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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 six 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 two decades now participating in poetry clubs, acting as a judge of poetry contests for various magazines, for the website Shadow Poetry, and for Poetry Soup. 

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 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 was published in eight chapbooks (no longer sold online). 

Since coming to Poetry Soup, Ms. Dietrich has been both contest sponsor and winner of numerous contests. In 2010, her poem "Cinder Girl" was first place winner of Soup's International contest (these contests are no longer held).  A song was created from her lyrics "Honeymoon Serenade" ( and two movies have been made featuring the poetry of Andrea Dietrich: "A Tale of Fire and Ice" (a 4 min. Z-Film Fest Project, 2014) and the full length movie "Six Days of Sistine" in which 20 poems of Ms. Dietrichs serve as the thoughts of two characters played by Jamie Campbell Bower and Elarica Johnson (directed by Richard J. Perry, 2019)


Blog Posted:12/24/2020 6:15:00 PM

Very fortunately for me, my contest closed out right before Christmas, so I was able to do a winners' list this Christmas Eve and hopefully before anyone wakes up to Christmas morning! Only a few poems were disqualified which had absolutely nothing to do with the form of Chastushka. 

Thanks so much to everyone who participated. All the entries were great fun to read. I basically gave the highest scores to the poets who made me chuckle and/or who wrote on topics I most appreciated or that made the most sense to me. I had noticed during the past week a few poets were writing in this form, but their poems did not  show up in my contest! Please let me know if you wrote a Chastushka but did not get placed because except for the three who did not write to form, I placed everybody, and I know from past experience, sometimes there are glitches and poems do not appear in the contests when submitted (this has happened to me in a few contests of past sponsors) Well,  Merry Christmas, all my wonderful SOUP friends!! I hope with more free time next week, I can read more of your poems than ever!

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Date: 12/26/2020 12:28:00 PM
Andrea, thanks for another inspiring contest and my awesome placement, and congrats to all your winners _Constance
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 12/26/2020 6:09:00 PM
you are welcome, Dear Heart. GET BETTER!!
Date: 12/25/2020 12:11:00 PM
Thank you, Andrea, for my placement, my first Chastushka poem. Congratulations to all the winners. Merry Christmas Hugs Eve
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Date: 12/26/2020 6:08:00 PM
You are welcome, Eve. And now it's time to wish you Happy New Year!
Date: 12/25/2020 1:09:00 AM
Way ahead of you, Andrea. It’s Boxing Day here in a few hours but no in-laws so I won’t need the gloves this year. Who wants to spend Christmas with the people you spend all year trying to avoid? Lol.
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 12/26/2020 6:07:00 PM
In laws can be tricky!! Happy Boxing Day.
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 12/25/2020 2:29:00 AM
Mate, they always made me field at silly mid-on. You think maybe they were trying to tell me something?
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Brian Strand
Date: 12/25/2020 1:50:00 AM
Oz Keith ,always ahead of the game,well, in the India series at least.Happy New Year until we meet in the tests.
Date: 12/24/2020 6:32:00 PM
Andrea, I missed out on this while I was away. But I get a kick outta that word 'CHASTUSHKA'. I'll have to try this form sometime. Merry Christmas, with hope and wishes for a happier healthier new year. -Richard
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 12/24/2020 7:15:00 PM
somebody rhymed it with Babushka. I got a great kick out of that. It's one of the first placed ones. Well, at LAST. I'm outta here. So much to do yet tonight. Sorry you missed out on the contest. Thanks for your comment and a healthier better new year to you too.

My Past Blog Posts

Date Posted: 12/24/2020 6:15:00 PM
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Date Posted: 12/25/2019 9:43:00 PM
Introducing "Poetic Possibilities" by Soup's Bartholomew Williams
Date Posted: 11/10/2019 7:01:00 PM
Limerick Contest Finalized - Congrats to Many!
Date Posted: 8/18/2019 8:07:00 PM
Triolet Contest to be Judged Soon/ How I'll Place Winners
Date Posted: 5/15/2019 4:01:00 PM
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Date Posted: 4/4/2019 7:30:00 PM
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Date Posted: 3/21/2019 6:55:00 PM
To all My Gal Pals: Happy Galentine's Day
Date Posted: 2/13/2019 7:45:00 PM
Thanks to Contest Sponsors
Date Posted: 2/2/2019 8:47:00 PM
A Theater Movie Every Day for $10 a month/ NO FOOLING & a FUN tidbit
Date Posted: 4/1/2018 5:17:00 PM
Date Posted: 1/31/2018 4:10:00 PM
IT'S ALMOST JAN'S BIRTHDAY (in her time zone!)
Date Posted: 1/24/2018 3:29:00 PM
Date Posted: 12/29/2017 3:48:00 PM
Link To Emile J. Pinet's Second Book SCATTERED THOUGHTS
Date Posted: 12/24/2017 4:44:00 PM
Happy Birthday, Dear CayCay
Date Posted: 10/4/2017 12:01:00 AM
Please Pray for Carolyn & Others in Peril
Date Posted: 9/6/2017 3:31:00 PM
Sad News on Dave Austin (with link to tribute page I just found out about)
Date Posted: 9/2/2017 8:07:00 PM
Congratulations to Kashinath Karmakar on his new book "Within My Dream"
Date Posted: 6/17/2017 8:37:00 PM

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1/25/2021 Bird Haikubird,
1/24/2021 Can You Imagine Rhymelost,teen,
1/23/2021 I Love a Poem Sonnetpoetry,
1/23/2021 Price I Pay For Slumberland Rhymesleep,
1/19/2021 Watered-Down Juice Rhymeyouth,
1/18/2021 Chickadee - edited Haikubird,
1/16/2021 The Good Old Days Rhymenostalgia,
1/15/2021 Springtime Rhymespring,
1/14/2021 Final Comfort Kimodeath,
1/13/2021 The Sociables Senryupeople,
1/13/2021 sometimes Suzette Primephilosophy,
1/13/2021 I Never Tried Rhymegames,
1/11/2021 Precious Time Diminished Hexaversetime,
1/10/2021 Crumpled Thoughts Now Mine Rhymeanalogy,
1/9/2021 John Watt Acrosticfriend,poets,
1/8/2021 A Journey Sonnetspiritual,
1/8/2021 Hey Monokufriend,
1/7/2021 Summers in the USA Versesummer,
1/5/2021 Fireworks Pantoumfirework,
1/5/2021 Morality Rhymesociety,
1/3/2021 The Thinker Rhymeboy,
1/2/2021 A Tiny Miracle Rhymebird,
12/31/2020 Snow Bunnies Limericksnow,
12/30/2020 2020 and 2021 Rhymenew year,
12/29/2020 John Denver Clerihewpoets,
12/27/2020 Hannibal L Rhymeparody,
12/23/2020 Last Call Rhymeaddiction,
12/23/2020 Soul and Heart Ethereeheart,
12/22/2020 Be Thankful For The Joy Rhymeappreciation,christmas,
12/19/2020 Oh, Winter Most Divine Sonnetwinter,
12/17/2020 Know What You Want Lyricyouth,
12/16/2020 The World-Wide Christmas Ball Villanellechristmas,
12/15/2020 If I Had My Own Company Limerickfun,
12/13/2020 Adieu Nonettime,
12/12/2020 Life's Mysteries - revised yet again Acrosticmystery,
12/12/2020 Lullabye for Lilah Alliterationchild,
12/11/2020 A Surreality Rhymebody,
12/11/2020 My Soul in 2020 Rhymeuplifting,
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12/9/2020 The Weird Kids Free versechildren,
12/8/2020 Diego Maradona - In Memoriam Free versesports,
12/7/2020 Bay-Watch Christmas Eve Limerickchristmas,
12/7/2020 Plug Away - BT title revised Than-Baukwork,
12/6/2020 Sweet Summer Rhymesummer,
12/6/2020 Sick to Death of All the Lunacy Quaternsocial,
12/4/2020 Christmas Socks - Rhyme Acrosticchristmas,
12/2/2020 A Christmas Prayer Free verseprayer,
11/30/2020 Willow at Summer's End Free versesad,
11/29/2020 It is What it Is Rhymeworld,
11/28/2020 Brain-dead Blogger - TB Than-Baukteen,
11/27/2020 In Fancy's Space Ekphrasispoets,
11/26/2020 Old Rhymeold,
11/26/2020 Desideratum Rhymepeace,
11/24/2020 Heavenly Tetractysmother,
11/23/2020 Oops Limerickpolitical,
11/22/2020 Petal Plucker Pantoumabuse,
11/22/2020 The Land of Normal Quintain (Sicilian)youth,
11/21/2020 Childhood with My Siblings Terza Rimachildhood,
11/19/2020 The Winds of Change Sonnethistory,
11/18/2020 Goodness Graciousness Trioletgirl,
11/17/2020 With My Thanks Giving Free versethanksgiving,
11/15/2020 The Why of Who I Am Blank verseme,
11/14/2020 Before I Kick the Bucket -edited Sonnetlife,
11/13/2020 KITTIES - Couplet Acrosticcat,
11/12/2020 Six Relatives Have I Rhymewriting,
11/11/2020 In Rhymes Sublime Rhymeromance,summer,
11/10/2020 The Greatest Thief Quaterntime,
11/9/2020 Imagining Being Stars Rhymedeath,people,
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11/6/2020 Dog Alone Tetractysdog,
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11/3/2020 Ambedo in Symphony Tankalost love,
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10/30/2020 In Awe Curtal Sonnetlost love,
10/30/2020 JOY Verseromance,
10/29/2020 On Writing Minichu Rhymewriting,
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10/28/2020 Inside His Gloomy Garret Rhymesad,scary,
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Fav Poems

The Stone Elegydeath,love,
A Winter Night Lyricimagination,nature,
Violin Personificationdeath,love,rose,
Just wait and see Free versenature,science,space,
My White Lace Tablecloth Narrativefamily,forgiveness,friend
A LIMERICK CHRISTMAS THREE (3) . Limerickfunny,seasons,thank you,c
ALWAYS MOTHERS DAY Rhymefunny,mother,thank you,me
A Pirate Jay Light Verseanimals,
Divine Splendor Blank verseintrospection,nature,scie
BROTHER - BILLY Narrativebrother,childhood,family,
Umbrella Personificationconfusion,devotion,life,l
You played me Personificationconfusion,imagination,mus
Concept of Time Free versenature
JINGLE Free versefunny,life,music
AN EVER-CHANGING UNIVERSE Narrativemysterylight,light,univer
TRANSCENDENCE Tankafantasy,imagination,natur
My Partner, my Life Free versehusband,
Spaces .... The Earth Moved ..... Imagismlove
December Sun . Rhymenaturewinter,sun,winter,
A Whisper on the Wind Personificationnature,
Footsteps Free versefatherme,me,
If ever Free verselove
Dreams like Light-Waves Prose Poetryimaginationautumn,
A fantsy world Haiku 
SEPTEMBER SONG (triple tanka) Tankanature
Where The Sycamore Grew Narrativeautumn,family,house,life,
Perfect Nature Haikunature
Wild Love Narrativegarden,love,rose,sweet,
Positive Perspective Tankainspirational
My Pilot Light Verseinspirational,introspecti
Love's Echos Free verselovevoice,love,me,voice,
For Wifey Rhymeloveme,love,me,i love you
Alabaster Night Free versenature,planet,sea,
Causalities of War Elegydeath,war,
" Ike and Jane "- sequence 2 Light Versefunny,love,wifeme,me,time
Pretty orchids Free versecaregiving,happiness,hope
Even a Sparrow Soars Free verseanimals
My Piano Knows Versedevotion,happiness,holida
Dancing with the Stars Free versenature,scienceblue,
The Unrequited Mantra Free versedevotion,hope,lost love,l
FIG TREE, NEW YEAR'S DAY Narrativenaturewinter,winter,new y
Poets At-Large Free verselife,
to know you Free versedevotion,husband
Moved to Tears by Josh Groban Versemusic,on writing and word
sequence-SONNET Lanternelife,love,on writing and
Reflections Free versehappiness,life,lovesun,
Somber Is the Color of The Day Free verseday,light,me,winter,words
A Winter Rose - A Sonnet Sonnetrose,winter,
The Word Weaver Free verseintrospection,lifeme,
Each Day a Gift Free verseinspirational,introspecti
Contrary Kisses Free verseinspirational,introspecti
She Waits... Free verseart,hopelonging,
Blue Heaven Haikunature
A DEATH IN THE SUN Free versehope,seasons
My Reason For Living Free versehusband
Terra Firma Haikunature,science,time
How Could I have Known Free versehusband,love,mystery
True Poetry in Motion? Free verseinspirationalmay,
Frozen in Time Free verseseasonssnow,snow,
FORGOTTEN TREASURE Light Verseadventure,art,beauty,enco
Putting on Makeup Rhymeintrospection,sad,
Desire Light Verselife,lost love,love,
Love? Bah! Rhymelost love,lovelove,
Real Life Shoe Fable Clerihewhusband
BLACK and BLUE Rhymeabuse,funny,husband,me,
Foreboding Haikumystery,nature
A Song at Sunrise Coupletfaithsong,song,
What Do The Stars Tell A Lover's Heart Free verseadventure,fantasy,happine
The green checkered face Free versefood,happinessheart,heart
Play It Free verseinspirational,love,music,
Twilight's Fading Light Free verselife,nature
Marble in Columns on Green Coupletbrother,daughter,father,h
I Will Be Strong Free verseangst,husband,lossme,
The Beauty of Yore Free versenostalgia
Wandering Soul Free versehappiness,inspirational,n
Sunset on Galway Bay (Haiku No. 34) Haikuinspirational
TRANSFORMATION I do not know?allegory
If You Are Lonely Free verseinspirational,introspecti
Time Out Free versedepression,devotion,fanta
Winter Promise Free versenature
I Am..(Tagged by raul, now i'm tagging Elaine george). Free verseintrospectionbeautiful,be
Brown Sands Lyricintrospection,lifemystery
Dancing at a Temple Rhymedevotion,
DAYBREAK UP HIGH Free verseinspirational
Tea For Two Free verseintrospectionme,me,
Peak District United Kingdom Prose Poetryinspirational
PAPER I do not know?allegoryme,
NINE O'CLOCK Limerickfunny
Frozen Memories Tankaart
Summer's Voice Free verseseasons
Lazy Day Free verselife,nature
I Was Me Biolife,
The First Kiss or That Darn Ann Landers Lyricme,nostalgia,song,travel,
Crimsom Beauty Dramatic Monologueangst
Red Geraniums Free verse 
ZOO FRIGHT Limerickfunny
As I hid Monokumuse,
Three Messengers Narrativeanimals,faith,inspiration
Stretchy Neck Lyricanimals

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