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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.


A Not So Happy Holiday WINNERS


Blog Posted:12/11/2013 10:19:00 PM
Here are the winners of the contest. I am always so excited and pleased to see whom I have chosen!! A few poets here were a big surprise to me because I do not even know who they are, and gosh, a few I so rarely see, I was really happy when they popped up in this list!! 

To let you all know, the poems that were chosen by BOTH Susan and I as our favorites are the ones that placed first to fifth. All the others were chosen as a favorite of either myself or of Susan. I wanted to make sure the ones we both agreed on got the top half of the winners' list. Congrats to all. Sorry about the entries that did not make the list. There were some other very heartbreaking entries; however, I wanted to choose, along with Susan, the ones we felt were the best written!


1  out of sync                            Carrie Richards
2  Sad - Christmas Stocking         Gary Watkins
2  Blue Christmas                       Mystic Rose
3  Christmas Blue                       Tim Ryerson
3  a plump turkey                       jack horne
3  TORN POINSETTIAS                 nette onclaud
4  'Sad Christmas Snowflake's'       Broken Wings
4  Sad Festival Night                   kash poet
5  Christmas Day Tragedy             olusegun Arowolo

6  A-NOT--SO-JOLLY CHRISTMAS  Andrew Crisci
6  THANKSGIVING EVE                  Monterey Sirak
7  My Dearest                             Jonathan Bellmann
7  Winter Tears                           Rhonda Johnson-Saunders
8  SAD                                       Charlotte Puddifoot
8  Frozen Fragments                     Ruben O.
9  A Broken Christmas                   Gail Angel Doyle
9  Thanksgiving ---Sad                 Joyce Johnson
10. A Sad Christmas Eve              Barbara Gorelick


Thanks so much, to everyone who participated. I enjoyed seeing all the poems!
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  1. Date: 12/13/2013 4:48:00 PM
    I enjoyed this one though it was really challenging, andie... thank you and big applause to everyone..:) huggd

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  1. Date: 12/13/2013 7:17:00 AM
    Congrats to everyone!

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  1. Date: 12/13/2013 1:10:00 AM
    Congratulations to all the winners!

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  1. Date: 12/13/2013 1:09:00 AM
    I'm so happy that you two like my tanka. Tanka so much! : D

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  1. Date: 12/12/2013 2:58:00 PM
    Thank you so much for my placement in your contest, I am very honoured. Constance

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  1. Date: 12/12/2013 10:12:00 AM
    Oh wow....thank you both very much... is it wrong to be happy, when I wrote a sad poem about someone's tragic Christmas..... but this is such an honor......thank you very much, Congratulations to all my poet friends who also wrote stunning pieces!

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  1. Date: 12/12/2013 9:06:00 AM
    Thanks dear lady!

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  1. Date: 12/12/2013 8:09:00 AM
    Andrea, I enjoyed entering this contest. Thank you for my placement. Congrats to all. I am off to read all the winning poems now. I know they will be awesome.

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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,
Fading Grandeur Haikuloss,nature
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
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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
the grass Haikunature
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Dancing at a Temple Rhymedevotion,
DAYBREAK UP HIGH Free verseinspirational
Tea For Two Free verseintrospectionme,me,
Peak District United Kingdom Prose Poetryinspirational
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Wilma Neels South Africa Flag South Africa Read
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Tahera Mannan India Flag India Read
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