Welcome to Crosswinds Poetry Journal.
Our mission is to publish as much good poetry as we can both from new and established voices.
Because of the continued strong support from poets, we’ve been able to increase our prizes this year!
Our annual contest now awards $1,750 in prizes, $1,000 for the winning poem, $500 and $250 for second and third place awards. Our annual spring contest and awards issue comes out each May.
We’re excited to announce that our inaugural fall edition is due out in October of 2021, with submissions accepted from April 1st – April 30th, 2021.
Judging for our annual contest is done by notable poets.
Judges have included Tom Chandler, Lisa Starr and Tina Cane, past and current Poet Laureates of Rhode Island respectively, Lloyd Schwartz, Pulitzer Prize-winner, and Richard Blanco, Presidential Inaugural Poet.
We are a literary journal first, but as a small part of our mission since 2015, we’ve donated a small portion of reading fees and book sales to local and national agencies dealing with food insecurity.
Since our inception in 2015, more than $2,000 has been donated In 2020, over $700 was donated to the Food Bank from the generosity of poets from around the country who were fortunate enough to be able to do so in these difficult times.
The Crosswinds Poetry Staff…
Editor In-Chief: David Dragone. Dave’s poetry has appeared in Avocet, Bryant Literary Review, Common Ground Review, Commonweal, Connecticut River Review, The Providence Journal, and Rhode Island Public Radio, Dave is the author of a poetry collection, Temperaments, published in 2016, and his second collection, A Weathered Resilience, is forthcoming in 2021. He is a member of The Academy of American Poets, The New England Poetry Club and The Ocean State Poets.
Managing Editor: Marguerite Keil Flanders. Margie has led workshops in libraries, schools, conferences, and Women’s Centers. For 9 years, she was part of a team that continues to facilitate 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 a member of Ocean State Poets.
Editor: Mary Ann Mayer. Mary Ann Mayer’s poems, essays, and translations have appeared widely. She has three books of poetry, most recently, Kissing the Shuttle – A Lyric History (Blackstone River Books, 2018) exploring the nexus between “King Cotton” the tuberculosis epidemic and early public health. Mary Ann has received Grub Street’s Poetry Prize, a Massachusetts Cultural Council Award and honorable mention in the Bauhan Publishing May Sarton Book Award. Her work has been nominated for a Massachusetts Book Award and Pushcart Prize. Mary Ann is a retired occupational therapist.
Editor: Diana Cole. 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 Verse Daily. 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.
Editor: Bill Sullivan. 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.