What Does a Poet Look Like?

Here they are!  Enjoy a few photos from the 2012 Loft Anthology Reading Reception, a  memorable evening of wisdom and wit at the Brown Bookstore in October!  Congratulations to our talented contributors, and many thanks to Guest Poets Rick Benjamin and Lisa Starr, 2012 Loft Prize Poetry Judges.

                               Rick Benjamin, 2012 Loft Poetry Prize Judge

Kara Provost, 2nd Place, “Return”

John Campbell, 3rd Place,”April on Ives St.”

Kim Baker                   

Nancy Brown (reading for Pat Larose)

James Celenza                

James Cronin               

Margie FlandersJulie Hassett

Noreen Inglesi               

Margaret Inman               

Fay Martineau              James Rosenberg      

Reading and Reception at Brown Bookstore

                       The Loft Anthology Poetry Awards Reading and Reception

Please join us for a special evening of poetry on October 10, Wednesday, 5 PM – 7 PM at the Brown Bookstore, Thayer Street, Providence, RI.

5PM Reception (refreshments and light snacks) followed by a Reading/Signing

Featuring Poetry Judges Lisa Starr, RI Poet Laureate, and author of Mad with Yellow and Rick Benjamin, Instructor at Brown and RISD, author of Passing Love

Plus 2012 Loft Anthology Contest winners and finalists from RI and MA reading their award-winning poems.  The remarkable line-up of poets includes Kim Horton, Kara Provost, John Campbell, Kim Baker, James Celenza, Jim Cronin, Noreen Inglesi, James Rosenberg, Fay Martineau, Julie Hassett, among others..

“When was the last time you were astonished by something?  When was the last time you awakened to the world as if seeing it for the first time?”  For the 2012 contest prompt, Poetry Judge Lisa Starr invited poets “to be astonished, to be awakened by the unique glory and texture of the people and communities and rugged land and seascape of RI, and with language, remind the rest of us sleepers what we are missing.”  The 2012 Loft Anthology is pleased to present this collection of amazing works from poets in RI and MA who answered her call.

Looking for Literary Angels


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Requests have been made for the The Loft Anthology for classroom and library use.  Would you consider donating a copy of The Loft Anthology: 2012 Poetry Awards to a high school or library of your choice?  Your name (or in memory of) will be inscribed on the inside cover for this generous donation.  Please email info@thepoetryloft.org with the name of a designated school or library. Thank you for inspiring others and promoting poetry and literary education!


Call For Submissions

Welcome Friends! 

                                 Denise Duhamel to Judge the 2013 Loft Prize for Poetry

The Loft Anthology: New England Poetry and Art is proud to announce that nationally acclaimed award-winning poet Denise Duhamel will be selecting the winner of the 2013 Loft Prize for Poetry, who will receive $1000 and publication.  All submissions will be considered for publication. The Loft Prizes celebrate both new and established writers of poetry.

     We are honored to have such an exciting Judge for the 3rd annual Loft Anthology contest. Denise is the author of eleven books, three chapbooks and three collaborative books in which she writes with great honesty, lyricism, and humor. Her collection Star Spangled Banner won the Crab Orchard Poetry Prize.  Her poetry has appeared in six volumes of the Best American Poetry annuals, including Best American Poetry 2010 and 2011.  A native of Rhode Island, she currently lives in Florida and teaches creative writing and literature at Florida International University.

                                                        CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS:

The Loft Anthology: New England Poetry and Art will be open for submissions from Nov. 1, 2012 – Feb. 1, 2013.  All submissions will be considered for publication and eligible for the 2013 Loft Prize in Poetry selected by nationally acclaimed Guest Judge Denise Duhamel.

The 2013 Loft Prize in Poetry: $1000 and publication

Finalists will be announced (via email) in April, 2013.  Accepted contributors will receive a copy of The Loft Anthology: New England Poetry and Art.

Winners will be announced at the 3rd annual Loft Gala/Awards Celebration on June 6, 2013 at the new Grand Hall and Garden Courtyard, Providence Public Library, in Providence, RI.

Winners, finalists, and contributors will be honored with a reading of their work as artists and art historians “present” selected artwork at this special New England literary/art event.

For Guidelines, visit the Submission page.