Welcome to Crosswinds Poetry Journal. We want to publish the best poetry we can find from poets like you. We’d be grateful if you’d help us do just that by submitting some poems to our journal.

Our mission:

Crosswinds Poetry Journal exists to provide a forum for well-crafted English language poetry on all subjects, and to give back to the community. We support poetry and outreach efforts, and donate to programs that help the disadvantaged.

Our 2019 donation:

Our donation of a portion contest reading fees and book sales included a donation to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. Since 2015, we have donated over $1,400 to non-profits. We thank our poets.

Our journal production standards are high quality, and our annual print edition comes out every spring. We have few restrictions as to form, but will  not consider poems exceeding 60 lines. Crosswinds considers poems from seasoned writers to newer voices and sponsors an annual poetry contest with $1,350.00 in awards. The contest is judged by well-regarded poets.

Please read our guidelines carefully, as they have changed. For guidelines, visit our contest page.

The Crosswind’s Poetry Staff:

Editor In-Chief: David Dragone. Dave’s poetry has appeared in California Quarterly, Bryant Literary Review, Connecticut River Review,  Common Ground Review, Commonweal, The Providence Journal, Rhode Island Public Radio, Newport Life Magazine, and others.  He’s had work featured by Trinity Repertory Company in Providence. Dave is the author of  a poetry collection, Temperaments, published in 2016, and is a member of The Academy of American Poets 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 facilitates 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 Baughan Press 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. 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.