Dear Friends,

We are very happy to announce the twenty-five Finalists. Thank you for giving our preliminary judges the pleasure of such excellent reading.

CONGRATULATIONS to the 2013 Loft Prize for Poetry Finalists!

“Smoke of Ambergris” – Amy Nawrocki

“On Egg’s version of the death of Buckingham” – Amy Pickworth

“Cast” – Calvin Olsen

“Something to do with direction or navigation, maybe” – Dale J. Rappaneau

“The Prize Fight” – Dita Ondek

“One More Day of Fishing” – Fay Martineau

“My Lady Greensleeves” – Helen M. Casey

“Renaissance Woman” – J.B. Sisson

“That you” – James Celenza

“The Women of Amphissa ” – James Cronin

“West Wind, Appledore”  – James Najarian

“Desire for Water” – Joyce Ray

“Harvester Holding Her Sickle”  – Julie Hassett

“Portrait of a Lady in Pink” – Kara Provost

“Granite Retrospective” – Kate Melone

“White Hats and Other Sexual Metaphors” – Kim M. Baker

“Imago Lover” – Kim Horton

“Stone Eclogue” – Leslie McGrath

“Woman at the Well” – Louella Bryant

“The Goldfish Widow” – Meredith E. Brady

“New York Blizzard” –  Philip E. Burnham, Jr.

“Bird Watching” – Renee B. Lute

“Winnowing” – Sara D. Rivera

“Everything about You” – Tricia Orr

“The Faithful Colt” – Vivian Shipley

The winner will be awarded a $1000 prize and will be published in The Loft Anthology: New England Poetry and Art.  Runners-up and finalists will also be published and receive a reading and a copy of The Loft Anthology.

Winners will be announced at the New England Poetry and Art Gala on June 6 at the Providence Public Library, Grand Hall, 225 Washington Street, Providence.  Please join us (5:30-9 PM) for a special Evening of Poetry, Art and Music as we celebrate the contributors of The Loft Anthology, including the finalists of the 2013 Loft Prize for Poetry. A light dinner buffet and refreshments will be served.  Please check back soon for additional details.

To Reserve Your Seat:  Please mail a check for a $15 donation by June 1 to: The Poetry Loft, PO Box 8235, Cranston, RI 02920.  Include the names and emails of all your guests with the check.  Seating is limited.

Thank you again for your support and participation in this literary event!