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 efforts and food security organizations.

Our annual contest now awards 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 poets.

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. He is a member of The Academy of American Poets, The New England Poetry Club and the Ocean State Poets.

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 Poe

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.

We’re grateful that notable poets have agreed to judge our contest for each of the last seven years.

Judges have included:
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, and Margaret Gibson, Poet Laureate of Connecticut.

We’re pleased that for our upcoming vol.VIII, 2022, which ended its reading period on December 31st, 2021, Chard deNiord will be judging the poems deemed as finalists.

We are a literary journal first, but as a small part of our mission since 2015, we’ve donated a portion of reading fees and book sales to local and national charities.

Since our inception in 2015, more than $2,000 has been donated due to the generosity of poets from around the country who were fortunate enough to be able to do so in difficult times.