Laurie Byro

Judged: Oct-Dec 2019

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Laurie Byro

Laurie Byro has been facilitating “Circle of Voices” poetry discussion in New Jersey libraries for over 20 years. She is published widely in University presses in the United States and is included in the anthology St. Peter’s B List (Ave Maria Press). Laurie has garnered more IBPC awards (InterBoard Poetry Community) than any other poet, stopping at 55. She began competing in 2002 and was named “Poet of the Decade” for work produced between 2000-2010. She had two books of poetry published in 2015: Luna (Aldrich Press) and Gertrude Stein’s Salon and Other Legends (Blue Horse Press). A chapbook was published in 2016, Wonder (Little Lantern Press) out of Wales. She received a 2016 New Jersey Poet’s Prize for the first poem in the Stein collection and received a NJ Poetry Prize for a poem in The Bloomsberries and Other Curiosities by Kelsay Books. Laurie had a 5th book published, La Dogaressa & Other Poems (Cowboy Buddha Press). Laurie’s latest collection is D’eux & Other Sorrows by Cowboy Buddha Press, poems about Vincent Van Gogh and Isadora Duncan among others. Laurie was a travel agent for 24 years, a librarian for 14 years. She has traveled widely, most recently Italy, Greece, and Provence and has used these explorations in order to write her “Salon” poems having visited the places these events took place. She refers to her Salon poems as “historical poetry.” Laurie is currently Poet in Residence at the West Milford Township Library, where “Circle of Voices” continues to meet. She is very proud to say her artist husband, Michael Byro, has created all the paintings that grace the covers of her books.


  • February 2020 Winners

    • First Place

      My Beautiful Body
      by Mary MacGowan
      The Waters

      Second Place

      Chickadee
      by Allen M. Weber
      The Waters

      Third Place

      Foliose
      by Peter Halpin
      Wild Poetry Forum

      Honorable Mention

      Only the Good Things
      by Paul A. Freeman
      The Write Idea

  • January 2020 Winners

    • First Place

      consider crossing
      by Allen M. Weber
      The Waters

      Second Place

      Blast
      by Ken Ashworth
      The Waters

      Third Place

      The Elucidating Imbecility
      by Guy Kettelhack
      Wild Poetry Forum

      Honorable Mention

      Love Letters
      by K.R. Copeland
      The Waters