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Winner of the Palettes & Quills 2012 Chapbook Contest Announced

As many of you know, Donna Marbach, member of Just Poets and editor of Poet Talk, is also the owner of Palettes & Quills. The small press offers many different services and has been devoted to the celebration and expansion of the literary and visual arts since 2002. The winners of the Palettes & Quills Third Biennial Chapbook Contest 2012 have been announced:


Palettes & Quills Chapbook Contest 2012

Judged by J.P. Dancing Bear



Meg Cowen, Hamden, CT for If Tigers Do Not Come


Laurie Barton, Costa Mesa, CA for Traveling in America


Steven Huff, Rochester, NY for Hungry


Antonia Clark, Winooski, VT for Sleepwalker

Nikki Paley Cox, Chicago, IL for Sing

Joy Gaines-Friedler, Farmington Hill, MI for The Sling of Dappled Light

Melissa  Holm, Decatur, GA for Ab.Sin.The

Hilary King, Avondale Estates, GA for Still Life with Coffee Pot & Kriptonite

Leah Zazulyer, Rochester, NY Ecenas/Scenes

Mary Zeppa, Sacramento, CA for If Hell Freezes Over, We’ll Skate


Kelly Alsup. San Francisco CA, for Aqua Socks

John Bradley, DeKalb, IL for How to Escape Your Own Tombstone

Garrett J. Brown, Annapolis, MD for Cubicles

Suzanne M. Carey, Menlo Park, CA for Woman of a Certain Age

Gladys Justin Carr, New York, NY for American Love Story

Christine DeSimone, San Francisco, CA for New Mornings

Kitty Jospé, Pittsford, NY for Mosaic

Michael Minassian, Plantation,  FL for Swimming to Ararat

Maril Nowak, Branchport, NY for From Rural Life

Shawnte Orion, Surprise, AZ for Concentric Moments Called Eternity

Jillena Rose,  Sault Sainte Mari, MI for Light as Sparrows

Susan Rothbard,  Livingston, NY for Feeding the Birds

Jennifer Tappenden, St Louis, MO for Independent City

Lucie M. Winborne, Longwood, FL for The Soundness of Broken Pieces

Ellen  Roberts Young, Las Cruces, NM for Strung Out


Christine Adler, Yorktown Heights, NY for Undressing the Heart

Rachel Bennett, Brooklyn, NY for Mural Quadrant

Adam Gianforcaro, Glassboro, NJ for Morning Time in the Household

Hilary Sideris, Brookyn, NY  for Yesterday Your Dad Fell

Ann Harding Woodworth, Washington, DC for Herding

Final Judge was J.P. Dancing Bear

J. P. Dancing Bear lives near the Monterey Bay. He is the author of several chapbooks (including What Language, winner of the 2002 Slipstream Prize) and five full-length poetry collections: Billy Last Crow (Turning Point, 2004); Conflicted Light (Salmon Poetry, 2008); and Inner Cities of Gulls (Salmon Poetry, 2010.) He is also the editor of the American Poetry Journal, owner of Dream Horse Press, publisher of the Orphic Prize and APJ Book Prize series, as well as the first animal rights poetry anthology And We The Creatures.  He is the host of “Out of Our Minds” a weekly radio show for public radio station KKUP featuring some of today’s best contemporary poets.


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