IOWA CITY, IOWA (September 30, 2021) The past year brought change, fear, shortages, loss, deaths, masks, social distancing, quarantines, isolation, numbers, protests, political upheavals, derechos, fires, freezes, online schools, Zoom meetings and learning how to live through the superlatives of countless unknowns. However, many Iowans found solace in writing, according to Lyrical Iowa Editor Marilyn Baszczynski.

"Some poets shared painful experiences, others avoided any mention of crisis-but they all wrote from their heart-through humor or hurt, hope or despair. This year's edition of Lyrical Iowa is a testament to the enduring importance of poetry as a vehicle for addressing emotional turmoil, as a way for people to find themselves, as a way to try to make sense of what has been unfathomable."

Entries came from 146 towns in 73 of Iowa's 99 counties, sent by persons ranging in age from kindergartners to near-centenarians.

"The Iowa Poetry Association has close to 350 members across the state," Baszczynski explained, "but membership is not a requirement for having poetry included in the anthology. Contestants need only reside in Iowa."

Besides those awarded cash prizes or honorable mentions in the seven adult categories and four student divisions, many other top-ranking poems are showcased in this 172-page book with full-color cover. A total of 340 poems was selected from close to 2,000 entries submitted to IPA's 2021 contests, including five Pushcart Prize nominations selected from those published in the anthology.

While the supply lasts, books may be ordered from IPA. Cost is $10 per copy (plus shipping) to anywhere in the United States. Books from some previous years are also available. Check for details at or contact the editor at

The mission of the Iowa Poetry Association, a non-profit organization, is to promote interest in and appreciation of poetry among Iowans through educational opportunities, poetry-writing contests, and the publication of an annual anthology of Iowa poetry. Besides sponsoring the annual contests, IPA offers two workshops for poem critiques each year, as well as IPA LIVE!, a vibrant monthly program of online mini-workshops and readings.

Association executive officers include: Jerrold J Narland of Winterset, President; Rodney Reeves of Burlington, 1st Vice-President; Heather Clark of Iowa City, 2nd Vice-President/Historian; Margaret Westvold of Ames, Secretary; Linda S Harris of Altoona, Treasurer; Shelly Reed Thieman of West Des Moines as Communications Officer; Dawn Terpstra of Lynnville, IPA LIVE! Coordinator; Julie Allyn Johnson of Norwalk, Spring/Fall Workshop Coordinator; Allison Berryhill of Atlantic, Teacher Liaison; and Marilyn J Baszczynski of Earlham, Editor and Contest Chair.

"We are also excited to announce our 2022 Lyrical Iowa Competition," Baszczynski added. "We are expanding our regular adult contests to include Traditional Forms (ghazal, pantoum, sonnet, villanelle) and an Ekphrastic Challenge for IPA members only." Contest entries may be sent January 1-February 28, 2021. Complete contest rules for adult, college, high-school and grade-school entries are available on their website at There is no entry fee.

Also on the website: how to order books, winning poems, Pushcart-Prize nominees, resources for teachers, links to publication opportunities, workshop information, and more, all in support of Iowa poets. See



GENERAL: JUDGE: William Reyer, Tiffin, OH (667 entries)

1st — Judy Hunter; Grinnell

2nd — Wally Moll; Urbandale

3rd — Bill Graeser; Fairfield

1st HM — Sally Young; Little Rock

2nd HM — Margaret Flint Suter; Hampton

3rd HM — Joan Jessen Waske: Creston


Ann Sears; Ida Grove

SONNETS: JUDGE: Ralph Speer, Colbert WA (33 entries)

1st — Linda Wolfe; Greenfield

2nd — Darla Popken; Elma

3rd — Allison Berryhill; Atlantic

1st HM — Laura Sohl-Cryer; Cedar Falls

2nd HM — Mary E Richards; Ames

3rd HM — Marvin W Morris; Bondurant

HAIKU: JUDGE: Stan Malless, Murphy, NC (124 entries)

1st — Del Todey Turner; Waterloo

2nd — Shelly Reed Thieman; West Des Moines

3rd — Bill Simmons; Carroll

1st HM — Richard K Wallarab; Coralville

2nd HM — Janvier Abramowitz; Coralville

3rd HM — Barbara Edler; Keokuk

NATIONAL/WORLD EVENTS: JUDGE: Christine Boldt, Temple, TX (26 entries)

1st — Kathleen Unger Hart; Fort Madison

2nd — Sandra Ladegaard; Arnolds Park

3rd — Anna Nicholas; Cedar Falls

1st HM — Tracy Clair; Marion

2nd HM — Teresa Lawler; Ankeny

3rd HM — Diana Benzing; Neola


Ann Ure; Burlington

FOR CHILDREN: JUDGE: Lisa Toth Salinas, Spring, TX (54 entries)

1st — Milli Gilbaugh; Iowa City

2nd — Michelle Turner; Maquoketa

3rd — Janet GIlchrist; Douds

1st HM — Jesse Decker; Charles City

2nd HM — Barbara Hammel; Urbandale

3rd HM — Jane Chamberlain Olsasky; Des Moines

HUMOROUS: JUDGE: Crystal Stone, Boyerstown, PA (37 entries)

1st — Steven Thompson; Osage

2nd — Lori Shannon; Manning

3rd — Karen Schmitt; Solon

1st HM — Jan Blankenburg; Donnellson

2nd HM — William Woodhouse; Des Moines

3rd HM — Lee Gordon; Marquette

POEMS OF THE PANDEMIC: JUDGE: Julie Cummings, Conifer, CO (111 entries)

1st — Warren Reinecke; Grinnell

2nd — Jayne Vondrak; Kingsley

3rd — David Mayer Gradwohl; Ames

1st HM — Linda Dolphin; Dubuque

2nd HM — Kerri Mennenga; Cedar Falls

3rd HM — Melinda Putnam; Clinton


COLLEGE: JUDGE: Michael Carrino, Plattsburgh, NY (58 entries)

1st — Sierra Ann Earle, Cedar Rapids, IA, Mount Mercy Univ

2nd — Yage Wang, Sioux Center, IA, Dordt University

3rd — Danikka Jackson, Oaxaca, Mexico, Dordt University

1st HM — Josie De Jong, Orange City, IA, Dordt University

2nd HM — Hannah Adams, Sheboygan, WI, Dordt University

3rd HM — Sam Landstra, Hudsonville, MI, UNI

HIGH SCHOOL: JUDGE: Susan Wylie, Ottumwa IA (240 entries)

1st — Molly Walker, Gr12, West Marshall HS, State Center

2nd — Lily Nelson, Gr10, Valley HS, West Des Moines

3rd — Vanessa Curl, Gr10, West Marshall HS, State Center

1st HM — Alexis Aduddell, Gr11, Chariton HS, Chariton

2nd HM — Athena XiMeng Wu, Gr9, Iowa City West HS

3rd HM — Mallory Ericksen, Gr12, Atlantic HS, Atlantic

UPPER GRADES (5-8): JUDGE: Budd Powell Mahan, Dallas TX (254 entries)

1st — Samuel Griffith, Gr7, Bondurant-Farrar Middle School

2nd — Danika Kraus, Gr8, Highland Middle School, Riverside

3rd — Kyros Yuefan Wu, Gr5, Van Allen Elem, North Liberty

1st HM — Bradley Kroeger, Gr7, Bondurant-Farrar MS

2nd HM — Ziva Hammerand, Gr6, Eisenhower Elem, Davenport

3rd HM — James Keefe, Gr6, Alden Elementary, Alden

LOWER GRADES (K-4): JUDGE: Budd Powell Mahan, Dallas TX (188 entries)

1st — Jane Ebinger, Gr3, Fairmeadows Elem, WDM

2nd — Cora Elsbernd, Gr3, Lambert Elem, Manchester

3rd — Eli May, Gr2, Lambert Elementary, Manchester

1st HM — Zoe Aharoni, Gr4, Lemme Elementary, Iowa City

2nd HM — Vivienne Farrington, Gr1, Homeschooled, WDM

3rd HM — Isaac Decker, Gr1, Washington Elem, Charles City

Iowa Poetry Association — Poets published in Lyrical Iowa 2021 by County

(All poets listed have one poem selected for publication. If a poem won in a category, rank, and category, follow name)

ADAIR: Linda Wolfe, Greenfield — 1st Place — Sonnets

BENTON: Jan Logan, Van Horne

BLACK HAWK: Kerri Mennenga, Cedar Falls — 2nd HM - Poems of the Pandemic; Anna Nicholas, Cedar Falls — 3rd Place — National/World Events; Laura Sohl-Cryer, Cedar Falls — 1st HM — Sonnets; Del Todey Turner, Waterloo — 1st Place — Haiku

Also published: Janine Ambrose, Waterloo; Barbara Cardamon, Cedar Falls; Phyllis H Frazier, Cedar Falls; Lori C Harris, Cedar Falls; Susan Klein, Waterloo; Shanna Pikora, Waterloo; Delia Ralston, Waterloo; Kathy Sanborn, Waterloo; Lauren Stephens, Cedar Falls;

BOONE: Angela Olney, Boone

SCHOOL: Jonathon Van Roekel, Gr6, Boone MS, Boone

BREMER: Jill Lockey, Janesville

BUCHANAN: Michael Andorf, Brandon; Myrna Sandvik, Brandon; Lisa Ross Thedens, Walker

BUENA VISTA: EJ Martin, Storm Lake; Keith Moe, Albert City

SCHOOL: Kiely Morrow, Gr.6, Sioux Central MS, Sioux Rapids

BUTLER: Sarah Lynn Jordan, Dumont

CARROLL: Lori Shannon, Manning — 2nd Place — Humorous Verse; Bill Simmons, Carroll — 3rd Place — Haiku

CASS: Allison Berryhill, Atlantic — 3rd Place Sonnets

SCHOOL: Mallory Erickson, Gr12 — 3rd HM — High School

Also published: Nevaeh Duranceau, Gr9; Eleanor McCalla, Gr10; All at Atlantic HS, Atlantic

CEDAR: Sandra L Green, Tipton; Bonnie Balluff Hanlin, West Branch

CERRO GORDO: Karen Carr, Deci Alan Hernandez and Rick Sears, all of Mason City

CLARKE: Ellen G Danner, Woodburn; Beverly Mattix Green, Murray

CLAY: Carol B McMullen, Webb; Deb Mechler, Spencer; Janis Myers, Spencer; Cara Rutter, Fostoria

CLAYTON: Lee L Gordon, Marquette 3rd HM — Humorous Verse

CLINTON: Melinda J Putman, Clinton — 3rd HM — Poems of the Pandemic

Also published: Shea Doyle, DeWitt; Jill ZImmerman, DeWitt

DALLAS: Wally Moll, Urbandale — 2nd Place — Adult General

Also published: Edy Fudge, Clive; Joe Millard, Waukee; Rita F Reed, Waukee

DELAWARE: Rita Lewin, Manchester

SCHOOL: Cora Elsbernd, Gr3 — 2nd Place — Lower Grades; Eli May, Gr2 — 3rd Place — Lower Grades; Both at Lambert Elementary, Manchester

DES MOINES: Ann Ure, Burlington — Max Molleston Memorial Award

Also published: Kathy Geren Christy, West Burlington; Rodney Reeves, Burlington

DICKINSON: Sandra Conner Ladegaard, Arnolds Park — 2nd Place — National/World Events

Also published: Roger Brockshus, Spirit Lake; Ed Purdy, Spirit Lake; Rosemary Sackett, Okoboji

DUBUQUE: Linda Dolphin, Dubuque — 1st HM Poems of the Pandemic

Also published: William Dall, Dubuque; Robert Hinnen, Dubuque; Jane A Jenkins, Dubuque; Karen K Schloss, Dubuque; Darci Werner, Dyersville

SCHOOL: Charlotte Dietzel, Gr3, Bryant Elementary, Dubuque

FAYETTE: Mary Jane Lamphier, Arlington; Dennis Sanborn, Oelwein; Angela Smith, Arlington; Elizabeth Spratt, Oelwein

FLOYD: Jesse Decker, Charles City — 1st HM — Poetry for Children

SCHOOL: Isaac Decker, Gr1, Washington Elementary, Charles City — 3rd HM Lower Grades

FRANKLIN: Margaret Flint Suter, Hampton — 2nd HM — Adult General

Also published: Vicki Claypool, Hampton; Kelli Lage, Sheffield; Melba Muhlenbruch, Hampton

GREENE: Margaret Hamilton, Jefferson; Nancy Bardole Hanaman, Rippey; Gerald W (Jed) Magee, Jefferson; Hollie Roberts, Jefferson; Jerry Roberts, Jefferson

GRUNDY: LeAnnHoeg, Grundy Center; Kate Thoma, Grundy Center

SCHOOL: Taylor Kiewiet, Gr10, Dike-New Hartford HS, Dike

GUTHRIE: Margery L Watts, Stuart

HAMILTON: Margot Conard, Stratford

HARDIN: Kathryn Jons Roelfsema, Iowa Falls

SCHOOL: James Keefe, Gr6 — 3rd HM — Upper Grades

Also published: Isabel Ashby, Gr6; Both at Alden Elementary, Alden

HARRISON: Tricia Marcum, Logan

HENRY: Vicky Dovenspike, Salem

HOWARD: Darla Popken, Elma — 2nd Place — Sonnet

Also published: Marjorie Dohlman, Riceville

HUMBOLDT: Chris Schultz, Humboldt

IDA: Ann Sears, Ida Grove — Special Award First Time Entrant

Also published: Melinda Parson, Holstein

SCHOOL: Deacon Parson, Gr3; Silas Parson, Gr5; Both Homeschooled in Holstein

JACKSON: Michelle Turner, Maquoketa — 2nd Place — Poems for Children

JASPER: Allison Bartholmey, Colfax; Cindy Bear, Kellogg; Janet A Carl, Grinnell; William P Riddle, Colfax; Dawn Terpstra, Lynnville; Pat Underwood, Colfax

SCHOOL: Olivia Parrie, Gr4; Lincoln Russell, Gr4; Both at Baxter Elementary

JEFFERSON: Bill Graeser — Pushcart Prize Nominee, 3rd Place — Adult General

Also published: Barbara Bloom, John W Collinson, and Rustin Larson all of Fairfield

JOHNSON: Karen Schmitt, Solon — 3rd Place Humorous Verse;

Also published: Tom Gingerich, Kalona; Patrick Hanson, North Liberty; Douglas L Miller, Solon; Linda E Paul, North Liberty;

CORALVILLE - Janvier Abramowitz, — 2nd HM — Haiku; Richard K Wallarab, 1st HM Haiku

Also published: Thomas Georgou, Francene Gruenhaupt, Frann Ostroff, Danielle Zimmerman

IOWA CITY — Milli Gilbaugh — 1st Place Poetry for Children

Also published: Phil Beck, Jo Ann Benda, Maxine Carlson, Thomas W Case, Tracy Edens, Kay R Eginton, Laura Felleman, Mary Jedlicka Humston, Patricia E Noeth, Robin Ostedgaard, Trudy Rosazza, Denise Tiffany, Martha Yoak

SCHOOL: Kyra Takes, University of Iowa, Iowa City; Athena XiMeng Wu, Gr9, West HS, Iowa City — 2nd HM High School; Kyros Yuefan Wu, Gr5, Van Allen Elem., North Liberty — 3rd Place — Upper Grades; Zoe Aharoni, Gr4, Lemme Elementary, Iowa City — 1st HM — Lower Grades

JONES: Rebecca DeWitte, Anamosa

SCHOOL: Calvin Elliott DeWitte, Anamosa, Macalester College, St Paul MN

KEOKUK: Joy Lyle, Keota

KOSSUTH: Eleanor Stenzel, Burt

LEE: Jan Blankenburg, Donnellson — 1st HM — Humorous Verse; Barbara Edler, Keokuk — 3rd HM — Haiku; Kathleen U Hart, Ft Madison — 1st Place — National/World Events

Also published: Matthew Faulkner, Ft Madison; Linda M Nash, Ft Madison

LINN: Tracy Clair, Marion - 1st HM - National/World Events

Also published: Donna Barnes, Hiawatha; Norbe Birosel Boettcher, Marion; Lloyd E Brockmeyer, Cedar Rapids; Patty Kelly, Marion; Karen Kladivo, Mount Vernon; Cheryl A Lindo, Hiawatha; Angela McGlothlen, Cedar Rapids; Joan Daily Rammelsberg, Marion; Marie Sullivan, Cedar Rapids

SCHOOL: Sierra Ann Earle, Mount Mercy University, Cedar Rapids — 1st Place — CollegeLUCAS:SCHOOL: Alexis Aduddell, Gr11, Chariton HS, Chariton — 1st HM — High School

Also published: Emilio Garcia, Gr11; Chariton HS, Chariton

LYON: Sally J Young, Little Rock — 1st HM — Adult General

Also published: Judy A Gustafson, Rock Rapids; Betty Medema, Rock Rapids; Mary Peterson, Rock Rapids

MADISON: Heather Ann Clark, Kathy Meyer, Jerrold Narland, and Maggie Ripperger; All of Winterset

MAHASKA: Grant Carriker and Jared Pearce; Both of Oskaloosa

SCHOOL: DeShawn Stepter, Gr11, Oskaloosa HS, Oslaloosa

MARION: Robin E Martin, Pella

MARSHALL: Rose EM Elsbecker, Sharon Witty, Barbara Woody, and Gary Zmolek; All of Marshalltown

SCHOOL: Molly Walker, Gr12 — 1st Place — High School; Vanessa Curl, Gr10 — 3rd Place High School

Also published: Kate Breja, Gr12; All at West Marshall MS, State Center MITCHELL: Steven Thompson, Osage — 1st Place — Humorous Verse

Also published: Kathleen Stauffer, Osage; Bryan Tabbert, St Ansgar

MONONA: Jean C Conover, Mapleton; Fern Hansen, Onawa

MONTGOMERY: PJ Bradway, Red Oak

MUSCATINE: Pat Bieber, Duffy DeFrance, Annette Matjucha-Hovland, Rebecca Whitmore; All of Muscatine; Carolyn Yates Reid, Letts

O'BRIEN: Glenda Kreykes, Sheldon; Nancy J Peters, Sheldon; Carolyn Rohrbaugh, Sutherland

PALO ALTO: Susan Brink, Fenton

PLYMOUTH: Jayne R. Vondrak, Kingsley — 2nd Place — Poems of the Pandemic

Also published: Janet A Wiener, Le Mars


ANKENY - Teresa Lawler, 2nd HM National/World Events

Also published: Angela Dunston Johnson, Kelcy Lofgren, Di Mathis, Merle E Newman

BONDURANT: Marvin W Morris — 3rd HM — Sonnets; Patricia Tiffany Morris


50309 Talbot Hook

50310 Beverly Boal, Virginia Mortenson, Richard R Ramsey

50311 Bill Woodhouse — 2nd HM — Humorous Verse

Also published: Sandy Deyoe, Dennis Moore

50312 Phoebe Bubendorfer, Pushcart Prize Nominee, Jane C Olsasky — 3rd HM Poems for Children

Also published: Linda Shivvers

50313 Julie Kernes

50314 Val Weaver

50317 Virginia Westbrook, Mike Wilson

50321 Alanna Clutter, Kaylee Laire, Ginny Padden

50322 Lucille Morgan Wilson, Pushcart Prize Nominee

Also published: Rosella Myles

GRIMES — Kasmine Jordan, Mary L Permann

JOHNSTON — Angela Evans, James Roth


POLK CITY — Jill Friestad-Tate

URBANDALE — Wally Moll — 2nd Place — Adult General

Also published: Elaine Erickson, Barbara Hammel, Mary E McManus, Judy Nolan, Debi Schmitz Noriega

WEST DES MOINES — John Mitchell, Pushcart Prize Nominee, Shelly Reed Thieman — 2nd Place — Haiku

Also published: Gerri Ohde, Beth Seuferer

SCHOOL: Lily Nelson — Pushcart Prize Nominee, 2nd Place — High School, Gr10, Valley HS, West Des Moines; Megan Szalay — 2nd HM — High School, Gr12, Dowling Catholic HS, West Des Moines;

Samuel Griffith — 1st Place — Upper Grades, Gr7, Bondurant-Farrar MS, Bondurant; Bradley Kroeger — 1st HM — Upper Grades, Gr7, Bondurant-Farrar MS, Bondurant; Jane Ebinger — 1st Place — Lower Grades, Gr3, Fairmeadows Elementary, West Des Moines; Vivienne Farrington — 2nd HM — Lower Grades, Gr1, Homeschooled, Urbandale

Also published: Taylor Engelmann, Gr11; Abby Feldmann, Gr12; Dasha Gaydayenko, Gr12; Payton Lombardi, Gr12; Riley Quick, Gr11; and Abbie Welbes, Gr10 All of Valley HS, West Des Moines; Sophia Stone, Gr12, Dowling Catholic HS, West Des Moines; Jenna Krantz, Gr7, and Caitlin Vonnahme, Gr7, both at North Polk MS, Alleman

POTTAWATTAMIE: Diana Benzing, Neola — 3rd HM — National/World Events

Also published: Marvin D Vallier, and Robert D Wambold; of Council Bluffs

SCHOOL: Lily Barnes, Gr9; Ava Eickholt, Gr8; Bethany King, Gr11; Jeremiah Sherrill, Gr8 All at St Albert Schools, Council Bluffs


GRINNELL: Judy Hunter — 1st Place — Adult General; Warren R Reinecke — 1st Place — Poems of the PandemicAlso published: Patricia Buck, Lynn Cavanagh, Sue Drake, Jan Gross, Kevin Hosbond, Christopher Hunter, Mark Levandoski, Sandy Moffett, Gene R Rohr, William Rudolph

SCHOOL: Felicity Osera, Gr4, Central Iowa Christian School, Grinnell

SAC: Marcia Haakenson, Lake View

SCOTT: Mike Bayles, Davenport; Joe Chambers, Davenport; Scot Alan Gehret, Davenport; Tom Hebbeln, Davenport; H Randall Hengst, II, Bettendorf; William E Hudson, Davenport; Dan Moore, Davenport; Ransom Noble, Davenport

SCHOOL: Ziva Hammerand, Gr6, Eisenhower Elementary, Davenport — 2nd HM — Upper Grades

SIOUX: Nancy Riggan, Orange City; Lynn Wielenga, Hull

SCHOOL: Yage Wang - 2nd Place — College; Dordt University, Sioux Center; Danikka Jackson — 3rd Place — College; Dordt University, Sioux Center; Josie DeJong — 1st HM College; Dordt University, Sioux Center

Hannah Adams — 2nd HM — Dordt University, Sioux Center; Sam Landstra — 3rd HM College; Dordt University, Sioux Center

Also published: Mariel Barrientos Bravo, Zac VanderLey, and Hannah Vanderhooft; All attending Dordt Univeristy, Sioux Center

STORY: Bridget A Dirks, Nevada; Stephen E Leach, Huxley

AMES — David M Gradwohl — 3rd Place — Poems of the Pandemic; Kathieen Richards — 2nd HM – Sonnets

Also published: Mary Louise Berhow, Austin L Heinsius, Ann Chukharev Hudilainen, Kayla Krull, Dennis Maulsby, Kathleen Russell, Audrey Stromberg, Maggie Westvold

SCHOOL: Ashma Aqila, Gr4; James Dubois, Gr3; Stella Dunn, Gr4; Elena Evanson, Gr4; Kinsley Lien, Gr3 — All at Sawyer Elementary. Carolyn Buloze, Gr4; Corwyn Evans, Gr5; Madeline Rabe, Gr4; Vaiga Ramsankar, Gr5; Lucia Rodriguez, Gr5; Sophie Song, Gr4; Alessandro Venditti, Gr5 — All at Edwards Elementary.

TAYLOR: SCHOOL: Hayleigh Vinzant, Gr10, Bedford Community HS, Bedford

UNION: Joan Jessen Waske, Afton — 3rd HM — Adult General

VAN BUREN: Janet E. Gilchrist, Douds — 3rd Place — Poems for Children

Also published: Dale Netherton, Farmington; Suzy Pool, Douds

WAPELLO: Emily Randolph, Ottumwa

WARREN: Stephen Brayton, Carlisle; Julie Sharp Emmons, Norwalk; Neil Hanson, Norwalk; Roberta Beach Jacobson, Indianola; Julie Allyn Johnson, Norwalk; Lynn Robbins, Norwalk; Steve Rose, Indianola; Mary Shaw, Indianola

WASHINGTON: Erin Cavanagh, Wellman; Levi Lyle, Keota

WINNEBAGO: Kelly Ruth Winter, Buffalo Center

WINNESHIEK: JoAn N Stevenson, Decorah

WOODBURY: Charles (Bill) McKenny, Sioux City

WORTH: Helen J. Thoen, Manly

ABOUT THE IOWA POETRY ASSOCIATION We were founded in 1945. Membership and contests are restricted to Iowa residents (see rules for student exceptions). We are a not-for-profit organization. We are affiliated with the National Federation of State Poetry Societies and with the Academy of American Poets. Editorial staff: Marilyn J Baszczynski, editor-in-chief; Steven Rose and William Rudolph, associate adult editors; Rustin Larson, college editor; Joy Lyle, high-school editor; Della Weems, grade-school editor.

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