyond Beyond Versevoyage,
7/8/2015 Orange Versecolor,
7/6/2015 Blue Moon Footlemoon,
7/3/2015 A Query for Missing Friends Nonetfriend,poets,
7/3/2015 Drunken Moon Haikuangst,moon,
7/3/2015 Firecrackers Acrosticamerica,patriotic,
7/1/2015 Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Limerickgirlfriend,
6/29/2015 Kentucky back roads Haikunature,places,
6/28/2015 On Your Visit to Mars Limerickplaces,
6/25/2015 Beauty and the Stars Quatrainbeauty,
6/25/2015 When My Love Arises Quintain (English)beauty,
6/23/2015 The Interview - for Contest Prosefantasy,
6/23/2015 Many Hats Senryulife,
6/21/2015 The Strange Blue Solitary Door Sonnetlife,poets,
6/18/2015 A Home With Two Cats Ethereebaby,cat,
6/18/2015 My Stuff Tankaabuse,environment,
6/16/2015 Sweats and Sweets Sonnetsweet,
6/14/2015 Crystal Grace Rhymelove,
6/14/2015 Waltz Me Along Verseromance,
6/12/2015 My Cloud - by Andrea Free versemetaphor,self,
6/10/2015 When a Woman is Just a Woman Free versebeauty,
6/9/2015 The Wink Cinquainmorning,
6/9/2015 Five Fun Footles for contest Footledrink,
6/7/2015 The Graveyard - Visual 3 Free versegothic,grave,
6/5/2015 Bite Me Quatrainfood,
6/3/2015 Long Live the Queen Limerickwoman,
6/1/2015 The Artist - Lexi Sonnetart,
5/31/2015 Honest Abe Lincoln Clerihewpolitical,
5/30/2015 A Sweet Duet Trioletfriendship,poetry,
5/29/2015 A Maid-Rite Rock Anthem Rhymefood,
5/27/2015 With Songs of God's Love in My Head Trioletchild,prayer,
5/25/2015 The Concert Free versemusic,
5/23/2015 Batter Up Trioletbaseball,
5/23/2015 A Sonnet on Popeye Sonnetcharacter,
5/21/2015 Lucifer and Hitler Limerickevil,
5/20/2015 What's the Big Idea Limerickwriting,
5/18/2015 The Magic Hourglass Shapeseasons,
5/17/2015 My Fun Custom Temporary Tattoo Versesea,summer,
5/15/2015 An Early Mother's Day List day,
5/13/2015 Memories of the Sea Rondeauchildhood,sea,
5/12/2015 Pot Head Limerickhumorous,
5/10/2015 A Mother' Ears Free versemother,
5/8/2015 You Echo, Silent Still - Rumi Free verselost love,
5/7/2015 Sometimes I Take Flight Rhymehumorous,
5/5/2015 Burning Daylight Rondeaufun,sun,
5/3/2015 Bringing in the May Trioletmay,
5/1/2015 A Yearbook Pickup Line I do not know?lost love,
4/28/2015 My Most Memorable Vacation Rhymespanish,vacation,
4/26/2015 The Fisherwoman - For Contest Limerickfish,
4/24/2015 A Girl Becomes a Young Woman - For adult Contest Narrativeage,woman,
4/22/2015 Awful Dreams Narrativedream,
4/20/2015 59 and Knocking Wood Sonnetage,humorous,
4/19/2015 Air Head Limerickmemory,
4/17/2015 Finding BigFoot Limerickfunny love,
4/15/2015 Just Within Reach Rondeaulost love,
4/14/2015 I, Woman Ethereefeelings,
4/12/2015 Translation of Wen Hairy Met Tarry Coupletfantasy,
4/11/2015 Wen Hairy Met Tarry Coupletword play,
4/9/2015 Insult to Injury Senryudark,death,
4/6/2015 Kokopelli Sapphic stanzaspring,
4/3/2015 Blossoms and Bubbles Sonnetfantasy,
4/3/2015 Back to Traffic School Limerickhumorous,
4/1/2015 Tanka Tankachildhood,
3/30/2015 The Clothesline Rhymechildhood,
3/28/2015 March Babies Sonnetanimal,
3/26/2015 MY PC Quatrainlove,
3/24/2015 In Black and White Versechildhood,
3/23/2015 My Own Poetic License Rhymehumorous,writing,
3/22/2015 When Things Returned to Green Quatrainfantasy,
3/20/2015 JEAN Acrosticmother,
3/18/2015 A Penny For Your Thoughts Sonnetmemory,
3/16/2015 Winter's Garden Pantoumwinter,
3/15/2015 The Roller Coaster Sijobeautiful,death,
3/14/2015 Instinctual Fibonaccilove,
3/11/2015 A Spring Haiku Haikuhome,love,spring,
3/11/2015 So Free Versehorse,water,
3/9/2015 Wicked Mischief Italian Sonnethate,sleep,
3/9/2015 Snickers Senryu 1 Senryudog,humorous,
3/8/2015 The Pain of Night Sonnetpain,
3/7/2015 Florida Nature Trioletnature,
3/5/2015 Why Sammy Loves Spring Limerickspring,
3/4/2015 Jean's Peace Sonnetpeace,spiritual,
3/2/2015 Pierced Monorhymegod,
3/2/2015 Flower Song Rhymeflower,spring,
3/2/2015 My Saddest Day -A Dog Gone Tableau Versedog,lost love,

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Fav Poems

PoemTitleFormCategories
The Stone Elegydeath,love,
A Winter Night Lyricimagination,nature,
Violin Personificationdeath,love,rose,
Just wait and see Free versenature,science,space,
My White Lace Tablecloth Narrativefamily,forgiveness,friend
A LIMERICK CHRISTMAS THREE (3) . Limerickfunny,seasons,thank you,c
ALWAYS MOTHERS DAY Rhymefunny,mother,thank you,me
A Pirate Jay Light Poetryanimals,
Divine Splendor Blank verseintrospection,nature,scie
BROTHER - BILLY Narrativebrother,childhood,family,
Umbrella Personificationconfusion,devotion,life,l
You played me Personificationconfusion,imagination,mus
Concept of Time Free versenature
JINGLE Free versefunny,life,music
AN EVER-CHANGING UNIVERSE Narrativemysterylight,light,
TRANSCENDENCE Tankafantasy,imagination,natur
My Partner, my Life Free versehusband,loveme,
Spaces .... The Earth Moved ..... Imagismlove
December Sun . Rhymenaturewinter,sun,winter,
A Whisper on the Wind Free versenature
Footsteps Free versefatherme,me,
If ever Free verselove
Dreams like Light-Waves Prose Poetryimaginationautumn,
A fantsy world Haiku 
Borrowed Sweetness Senryugirlfriend-boyfriend
SEPTEMBER SONG (triple tanka) Tankanature
Aquatic Mood Senryudepression
Where The Sycamore Grew Free verseautumn,family,house,life,
Perfect Nature Haikunature
Wild Love Narrativelovesweet,garden,love,ros
Positive Perspective Tankainspirational
My Pilot Light Verseinspirational,introspecti
Love's Echos Free verselovevoice,love,me,voice,
For Wifey Rhymeloveme,love,me,i love you
Alabaster Night Free versenature,sea,
Causalities of War Elegydeath,war,
" Ike and Jane "- sequence 2 Light Poetryfunny,love,wifeme,me,time
Pretty orchids Free versecaregiving,happiness,hope
Even a Sparrow Soars Free verseanimals
My Piano Knows Versedevotion,happiness,holida
Dancing with the Stars Free versenature,scienceblue,
The Unrequited Mantra Free versedevotion,hope,lost love,l
Dreaming for Reality Free verseintrospection,lifeme,me,s
FIG TREE, NEW YEAR'S DAY Narrativenaturewinter,winter,new y
Poets At-Large Free verselife,
to know you Free versedevotion,husband
Moved to Tears by Josh Groban Versemusic,on writing and word
sequence-SONNET Lanternelife,love,on writing and
Reflections Free versehappiness,life,lovesun,
Memoriver Free versehope,life,loss,nature
Somber Is the Color of The Day Free verseday,light,me,winter,words
A Winter Rose - A Sonnet Sonnetrose,winter,
The Word Weaver Free verseintrospection,lifeme,
Each Day a Gift Free verseinspirational,introspecti
Contrary Kisses Free verseinspirational,introspecti
She Waits... Free verseart,hopelonging,
Blue Heaven Haikunature
A DEATH IN THE SUN Free versehope,seasons
My Reason For Living Free versehusband
Terra Firma Haikunature,science,time
How Could I have Known Free versehusband,love,mystery
True Poetry in Motion? Free verseinspirationalmay,
Frozen in Time Free verseseasonssnow,snow,
FORGOTTEN TREASURE Light Poetryadventure,art,beauty,enco
Putting on Makeup Rhymeintrospection,sad,
Desire Light Poetrylife,lost love,love,
Love? Bah! Rhymelost love,lovelove,
Real Life Shoe Fable Clerihewhusband
BLACK and BLUE Rhymeabuse,funny,husband,me,
More Than A Dream Free versededication,holiday,intros
Foreboding Haikumystery,nature
A Song at Sunrise Coupletfaithsong,song,
BEAT OUT THE RHYTHM Rhymefunny
WHAT DO THE STARS TELL A LOVER'S HEART? Free verseadventure,fantasy,girlfri
The green checkered face Free versefood,happinessheart,heart
Play It Free verseinspirational,love,music,
Twilight's Fading Light Free verselife,nature
Marble in Columns on Green Coupletbrother,daughter,father,h
I Will Be Strong Free verseangst,husband,lossme,
The Beauty of Yore Free versenostalgia
Wandering Soul Free versehappiness,inspirational,n
Sunset on Galway Bay (Haiku No. 34) Haikuinspirational
TRANSFORMATION I do not know?allegory
If You Are Lonely Free verseinspirational,introspecti
Time Out Free versedepression,devotion,fanta
Winter Promise Free versenature
The Man on Brunswick Drive Free verseintrospection,people
I Am..(Tagged by raul, now i'm tagging Elaine george). Free verseintrospectionbeautiful,be
Brown Sands Lyricintrospection,lifemystery
Dancing at a Temple Rhymedevotion,
DAYBREAK UP HIGH Free verseinspirational
Tea For Two Free verseintrospectionme,me,
Peak District United Kingdom Prose Poetryinspirational
PAPER I do not know?allegoryme,
Inspiration Dramatic Versededication,inspiration,in
NINE O'CLOCK Limerickfunny
Frozen Memories Tankaart
Summer's Voice Free verseseasons
Lazy Day Free verselife,nature
I Was Me Biolife,

Fav Poets

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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
wala na 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
Maurice Rigoler United States Flag United States Read
Samir Georges Canada Flag Canada Read
Connie Marcum Wong United States Flag United States Read
Margaret Foster Australia Flag Australia Read
Nick Bagnall United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
SKAT A United States Flag United States Read
Edwin Baldwin United States Flag United States Read
linda milgate United States Flag United States Read
Kris Walters United States Flag United States Read
Chris D. Aechtner Canada Flag Canada Read
Poet Destroyer A United States Flag United States Read
harry horsman United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Travis Tapley United States Flag United States Read
Timothy Brumley United States Flag United States Read
Wilma Neels South Africa Flag South Africa Read
Rauwolfia van Raaij South Africa Flag South Africa Read
Sharon Tideswell United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Tahera Mannan India Flag India Read
Carol Fillmore Canada Flag Canada Read
Jerri Ward United States Flag United States Read
nette onclaud Philippines Flag Philippines Read
Sidney Beck Russian Federation Flag Russian Federation Read
kash poet India Flag India Read
Mystic Rose Canada Flag Canada Read
Gwendolen Rix United States Flag United States Read
Tony Lane United States Flag United States Read
jack horne United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
gautami phookan India Flag India Read
Black Eyed Susan United States Flag United States Read
Cyndi MacMillan Canada Flag Canada Read
ilene bauer United States Flag United States Read
Matt Hunt United States Flag United States Read
David Williams United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Yesha Shah India Flag India Read
elizabeth wesley Canada Flag Canada Read
Judy Ball Canada Flag Canada Read
Matthew Anish United States Flag United States Read
Mandy Tams The Golden Girl United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Lizzie Treetop Australia Flag Australia Read
Robert Ludden United States Flag United States Read
Rhonda Johnson-Saunders United States Flag United States Read
Heather Ober Canada Flag Canada Read
Christine Ueri South Africa Flag South Africa Read
Leonora Galinta Thailand Flag Thailand Read
Joann Grisetti United States Flag United States Read
Painted Hunter United States Flag United States Read
Victoria Anderson-Throop United States Flag United States Read
Elaine George Canada Flag Canada Read
Keith Bickerstaffe United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Phyllis Babcock Canada Flag Canada Read
sharon Winter United States Flag United States Read
Sue Mason United States Flag United States Read
Gert W. Knop Germany Flag Germany Read
Sean Kelly Ireland Flag Ireland Read
Steven Mossburg United States Flag United States Read
Rollo West United States Flag United States Read
Therese Bacha Canada Flag Canada Read
Laura Breidenthal United States Flag United States Read
Jeremy Martin United States Flag United States Read
Richard Lamoureux Canada Flag Canada Read
Leo Larry Amadore United States Flag United States Read
Red OMara Australia Flag Australia Read
Monterey Sirak United States Flag United States Read
manel gunatillake Sri Lanka Flag Sri Lanka Read
richard ferry United States Flag United States Read
Eileen Manassian _Not Listed Flag _Not Listed Read
Jon A Cavanaugh United States Flag United States Read
Sandra Adams United States Flag United States Read
Kelly Deschler United States Flag United States Read
Michael Ainsley United States Flag United States Read
LINDA JACKSON United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Peter Duggan Australia Flag Australia Read
Roger Horsch United States Flag United States Read
Mark Peterson United States Flag United States Read
Stephen Kilmer United States Flag United States Read
DARREN WATSON United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Faye Gibson United States Flag United States Read
Aiyah de Torres Philippines Flag Philippines Read
Andrea Dietrich United States Flag United States Read
Casarah Nance United States Flag United States Read
Paul Callus Malta Flag Malta Read
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