Regional Poetry Competition

The deadline for entering
this competition was midnight September 15, 2020.

Stay tuned for the announcement
of the winning entries
October 15th,
Followed by a Zoom presentation
and poetry reading by the judges
and competition winners on
October 22nd!





Produced by the Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC  ·
Sponsored by Blue Ridge Energy



David B. Prather, Preliminary Judge

Preliminary judge David B. Prather of Parkersburg, West Virginia is the author of We Were Birds (Main Street Rag Publishing).  His work has appeared in several print and online journals, including Prairie Schooner, Colorado Review, Poet Lore, Seneca Review, The Literary Review, Potomac Review, South Florida Poetry Review, and many others.  He studied with Tony Hoagland, Steve Orlen, Agha Shahid Ali, and Joan Aleshire at Warren Wilson College, and has taught literature and creative writing at West Virginia University-Parkersburg and at Marietta College in Ohio.  He was the poetry editor of Confluence at Marietta College, and he hosted the Parkersburg Blennerhassett Reading Series, inviting established and emerging poets as presenters.  His work has been selected by Naomi Shihab Nye for the anthology, What Have You Lost? 




Kari Gunter-Seymour, Final Judge


Final judge Kari Gunter-Seymour is Poet Laureate of the state of Ohio. She is a ninth generation Appalachian and editor of the Women of Appalachia Project™ anthologies, "Women Speak," volumes 1-5 and "Essentially Athens Ohio," an anthology focused on landmarks, tales and experiences of those living in or deeply connected to Athens county. She holds a B.F.A. in graphic design and an M.A. in commercial photography and is a retired instructor in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.  Kari also is the founder/executive director of the "Women of Appalachia Project," an arts organization she created to address discrimination directed at women from the Appalachian region.

Her poetry appears in various chapbooks and several publications, including Rattle, Crab Orchard Review, Main Street RagStirringStill, CALYX and The LA TimesHer chapbook “Serving” is available from Crisis Chronicles Press. She has been nominated five times for a Pushcart Prize.

Gunter-Seymour also is an award winning photographer whose work has been published nationally in The Sun Magazine, Light Journal, Looking at Appalachia, Storm Cellar QuarterlyAnthology of Appalachian Writers, Vine Leaves Journal and Appalachian Heritage Magazine.