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.


  • June 2020 Winners

    • First Place

      Escape at the Speed of Transience
      by Peter Halpin
      Wild Poetry Forum

      Second Place

      The Palace Hotel
      by Paul A. Freeman
      The Write Idea

      Third Place

      Camping
      by Mike LaForge
      The Waters

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      Burying My Brother
      by Bob Bradshaw
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      Second Place

      The Asian man who walks past the balcony
      by Daniel J. Flore III
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      Third Place

      Five Hundred Yards from Home
      by Richard Moorhead
      Wild Poetry Forum