2011 Robert Frost Poetry Contest Winners Announced

America’s favorite poet, Frost (1874- 1963) won four Pulitzer Prizes for his poetry. He served as the U.S. poet laureate in 1958-59 and first visited Key West in 1934. Frost wrote one of his best- known poems, “The Gift Outright,” here and paid winter visits to Key West from 1945 to 1960 as the guest of local hostess and preservationist Jessie Porter, founder of the Heritage House Museum.

Congratulations to the following winners of the 2011 contest.

Poetry Category

First Place – $200 Prize
“Shadows” by Leonel F. Valle, Summerland Key, FL

Second Place – $100 Prize
“A Moment in Winter” by Helen Archeris, Newark, NJ

Third Place – $50 Prize

“In Eden” by Sarah Goodwin-Nguyen, Key West, FL
Haiku Category

First Place – $200 Prize
Leonel F. Valle, Summerland Key, FL

Second Place – $100 Prize
Marjorie Buettner, Chisago City, MN

Third Place – $50 prize
John Fedyna, Fountain Hills, AZ

The award winning, New York Times reviewed author and poet, Rosalind Brackenbury was selected as the 2011 Robert Frost Poetry Contest Distinguished Juror and was ably assisted by Allen Meece, poet and moderator of the highly regarded Key West Poetry Guild.

Juror’s Notes:
“I was looking for, in the poetry section, both interesting topics and use of language, and a consciousness of what language can do in poetry; for a poem that was not over-written or tending to be “poetic”; but on the contrary showed control, complexity and originality,” explains Brackenbury. “In the haiku section, the traditional Japanese emphasis on nature was important, also the sense of a “turn” in the haiku, with its suggestion of a breath taken between two images.”



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