2011 Contest Results

2011 Triad


Judged by Erin Murphy, the author of four books of poetry, most recently Word Problems (Word Press, 2011), and the co-editor of Making Poems: Forty Poems with Commentary by the Poets (SUNY Press, 2010). Her poems and essays have been featured in numerous journals and anthologies and on Garrison Keillor's "Writer's Almanac." She is an associate professor of English and Creative Writing at Penn State Altoona. There were 106 entries.

First Place: Lauren Shimulunas, “Girl”

Second Place: Jeanie Tomasko, “Last Saturday in April”

Third Place: Michael Kriesel, “Small Town Alchemist”

Honorable Mention:

Gail Wickman, “Home is the Slow Time to Watch”

Linda Aschbrenner, “Music in the Night Closet”

Nancy Jesse, “Inside Out”


Judged by Muriel Nelson. She has two collections of poems: Part Song, winner of the Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Book Prize, and Most Wanted, winner of the ByLine Chapbook Award. Nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize, her work has appeared in The New Republic, Ploughshares, Beloit Poetry Journal, the Massachusetts Review, Northwest Review, and others. There were 103 entries.

First Place: Geoff Collins, “That Same Kid, 12 days Later”

Second Place: Mary Jo Balistreri, “Summertime”

Third Place: Ronnie Hess, “The Girl with the Lazy Eye”

Honorable Mention:

Lauren Shimulunas, “Landlady”

Gary Powell, “On Lake Superior at Munising”

Jackie Langetieg, “Invisibility: A Condition of Truth”


Judged by Don Colburn, a writer in Portand, OR, and a longtime newspaper reporter for The Washington Post and the Oregonian, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing. He has also published three collections of poems. There were 58 entries.

First Place: Paula Schulz, “You Umbrella”

Second Place: Betty McMurry, “Prairie Bloom”

Third Place: Susan Anderson, “Dreams from My Grandmother”

Honorable Mention:

Kenneth Zahorski, “Mourning for Willy”

Sharon Foley, “How the Moon”

Jan Bosman, “The Bird Feeder”