AMY KITCHENER'S
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Wanda Sue Parrott, Founder/Editor
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THE DIPLOEMAT
Volume X, Number 3
News Letter
September 2011
of the World's most unique Literary Society
where we turn Scribblers into Scribes and Meeting the Muse is a way of life

SENIOR POETs LAUREATE
CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED

SEE PAGES 2, 3 AND 4 FOR THE NATIONAL WINNERS' POEMS AND LISTS OF ALL WINNERS IN THE 2011 SPL CONTEST.

New National Senior Poet Laureate is Raynette Eitel, 74, of Las Vegas, Nevada, who won the top award and $500 with her poem “At the Irish Pub.” Capturing the National Senior Poet Laureate Runner-Up award and $100 is Jo Carpignano, 83, of San Mateo, California. Both women are retired educators, along with many of this year’s state/regional winners. Photos are not available for this edition (see * below to understand why).

Entries were down by about 125 over last year; total in this year’s event was 900 poems from 220 poets. Whether hard economic times or two negative events influenced the reduction in entries is unknown. Both sour grapes experiences affected how Al and I proceeded: give up or carry on? We chose to persevere. We have come this far, and still have GOLDEN WORDS, the free online anthology, to go. Then, we will have ended SPL for this year. The future is unknown. Here is what happened.

New Contest--$1000 total awards--"California Gold"--Page 5-- Click HERE

First conflict was from the chair of another contest in the Monterey Bay area who demanded SPL cease and desist from operation and use of the word “laureate.” I invited her for fish and chips and Al put up a disclaimer on our website that directed viewers to her website. I never heard another word, so the lunch invitation remains open.

Second problem was perpetrated by a well-meaning blogger who disseminates news about poetry contests all around the world. When someone reported to him that our SPL contest rips people off by trying to sell the entrants space in expensive anthologies, he sent out a mass warning without checking such nasty hearsay. He sent a retraction too late. Our golden reputation had been tarnished, not destroyed.

*Operating costs do not diminish when entries do. As I write this editorial, Al’s computer which served SPL like a faithful servant for the past ten years, has died. How many files, photos and poems were lost is unknown, so I am putting out this newsletter on my laptop by old-fashioned cut-and-paste methods. If his problem is resolved soon, an online version of The Diploemat will be posted at our website.

GOLDEN WORDS is slated for publication at no cost to anyone in October. For those of you who have e-mail, I will advise you by e-mail if and when the anthology is online and when there is other SPL News. You may also check our website from time to time at www.amykitchenerfdn.org

News about White Buffalo Native American Poet Laureate Contest and
Gifts of the Great Spirit , Volume II--Page 6-- Click HERE

As of now, I plan to produce one final Senior Poets Laureate Poetry Competition. The 2012 contest will be the 20th SPL event under my direction. Whether there will be a GOLDEN WORDS next year is undecided. If interested in running this annual contest for America’s Golden Poets, e-mail me at amykitchenerfdn.com .I’ll take you out for fish and chips!

Continue to Winners Circle Pages 2, 3, and 4

Thank you, and may the muse be with you.                                            Wanda Sue Parrott, Editor

Thanks to the 2011 panel of judges: Former National Senior Poets Laureate: Claude Blackwood, Tennessee; Emery L. Campbell, Georgia; Patricia Frolander, Wyoming; Jane Logan, Nevada. Also, Albert L. Baker, Ronald Cannata, Vera-Jane Goodin Schultz, and Wanda Sue Parrott, panel coordinator.

Poetry should be fun