Awards

2010

 

“The Children’s Blizzard, January, 1888,” NFSPS Nature Poem, Third Prize

 

“In Hiding,” OSPA Spring Contest, Members Only Category, First Prize

 

“Noiseless,” NFSPS Founders Award, Second Prize

 

“What Poetry Means,” New York Poetry Forum Award, First Prize

2009

“A Simple Declaration About My Old Town,” OSPA, 2nd Place, Free Verse Category    

 

“Where I’ve Lived,” OSPA, 2nd Place, Members Only Category

 

2008

 

Three poems, International Merit Award, Atlanta Review

 

Bodies in Flight book manuscript, Black Lawrence Press, semi-finalist 

 

2007

 

“How to Wear Water,” League of Minnesota Poets, Second Place, Encore

 

2006

 

VCCA Artist’s Residency Grant

“Sphex Wasp,” Finalist, The Comstock Review

 

2005

 

“Everybody Is Always from Long Island,” Don Russ Poetry Prize, Honorable Mention, Kennesaw Review

Harlots and Hershey Bars, The Washington Prize, Finalist/Honorable Mention (no publication)

 

“Penance,” Allen Ginsberg Poetry Contest, Honorable Mention, Paterson Literary  Review 

 

The Skeleton Holding Up the Sky, Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award, First Runner Up 

 

2004

 

“The Ballad of Martha Stewart,” Oregon State Poetry Association, Ballad Category, Second Prize

 

“Basho in South Dakota,” NFSPS Contests, Wisconsin Poetry Award, First Prize

 

“Becoming a Reader,” Oregon State Poetry Association, Dueling Judges Category, Second Prize

 

“The Memory of Words,” Oregon State Poetry Association, Free Verse Category, Third Prize

 

“Quilting a Poem,” Oregon State Poetry Association, Poet’s Choice Category, Honorable Mention

 

2003

 

“Buffalo Creek,” Kentucky State Poetry Society, Appalachian Category, Third Prize

 

“Cars and Dogs,” Missouri State Poetry Society, Honorable Mention

 

“Danger,” Vermont Poetry Association, Honorable Mention

 

“How to Eat Poetry,” Oregon State Poetry Association, Free Verse Category, First Prize

 

“It’s Been a Busy Week,” Oregon State Poetry Association, Current Affairs Category, First Prize

 

“The Loneliness of Longitude and Latitude,” NFSPS Founders Award, Second Prize

 

“Middle-aged, Mid-America, Middle of the Road,” Kentucky State Poetry Society, Aging Category, Second Prize

 

Moving the Language, Albireo Press Chapbook Contest, First Prize

 

“Orange,” Oregon State Poetry Association, Dueling Judges Category, First Prize

 

2002

 

“Cycles,” Inventing the Invisible/Art in the Air “Earth” Poetry Contest, Second Prize

“Joy—When There Is Nothing Else,” White Mice Contest, First Prize

 

“The Lawyer in the Moon,” Oregon State Poetry Association, Free Verse Category, Third Prize

 

“The Problem with Hanging Out with Dead Elvis in Vegas.” The Old Red Kimono, Second Prize

 

“A Reluctant Client at the Shelter Speaks,” Oregon State Poetry Association, Traditional Form Category, Second Prize

 

“The Skeleton Holding Up the Sky,” Poetry Society of New Hampshire, First Prize

 

2001     

 

“I Love Men on Prozac,” Spoon River Poetry Review Poetry Contest, First Place

“The Lawyer in the Moon,” Oregon State Poetry Association, Free Verse Category, Third Place

    

“Poverty Sonnet,” Oregon State Poetry Association, Traditional Verse Category, Honorable Mention

 

1999

 

Ordinary Days in Ordinary Places, Pudding House Press Chapbook Contest, Fourth Place

 

1998

 

“Bras: A Sestina,” National League of American PEN Women/Portland Branch, First Place

 

“Fine, Smooth Lines Like Peacock Plumes,” Pushcart Prize Nomination

 

“A Hysterectomy, A Birth, An Allergy,” National League of American PEN Women/Portland Branch, Honorable Mention

 

1997

 

“Ascendancy,” National League of American PEN Women/Portland Branch, Honorable Mention

 

“Gentle Advice to the Lovelorn and Nervous,” National League of American PEN Women/Portland Branch, Honorable Mention

 

“I Do Laundry Well,” Comstock Review Poetry Awards, Honorable Mention

 

1994

 

“Lime,” Pushcart Prize Nomination

1993

Ruth Lilly Poetry Conference Student Fellowship

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