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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.


Swap Quatrains -My Latest Contest


Blog Posted:2/18/2014 10:59:00 PM
A long time ago, when I was starting out with learning lots of new forms and writing about them for Marie Summers in a magazine called the SP Quill, I came across one named Swap Quatrain, created by a peer of mine, Lorraine Kanter. Since those days when I was involved with Shadow Poetry, I have written maybe four or five Swap Quatrain poems, and had great success with a few of them! I am hoping all those SOUPERS out there who enjoy trying new forms will give this one a go!! One thing to keep in mind is that you need to make the swapped lines seem effortless. Maintain a smooth flow from line 3 to 4, and your swap quatrain will look GREAT!

Rather than write up a big blog on how to write one successfully, I thought i would just give you this address to copy and paste:  http://sparrowlet.hubpages.com/hub/how-to-write-swap-quatrain.

It is an article written by Katharine L. Sparrow, and she has some very good advice on the best way to write a swap quatrain and also an example of how NOT to do it!! Hope you enjoy this form and happy writing!
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  1. Date: 2/20/2014 9:52:00 PM
    I'm glad to see so many of you want to do it. Well at least a few!! Jared, yes, I had noticed you did a wonderful swap quatrain recently, but I have to tell you, I have been contemplating doing this contest since before Xmas! Sure hope you all have fun with this.

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  1. Date: 2/20/2014 4:19:00 PM
    i haven't done one for a while, andie but will take a shot at it... whew!.. huggs

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  1. Date: 2/19/2014 9:51:00 PM
    I am LOVING this form. It lends itself to so many things.....this should be a fun one to write for. thanks, Andrea. love and hugs, catie :)

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  1. Date: 2/19/2014 12:56:00 PM
    Sounds challenging Andrea. I may just have to give it a try. BTW - I LOVED the poem you included as an example in the Contest Rules. Joe

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  1. Date: 2/19/2014 11:05:00 AM
    First time I hear of Swap quatrains, I'll check the website.

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  1. Date: 2/19/2014 10:09:00 AM
    Did my Dedication stimulate this contest? I am getting ready to post one soon!!Asavvy1

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  1. Date: 2/19/2014 8:49:00 AM
    Will take a look...but I still can't enter contests from this computer, darn it. Been forever since I've entered one....

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  1. Date: 2/19/2014 7:01:00 AM
    Seems quite fun Andie; I need another gear to shift my mind to so hoping I grasp the concept ;)

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  1. Date: 2/19/2014 5:59:00 AM
    Hi Andy, sorry link doesn't work xx

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 2/19/2014 7:58:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Mandy, maybe you did not copy and paste the whole address. I just tried it and Roy did too, and I got through. Anyway, you can google "swap quatrains" and all kinds of things will come up!!
    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden Date: 2/19/2014 6:40:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Try this: http://sparrowlet.hubpages.com/hub/how-to-write-swap-quatrain

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Fav Poems

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Footsteps Free versefatherme,me,
If ever Free verselove
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A fantsy world Haiku 
Borrowed Sweetness Senryugirlfriend-boyfriend
SEPTEMBER SONG (triple tanka) Tankanature
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Positive Perspective Tankainspirational
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