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January 4, 2022  |  Wingless Dreamer  |  Announcements

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My Cityline poetry contest


Covid-19 pandemic really took a toll on our mental health. But we did not let is win. With our resilience and perseverance, we found our way back into the game. As the new year is upon us, we can sit back, relax and introspect about what needs nourishment and repair, love and care.

With this in mind, Wingless Dreamer publishers held a contest that invited submissions on hope, motivation, perseverance, persistence. We wanted our writers to get motivated, encourage themselves and take this opportunity to boost their own morale. This is when we came up with the theme- Cityline. It could be anything you live; you daydream, or you fantasize. It could be anything from your lives in the metro, book cafes, your time with your family, or your city life.

Finally, the end results were quite astonishing as we received numerous submissions from all around the world nailing the art of poetry with their rich imageries and subtle tone used in their poems. Winner or not, we would like to congratulate all the participants for giving it a try.

Without any further ado, let’s announce the winner, top finalists, and contributors who made it to our anthology, My Cityline.

The grand winner of the Cityline Poetry contest 2021 and the winning honorarium of $100 is:

APRIL DAVIDSON – THE FLICKERING LAMPOST

April Davidson was born and raised in Nepal. She moved to Newcastle, Australia six years ago. She was a romance novelist before switching her career as a full-time poet. She graduated from the University of Newcastle, Australia. She loves surfing, creative writing articles for teens, book reviewing for young adult novels. Recently, married she lives happily in New South Wales and is tall for no reason.

A big round of applause for our top finalists:

KATHERINE LEE – THE ROOMS OF SOONECK CASTLE

Katherine Lee is a writer and artist based in Chicago. She graduated from Northwestern University in 2017 with honors in Creative Writing (Poetry) and a double major in Chemistry. Her work can be found in publications such as The Dewdrop and multiple Wingless Dreamer collections. Currently, Katherine is working on a project intended to contribute to and make more visible the dialogue on depression and mental health. In her free time, she enjoys napping with her two cats Luke and Leia, and walking around the city, especially around Christmastime.

ASHLEY DEMAR – OH LONDON!

The author’s name is Ashley DeMar, a writer, actor, singer and arts educator originally from upstate New York. Ashley has worked with The Rev Theatre Company (New York), The Barter Theatre (Virginia), Liberty Mountain: The Revolutionary Drama (North Carolina), The Live Literature Company (London, England) and many others. Most recently, her poem “meet me under the clock” was published in the Wingless Dreamer anthology Breath of love. Earlier this season, her work was chosen to be part of the U.S. debut of the ‘Of Earth and Sky’ outdoor exhibition in Charlotte, North Carolina. Currently, Ashley lives and works on a farm in Western North Carolina where she and her husband run a start-up non-profit dedicated to sustainable farming and food equality, aiming to increase education in these areas.

NICK GILLEY – A WALK THROUGH HYDE PARK

Nick Gilley is “an Artist, more or less”. A modern Renaissance man and “capital ‘r’ Romantic”, Nick is a multi-form artist from the woods of East Texas. He lives in the Austin, Tx area with his partner and muse, Elysia.

JONATHAN CANT – BRIGHT

Jonathan Cant is a writer, poet, guitarist, ex-advertising creative director, and former cartographer who embraces Nature, travel, music, and photography. A broad range of interests has led to his articles and short stories appearing in publications as diverse as Playboy to Australia’s leading flyfishing magazine: FlyLife. He lives in Sydney.

CHRIS PAIS – RED VELVET BUGS

Chris Pais was born in India and came to the United States for graduate studies in engineering. His work appears in Poetry India, The International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Wingless Dreamer, and elsewhere. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where he works on clean energy technologies and tinkers with bikes, guitars and recipes.

LISA DELAN – LETTER TO MASSACHUSETTS

As a classical soprano Lisa Delan has dedicated her career to the melody and rhythm of American poetry; performing, commissioning and recording musical settings of poems by cummings, Angelou, Bowles, Dickinson, Kinnell, Plath, and other visionary writers. Her performances can be heard on the Pentatone label and streaming platforms. While lending her musical voice to the words of poets who have moved and shaped her, Lisa has also engaged her own reflective voice as a poet. Her writing explores interior landscapes as seen through the prism of time and the connection of self to other. Lisa’s work will be featured in upcoming issues of the Mill Valley Literary Review and Beyond Words Literary Magazine.

GRATIA SERPENTO – I AM NOT FROM THE CITY

Gratia Serpento is an Oregonian poet/journalist who lives as far as civilization as possible. She’s had works published with Wingless Dreamer, Poor Yorick, not a type Magazine, Pile Press, The Scriblerus, The Graveyard Zine, Tumbleweed Zine, Blue Things Zine, Ishvara Wellness, Crystal Crush Magazine, among others. You can find her Instagram (@poet_serpento) to see previous/upcoming publications, stay updates on news/events, and see pictures of her puppy, Bernie.

PAPRIKA POE – BIRD IN MIAMI

Paprika Poe is a 22-year-old writer from Miami, Florida. He’s been writing for about four years with a focus on magical realism and surrealism. He’s currently enrolled in Florida International University. He’s been published in the anthology Flee to Spring by publisher Wingless Dreamer. He’s also published various articles for Florida International University’s newspaper PantherNow. He’s won 2nd place for Best Lifestyle Article in PantherNow.

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