PATERSON, NJ - The Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College is proud to announce the winners and honorable mention recipients of the 2012 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards.

First prize was awarded to Dante Di Stefano of Binghamton, NY, for his poem “Sometimes I Think I’ll Never Leave the Triple Cities.” Donna Spector of Warwick, NY, andCarole Stone of Verona, NJ, tied for second prize for their poems “Day of the Dead: Secrets” and “I, Who Am Living Now,” respectively.  Jim Reese of Yankton, SD, won third prize for his poem “Black Words on White Paper.”

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An awards ceremony and poetry reading for all winners will take place on February 2, 2013, in the historic Hamilton Club Building of Passaic County Community College, 32 Church Street, corner of Ellison, in downtown Paterson. This free program begins at 1:00 PM.

The honorable mention recipients are: Norma Ketzis Bernstock, Milford, PA, “Family Album;” Judith A. Brice, Pittsburgh, PA, “After the Crimson;” Gail Fishman Gerwin, Morristown, NJ, “Beat Goes On;” Tony Gloeggler, Richmond Hill, NY, “After;” Martin Golan, Verona, NJ, “Sitting in a Bar on the Upper West Side As My Newly Single Friend Tells Stories;”  Eric Greinke, Rockford, MI, “Shooting Lessons;” James D. Gwyn, Clifton, NJ, “Good Night, Irene;” Pat Hardigree, Bordentown, NJ, “Anita Recites;” Jean Hollander, Hopewell, NJ, “My Old Dog;” Susan G. Jackson, Jackson, WY, “Letter Home;” Alice Jay, Miami, FL, “Starlet;” Alice E. Johansen, Mebane, NC, “Warnings;” Gina Liotta, Garden City, NY, “Shelter Drill, 1990;” Frances Lombardi-Grahl, Clifton, NJ, “My Students Ask Me Where I’m From;” Mary Makofske, Warwick, NY, “The Anarchist’s Wife;” Mary Ann Mannino, Philadelphia, PA, “Terminal;” Sheila O’Neill Massoni, Hackensack, NJ, “Electro Convulsive Therapy at Bergen Pines;” Francesca Maxime, Brooklyn, NY, “Christmas Cards;” Pat Mottola, Cheshire, CT, “I Want to Meet an Old Hippie;” Gloria g. Murray, Deer Park, NY, “Pete;” Elizabeth Nesius, Wayne, NJ, “I Found the Body of a Dead Woman in My Backyard;” Tammy Paolino, Collingswood, NJ, “Crumbs;” Wanda S. Praisner, Bedminster, NJ, “Disclosure to a Daughter;” Maude Carolan Pych, Totowa Borough, NJ, “At the Armory on the Sabbath Day;” David Quintavalle, Long Island City, NY, “The Mosque;” Edwin Romond, Wind Gap, PA, “Requiem for My Hair;” Kenneth Ronkowitz, Cedar Grove, NJ, “Airbrushed;” Ellen Rowe, Moonachie, NJ, “Paterson’s Woolworth’s;” Lori Ruzich, Verona, NJ, “Mallomars;” Penelope Scambly Schott, Portland, OR, “My Grandma Rose’s Heavy Aluminum Saucepan with its Wooden Handle and Knob;” Donna Baier Stein, Bernardsville, NJ, “You Asked What Sustains Me;” Marianne Taylor, Mount Vernon, IA, “My Friend’s Father;” Leah Umansky, New York, NY, “Chess;” Alfred Weiss, New York, NY, “The Substitute Son;” Neal Zirn, Potsdam, NY, “On Going to Russia to Adopt a Child.”