Allen Ginsberg  (Photo by  Ellen Denuto)

Allen Ginsberg (Photo by Ellen Denuto)

These poems appear in Issue #47 of the Paterson Literary Review

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Winners of the 2018 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards

First Prize           Jim Reese, Yankton, SD,  “Dancing Room Only”

Second Prize     Maria Fama, Philadelphia, PA, “Cu Tantu Si Cala ‘U Culu Si Para”

Third Prize          Lorraine Conlin, Wantagh, NY, “New Suit” 


Honorable Mention

              Howard Berelson, Teaneck, NJ                     “My Father was a piece of paper”

              R. Bremner, Glen Ridge, NJ                            “She wore a raspberry beret”

              Shane Carreon, Binghamton, NY                   “Knock on wood”

              David Crews, Warren, NJ                                “Sitting on the Floor at Poets House”

              Anthony DeGregorio, Kent Lakes, NY           “Poem”

              Gil Fagiani, Long Island City, NY                    “Veal Cutlets”

              Christopher Fahy, Thomaston, ME                “The Limits of Song”

              Mary Fitzpatrick, Pasadena, CA                    “Marie Josephine Dallaire, Ottawa, 1874”

              Christie Grimes, Sackets Harbor, NY            “Six months later”

              James D. Gwyn, Clifton, NJ                           “Elvis Hair”

              Josh Humphrey, Kearny, NJ                          “The Sweet Carpenter”

              Frances Lombardi-Grahl, Clifton, NJ             “Inheritance”

              Nancy Lubarsky, Cranford, NJ                      “Vacation Bible School”

              Francesca Maxime, Brooklyn, NY                 “The Man on the Train”

              Greg Moglia, Huntington, NY                        “When I Was Young and Mother Wasn't Old”

              Marilyn Mohr, West Orange, NJ                    “Convoy Number 34”

              Gloria g. Murray, Deer Park, NY                   “My Sister Changed Her Name”

              Rachelle M. Parker, Montclair, NJ                “Momma's Eyes Are Half Full With Sadness and I Will Have to Tell Her One Day When I Can Speak, How I Waited”

             Jennifer Poteet, Montclair, NJ                        “Yuletide, 1976”

             Natasha Rabin, Nyack, NY                              “Back to the Future”

             Bernadette Roe, Endicott, NY                         “Family Secrets”
             Edwin Romond, Wind Gap, PA                         “Night Sounds”

             Arthur Russell, Nutley, NJ                                “The Heavier Stone”

             Donna Baier Stein, Bernardsville, NJ             “My Father in Pictures”

            Maxine Susman, Princeton, NJ                         “What's Left”

            Eileen Van Hook, Wanaque, NJ                       “Old Ladies”

           Sherida Yoder, North Haledon, NJ                   “Physical Education”    

           Neal Zirn, Denver, CO                                        “Your Eyes”


    Charles W. Brice, Pittsburgh, PA                          “Deal Me In”
    Judith A. Brice, Pittsburgh, PA                             “The Circle Closes”
    Okey Chenoweth, Oakland, NJ                            “The Rain Has Never Been to School”
    Linda Nemec Foster, Grand Rapids, MI               “Memories of an Immigrant Childhood”
    Deborah Gerrish, Murray Hill, NJ                          “A Secret Correspondence” 
    Annie Lanzillotto, Yonkers, NY                             “Three Italians on The Block” 
    Antoinette Libro, Sea Isle City, NJ                         “Imagining America”
    Maria Lisella, Long Island City, NY                       “Couple on the curb”
    Frank Niccoletti, West Orange, NJ                       “My Watch In a Sow's Ear”
    Christine Redman-Waldeyer, Manasquan, NJ     “Napkins and Chinatown”
    Kenneth Silvestri, Nyack, NY                                “When my now adult children were young”
    Al Tacconelli, Wynnewood, PA                             “Objects of Memories”
    Bob Ward, Brooklyn, NY                                       “I Will Be Grateful”


The Award Winners’ Reading will be held February 2, 2019
at the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College, 
The Hamilton Club Building, 32 Church Street, 2nd Floor, Paterson, NJ.