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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

Awesome Acrostics/ Congrats to all my winners

Blog Posted:7/18/2014 12:03:00 AM

Congratulations, Guys. I sure did enjoy reading all the entries and then narrowing down my winners' list tonight. Even some of the acrostics that did not get on the list were very nice ones, but they were left off for having gltches. If anyone is curious why I left them off the list, please do not be afraid to ask me! I want to sponsor a new contest that will address my concerns with technicalities of writing because I want to encourage the poets here to do better with things like spelling, punctuation and grammar. Ideas and creativy are flowing. I just want to see a little more care taken in the way poets craft their work! So here is my winners' list. I hope you give them a read!


Contest Winner Medal 1 Inhaling The Sea craig cornish
Contest Winner Medal 1 LIFTING THE FOG Faye Gibson
Contest Winner Medal 2 PAINT WITH FIRE nette onclaud
Contest Winner Medal 2 Paint With Fire Abdul Malik
Contest Winner Medal 3 Embracing Earth Broken Wings
Contest Winner Medal 3 Inhaling The Sea david mohn
Contest Winner Medal 3 Embracing Earth Arlene Smith
  4 Paint With Fire Kelly Deschler
  4 LIFTING THE FOG Keith Merritt
  4 Lifting The Fog Greg Hoffman
  4 Inhaling The Sea Shadow Hamilton
  5 Embracing Earth Peter Duggan
  5 Inhaling The Sea Barbara Gorelick
  6 INHALING THE SEA C.M. Davidson
  6 Embracing Earth Reason A. Poteet
  7 Paint With Fire A.E. Rivenbark
  7 Paint With Fire Mystic Rose
  8 EMBRACING EARTH Connie Marcum Wong
  8 LIFTING THE FOG Olive Eloisa Guillermo
  9 Paint With Fire Freddie Vee
  9 Paint With Fire Richard Lamoureux
  10 Paint With Fire Gail Angel Doyle
  10 Lifting the fog Seren Roberts
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  1. Date: 7/20/2014 10:53:00 PM
    I really enjoyed writing an entry for your contest, Andrea. The words "paint with fire" inspired me immediately! I'm so glad that you enjoyed what I came up with. Thank you so much for the placement!Congratulations to all of your winners!

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  1. Date: 7/18/2014 8:16:00 PM
    Andrea, all the winning entries are fantastic. Congrats to all the winners. and your selection of titles was excellent as it made us all relate to them easily. Cheers! Mohan

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 7/18/2014 9:00:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You are so sweet to say this, Mohan. Thank you.
  1. Date: 7/18/2014 7:53:00 PM
    Andie.. :) I thank you for this contest.. :) And well.. bit shy that maybe I am one of those when I read your blog prior to this.. i know this my weakness grammar and doing punctuations but well I do put punctuations to stress some feelings I want my reader to feel as he reads my poem.. but honestly I am not sure if I put them rightly.. :) Im glad you considered my entry for a place.. :) but I noted your comment.. :D!! well ill try not to use some phrases which are lil weird. :D!!! lol BIG CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS!! and you as well Andie for continuing to help us grow in this hobby... :D! God bless you..

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    Guillermo Avatar Olive Eloisa Guillermo Date: 7/19/2014 9:44:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    hahaha :D! thanks anyhow Andrea.. :D I hope next time i'll make it not so odd :D?!
    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 7/18/2014 9:03:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Olive, I think my mind is very logical, so certain phrases seem weird to me, which may very well seem wonderful to other poets. I notice this a lot in fact from comments I see people making. It all comes down to what the reader likes and understands best. your imagery is off the wall!!
  1. Date: 7/18/2014 6:33:00 PM
    Congratulations to all the winners and thank you Andrea for the placement and the heads up on the punctuation :)

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 7/18/2014 9:05:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You're welcome. I am glad to see you in my contests since you came here!
  1. Date: 7/18/2014 4:52:00 PM
    very interesting challenge, andie... thanks for the inspiration and congrats to all!.. huggs

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 7/18/2014 9:06:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You are the one lately that is inspiring me a lot, Nette. Your last two or three contests WOW.
  1. Date: 7/18/2014 10:56:00 AM
    Thanks so much Andrea, inspirational, and it shows in these poems.

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 7/18/2014 9:06:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    glad you think so. I just loved reading them.
  1. Date: 7/18/2014 6:36:00 AM
    Congrats to all the winners, what a fun contest Andrea, Thank you girl for hosting such a neat one and getting the creativity flowing from all these poets pens :) Good job everybody!! :) :)

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 7/18/2014 9:04:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You are so kind, Casarah.

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