. . . about the 2011 SENIOR POETs LAUREATE CONTEST

Welcome to GOLDEN WORDS, the online anthology featuring the winners of the 19th Annual National SENIOR POETs LAUREATE poetry competition for American poets age 50 and older. In these pages you will meet the National Senior Poet Laureate, Senior Poets Laureate from fifty states and one foreign country, and nineteen Honor Scroll Winners whose winning poems passed the 1st Round of judging but did not proceed to the Final Rounds. Also included are one International “Diploet” Award winner (Diploet means Diplomatic Ambassador of Good Will), six “Golden Pen” Award honorees (three for living poets and three for deceased poets), and two Scribe’s Scroll Awards.

This year's golden poems once again prove the truth of the adage we repeat as a mantra of truth: We are getting older, and we're also definitely getting better. We hope you enjoy exploring GOLDEN WORDS, which is appearing in electronic format for the fourth time since its ongoing publication as an anthology on our drawing board. Here’s why:

Wanda Sue Parrott edited the first two online GOLDEN WORDS publications which were published electronically by webmaster-graphics producer Al Baker. Last year, Vera-Jane Goodin Schultz served as co-producer, but withdrew for personal reasons, so Wanda Sue served as contest administrator/editor for this 2011 event. The work was as a fulltime volunteer, but two strokes to one eye set her on the course to retirement at age 77. She plans to retire after the 20th Senior Poets Laureate contest is completed in 2012.

To navigate through the rest of this SCANSION Section, which fills you in about the contest and those who participated in it, read the prompts at the bottom of each page and click the one of your choice.

As to the GOLDEN WORDS anthology’s future, and that of the Senior Poets Laureate competitions, we are looking into establishment of a legal non-profit foundation to preserv the contest. We welcome any suggestions and/or volunteers to take a role in its continuation. If no one offers to help, this is the last GOLDEN WORDS published e-collection of wonderful poems by America’s golden-agers who are the nation’s best-kept secret! Contact us at or call 831-899-5887.

May the Muse be with you,
Wanda Sue Parrott and Albert L. Baker

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