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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

My Latest Contest & A GREAT new movie BOYHOOD

Blog Posted:8/2/2014 8:04:00 PM

Today I saw a really nice movie, nearly three hours long, but a real delight! Though the focus of the movie is on the life of a boy played by the young actor Ellar Coltrane, I was very impressed by actress Patricia Arquette, who plays a single mom raising two kids and trying to better herself by getting a degree. In the process she remarries two more times and faces more disappointment. The father, played by Ethan Hawke, is the fun weekend dad who also delivers a stellar performance. The most interesting thing about this movie is how it was filmed over the span of twelve years. I did not know this for sure until I got home and was happy to discover that the boy of the first several scenes was actually the same person as the "grownup" boy who graduates and goes off to college! The movie does not have any really big conflict in it, and that is often the hallmark of great drama; however, as a sincere and interesting coming-of-age movie, it delivers! You most likely won't find this movie in a small city, but I hope you will seek it out. It was just so fascinating to see a movie in which the actors had given their performances over the span of twelve years! I will give a link to the movie's trailer at the bottom here. 

Finally, I hope you will check out my new contest:  Leaf/ Feather/ Shell/ Flake.



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  1. Date: 8/5/2014 7:25:00 PM
    Did you say 3 hours long...LOL.. That is what I like about you... You are devoted:) I'm saying that in an AWESOME WAY~!!!!!!!~

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    A   Avatar Poet Destroyer A Date: 8/6/2014 9:53:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Andrea, I just got the notification, through my e-mail. Thank you for the reply in this box <----lol..I feel special now... Which reminds me, Thank you for commenting my comment.... LOL.. Anyways, Andrea you'd be an awesome critic. Watching movies all day long.... WWWWOOOOWWW.. I hate movies... Unless, the Rock (Dwayne Johnson) or the walking dead's on...
    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 8/6/2014 9:45:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi PD. Don't know if you will ever see my reply here, but if I could have my way, I'd watch movie 24/7. My ideal job would be to just watch movies and review them all day!!
  1. Date: 8/5/2014 7:23:00 PM
    Hi Andrea :)

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  1. Date: 8/5/2014 2:49:00 AM
    I'll try to check it out Andrea...The only 'new' movie I have seen is 'Lone Survivor'. It was hard to keep up with because it moved so fast but the ending was fantastic...Being a veteran who served in the Navy, I was proud of those frogmen!

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 8/6/2014 9:44:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Oh, I am finally seeing that you came to my blog. Sorry it took me so long to notice, Tim. Yes, I saw Lone Survivor. It was ok. Sometimes I really get into war movies. that one not as much as Private Ryan though!!
  1. Date: 8/4/2014 3:16:00 PM
    It sounds like a great story sweety.You don't believe what I'm re-watching tonight..Its Grease..The old movie by Olivia newton john and John travolta.Don't know how many times I watched it in my teens,Its on an Italian channel but sounds just as nice.Have a great afternoon dear.

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 8/6/2014 9:43:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I love the movie grease!!
    Ryerson Avatar Tim Ryerson Date: 8/5/2014 2:53:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    My two youngest daughters saw Grease MANY times and of course, I bought them the LP and they literally wore it out! They used to put on shows for us doing all the songs which they knew by heart
  1. Date: 8/4/2014 12:32:00 PM
    Thanks Andrea I will be sure to check it out, love good movies, xxx

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  1. Date: 8/4/2014 5:11:00 AM
    Reads like an interesting movie..I am sure unless it comes on free on TV or on DVD that I will not get to see it..Grand words for a new contest I will have to check it out..Thanks for the advice on my blog..I appreciate you stopping by..I have Greek Squad service but I took it in instead of using the service at home..Sara

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    Kendrick Avatar Sara Kendrick Date: 8/10/2014 7:01:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    They now have a link on my computer for me to click on to get their help..I haven't tried it yet though..Sara
    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 8/4/2014 8:57:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    oh, so you can't get it at home? Only at the store? I thought if you paid the one hundred a year, it would be for both.
  1. Date: 8/3/2014 7:30:00 PM
    It sounds interesting Andrea.. I will give it a go. The movie....

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    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 8/3/2014 8:04:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I am AOK, just being silly. My eyes are very much in tact, thanks for the concern.
  1. Date: 8/3/2014 6:13:00 PM
    I have heard of the movie, it is an interesting premise. I will keep an eye out for it. Now as long as no one pokes me in the other eye, I should be okay. I will also check out your contest with my third eye and pray for inspiration in the process.

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    Smith Avatar Tim Smith Date: 8/3/2014 7:30:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Are you okay? what happened?

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