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featuring Light poets

recently received by 
Light contributors

Ned Balbo won the 2018 Richard Wilbur Book Award for his manuscript 3 Nights of the Perseids.

Susan de Sola won the 2018 Frost Farm Prize for her poem “Buddy.”

Barbara Lydecker Crane, Jean L. Kreiling, Richard Meyer, and Gail White won awards in the 2018 Maria Faust Sonnet Contest.

Frank Osen won the X. J. Kennedy Parody Award for his poem “Bookshop Stopping.” Ian Graham and David Yezzi were runners-up. All three will appear in the Summer 2018 issue of Measure.

Barbara Lydecker Crane and Rhina P. Espaillat were finalists for the Rattle Poetry Prize.

Dan Campion, Midge Goldberg, Jean L. Kreiling, Susan McLean, Kyle Potvin, Marion Shore, and Katherine Barrett Swett were among the finalists for the 24th (and possibly final) Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award.

Congratulations to Light‘s 2018 Pushcart Prize nominees and runners-up:
Nominees: Ned Balbo, Rhina P. Espaillat, Daniel Galef, James Hamby, Leslie Monsour, and Timothy Steele.
Runners-up: Edmund Conti, Maryann Corbett, Claudia Gary, Midge Goldberg, Bob McKenty, John Ridland, Mae Scanlan, Ed Shacklee, and Gail White.

written, edited, or contributed to by Light poets

Brian Allgar: The Ayterzedd (Kelsay Books, 2018). (Reviewed here.)
Wendy Cope: Anecdotal Evidence (Faber & Faber, 2018). (Reviewed here.)
Edmund Conti: Just So You know (forthcoming from Kelsay Books, 2018).
Anna M. Evans: Under Dark Waters: Surviving the Titanic (Able Muse Press, 2018).
Allison Joseph: Confessions of a Barefaced Woman (Red Hen Press, 2018).
A.M. Juster: The Elegies of Maximianus (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018). 
Jean L. Kreiling: Arts & Letters & Love (Kelsay Books, 2018).
Barbara Loots: Windshift (Kelsay Books, 2018). (Reviewed here.)
Chris O’Carroll: The Joke’s on Me (Kelsay Books, 2019).

Best American Poetry 2018 (Scribner), edited by Dana Gioia and David Lehman, includes poems by Maryann Corbett, Susan de Sola, Nausheen Eusuf, and A.E. Stallings. 

Jiggery Pokery Semicentennial (The Waywiser Press, 2018), edited by Daniel Groves and Greg Williamson, includes poems by Kim Bridgford, Terese Coe, A.M. Juster, Alfred Nicol, Cody Walker, and David Yezzi. (Reviewed here.)


The staff of Light is unable to vet every contest …
but we’re happy to pass the info along.

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest Enter once from Aug. 15, 2018-April 1, 2019.