Month: March 2024

Our 2024 Spotlight Readers Talk About Their Work

The Conference is fortunate this year to have two much admired and celebrated poets as Spotlight Readers—Teri Ellen Cross Davis and January Gill O’Neil. Check out their bios here.  The poets will read for us from their work. Here’s a glimpse into what they had to say about poetry and their process in recent interviews. TERI … Read More

Two-Day Workshops—The Goldilocks Solution

Thinking of joining us at the 2024 Poetry by the Sea Conference, May 21-24—but undecided about a time commitment? A two-day workshop might be the solution for you. Spend two intensive days of poetry engagement with either of these new workshops.  Available on Wednesday and Thursday? Sign up for David Groff’s WRITING THE “AFTER” POEM: TAKING INSPIRATION … Read More

2024 Kim Bridgford Memorial Sonnet Crown Contest Winner

Roughly True by Barbara Lydecker Crane             Suzanne Valadon, 1865-1938, Paris What, you haven’t heard of me, despitemy art and stormy life? There’s much to tellof pride and bitterness, of bliss and hell—but not regret. I’ll fill my pen and write. I was born a bastard. Maman worked,a laundress, while I’d roam Montmartre, spying through café and whorehouse … Read More

2024 Kim Bridgford Memorial Sonnet Contest Winner

Calling Hours at the Funeral Home by Jean L. Kreiling He wants to be here—it’s for his Aunt Lou,who baked him cookies, sent him cards and money,applauded his good news from first grade throughthe senior partnership, and called him honeyto her last day.  But this grim atmospherecould not be further from Aunt Lou: his nosedetects old carpet, … Read More

2024 Kim Bridgford Memorial Sonnet Contest Results

It is with great excitement that we announce the winning poems in the 2024 Kim Bridgford Memorial Sonnet Contest: Individual Sonnet winner “Calling Hours at the Funeral Home”by Jean L. Kreiling, and Sonnet Crown winner “Roughly True” by Barbara Lydecker Crane. They each will be awarded a prize of $500 and are invited to read the pieces in May at Poetry … Read More