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Fischer, Joan (ed.) / Wisconsin people & ideas
Volume 52, Number 2 (Spring 2006)

Poetry contest 2006,   pp. 49-56


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WISCONSIN  PEOPLE  &  IDEAS  SPRING  2006  49 
Poetry Contest 2006 
This year's Wisconsin Academy Review Poetry Contest-next year, to be renamed
after Wisconsin People & Ideas-drew more than 250 entries comprising
close to 800 
poems. It's no easy task selecting only 13 of them for honors! We would like
to thank 
our judges, Laurel Yourke, Peter Sherrill, Michael Kriesel-and especially
our lead 
judge, Marilyn Taylor-for their time and dedication. As always, our poetry
editor 
and contest sponsor, John Lehman, deserves special thanks for his dedication
and 
hard work. Thanks, too, to the Reader's Loft in De Pere and Avol's Bookstore
in 
Madison for their monetary support, to Avol's for also hosting our winners'
reading, 
and to Abella Studios and McKay Nursery in Madison for their prize contributions.
Over the last few years, many questions have been raised regarding the integrity
and trustworthiness of poetry contests. The accusations fly, most notably
the charge 
that judges know the contestants' identities and reward their friends among
them. At 
our magazine, we can attest that this was a blind contest; the judges had
no access 
to the names of the poets. We say this to reassure poets who have raised
questions 
about this contest in light of scandals elsewhere. 
And now we have our winners. In this issue we invite you to enjoy the winning
poems as well as an additional selection by each of our three prize poets.
We are also 
pleased to announce our 10 runners-up, whose work will be published in our
summer 
issue and who are invited to appear at the April reading. They are (in alphabetical
order by author): 
"Cassandra," Judy Barisonzi, Fond du Lac 
"It Is Natural," Lynne Burgess, Holmen 
"How to Snare a Poet," Cathryn Cofell, Appleton 
"Letter," David Martin, Wauwatosa 
"While Arguing Over Politics, My Father Tells Me He Loves Me,"
Andrea Potos, Madison 
"The Fisherman's Chickens," Robert Russell, Monona 
"Embers," Kay N. Sanders, Oshkosh 
"Degas Dancers," Richard Swanson, Madison 
"The Moment," Susan Tollefson, Lancaster 
"The Milkmaid's Tale," Linda Newman Woito, Madison 


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