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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Last Chance

Just a few days remaining to submit your poems to the third annual Galway Kinnell Poetry Contest…

Deadline: Friday, August 4, 2017

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Less than a month to submit

Hope you all enjoyed a happy and safe Fourth of July! That said it is now the Fifth of July and there is a little less than a month to get your submissions in for the Galway Kinnell Poetry Contest. 

Remember submissions must be sent electronically by Friday, August 4 and can be emailed to 

Listeners at the first Galway Kinnell winners poetry reading September 2015

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Fundraiser for Pawtucket Arts Festival

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Guidelines for third annual Galway Kinnell Poetry Contest

Supported by a grant from the Pawtucket Arts Panel, the Galway Kinnell Poetry Contest is open to New England poets who are invited to submit up to three pages of poetry that reflect the poetry of Galway Kinnell with use of imagery and sense of place. Deadline: August 4, 2017.

  • All poetry must be submitted electronically as an attached word document using Arial 10 font.
  • Up to three pages of poetry, one poem per page or one poem no longer than three pages.
  • Please do not put your name on the poetry submission document. Attach a separate word document with name, address and phone number with titles of your poems as well as a brief bio.
  • Submissions should be emailed to no later than Friday, August 4, 2017. Judges will make their final decisions by early September, and I will contact all winners. There will first, second and third place winners receiving a monetary prize of $150, $75, and $50 respectfully. There will also be three honorable mention winners. All six poets will have the opportunity to read their poetry during the Pawtucket Arts Festival Poetry Celebration  at the Samaritans Forget-Me-Not Art Gallery, 67 Park Place, Pawtucket on Sunday September 24, 2017.
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