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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.


IT'S "WEIRD AL" TEACHING GRAMMAR: You have to see this!!!


Blog Posted:7/18/2014 4:47:00 PM

Today I saw the greatest video about grammar. It is called WORD CRIMES (a parody of Blurred Lines) and much better, in my opinion, than the lyrics it is parodying. Coincidentally, it goes right along with the contest I just started up last night, "Let's Get Technical!"  

I hope you will take a look at this music video. It reviews some of the grammar issues I discussed in my own contest rules! I have not seen Weird Al Yankovic for a long time, and it's so good to know that this parody genius is on another roll with a new album! By the way, can anyone out there help me to know a way to show the video the way it looks right there at Youtube? All I can figure out how to do is give the links. The first link is to Youtube. The one below it is showing the video in another place but it gives a nice little snyopsis with it! ENJOY!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=8Gv0H-vPoDc

 

 

http://www.vulture.com/2014/07/weird-als-blurred-lines-parody-is-also-great.html?mid=twitter_nymag

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  1. Date: 7/20/2014 8:25:00 PM
    This is great, thanks for sharing.

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 7/22/2014 3:35:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    thanks for seeing it!
  1. Date: 7/19/2014 9:19:00 AM
    I loved this! Glad you put it up there... And hadn't seen any of Weird Al's latest. Video's. Thanks

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 7/19/2014 10:48:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Did you see what Tim told us? He is releasing his new songs each seven days. Awesome.
  1. Date: 7/19/2014 7:25:00 AM
    I heard he was releasing a video a day for 7 days. A good friend of mine is a big fan and told me this..he is burning me a CD with all his best...I could send you a copy if you like.

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 7/19/2014 10:47:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    you are so astute. Yes, that is why I posted this blog!! I don't listen to CD's or I would take you up on that offer. I have time driving to school only to hear my car radio. I do not listen to music any other time because I watch too much tv and spend too much time at Soup and writing poems. hahaha. Thanks so much for the offer. I will try to catch his release of each song on youtube.
    Smith Avatar Tim Smith Date: 7/19/2014 7:32:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    That one goes perfect with your contest.
  1. Date: 7/19/2014 7:12:00 AM
    I Would greatlyappreciate any help you have time to give, Andrea. I am a bit old shcool , and I think with cyber language, true writing is becoming a lost art. Sometimes I feel like my writing is perceived as having been done by an elementary student. I finally found something I really enjoy doing, and I don't want to do it half assed. (pardon the expression) ... Big hugs to you for your willingness to help.... Arlene

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 7/19/2014 10:49:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yes, I think particularly with the younger generation perhaps, it is becoming a lost art. I heard that in ten years, they won't be teaching cursive writing any more. That is shocking to me. Only we oldies will remember how to write with a pen and paper!!! You do NOT write like a little kid. Good grief
  1. Date: 7/19/2014 2:10:00 AM
    Word Crimes : ),I am guilty of such crimes at times,especially when I'm not writing in my native language.Very entertaining blog,yet interesting at the same time : )

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    Chircop Avatar Charmaine Chircop Date: 7/19/2014 3:58:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I would be grateful if soupers point out any grammar mistakes I make along the way : ).Sometimes,I have to google certain words to make sure I'm getting it right : ).Interesting blog dear Andrea.Have a lovely weekend.
    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 7/19/2014 10:51:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You have an excuse, sweetie. I know if I were here writing in Spanish for an all spanish poetry site, I would feel so small and I would be seeking advice from people all the time. you do exceptionally well in English, dear.
  1. Date: 7/18/2014 10:08:00 PM
    LOL! Love it, Andrea! Reminds me of "School House Rock." Believe it or not I used to be a whiz in grammar. Diagramming sentences was a breeze. But that has been Forty years ago. My worst problem is when to use a , or : or ; ... I am going to enter your contest. Can you correct my paper for me after the winners list? lol...Seriously, I need to brush up on my punctuation..

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 7/19/2014 12:32:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I have my comma article pending right now with PoetrySoup. Probably they will put it up with the other articles soon. I've got colon usage too, which I will now submit to Soup. Not sure if I have a specific article just about ; I can explain it to you in a soupmail if you want.
    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 7/19/2014 12:12:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Arlene, always happy to correct anybody if they ask me. I really want for people to learn things, but more importantly, I wish they would WANT to know things. I think stuff like texting, etc, is bringing down our language skills in this country. I have various grammar articles I wrote for a magazine once upon a time. I am sure I wrote about the things you just mentioned. I will look for that article and see if I can find it!
  1. Date: 7/18/2014 5:40:00 PM
    I don't know if this shows how brilliant weird al is or just had sad pop music has become....it is "it's" funny

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 7/18/2014 8:38:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Weird Al has always been brilliant, in my opinion. "Blurred Lines" has a very catchy beat, but Weird Al's "Word Crimes" gives some meat to the lyrics and is great fun for teachers. They showed it to us in our teacher meeting today. I just love this video!

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