The 12th Annual Belfast Poetry Festival is pleased to announce that Sally Jaskold of Belfast is the winner of this year’s Maine Postmark Poetry Contest. The contest, now in its seventh year, is a statewide poetry event; over 125 entries by poets from all regions of Maine were received.
Contest judge Connie Voisine, poet and professor at New Mexico State University and a Maine native, describes the winning poem by Jaskold, “Bright Cloth, Foxhole,” as “marvelous, compact, and uncomplacent poem.”
Sally Jaskold’s poems have been previously published in Spoon River Poetry Review. She grew up in Chicago the fifth child of a Polish immigrant factory worker and his wife. She worked editorial for Encyclopædia Britannica and has been a freelancer since 1985. In Maine, she’s lived in Portland, Peaks Island, Gardiner, South Hiram, Thorndike, Brooks, and now Belfast. Jaskold will receive $100 and “Bright Cloth, Foxhole” will be published in the fall issue of Off the Coast, which calls itself “Maine’s international poetry journal.”
Runners-up include Charles Brown of Owl’s Head, second place, for “Richland, Washington;” third place, Margie Kivel of Rockport, for “Epitaph for Marjorie”; honorable mention, Douglas “Woody” Woodsum of Smithfield, for “Wood Stacking Song”; and honorable mention, Leslie Moore of Belfast, for “Installation Artist.”
The other finalists include: Chloe Martin, Portland, “August Night”; Andrea Read, Somerville, MA, “Dreaming of Love Inside the Snow Globe; ”Robert Farnsworth, Greene, “Spill”; David Moreau, Wayne, “That Day”; and Sally Jaskold, Belfast, “Why I Challenged Myself to Learn to Breathe Bilaterally at the Andover, Massachussets, YMCA Pool When I Was Dating a Man Fifteen Years My Senior.”
All ten finalist poems will be on display in the Kramer Gallery of the Belfast Free Library during October, and Jaskold will read “Bright Cloth, Foxhole” during the Festival’s opening program, Friday, October 14, starting at 7 PM at Waterfall Arts, 256 High Street. The Friday evening program will also feature readings from Voisine and all ten finalists, as well as a reading honoring Maine poets of recent memory who have passed, hosted by the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance. All are welcome to join for the program. Doors open and a reception starts at 6 PM.
As part of the Belfast Poetry Festival weekend, Voisine will also be offering a master class on Saturday October 15th at 10am at the Belfast Free Library. The master class is by application only. To apply, please submit up to 3 poems (no more than 3 pages total), a bio, and a short statement of your work to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday September 30th. If accepted, the festival will contact you for the $25 fee to reserve your space in the workshop. For more information about this and to see the complete festival schedule, please visit belfastpoetry.com.
The 12th annual festival is made possible with support from the Belfast Free Library, Waterfall Arts, and the City of Belfast. For more information, email Jacob Fricke at email@example.com , or see www.belfastpoetry.com or www.facebook.com/BelfastPoetryFestival.