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Poem of the Year:
May 2015-Apr 2016

Judged by Gerald Fleming

1ST PLACE

Memory

by Lisa Megraw
Wild Poetry Forum
December 2015

2ND PLACE

Sailor and Young Wife

by Judy Kaber
The Waters
December 2015

3RD PLACE

De Montmartre à Montparnasse

by Sue Kay
Pen Shells
June 2015

HONORABLE MENTION

Istanbul Secrets

by Julene T. Weaver
Babilu
June 2015

Read the full results here: http://ibpc.webdelsol.com/poty-may-2015-apr-2016


Current Judge: R.T. Castleberry

R.T. Castleberry

R.T. Castleberry

R.T. Castleberry is a co-founder and director of the Flying Dutchman Writers Troupe, a literary performance group. He was co-editor/publisher of the Flying Dutchman Writers Troupe poetry publication Curbside Review, assistant editor at Ardent and assistant editor of Lily Literary Review, an online publication.

Mr. Castleberry has been publishing poetry and fiction since the early 1970’s, most notably in Travois: An Anthology of Texas Poetry, Comstock Review, Green Mountain Review, Santa Fe Literay Review, The Alembic, Paterson Literary Review, Caveat Lector, Illya’s Honey, Texas Review and Concho River Review. In April, 1999 he won the Houston Press/ National Poetry Month writing contest. He was the winner of the online magazine Liquid Muse 2002 poetry contest. He was Epiphany magazine’s featured poet in April, 2004. He was included in the Best of Branches 2004 issue. He was a finalist for the 2008 Arts & Letters/Rumi Prize for Poetry.

Mr. Castleberry’s chapbook, Arriving At The Riverside, was published by Finishing Line Press in January, 2010. An e-chapbook, Dialogue and Appetite, was published by Right Hand Pointing in April, 2011.

Mr. Castleberry was a juried poet at the 1988 Houston Poetry Fest and has been the featured poet numerous times at the Houston Poets Workshop First Friday series of readings. He has been featured at the Saturday Poetry In The Arts series in Austin, TX; Community Artists Collective Coffee Talk series in Houston, TX; UNESCO-sponsored “Dialogue Among Civilizations” in Austin, TX and the Poetry Society of Texas-Dallas, TX and the 2011 Word Around Town Tour.

In 1994, Mr. Castleberry received a Certificate of Merit for Literary Excellence from the University of Houston. In 1999, his work was chosen for the Metro Downtown Transit Streets Project “Texts In Context.” The “Texts In Context” project uses historical documents, poetry and prose from authors with a Houston or Texas connection to illuminate Houston history. The 100 texts chosen were engraved on 2ft X 2ft. granite paving stones and placed on sites in downtown Houston, TX in 2004. Mr. Castleberry’s is situated near the Houston Public Library crosswalk to Houston City Hall.

Mr. Castleberry has prepared and participated in several workshops:

1993: “The Poet As Performer: Presenting Your Work Before An Audience” at the 1993 Houston Poetry Fest and for the writing groups, Poets At Work and The Manuscriptors Guild.

2003: “Footnote Charged and Intellect Fumbled” Texans Writing to the World Conference, Dallas, TX

2005: “Responsibilities of a Poet” Word Factory, Clear Lake, TX

“Ins and Outs of Submitting Poetry to Journals, Magazines, Contests and eZines” Poetry Society of Texas Annual Meeting, Austin, TX (panelist)

“Reining In The Fire: The Poet’s Tools” Houston Poetry Fest, Houston, TX

Mr. Castleberry has appeared as an actor in 2 radio plays, “Tranquila” and “Dusk Boulevard” and the staged reading of the play “You Can’t Do That.”

“The Cattle Tanks of Jefferson Parish,” a spoof of Robert James Waller’s “The Bridges of Madison County,” co-written by Carolyn Davis, was given two staged readings in 1995.


  • April 2017 Winners

    • First Place

      Roasting
      by Marilyn Francis
      The Write Idea

      Second Place

      The Sorrow of Hearts
      by Andrew Dufresne
      Wild Poetry Forum

      Third Place

      Dancing at Midnight
      by E. Russell Smith
      The Write Idea

      Honorable Mention

      Silver Bed Head
      by Laurie Byro
      PenShells

      Honorable Mention

      The Little Loss
      by Dorothy Doyle Mienko
      PenShells

  • March 2017 Winners

    • First Place

      Mountain Church Larrau
      by Laurie Byro
      Desert Moon Review

      Second Place

      It’s a Wonderful Life Brandon
      by Sergio Ortiz
      The Waters

      Third Place

      The Quiet Work
      by Andrew Dufresne
      Wild Poetry Forum

      Honorable Mention

      This is How Death Comes
      by Laura Ring
      Wild Poetry Forum