Thursday, September 16, 2010

10th Annual Poetry Contest Winners Announced

Roanoke, VA - Virginia’s Roanoke Valley Branch of the National League of American Pen Women is pleased to announce the winners of the 10th Annual Poetry Competition.

The winners are:

(1st) Saundra Hartman of Jacksonville, FL for Reverie for Art on Exhibition

(2nd) Lorraine A. Vail of Sanibel, FL for Women in Black

(3rd) Susan Major-Tingey of Quincy, MA for Flannery O'Conner's Peacocks

Honorable mentions: Bruce A. Rae of Moneta for A Surreal Canvas

Catherine Moran of Little Rock, AR for We Leave Only One Footprint

Joan Gelfand of San Francisco, CA for I Know Why Sylvia Plath Put Her Head in the Oven

For this contest, the theme was Women in the Arts. The winning poems addressed this theme.

The contest was judged by Rene Parks Lanier, Jr., Professor of English emeritus at Radford University. Professor Lanier served for many years as Poet-in-the-Schools at numerous Virginia counties and has been published in many small press and academic magazines. He also served five years as president of the Appalachian Writers' Association.

Proceeds from the Poetry Competition fund an annual scholarship, given to adult women for expenses related to a return to school or for a creative project.

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