Welcome to Crosswinds Poetry Journal

Crosswinds Poetry is dedicated to publishing and distributing high quality poetry books to widen the audience for poetry, and to supporting literacy and the Rhode Island Community Food Bank.

Over 1,500 poems were evaluated during our seventh annual contest in 2021. We were excited to once again have awarded over $2,000 in cash prizes. Our eighth annual contest will again award over $2,000.00 in prizes:

$1,000 for the winning poem, $500 for runner-up and $250 for third place. Seven additional finalists will receive $50. Our annual spring contest and awards issue publishes approximately 100 highly skilled poets from the United States and abroad.

The Crosswinds Poetry Staff...

Dave’s poetry has been accepted by Avocet, Bryant Literary Review, California Quarterly, Common Ground Review, Commonweal, Connecticut River Review, Main Street Rag, The Providence Journal, Rhode Island Public Radio, and Trinity Repertory Theater. Dave is the author of two poetry books, Temperaments, published in 2016, and Primal, published by Main Street Rag in 2022. He is a member of The Academy of American Poets, The New England Poetry Club and the Ocean State Poets. Dave facilitates poetry workshops in libraries, teaches violin, and serves on the board of the non-profit Notable Works Publication and Distribution Company.

Margie has led workshops in libraries, schools, conferences, and Women’s Centers. For 9 years, she was part of a team that facilitated a poetry group at the medium security prison in Cranston, Rhode Island. Her work has appeared in the Boston Review, Yankee Magazine, Nimrod International Journal, Poetry East, The Main Street Rag, and other publications. She is the author of a poetry collection, The Persuasive Beauty of Imperfection. She is one of the founding members of Ocean State Poets.

Diana Cole, a Pushcart Prize nominee, has had poems published in numerous journals including Poetry East, Spillway, the Tar River Review, the Cider Press Review, the Christian Century, Slipstream and Main Street Rag. Her chapbook, Songs By Heart was published in 2018 by Iris Press. In 2021, she had work appear in The New Verse. She is a member of Ocean State Poets and New England Poetry Club and teaches workshops in reading poetry aloud. In addition to her writing, Diana is a stained glass artist.

William Sullivan taught English and American Studies at Keene State College, NH, before retiring to Westerly, Rhode Island. He has co-authored two volumes in the Twayne series on American Poetry: Modern American Poetry 1865 – 1950, and Containing Multitudes, Poetry in the United States Since 1950. He has co-produced two documentary films: “Here I am, Send Me: The Journey of Jonathan Daniels” and “The Farmer is the Man.” Sullivan’s poetry has appeared in the Providence Journal, Westerly Sun, Wickford Art Association” Poetry and Art, Babel Fruit, and elsewhere.

Vivian Eyre is the author of the poetry chapbook, To the Sound (Finishing Line Press 2013). Her poems have appeared in The Massachusetts Review, J Journal, Quiddity, Spire, Pangyrus, Bellingham Review, Asheville Poetry Review, One Art, Wickford Art Association “Poetry and Art” and in the anthology, New Smoke, (Black Square Editions. Off the Park 2016) inspired by the paintings of Neo Rausch. She has led workshops in libraries, universities, veterans’ hospitals, and nursing homes. Vivian serves as a community member at IMAGO Foundation for the Arts.

We’re grateful that the following notable poets have served as contest judges over the last 8 years:

Tom Chandler, Lisa Starr and Tina Cane, past and current Poet Laureates of Rhode Island, Lloyd Schwartz, Pulitzer Prize-winner, Richard Blanco, Presidential Inaugural Poet, Margaret Gibson, Poet Laureate of Connecticut and Chard deNiord, former Poet Laureate of Vermont.
We’re pleased that for our upcoming vol. VIII, 2023, Alexandria Peary, Poet Laureate of New Hampshire, will be serving as our judge. Our upcoming reading period begins November 1st, 2022.
Another item about Crosswinds —

Since our inception in 2015, we’ve donated a portion of reading fees to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. We’re grateful to the poets from around the country who continue to support us by submitting work to our contest each year. As a result, we’ve been able to donate over $2,000 to charitable causes.