A special poetry event was held this year as part of the 2013 Lake County BookFest. The Viva Libros! Poetry Contest offered local writers the opportunity of being reviewed by Pulitzer Prize nominee Vivian Shipley.
There were 19 winners selected from an incredible 87 submissions. These poets attended a special private workshop with Ms. Shipley on Thursday, March 14th in the W.T. Bland Public Library. The winning poems will also be published on the Lake County Library System website Writers’ Page.
The winning poets and their poems are as follows:
Roderick Billette The Otter
Kathy Burkett Inside the Psychiatrist’s Den
Leslie Castle Fledgling
Judi Ciance Good Morning Mrs. President
Melinda Gammon Imagine
Tina Giansante Window
Pam Hayes I spent some time with Emily
Richard Henderson Graveside Solace
Susan Jaillet Cracker jacks
Janet Kabourek Hope
Mary Ann Kalonick Apathy
Reatha Thomas Oakley Maybe it's Cancer
Amy O'Malley would you
Marc Rissman Walnut fudge
Emily C. Ross I'll just step out
Peggy Seely Pied Piper of Celia's Cafe
Pat Shamrock No Longer Cold
Robert Toto The Ron B
Dian Zirilli-Mares Waiting for Steve
The poems are posted on the Writers' Page, Poetry Section. The numbers at the top of each page reflect the submission order, the winners were not ranked.