Crosswinds News

                                              January 2024

                                                               Poetry Contest Update:
Crosswinds was thrilled to have had over 600 poets from around the United States (and a few from abroad) submit a total of over 1,800 poems to our contest this year. Our editors and I are having fun reading them, but we do take frequent breaks and my budget for eye drops has increased of late.
We’re aiming to announce the winners and honorable mentions sometime in March 2024. Stay tuned!
Crosswinds Poetry has partnered with Notable Works, another Rhode Island-based non-profit, in a call for nature poetry submissions from RI and MA poets, with a deadline of February 15, 2024. Poems will be sent to Notable Works.
                                                            For information and to submit:

————————————————————————–                                                  December 2023

                                                                         Featured Poet:

                                                    Frank Paino

Frank Paino’s poems and collections have been singled out for awards a number of times. In Crosswinds’ 2023 poetry contest, Frank was awarded third prize for his poem “Turkey Buzzard Gospel.”
Frank earned an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. His manuscript, Pietà, won the 2023 Jacar Press Chapbook Competition and is forthcoming in late 2023/early 2024. His third book, Obscura, was published by Orison Books in 2020. Frank has received a Pushcart Prize, The Cleveland Arts Prize in Literature, and an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council. His poems have appeared in a variety of literary publications, including: Crab Orchard Review, Catamaran Literary Reader, North American Review, World Literature Today, The Briar Cliff Review, and Lake Effect, as well as a number of anthologies.
Links & Upcoming Readings:
Check Frank’s website closer to dates for specifics:
27 April 2024: Verse-Virtual (online) reading with Lise Goett and Jennifer Franklin.
General Statement About Writing:
Note: This is adapted from my poem, “Muse,” based on Laura Christensen’s multimedia piece by the same name.
On Writing:
The Muse is not one to speak unless spoken to, and still she’ll make you work for it, every time, hip deep in aquamarine as you let the ancient lake close over you. It’s up to you to do the breaking, where the twinned weights of time and water press the veiled light of our histories into a lexicon for what it means to be alive on this ravishing planet we refuse to stop breaking. It will be the new tongue you speak when, finally breathless, you take what you can carry—haul yourself back into light.


                                                      November 2023

                                                                       Featured Poet: 
                                                Robert Clinton, of Dedham, MA.
As many of you know, Robert was awarded the $1,000.00 Grand Prize-in Crosswinds’ 8th annual poetry contest. 
We were thrilled that Robert was able to come to Rhode Island and perform his poem at our annual celebration book launch. 
About Robert Clinton:
Robert earned an MFA from Goddard College and has twice been a fellow at MacDowell. His poems have appeared in Wisconsin Review, Stand, Shenandoah, Antioch Review, Ploughshares, among others. In 2022, Robert won the Yeats Poetry Prize; and we at Crosswinds were thrilled to award his poem (one of over 1,500) Grand Prize earlier this year. He lives in Dedham, Massachusetts where he has a woodshop in his basement.
Robert is the author of two poetry collections poetry, Taking Eden (Sarabande Books 1998), and Wasteland Honey (Circling Rivers Press 2021), both available at Amazon.
Robert had this to say about poetry: 
I wrote once that “poetry is the code of common elements transmuted into history and fortune.” These days I’m not so sure how coherent the history is, and I’m not sure that fortune is paying attention. The words on the page seem weaker and more confused. But I will say there is nothing in my life as powerful as writing a poem which I admire and I aim to continue the search. I depend upon it; I do practically nothing else. And I can’t help hoping for a big payback. 
To read the reviews or purchase Robert Clinton’s newest book,  Wasteland Honey, please visit Circling Rivers Press at: