Amherst Writers & Artists Press is pleased to announce the winners of the Sixth Annual Pat Schneider Poetry Contest

1st prize awarded to James K. Zimmerman of Pleasantville, NY

James K. Zimmerman will receive the $1,000 prize and his winning poem, “”Wild Mushrooms,”” will be published in Peregrine, a forum for national and international writers since 1983 committed to finding exceptional work by both emerging and established writers published by Amherst Writers & Artists Press.

Honorable Mention awarded to

Theresa Vincent of Northampton, Massachusetts for “What There Are No Words For

Eanlai Cronin of Alameda, California for “Mise Eire

Ruth Q. Leibowitz of Portland, Oregon for “My Father’s Enemies


Katharyn Howd Machan of Ithaca, NY; Penelope Scambly Schott of Portland, OR; Ellen Sazzman of Potomac, MD; Janel Cloyd of Bronx, NY; Helen Carey of New York, NY; and Saymoukda Vongsay of Saint Paul, MN

Contest Chief Judge: Dr. Sue Walker, Stokes Distinguished Professor, University of South Alabama and Poet Laureate of Alabama 2007-2012

Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) is a non-profit, international arts organization dedicated to the principle that everyone can create art. The Fifth Annual Pat Schneider Poetry Contest was made possible by generous support from the Vessel Foundation and the Friends of Pat & Peter Schneider.

(featured photo by Flickr user Kumweni)