AMY KITCHENER'S
ANGELS WITHOUT WINGS FDN.
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THE DIPLOEMAT
Volume XI, Number 3
News Letter
September 2012
of the World's most unique Literary Society
where we turn Scribblers into Scribes and Meeting the Muse is a way of life
Albert L. Baker, Webmaster
831-899-5887
amykitchenerfdn@hotmail.com
Wanda Sue Parrott, Editor

INSIDE

National Senior Poet Laureate... ... ...
National Honor Scroll Award ... ... ...
Lists of Winners... ... ... ... ... ...
Obituary & Golden Words... ... ... ...
Book & Contest News ... ... ...

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Gifts of the Great Spirit—Dream Catcher Volume III is hot off the presses and is beautiful! (click on the buffalo or go to page 6)

Poetry Should be Fun

Meet the Winners of the 2012 Senior Poets Laureate Contest (Pages 2 & 3)

2012 NATIONAL SENIOR POET LAUREATE AWARD
JOHN W. CRAWFORD
Arkadelphia, Arkansas

2012 NATIONAL SENIOR POET HONOR SCROLL AWARD
WILLIAM CHILDRESS
Folsom, California


From the Editor . . .
Senior Poet’s identity theft affects how 2012 SPL Winners’ are publicized

Welcome to the all-electronic age, which finally caught us in its seamy side. In April 2012, the 2009 photo and identity of Vincent J. Tomeo was stolen from our online archives of GOLDEN WORDS.

By the time the theft and damage were discovered, Vincent had already entered the 2012 SPL contest and his poem “Fashion Statement” was bound for the final rounds of judging; it subsequently won the 2012 New York Senior Poet Laureate Award.

Meanwhile, a plethora of unsavory poetry was being posted on sites all over the web, with Vincent’s photo and name ascribed to the impersonator, whose graphic sexually oriented poems painted Vincent as more than just a perverse teacher; he was also an alleged child molester, narcotics addict, and poetry-citing drug pusher in the New York public school system.

Vincent, who retired as a history teacher last year with honors, is currently engaged in attempts to legally clear up the costly, tragic mess. The upside? Vincent is not the only educator in New York to have been so targeted, and a class action lawsuit has been filed to prevent further exacerbation of the situation. Details are deliberately sparse in this article because the outcome is yet unknown.

To protect our winners from becoming victims of identity theft, as happened to Vincent, we are posting only the photos of the top winners, rather than all winners, and the biographical sketches that appear in GOLDEN WORDS will be brief. And, as you know, the only version of GOLDEN WORDS anthology this year will be a quality paperback version, with just the winners lists online. May the muse and privacy be with you. The old cliché applies: If you want to read more, buy the book!

Wanda Sue Parrott, Editor

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