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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

A Message from Francine Roberts

Blog Posted:5/24/2014 1:06:00 AM
Francine just told me at Facebook tonight that she would like to get a message out to everyone, so I told her I would do it. She feels really bad that she can't judge her last contest yet, but she has had some very bad luck lately. Well, here are her exact words:

"I am sorry , it will be awhile before I can complete my contest, between the car accident last month and little Scarlett's condition I have been unable to think about poetry. Scarlett passed away this afternoon so I am sure I would be useless judging anything for the next little while."

If any of you don't know, Scarlett was her new grandbaby that did not make it after her recent birth; I want to express my sympathy to the family for the loss of their new baby girl, and also to wish a speedy recovery for Francine, who is such a lovely part of our Soup family. 

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  1. Date: 5/26/2014 4:19:00 PM
    Im still in Uk Andrea and return.Thursday..Just logged in from my phone cause at the hotel we have free wi fi..Francine and family arein my prayers..May God comfort them ..Big hugs Andrea and miss you

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  1. Date: 5/26/2014 11:11:00 AM
    Yes, forget the contest, but be yourself. Accept my deep condolences, Francine

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  1. Date: 5/25/2014 3:40:00 PM
    Oh, no. I had been praying so hard for Scarlett. Forget the contest. Let's all just pray for Francine's family now. I'm so sorry to hear this. Jack just sent me an email about it. Carolyn

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  1. Date: 5/25/2014 3:12:00 PM
    Thank you Andrea for posting this, and thank you everyone for your kind comments, my injuries from the accident have healed, my heart will take longer. Our little Scarlett ( my great-granddaughter, not granddaughter) was only 25 days old, now we just have to get through the funeral. Thank you all for you well wishes and prayers

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  1. Date: 5/25/2014 1:37:00 PM
    Oh I am so sorry for this sad news...Francine please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of this sweet life. Please be better, Deb

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  1. Date: 5/25/2014 8:50:00 AM
    My deepest condolences to you will be in my prayers

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  1. Date: 5/25/2014 2:01:00 AM
    Such a sad time for Francine, my thoughts and hopes for a happier future to look forward to......There truly is a light at the end of the tunnel.......Seren

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  1. Date: 5/24/2014 11:11:00 PM
    Andrea, :( :( :(, now much I can say here, can express how sad the news makes me feel... I will pray for you.... Our Dear Francine, ...PD

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    A   Avatar Poet Destroyer A Date: 5/25/2014 2:53:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

  1. Date: 5/24/2014 9:18:00 PM
    Sorry for your loss. I will also keep you in my prayers. Keep in mind the resurrection hope------(John 5:28,29)

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  1. Date: 5/24/2014 6:04:00 PM
    Thinking of you Francine, praying that you'll soon heal and return to our site, take all the time you need, we're here for you, luv xxx

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  1. Date: 5/24/2014 4:51:00 PM
    Awful news Andie, Francine & her family must feel terrible, take all the time you need Francine and do let me know if you need an ear to listen, anything I can do I will XXXOO

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  1. Date: 5/24/2014 1:08:00 PM
    Terrible news. Sending my deepest condolences to Francine and her family.

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  1. Date: 5/24/2014 12:33:00 PM
    I really am so sorry to know about Francine's granddaughter-- Francine, you and your family will be in my thoughts and condolences are with you, please take care...Thank you for letting us know about baby Scarlett, Andrea....

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  1. Date: 5/24/2014 11:15:00 AM
    I extend my deepest sympathy to the bereaved family of our very dear poet friend. I'm sending all my love and prayers to u and your family my dear friend, Francine. Get well soon. Biggest hugs! God bless. Thank u for letting us know my dear friend Andrea.

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  1. Date: 5/24/2014 9:25:00 AM
    I am so very very sorry to hear this sad news. Francine, if you are reading this, please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.....My heart breaks for you all. God Bless. Thank you Andrea.

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  1. Date: 5/24/2014 8:33:00 AM
    You and your family are in my thoughts Francine, James xx

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  1. Date: 5/24/2014 7:21:00 AM
    Francine, You are a love to even consider us here with everything that's going on in your life right now. Please take care and we will pray for you here. God Bless

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  1. Date: 5/24/2014 7:06:00 AM
    God is the greatest physician.. I pray and claim in the name of Our Dear GOD that Francine Roberts recovery will be fast.. and that they will be consoled wholly during their grief times.. I pray for the soul of her Grandbaby that it will be received by our dear God soothingly and that s/he will be one of the cherubs on heaven.. hugs and my sincerest condolence to her family..

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  1. Date: 5/24/2014 2:22:00 AM
    Thanks for letting us know Andrea It's like one massive family here and we share each others good times and bad. My thoughts and prayers are with you Francine at this sad sad time. Hugs Jan

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  1. Date: 5/24/2014 1:36:00 AM
    Very sad story indeed. May the hand of God comfort her and makes her recover without haste.

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