Crosswinds News

March 2023

They’re here….
Announcing the winners of Crosswinds’ 2023 poetry contest:
Grand Prize: $1,000:
Robert Clinton                                                                                                                                              Still, Bison are Bowing
Second Prize:
Kristina Cecka                                                                                                                                          fermi’s paradox: coda
Third Prize:
Frank Paino                                                                                                                                              Turkey Buzzard Gospel

February 2023

Yours truly, Editor-in-Chief Dave Dragone, had a great time facilitating a four-series poetry workshop at the Barrington Public Library in Barrington, RI! As always, the learning process went in both directions, 
Among my teaching materials was the latest copy of Crosswinds, which the participants enjoyed reading and learning from.
I’m looking forward to announcing the winners of this year’s poetry contest as soon as we receive word from Alexandria Peary, Poet Laureate of New Hampshire, who is judging this year!
David Dragone

January 2023

The Crosswinds team is reviewing over 1,500 poems from the 511 poets who submitted work to us for the contest this year. We’re grateful to have once again received so many excellent poems! Winners and finalists will be announced sometime in March.               Stay tuned! 
Crosswinds’ Editor, yours truly, is excited about facilitating two beginning poetry workshops  in two Rhode Island Libraries, Barrington and Cranston. I have to say that I consider the reading of so many strong poems sent in by our Crosswinds supporters to be my own workshop. 

October 2022:

David Dragone, Editor-in-Chief of Crosswinds, read works from his latest book, Primal (Main Street Rag – 2022) at Charter Books in Newport, Rhode Island on October 25th. His reading was followed by an open mic. He was grateful to have gotten a good crowd on a rainy Tuesday night, and for Charter Books’ generosity in hosting the event. He’s also currently enjoying facilitating a four-session poetry workshop at the Tiverton Library, Tiverton, Rhode Island.

September 2022:

We were pleased to announce that Alexandria Peary, Poet Laureate of New Hampshire, would serve as judge for our 8th annual poetry contest!
Alexandria is the author of nine books, recently, Prolific Moment: Theory and Practice of Mindfulness for Writing and Battle of Silicon Valley at Daybreak. The recipient of a 2020 Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowship and the Iowa Poetry Prize, her poetry and creative nonfiction have appeared in New American Writing, Southern Humanities Review, Gettysburg Review, Yale Review, Barrow Street, New England Review, Denver Quarterly and North American Review. Specializing in mindful writing, she has given a webcast for NaNoWriMo in 2021 and Tedx talk, “How Mindfulness Can Transform the Way You Write” (available on YouTube). She is the architect and host of the popular webinar on mindful writing for the National Council of Teachers of English. Information is available at… 
 Follow her on Twitter @NHPoetLaureate and @WriteMindfully