Poetry Society 2017 Adult Contest Winners

Poetry Society of Virginia

2017 Annual Adult Contest Winners

1. EDGAR ALLAN POE MEMORIAL. Sponsored by Poetry Virginia.
Judge: Bruce Guernsey ​(79 entries)
Any form. Any subject. 48 line limit. Award: $100.

First Prize:​The Books of the Bestiary Chapman Hood Frazier, Rice, VA

HM 1: Proper Tense Bill Glose, Yorktown, VA
HM 2: Decent/Descent Nick Sweet, Shepherd, TX
HM 3: To Pay the Page Frederick Wilbur, Lovingston, VA

2. SARAH LOCKWOOD MEMORIAL.
Judge: Patricia Corbus​​(38 entries)
Sonnet in rhyme and meter. Any subject. Awards: $100, $75, $50.

First Prize: Walker’s Negro Organization Society #10. Richard L. Rose, Richmond, VA
Second Prize: Heaven​​​​ Claudia Gary, Lovettsville, VA
Third Prize: Town Without Coffee​​ Derek Kannemeyer, Richmond, VA

HM 1: The Man in the Window​​​ Katharyn Howd Machan, Ithaca, NY
HM 2: Sonnet for an Arabian Autumn Diana Woodcock, Midlothian, VA
HM 3: Winter’s Cusp​​​​​ Linda Partee, Williamsburg, VA

3. BESS GRESHAM MEMORIAL.
Judges: ​Michele & Rob Bonczek-Evory​​(43 entries)
Any form. Subject: Friends and friendship. 48 line limit. Awards: $50, $30, $20.

First Prize: A Letter Full of Ringing Erin Newton Wells, Charlottesville, VA
Second Prize: Cave Dweller​​​ David J. Partie, Santa Monica, CA
Third Prize: House Nancy Allen, Lynchburg, VA

HM 1: Misshapen Gaiety​​​​ Bonnie Korta, Pittsboro, NC
HM 2: Rockport Graves​​​​​ Eric Forsbergh, Reston, VA
HM 3: Eulogy for Twyford James Frederick Wilbur, Lovingston, VA
​ Equidistant​​​​ Maryann Wolfe, Harrisonburg, VA

4. CARLETON DREWRY MEMORIAL.
Judge: Henry Hart​​(46 entries)
Any form. Subject: Farm life or working the earth. 48 line limit. Awards: $50, $30, $20.

First Prize:​​Reliquary (August)​​ Peter LaBerge, Stamford, CT
Second Prize:​Ghost Animals​​ E. Gail Chandler, Shelbyville, KY
Third Prize:​​Chainsaw Morning​​ Nancy C. Parrish, Columbia, VA

HM 1:​ AJ and the Chipper​​ Eric Forsbergh, Reston, VA
HM 2:​ Dirt​​​​ Bonnie Korta, Pittsboro, NC
HM 3:​ Mined Out​​​ Richard L. Rose, Richmond, VA

5. BRODIE HERNDON MEMORIAL
Judge: Adam Tavel​​(32 entries)
Any form. Subject: Heroism. 48 line limit. Awards: $50, $30, $20.

First Prize: Unbound​​ Erin Newton Wells, Charlottesville, VA
Second Prize: At the End of a Long, Hard Run Bill Glose, Yorktown, VA
Third Prize: The Catcher Richard L. Rose, Richmond, VA

HM 1: He Believes It​​​ Katharyn Howd Machan, Ithaca, NY
HM 2: The Wall Kenneth Sutton, Machipongo, VA
HM 3: Search Party Nancy Allen, Lynchburg, VA

6. NANCY BYRD TURNER MEMORIAL
Judge: David Blair​​​(41 entries)
Sonnet or other traditional form. State the form. Awards: $50, $30, $20.

First Prize: The Lesser Shrew​
(terza rima sonnet)​ Erin Newton Wells, Charlottesville, VA
Second Prize: No Antidote (pantoum)​ Henrietta Dahlstrom, Falls, Church, VA
Third Prize: Winter Sestina (sestina)​​ Libby Kurz, Virginia Beach, VA

HM 1: Waiting for the Bathroom Renovation
(pantoum) E. Gail Chandler, Shelbyville, KY
HM 2: Security ​​​​​ Frederick Wilbur, Lovingston, VA
HM 3: Two Veterans (sonnet)​​​​ Richard L. Rose, Richmond, VA

7. JUDAH, SARAH, GRACE AND TOM MEMORIAL
Judge: Tom Yuill​​(36 entries)
Any form. Subject: Encouraging reflection on inter-ethnic relations. 48 line limit.
Awards: $50, $30, $20.

First Prize: Drapetomania​​​ Derek Kannemeyer, Richmond, VA
Second Prize: Bowls​​​ Lisa Zou, Chandler, AZ
Third Prize: Crayons For the Hungry​​Evelyn Ritchie Tower, San Jose, CA

HM 1: Shadows Over the Melon Patch ​ Bonnie Korta, Pittsboro, NC
HM 2: Dear Friend Linda Mitchell, Manassas, VA
HM 3: Shade Beside the Mayo Bridge Stan Galloway, Bridgewater, VA

8. CENIE H. MOON PRIZE
Judge: Kelly Cherry ​(76 entries)
Any form. Subject: Woman or women. 48 line limit. Awards: $50, $30, $20.

First Prize: CORRESPONDENCE: Trenzas​Margaret Mackinnon, Falls Church, VA
Second Prize: 1969​​​ Elaine Edwards, Clifton, VA
Third Prize: Women in Museum D. Pearlman, Norfolk, VA

HM 1: My Grandmother’s Era Fades to a Close
Erin Newton Wells, Charlottesville, VA
HM 2: Water Witch​​​​​ Amelia L. Williams, Afton, VA
HM 3: Silverthorne Peter LaBerge, Stamford, CT

9. HANDY ANDY PRIZE
Judge: John Stanizzi​​(24 entries)
Limericks. Awards: $25, $15, $10.

First Prize: The One Time I Tried to Cook​ Bill Glose, Yorktown VA
Second Prize: Ne Plus Ultra D. Beecher Smith, II, Memphis, TN
Third Prize:​ Making the Best of Things Larry Turner, Midlothian, VA

HM 1: Writer’s Block​​ Janice Hoffman, Williamsburg, VA
HM 2: Limerick​​​ Florence Martin, Poquoson, VA
HM 3:​ Ah-So​​ Barbara Blanks, Garland, TX

10. ADA SANDERSON MEMORIAL
Judge: Jennifer Atkinson​​(83 entries)
Any form. Subject: Nature. 48 line limit. Award: $100.

First Prize: On the Cusp of the Known World: A Field Guide
​​​​​​​ Amelia L. Williams, Afton, VA

HM 1: The Beekeeper ​ Elaine Edwards, Clifton, VA
HM 2: Symplocarpus foetidus​ Priscilla Melchoir, Williamsville, VA
HM 3: A Time to Every Purpose E. Gail Chandler, Shelbyville, KY

11. CHARLOTTE WISE MEMORIAL
Judge: Luisa Igloria​​(79 entries)
Any form. Any subject. 64 line limit. Awards: $50, $30, $20.

First Prize: Whole Day Prayer​​Derek Kannemeyer, Richmond, VA
Second Prize: Transplant​​​ Libby Kurz, Virginia Beach, VA
Third Prize: Slow Dance​​​​ Mary Kipps, Sterling, VA

HM 1: The Pencil Seller​​​ ​ Deborah Baxter, Chesapeake, VA
HM 2: Cultural Exchange​​​​ Bill Glose, Yorktown, VA
HM 3:​ From where I stand​​​ Tracy Rice Weber, Hampton, VA

12. THE ROBERT S. SERGEANT MEMORIAL
Judge: Lisa Russ Spaar​​(56 entries)
Any form. Subject: Birds​ 48 line limit. Award: $50

First Prize:​For the Birds Near the Arctic Circle​Diana Woodcock, Midlothian, VA

HM 1:​​Musics​​​ Frederick Wilbur, Lovingston, VA​​
HM 2:​​Birdherding​​​ D. Pearlman, Norfolk, VA
HM 3:​ (tie)​Turdus Migratorious​​ Derek Kannemeyer, Richmond, VA
​​A Silence of Owl​​ Erin Newton Wells, Charlottesville, VA

13. ALFRED C. GARY MEMORIAL, sponsored by Claudia Gary
Judge: Rita Quillen​(11 entries)
Form: Iambic pentameter. Subject: Historic event that occurred between 1925-1992.
48 line limit. Awards: $50, $30, $20.

First Prize:​ My Last Joke​​ Ms. Von S. Bourland, Happy, TX
Second Prize: A Land Far Away​ Erin Newton Wells, Charlottesville, VA
Third Prize:​Cyrus Avery and Route 66 Barbara Blanks, Garland, TX

HM 1: One A.M. in the Alabama Governor’s Mansion​ Bill Ayres, Virginia Beach, VA
HM 2:​ Your Mother​​​​ Katharyn Howd Machan, Ithaca, NY
HM 3:​ Lighthouse Towers​​​​ Jerri Hardesty, Brierfield, AL

14. LAURA DAY BOGGS MEMORIAL,
sponsored by her children, Alma, Flora and Glade.
Judge: Megan Sexton​​(34 entries)
Any form. Subject: Poem written by an adult for older school-aged children, ages 10-12 years. 20 line limit. Awards: $50, $30, $20.

First Prize: Presence​​​ Laura Bobrow, Leesburg, VA
Second Prize: Immersion Megan Mann, Chesapeake, VA
Third Prize: Lists Bill Glose, Yorktown, VA

HM 1: Snow Dancer Allen M. Weber, Hampton, VA
HM 2: Changeling Jerri Hardesty, Brierfield, AL
HM 3: Jump Rope Song, 1859 Richard L. Rose, Richmond, VA

15. MIRIAM RACHIMI MEMORIAL, sponsored by Ben and Michal Mahgerefteh.
Judge: Sofia Starnes​(55 entries)
Any form. Subject: The spiritual impact of losing (or almost losing) a loved one.
48 line limit. Awards: $50, $30, $20.

First Prize:​ Mothman​​ Chapman Hood Frazier, Rice, VA
Second Prize: A Letter to Becky​​ Bill Glose, Yorktown, VA
Third Prize:​ Hardwood Autumn​​ Allen M. Weber, Hampton, VA

HM 1: ​Aphelion Peter LaBerge, Stamford, CT
HM 2: “Marsa, buy my chillun.”​​​ Richard L. Rose, Richmond, VA
HM 3:​ On the anniversary of my father’s death Tracy Rice Weber, Hampton, VA

16. JOE PENDLETON CAMPBELL MEMORIAL, sponsored by Paula Savoy.
Judge: Joshua Poteat​(70 entries)
Any form. Narrative poem Any subject. 64 line limit. Awards: $50, $30, $20.

First Prize:​​Boy Saint​​​​ Peter LaBerge, Stamford, CT
Second Prize: How Salvation Came to Texas
Erin Newton Wells, Charlottesville, VA
Third Prize:​ I Start My Life as an Outlaw​​ Bill Ayres, Virginia Beach, VA

HM 1:​​Firewood Archaeology​​ Frederick Wilbur, Lovingston, VA
HM 2:​​Spit Into the Cup​​​ Eric Forsberg, Reston, VA
HM 3:​​Falling Ill at Mrs. S.’s ​​ Ruth Holzer, Herndon, VA

17. RAYMOND LEVI HAISLIP MEMORIAL, sponsored by Otis L. Haislip, Jr.
Judge: Mike Dockins​​(28 entries)
Any form. Subject: Celebrating technology. 48 line limit. Awards: $50, $30, $20.

First Prize: I.E.D.​​​ Bill Glose, Yorktown, VA
Second Prize: The Piety of the Artificial Bill Ayres, Virginia Beach, VA
Third Prize: After Watching the History Channel with You Eric Forsbergh, Reston, VA

HM 1: Fiction Prediction​​​​​ Linda Partee, Williamsburg, VA
HM 2: An Empty Piece of Paper from Hakeem Katharyn Howd Machan, Ithaca, NY
HM 3: The Nap​​​​​ Maryann Wolfe, Harrisonburg, VA

18. A SENSE OF PLACE.
THE ELIZABETH J. URQUHART MEMORIAL,
sponsored by the Williamsburg Poetry Guild
Judge: Shonda Buchanan​​(73 entries)
Any form. Subject: Places – manmade, natural, personal, or historical – inform poetry with the power to evoke the past and transcend the present.
48 line limit. Awards: $50, $30, $20.

First Prize: Currituck​​​ Priscilla Melchior, Williamsville, VA
Second Prize: Bird on a Wire: 1969 Katharyn Howd Machan, Ithaca, NY
Third Prize: What I Know of Peace Nancy Allen, Lynchburg, VA

HM 1: Planetarium Elaine Edwards, Clifton, VA
HM 2: Everyone in New York is Asleep​​ E. Gail Chandler, Shelbyville, KY
HM 3: Notes from the Carboniferous​​ Megan Mann, Chesapeake, VA

19. NEW VOICES
THE JOANNE SCOTT KENNEDY MEMORIAL
Sponsored by the Williamsburg Poetry Guild
Judge: James Owen​​(39 entries)
Open only to poets who have never received a 1st, 2nd or 3rd prize in any PSV contest.
Any form. Any subject.​ 48 line limit. ​Awards: $50, $30, $20.

First Prize: How to Handle a Heart​​ Libby Kurz, Virginia Beach, VA
Second Prize: Heirloom Batik​​​​Deborah Baxter, Chesapeake, VA
Third Prize: Diagnosis as Therapy​​ Janice Hoffman, Williamsburg, VA

HM 1: Higher Order Operations​​​ Jo Barbara Taylor, Raleigh, NC
HM 2: An Apology – To Those Who Mourn​​ Bill Ayers, Virginia Beach, VA
HM 3: In the Future if I Imagine You​​​ Kelly Foster, Fredericksburg, VA

20. HONORING FATHERHOOD,
sponsored by Bill and Michelle O’Hearn in memory of Theodore Tomala, Jr.
Judge: Jose B. Gonzalez​​(33 entries)
Any form. Subject: Honoring fathers and/or their sacrifices. 48 line limit.
Awards: $50, $30, $20.

First Prize: The Forgotten Boats of Rens Road Bill Glose, Yorktown, VA
Second Prize: A Workshop Eulogy Sharon Ackerman, Charlottesville, VA
Third Prize: Paying the Ferryman Ruth Holzer, Herndon, VA

HM 1: Junior​​​​​​ Bill Ayers, Virginia Beach, VA
HM 2: For a long time now Mary Barnes, Portsmouth, VA
HM 3: Ao Dai Nancy Allen, Lynchburg, VA

21. EKPHRASTIC POETRY AWARD,
sponsored by Lynn Young in memory of Carl Edward Young, Jr.
and Judy Fletcher Clark Rubendall.

Judge: Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda​​(45 entries)
A poem based on a work of art other than poetry.
Any form. 48 line limit. Awards: $50, $30, $20.

First Prize: Ground Hog Day, by Andrew Wyeth Erin Newton Wells, Charlottesville, VA
Second Prize: A Young Girl Reading Terry Cox-Joseph, Newport News, VA
Third Prize: Portrait of the Artist as a Fisherman Watching the Moon
​​​​​​ James F. Gaines, Fredricksburg, VA

HM 1: Erich Heckel: The Blind Girl, 1916 Derek Kannemeyer, Richmond, VA
HM 2: A Mother’s Lens​​​​ Louise Sharer, Williamsburg, VA
HM 3: The Mandolin Speaks​​​ Henrietta Dahlstrom, Falls Church, VA

22. THE ANNE SPENCER MEMORIAL, sponsored by the Poetry Society of Virginia.
Judge: Katha Pollitt​​(49 entries)
Any form. Subject: Overcoming adversity. 64 line limit. Awards: $50, $30, $20.

First Prize: Revlon​​​ Peter LaBerge, Stamford, CT
Second Prize: Opossum​​ Chapman Hood Frazier, Rice, VA
Third Prize: Hound Dog​​​ Derek Kannemeyer, Richmond, VA

HM 1: Paper Dolls​​​ Sharon Ackerman, Charlottesville, VA
HM 2: Well​​ Claudia Gary, Lovettsville, VA
HM 3: The Colors of the Day Erin Newton Wells, Charlottesville, VA

23. EMMA GRAY TRIGG MEMORIAL
sponsored by endowment and Poetry Society of Virginia. Open to PSV members only.
Judge: Margaret Mackinnon​(46 entries)
Lyric poem. Any subject. 64 line limit. Awards: $50, $30, $20.

First Prize:​Poetry Didn’t Save My Brother​ Katharyn Howd Machan, Ithaca, NY
Second Prize:​White Nights​​​ Ruth Holzer, Herndon, VA
Third Prize:​Thank You Note, Sixty Years Later Derek Kannemeyer, Richmond, VA

HM 1:​ Skin of Stars​​​​ Amelia L. Williams, Afton, VA
HM 2:​ As the Water, Leaving​​ Erin Newton Wells, Charlottesville, VA
HM 3:​ Katydid​​​​ Chapman Hood Frazier, Rice, VA

24. KARMA DEANE OGDEN MEMORIAL
sponsored by endowment and Poetry Society of Virginia.
Judge: Heather Bell​​(76 entries)
Any form. Any subject. 48 line limit. Awards: $50, $30, $20.

First Prize: Broadcast: Morning After​​ Peter LaBerge, Stamford, CT
Second Prize: The Grilled Cheese/Pledge of Allegiance Rant Bill Ayers, VB, VA
Third Prize: Sound of Fountain (Continues): D. Pearlman, Norfolk, VA

HM 1: Trampoline​​ Serena Fusek, Newport News, VA
HM 2: change​​ Judy Whitehill Witt, Glen Allen, VA
HM 3: Follow the Song​ Linda Partee, Williamsburg, VA

25. LORETTA DUNN HALL MEMORIAL sponsored by Phyllis Hall Haislip.
Judge: John Hoppenthaler​​(41 entries)
Any form. Subject: Family. 48 line limit. Awards: $50, $30, $20.

First Prize: Celeste Rose Maxwell, Poet​ Richard L. Rose, Richmond, VA
Second Prize: My Mother Hands Down the Shuttle
Erin Newton Wells, Charlottesville, VA
Third Prize:​ Arctic Berg​​ Diana Woodcock, Midlothian, VA

HM 1: Copperhead​​​​ Chapman Hood Frazier, Rice, VA
HM 2: (not awarded)
HM 3: (not awarded)

26. UNDERGRADUATE POETRY AWARD sponsored by Poetry Society of Virginia
Judge: Patricia Fargnoli​​(20 entries)
Any form. Subject: Loss, overcoming a setback, or a strong feeling.
36 line limit. Awards: $50, $30, $20.

First Prize: Blues First Thing in the Morning​ Bri Little, Williamsburg, VA
Second Prize: Transcript: Stacy Dillon Speaks to His Lover
Peter LaBerge, Stamford, CT
Third Prize: Upon Waiting for You, Mother Kelly Foster, Fredericksburg, VA

HM 1: Buddhahood ​​​​​ Lisa Zou, Chandler, AZ
HM 2:​ Pressure​​​​​ Ethan Murray, Williamsburg, VA
HM 3: Scenery​​​​​ Yubo Wang, Newport News, VA