About the Poetry Contest Judges

000. Rick BenjaminRick Benjamin

Rick Benjamin is the State Poet of Rhode Island.  He teaches or has taught at Brown University, The Rhode Island School of Design, the MFA Program in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College, in many schools, and in community & assisted living centers–where he has passed good time in the company of people who range in age from six to ninety-six.  He also serves as a Fellow at New Urban Arts — an afterschool arts mentoring program for Providence High School students. His poems and essays have appeared in PR0OF, Watershed, The Providence Journal, Tongue, 350.org, The Writer’s Circle, American Poets in the 20st Century: The New Poetics (Wesleyan University  Press), Urhona: An International Buddhist Journal of the Arts, Poem, Home: An Anthology of Ars Poetica (Paper Kite Press), and La Petite Zine.  He lives with his family in a very small village in the smallest state.

Tom ProJo photo 09 2.0Tom Chandler

Tom Chandler is poet laureate of Rhode Island emeritus. He has been named Phi Beta Kappa Poet at Brown University and has been a featured poet at the Robert Frost homestead and the Library of Congress. His poems have been read by Garrison Keillor on National Public Radio on several occasions. He is the founder and editor of the Bryant Literary Review.

000. Lisa StarrLisa Starr

Lisa Starr, founder of the Blockk Island Poetry Project, divides her time among a variety of interests, her family and her passion for poetry.  The poet laureate of Rhode Island from 2008-2013, a two-time reipient of the Rhode Island fellowship for poetry, a former college instructor, waitress, freelance writer and publicist.  Lisa has published three full-length collections of poetry: Days of Dogs and Driftwood (1993), This Place Here (2001) and Mad with Yellow (2009). Her individual owrks appeare in journals and publications around the country.

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