John Timpane

Judged: Jan-Mar 2012

John Timpane

John Timpane

John Timpane is the Media Editor/Writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer. He was the Inquirer’s Commentary Page Editor from 1997-2009. His poetry has appeared in Sequoia, Vocabula Review, Per Contra, Painted Bride Quarterly, 5_Trope, Northeast Corridor, Schuylkill Valley Journal, and elsewhere. His chapbook of poems, Burning Bush (Ontario: Judith Fitzgerald/Cranberry Bush), appeared in 2010. His books include (with Nancy H. Packer) Writing Worth Reading (NY: St. Martin, 1994), It Could Be Verse (Berkeley: Ten Speed, 1995), (with Maureen Watts and the Poetry Center at San Francisco State University) Poetry for Dummies (NY: Hungry Minds, 2000), and (with Roland Reisley) Usonia, N.Y.: Building a Community with Frank Lloyd Wright (NY: Princeton Architectural Press, 2000). He played and sang on Car Radio Dog’s CD Fetch! in 2008. He lives in central New Jersey with his wife, Maria-Christina Keller, copy chief for Scientific American. They have a daughter, Pilar, 26, and a son, Conor, 23.


  • May 2018 Winners

    • First Place

      A Brief History of Rain
      by Antonia Clark
      The Waters

      Second Place

      Oklahoma
      by Dale Patterson
      The Writer's Block

      Third Place

      Driving Home From Santa Rosa
      by Andrew Dufresne
      Wild Poetry Forum

      Honorable Mention

      Trans-figuration
      by Guy Kettelhack
      Wild Poetry Forum

      Honorable Mention

      The Photograph
      by Jim Doss
      Wild Poetry Forum

  • April 2018 Winners

    • First Place

      (how to lose at) Kimberly’s Game
      by John Wilks
      The Write Idea

      Second Place

      A Legacy of Sorts
      by Paul A. Freeman
      The Write Idea

      Third Place

      Waiting for a bus at Armarnath Temple
      by Ieuan ap Hywel
      The Wriiter's Block