Being a Finalist RULES!

It's true, especially for someone who has never won anything!

I was thrilled to be in the company Saturday of so many talented poets. We had a lovely time at the 2011 Paterson Poetry Prize Reading. Hosted by Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Passaic County Community College, it was a wonderful celebration of craft and hard work.

Maria Mazziotti Gillan

Sherman Alexie, who won the top prize, was not there, and we were all disappointed he couldn't make it. But I really think he missed out on something special.

Congratulations to all the finalists!

Left to right: Meg Kearney, Nin Andrews, me, Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Gail Fishman Gerwin, Lowell Jaeger, and photographer H.A. Jennings


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