Seeking Former Winners of Galway Kinnell Poetry Contest

Whether you were a first, second or other winner of the Galway Kinnell Poetry Contest between 2014 and 2017 or perhaps earlier when the contest was managed by the Pawtucket Arts Council; I am seeking former winners to participate in the Galway Kinnell Poetry Festival on the third weekend of September 2018 (9/14 – 9/16). This is an event sponsored by the Pawtucket Arts Panel in conjunction with the 20th annual Pawtucket Arts Festival.

The event will include workshops, featured readings by former winners and open mic.

Please reach out to me by contacting me at Patti McAlpine, or respond to this blog. You can also leave a message with phone number to 401-921-1672.

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Fourth Year of Grant Funding

Just learned I will receive another year of grant funding for Galway Kinnell Poetry. However, this year I will be trying something different. Instead of a contest, I plan on gathering past year contest winners to hold a festival of readings and workshops.

Stay tuned… You can help, if you know a winner of the Galway Kinnell Poetry Contest from the last three years as well as previous years when the contest was held by the former Pawtucket Arts Council. Please refer them to this site and email me at

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Borrowed From The Wild A Celebration of Nature and Environment in Poetry

Borrowed From The Wild A Celebration of Nature and Environment in Poetry

Borrowed from the Wild, A celebration of nature and the environment in Poetry. Stillwater Books, 175 Main Street will host a National Poetry Month event to honor Earth Day and our local environment. The event will take place Wednesday, April 25th from 7 pm to 9 pm.

Featured readers include Patti McAlpine, RI poet and organizer of the Galway Kinnell Poetry Contest and reading; Bill Carpenter, RI Poet, member of Ocean State Poets, and last year’s 2nd Place winner of the Galway Kinnell Poetry Contest and Ira Schaefer, RI poet, also a member Ocean State Poets and first place winner of the 2016 Galway Poetry Contest.

The reading will begin at 7 pm and go to 9 pm. An open mic will follow after the featured poets. Read an original or share a poem from a favorite poem on nature and the environment.

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Stillwater Publishing opens Bookstore in Pawtucket

Last week Pawtucket gained a bookstore, opened by Steve and Dawn Porter of Stillwater Publishing. I am sure Galway Kinnell would be pleased to see this new venture in his home city.

I invite all poets and book lovers who visit my page to stop by this new bookstore.

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Third Annual Galway Kinnell Pawtucket Celebrates Poetry Reading Highlights – September 24, 2017

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Winners and Third Annual Pawtucket Poetry Celebration!

The Pawtucket Arts Festival, The Samaritans of Rhode Island and Galway Kinnell Poetry Contest coordinator, Patti McAlpine invite you to attend the third annual Pawtucket Poetry Celebration on Park Place. This arts festival event will take place Sunday, September 24, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Forget-Me-Not Gallery, 67 Park Place, Pawtucket, RI.
Supported by a grant from the Pawtucket Arts Panel in conjunction with the recent Galway Kinnell Poetry Contest, three winning poets and three honorable mentions will read their winning poems. Other featured poets include Tina Cane, State Poet Laureate; Seth Tourjee, Frequency Writing Director and Christopher Kondrich, RI poet and last year finalist.
The Winners
First place: Marybeth Rua-Larson of Somerset, MA, “West Second Oswego, 1986”
Second place: Bill Carpenter, Chepachet, RI, “Ghosts and Where to Find Them”
Third place: Mark Jay Brewin, Jr. Northampton, MA, “Helium”
Honorable mentions: Beatrice Lazarus, Cranston, RI; Laura Foley, South Pmfret, VT and Barry Bayon, North Kingstown, RI.
About Galway Kinnell and Contest
Born in Providence, RI, Galway Kinnell was raised in Pawtucket, RI. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1983, awarded a National Book Award and was recipient of a McArthur Fellowship. He served as F.B. Morse Professor of Arts and Sciences at New York University and was Vermont’s state poet laureate. He passed away on October 28, 2014.
The Galway Kinnell Poetry contest originated in 1985 by the Pawtucket Arts Council but has been dormant since 2002. It is with great honor that Pawtucket Arts and Culture Commission along with the Pawtucket Arts Festival reinstate this contest as a memoriam to one of New England’s and Pawtucket’s most outstanding poets.
For more information, please contact Patti McAlpine, Contest Coordinator at 401-996-8678 or e-mail at



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Twenty plus Poets and Sixty-Three Poems

Thanks to all that submitted poems this year to the Galway Kinnell Poetry Contest. We received sixty-three poems from twenty plus poets from around Rhode Island and New England.

Over the past week, I have had the pleasure of reading all the great submissions. With great difficulty I had to narrow down to the best twenty, and I have forwarded to our judges. Congratulations to all of you. There is great writing talent in New England on par with Galway Kinnell.

Meanwhile, I would like to invite you all to attend the poetry reading event on Sunday September 24, at 2:00 p.m. as part of the Pawtucket Arts Festival. The event will feature the winners as well as RI State Poet Laureate, Tina Cane and our other judges.

Consider supporting the Pawtucket Arts Festival by attending the Curtain Up fundraiser on Friday, September 8 in Pawtucket.

Follow the link below for more information.

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