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2023 Crossroads
Poetry & Micro-Fiction Finalists!

Thursday, July 27th
from 7:30-9pm

Join us for a stunning reading of this year’s Crossroads Poetry & Micro-Fiction Contest finalists! 

The top ten finalists have been asked to read their piece live on Zoom Thursday, July 27th during “Thursdays with ESWA” from 7:30-9 PM EST.  Three winners will be awarded prizes after the readings!

Now in it’s 5th year, this year’s contest was judged by Poet Laureate of Salisbury, Nancy Mitchell who will be joining us as we announce the winning entries. Grab your favorite beverage, log in to Zoom, and see who placed!


(in alphabetical order)

Shirley Brewer
Shirley J. Brewer graduated from careers in bartending, palm-reading and speech therapy. She serves as poet-in-residence at Carver Center for the Arts in Baltimore. Her poems garnish Barrow Street, Poetry East, Slant, Gargoyle, Tar River Poetry, and many other journals/anthologies. Shirley’s books include A Little Breast Music, Passager Books, After Words, Apprentice House Press, and Bistro in Another Realm, Main Street Rag. Her fourth poetry collection, Wild Girls, was published by Apprentice House in June, 2023.
Catherine Carter
Catherine Carter’s poetry collections include Larvae of the Nearest Stars, The Swamp Monster at home, The Memory of Gills, and Marks of the Witch.  Her work has also appeared in Best American Poetry, Orion, Poetry, Ecotone, and North American Review, among others.  Catherine was raised in Greensboro, Maryland, where her parents still live.  Now she lives in Cullowhee, North Carolina, and is a professor of English at Western Carolina University. Visit her website.

Beth Dulin
Beth Dulin’s writing has appeared in The American Journal of Poetry, Atlanta Review, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Gargoyle, Little Patuxent Review, New York Quarterly, and Wigleaf, among others. She’s the author and co-creator of Truce, a limited edition artists’ book, in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum and the Museum of Modern Art. She lives on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Visit her online here.

Constance Hays Matsumoto
Constance Hays Matsumoto lives in Greenville, Delaware with her husband and their adorable Westie. A former corporate and interior design devotee, she later embraced creative writing and now enjoys the life of an active literary citizen. Connie is inspired by Shakespeare’s “What’s Past is Prologue,” and writes stories and poetry intended to influence positive change in our world. Her debut novel, Of White Ashes, was published by Apprentice House Press in May 2023.
Clarinda Harriss
Clarinda Harriss is a professor emerita of English at Towson University.  For more than four decades she has done several things dear to her heart, and continues to do them:  publish Maryland’s oldest literary press: Brickhouse Books, and worked with prison writers.   She is the author of 9 books–in both poetry and fiction, delights in her two children and five grandchildren, owns a pitbull, enjoys gardening and cooking, the latter of which has been acclaimed by many.
David Kozinski
David P. Kozinski has two full-length poetry books: I Hear It the Way I Want It to Be (2022) and Tripping Over Memorial Day (2017) – both from Kelsay Books. His chapbook, Loopholes (Broadkill Press), won the Dogfish Head Poetry Prize. Kozinski is Poet in Residence at Rockwood Museum in New Castle County, Delaware. In 2018 he was Delaware Division of the Arts Established Professional Poetry Fellow and Expressive Path’s Mentor of the Year.
Deborah Levine
Deborah Levine is a formal poet who lives on Kent Island with one cat, two parrots, a flock of hens, and the neighbor’s rooster. She writes about self-discovery, the human condition, and nature. She wrote poetry in high school, studied short fiction and physics at UNC-Chapel Hill (way too long ago), and has returned in waves to verse, most recently when she moved to Maryland in 2017 to teach (astronomy) at Anne Arundel Community College.

Sarah McAulay
Sara McAulay grew up in Northern Virginia and spent the first 10 summers of her life at her family's summer cabin on the Chesapeake. (It's said she could swim before she could walk.) She is the author of three novels and numerous works of short fiction; received Fellowships from the National Endowment For the Arts and NJ State Arts Council for prose. In recent years she has turned to poetry and flash, with work nominated for Best of the Net. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where the crab isn't bad, just not what she was used to.
Jane Mohler
Jane Edna Mohler is the 2020 Bucks County Poet Laureate (Pennsylvania.) She was the 2016 winner of Main Street Voices. She has presented at the Bay to Ocean Writers’ Conference from 2020 through 2022. Recent publications include Gargoyle, River Heron Review, and One Art. Her book, Broken Umbrellas, (Kelsay) is available on Amazon. She is the Poetry Editor of the Schuylkill Valley Journal. See her website for details
Patricia Valdata
Pat Valdata is a poet and novelist. Her book about women aviation pioneers, Where No Man Can Touch, won the 2015 Donald Justice Poetry Prize. This book of persona poems was published in a revised edition in 2023. Pat’s work has appeared in Ecotone, Ekphrastic Review, Italian Americana, Little Patuxent Review, North American Review, Passager, and Valparaiso Poetry Review, as well as several anthologies. Pat lives in Crisfield, Maryland.

About This Year’s Judge

NANCY MITCHELL is the author of The Near Surround, Grief Hut, and The Out-of-Body Shop, and co-editor of Plume Interviews I.  A recipient of a Pushcart Prize, her poems have appeared in such journals as Agni, Green Mountains Review, Ploughshares, and Washington Square Review. She has taught in the English and Environmental Studies Departments at Salisbury University, Maryland, and is an Associate Editor for Plume Poetry Journal. She hosts the Zoom Reading Series Poets on the Plaza and serves as the Poet Laureate of the City of Salisbury, Maryland

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