Cecele Kraus

The Hudson Valley Writers Guild recently held a poetry contest and next Saturday at 1:00PM the winners and other participants will read their poems at the Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Ave., Delmar. If you are a regualr at the poetry open mics in the area, you will recognize some of the names of poets who participated this year. When all the votes were tallied, the judges Cecele Kraus, Dawn Marar, Thom Francis, and Phillip Levine selected D.A. Bird as the first place winner with Carol Graser and Tess Lecuyer very close behind.

Here are the winners, honorable mentions, and finalists of the 2012 contest:

First Place Winner

  • We, Misplaced – D. A. Bird, Saugerties

Second Place Winner

  • The Haiku – Carol Graser, Galway

Third Place Winner

  • Sonnet for Dana Avenue at Midnight – Tess Lecuyer, Albany

Honorable Mentions

  • How to Get a Busted Lip – D. A Bird, Saugerties
  • To My Heart and To the Girls Who Pour Coffee – Noah Kucij, Albany
  • In Church, at Lunchtime, When I was 12 in Catholic School – Kathleen Anne Smith, Loudonville
  • When the Sunflowers of Summer are Planted – Dennis Sullivan, Voorheesville
  • Marcela – Living in America – Deb Livingston Picker, Albany
  • Julia in Her Room – Karen Schoemer, Kinderhook
  • The Queen of England – Virginia Bach Folger, Schenectady

Finalists

  • Goldfinch – Jo Pitkin, Cold Spring
  • Beds – Noah Kucij, Albany
  • At the Last – Katharyn Howd Machan, Ithaca
  • Whenever I Am Alone (after Diane dePrima’s Guaceme) – Joan Oliver, Glenmont
  • View from the Highway – Justin Hardecker, Albany
  • Reflections in a Barroom Mirror – Mike Burke, Voorheesville
  • Marcela – The Name of the Game – Deb Livingston Picker, Albany
  • Bag Ladies – Amy White, Old Chatham
  • A Round for Bix – John Hopper, Ithaca
  • The Book of Sand – Barbara Louise Unger, Saratoga Springs
  • Handles and I Did Something…. – Esther Willison, Niskayuna
  • Darkwalking – Tess Lecuyer, Albany
  • The Sea of Cause – Bert Shaw, Bearsville
  • It Never Comes Alone – Nancy Marie Payne, Berne
  • Laid Off Summer – Carol Graser, Galway