Crosswinds Poetry Journal exists to provide a forum for well-crafted English language poetry on all subjects, and to give back to the community. We support poetry and outreach efforts, and donate to programs that help the disadvantaged.
Our 2017 donation:
Our donation of 10% of all contest reading fees included a donation to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. Since our inception, we have donated over $700 to non-profits. We thank our poets.
Our journal production standards are high quality, and our annual print edition comes out every spring. We have no restrictions as to form, but strongly prefer poems of under 50 lines. Crosswinds considers poems from seasoned writers to newer voices and sponsors an annual poetry contest with $1,350.00 in awards. The contest is judged by well-regarded poets. For guidelines, visit our contest page.
Congratulations to our 2017 contest winners!!
Judge: Lisa Starr – Poet Laureate Emeritus of Rhode Island
First Prize: $1,000 – Jack Cooper of California for Of Longing
Second Prize: $250 – AE Hines of Oregon for Financial Advisor
Third Prize: $100 – Jed Myers of Washington State for This Day
The Crosswinds staff:
David Dragone, founder of Crosswinds. Dave’s poetry has appeared in California Quarterly, Bryant Literary Review, Connecticut River Review, Common Ground Review, The Providence Journal, Rhode Island Public Radio, Newport Life Magazine, and others. He’s had work featured by Trinity Repertory Company in Providence and is the author of a poetry collection, Temperaments. He is a member of The Academy of American Poets and the Ocean State Poets.
Marguerite Keil Flanders, managing editor of Crosswinds. Margie has led workshops in libraries, schools, conferences, and Women’s Centers. For the last 9 years, she was part of a team that facilitates a poetry group at the medium security prison in Cranston, Rhode Island. Her work has appeared in the Boston Review, Yankee Magazine, Nimrod International Journal, Poetry East, The Main Street Rag, and other publications. She is the author of a poetry collection, The Persuasive Beauty of Imperfection. She is a member of The Ocean State Poets.
Andrew Dolan, editorial board member. Andy is an award-winning playwright and seasoned professional (AEA) actor. His most recent play, This Verse Business, stars Emmy-winning actor Gordon Clapp as Robert Frost. It won the Kaplan playwriting competition at the Eventide Arts Festival, and “Best Production” at the United Solo Festival in NYC, and continues to be performed at colleges, theatres, and venues throughout the United States.
Heather Sullivan, editorial board member. Heather won First Place in Writers’ Digest’s 1999 Competition in memoir / personal essay category and her work has appeared in Tiferet, A Journal of Spiritual Literature, Balancing the Tides, A Newport Journal, The Providence Journal, And Newport Life Magazine. Her essay entitled Compassion aired on RI Public Radio and she’s recorded her poetry for Insight Radio for the visually impaired. Her chapbook, These Onyx Hours, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2014. She is a member of the Ocean State Poets.
Bill Carpenter, editorial board member. Bill is a widely published poet. His poem Peace received honorable mention in the 2016 Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Contest. Bill also designs and presents courses for the Lifelong Learning Collaborative, along with producing nature films, sculptures, and writing. He lives in Rhode Island with his partner Emily, and is a member of Ocean State Poets.
Mary Ann Mayer, editorial board member. Mary Ann is the author of three books of poetry, including Salt and Altitudes (2014) and Kissing the Shuttle (forthcoming). She has received a Massachusetts Cultural Council award, Boston’s Grub Street Poetry Prize, and numerous other honors. Her poems, essays, and translations have appeared widely. Her most recent work appears in the anthologies City & Sea (Frequency Writers/Drunken Boat Press) and The Best Of Kindness 2017 (Origami Poems Project), for which she served as finalist judge. Mary Ann divides her time between Sharon, MA and Franconia, NH.
Emily Westcott, development administrator. Following a 25-year career as print production and traffic manager for several large Rhode Island advertising agencies, Emily was marketing director for a children’s theatre and business manager for a large-scale Providence public art sculpture studio. Emily lives in Rhode Island with her partner Bill Carpenter.