Sunday, May 15, 2011

Hessler Street Poetry Winners!

On May 11, poets read their poems for the Hessler Street Fair poetry contest at Mac's Backs. After a great deal of discussion and analysis by the distinguished team of judges(*), the 2011 Hessler Poetry Contest winners were announced:

First place: Vladimir Swirynsky, for "Already the Sky on Bent Knees"
Second place: Shelley Chernin, for "Rise and Shine"
Third place: Andrew Line, for "Catalyst (in memorium)"

Honorable mentions went to T.M. Göttl, for "On the Feast of Snow and Shadow," and Michael Bernstein, for "What it Does."

(official list here).

You can read all the poems in the 2011 Hessler Street Fair Poetry Contest book, available at the Hessler booth at the Fair, May 21 & 22, or available for purchase at Mac's.

If you missed the reading at Mac's, don't be blue: you've got another chance. On Sunday the winners will read from the stage at the Hessler Street Fair, simulcast on WRUW at 91.1 FM on the radio, and also on the internet, and webcast at
MC Joshua Gage gets the program moving

The winners: Left to right: Andrew Line, Shelley Chernin, Vladimir Swirynsky
*judged by the winners of last year's Hessler contest: Mary Turzillo, Jill Riga, and me.


John B. Burroughs said...

Wow! You work fast, Geoff. I just posted those videos and you already have links here. Great work (and great judging, by the way)!

Geoffrey A. Landis said...

Lucky coincidence-- I was just about to hit the "post" button when I saw the videos you were putting up, so I added the links at the very last thing before I posted.

Shelley Chernin said...

Thanks! Looking forward to seeing everyone at the Hessler Street Fair!

Geoffrey A. Landis said...

The Hessler Street Poetry Competition winners read on Sunday--tomorrow!-- at 2 pm. on the main stage at the Hessler Street Fair. If you can't catch it live, catch it streaming on the internet at, or live simulcast on the radio, WRUW 91.1 FM.


The poet doesn't invent. He listens. ~Jean Cocteau