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2017 CSPS Monthly Contest Winners 

Month Topics Place Poet Poem
January
Nature, Seasons, Landscape, Ecology
1st
2nd
3rd
Meryl Natchez
Von. S. Bourland
David Anderson
Apology to Trees
Fed by Folioage
The Coming Snow
February
Romance, Love, Emotions
1st
2nd
3rd
Barbara Blanks
Mary Jo Lofiego West
Jane Stuart
Road Songs
Looking In
Remembering Love
March
Free Subject
1st
2nd
3rd
Sally Clark
Kathy Lundy Derengowski
Mary Jo Lofiego West
One Screw Loose
Beginnings
Tule Fog
April
Travel, History, Mythology, Other Cultures
1st
2nd
3rd
Barbara Blanks
Mary Jo Lofiego West
Jane Stuart
The trail where they cried
Monument
Tantalizing Maze
May
Portraits, Persons, Characters
Portraits of animals, objects, places
with character.
1st
2nd
3rd
Jane Gragg Lewis
Kathy Lundy Derengowski
Barbara Blanks
Mariner 1
Grown Up
Silence of the Sham
June
Free Subject
1st
2nd
3rd
Kathy Lundy Derengowski
Mary Jo Lofiego West
David Anderson
The Others
Interlude
Another Villanelle
July
Childhood, Memoir, Lessons of the Past
1st
2nd
3rd
August
Humor, Satire, Joy of Life
1st
2nd
3rd
September
Free Subject
1st
2nd
3rd
October
War & Peace, Activism & Politics
1st
2nd
3rd
November
Family, Friendship, Human Condition
1st
2nd
3rd
December
Best of Your Best
Winning or published poem only. Indicate
complete name of contest or publication
and the issue/date of the publication/
award.
1st
2nd
3rd

2015 CSPS Monthly Contest Winners 

Month Topics Place Poet Poem
January
Nature, Seasons, Landscape, Ecology
1st
2nd
3rd
Eileen Malone
Jane Stuart
June Gerron
Wild Lilac
Silver Night
Autumn Hurrah
February
Romance, Love, Emotions
1st
2nd
3rd
Ruth Adams
Von S. Bourland
Jerry Douglas Smith
About a Wall
First Steps
Angelique
March
Free Subject
1st
2nd
3rd
Von S. Bourland
Barbara Blanks
Stephen Galiani
A Brake for Trouble
Grecian Formula
Sentinel  
April
Travel, History, Mythology, Other Cultures
1st
2nd
3rd
Ruth Adams
Katharyn Howd Machan
Lillian M. Fisher
A Long Farewell
End of Day
Memoire
May
Portraits, Persons, Characters
Portraits of animals, objects, places
with character.
1st
2nd
3rd
Barbara Blanks
Lillian M. Fisher
Nicki Carr
Overwhelmed
Portrait of a Desert
Backyard Quarterback 
June
Free Subject
1st
2nd
3rd
Katharyn Howd Machan
Janice Canerdy
Robert Rizzi
CARDS
Miss USA
Infatuations
July
Childhood, Memoir, Lessons of the Past
1st
2nd
3rd
Nick Sweet
Jerry Douglas Smith
George E. Samerjan
Moore, Oklahoma 2013
Father's Only Tears
Somehow 
August
Humor, Satire, Joy of Life
1st
2nd
3rd
Robert T. Lundy
Lillian M. Fisher
Marianne Lyon
Driver's Ed
Oh, Ye Modern Poet
Dad, Make Us Laugh
September
Free Subject
1st
2nd
3rd
Von S. Bourland
David Anderson
Kathy Leonard
Three Times Make a Wish
The White Piano
Gypsy Woman and Truth Revealed
October
War & Peace, Activism & Politics
1st
2nd
3rd
George E. Samerjan
Michelle Shen
Ruth Adams
Ambush (1242)
Harriet
When I Remember
November
Family, Friendship, Human Condition
1st
2nd
3rd
Von S. Bourland
Amie Ilva Tatem
George E. Samerjan
Jordynn's Guardian Angel
Thanksgiving Day, New York, USA
When It Rains
December
Best of Your Best
Winning or published poem only. Indicate
complete name of contest or publication
and the issue/date of the publication/
award.
1st
2nd
3rd
Kathy Lundy Derengowski
David Anderson
Ruth Adams 
San Onofre
A Madeleine of Peaches
Montserrat of Barcelona 

2016 CSPS Monthly Contest Winners 

Month Topics Place Poet Poem
January
Nature, Seasons, Landscape, Ecology
1st
2nd
3rd
Patricia Dreyfus
George E. Samerjan
Kathy Lundy Derengowski
Dakota Spring
When She . . . iv
Stonehenge, and the HOA Landscape
February
Romance, Love, Emotions
1st
2nd
3rd
Ed McManis
Barbara Blanks
Jerry Douglas Smith
The Affair
Forty Four Years Later
Night Train
March
Free Subject
1st
2nd
3rd
Katharyn Howd Machan
Georgette Unis
Ed McManis
Poetry Didn't Save My Brother
The Ever Presence
Lunch Room Monitor
April
Travel, History, Mythology, Other Cultures
1st
2nd
3rd
Ruth Adams
Barbara Blanks
George E. Samerjan
A Long Farewell
Cyrus Avery, Father of Route 66
Gate A-16
May
Portraits, Persons, Characters
Portraits of animals, objects, places
with character.
1st
2nd
3rd
Rose Ann Spaith
Von. S. Bourland
Allegra Silberstein
Vincent As Roulin Family Artist
Ancient Guardian
Egypt Cat
June
Free Subject
1st
2nd
3rd
Von S. Bourland
George E. Samerjan
Catherine Lucas
The Lady in White
That Morning
Boy Not Seeing Whales
July
Childhood, Memoir, Lessons of the Past
1st
2nd
3rd
Kathy Lundy Derengowski
David Anderson
Mary Jo LoFiego West
Blind-sided
Moonrise, Silence
Simple Pleasures
August
Humor, Satire, Joy of Life
1st
2nd
3rd
Rose Ann Spaith
Katharyn Howd Machan 
George E. Samerjan 
POEMKIN
Firm
Dr. Monkash's Office
September
Free Subject
1st
2nd
3rd
Von S. Bourland
Katharyn Howd Machan
George E. Samerjan
Twins by Date
Autism
Reunion
October
War & Peace, Activism & Politics
1st
2nd
3rd
Bruce T. Gallie
Kathy Lundy Derengowski
Ellaraine Lockie
Colors, Iraq
Memorial Day
Silent
November
Family, Friendship, Human Condition
1st
2nd
3rd
Jane Stuart
Von S. Bourland
Nick Sweet
In Lethe's Shadow
Asthmatic Dreams
Barbara, Marian and the Elder
December
Best of Your Best
Winning or published poem only. Indicate
complete name of contest or publication
and the issue/date of the publication/
award.
1st
2nd
3rd
Kathy Lundy Derengowski
Michael Fraley
Barbara Blanks
Wordworker
The Bumble Bee
The Women's Orchestra at Auschwitz

2014 CSPS Monthly Contest Winners 

Month Topics Place Poet Poem
January
Nature, Seasons, Landscape, Ecology
1st
2nd
3rd
Lillian M. Fisher
Jerry Douglas Smith
Bruce Crawford
I See the Hill
Traces
Corn Song
February
Romance, Love, Emotions
1st
2nd
3rd
Lillian M. Fisher
Ninette Freed
Von S. Bourland
Memory
Love, at Last
Breaking Ground
March
Free Subject
1st
2nd
3rd
Ninette Freed
Lillian M. Fisher
George E. Samerjan
Spring Despite Growing Torment
A Mother Speaking
I Saw a Man Dancing on the Sidewalk
April
Travel, History, Mythology, Other Cultures
1st
2nd
3rd
Teresa Bullock
Von S. Bourland
John McBride
Pomegranate
The Birth Tree
The Cave at Lascaux
May
Portraits, Persons, Characters
Portraits of animals, objects, places
with character.
1st
2nd
3rd
Ninette Freed
Von S. Bourland
Lillian M. Fisher
Van Gogh Vision
Cast Iron Maiden
To a Live Oak
June
Free Subject
1st
2nd
3rd
Lillian M. Fisher
David Anderson
Evelyn Cole
The Game
Claude Monet, Giverny, 1922
Life on the Edge
July
Childhood, Memoir, Lessons of the Past
1st
2nd
3rd
David Anderson
Katharyn Howd Machan
John McBride
Struck by Wind
Highway
Lessons of the Immigrant
August
Humor, Satire, Joy of Life
1st
2nd
3rd
Katharyn Howd Machan
Lillian M. Fisher
Jane Stuart
Brown
Dilemma
Life’s Journey
September
Free Subject
1st
2nd
3rd
Barbara Blanks
Jane Stuart
Katharyn Howd Machan
So It Begins
Tonight Brings Back the World that Was
Lucinda Garr, Redwing, 1888
October
War & Peace, Activism & Politics
1st
2nd
3rd
Bruce Crawford
Felix Fojas
Barbara Blanks
Cpl. Pat Tillman, KIA
Anti-War Prayer
Letter from England, 3rd July
November
Family, Friendship, Human Condition
1st
2nd
3rd
Barbara Blanks
Von S. Bourland
Lisha Perini
The Family Meeting
Fact, Not Wishes
Disembodied
December
Best of Your Best
Winning or published poem only. Indicate
complete name of contest or publication
and the issue/date of the publication/
award.
1st
2nd
3rd
Von S. Bourland
George E. Samerjan
June Gerron
Unexpected Treasure at an Estate Sale
High Bank Canto IV
Whale Watching