Awards

Poetry:

I am grateful to the Massachusetts State Poetry Society for two awards in their National Poetry Day Contest.

My poem “Fairy Tale of Eternal Economic Growth” was awarded third prize by the Amy L. Dengler Award.

My poem “On Listening to Stravinsky’s Pulcinella” was awarded third prize by the Celebration of Life Award.

Finalist in General Poetry for the 2022 International Book Awards from American Book Fest.

In June, American Book Fest announced the winners and finalists of the 2022 International Book Awards.  Touch My Head Softly: Poems is Eileen P. Kennedy’s second collection of poetry.  It explores the anguish of Alzheimer’s disease for both the victim and the caregiving partner.  Literary Titan has described it as “emotionally charged poetry that explores life with observant poems that will appeal to anyone who loves inspired poetry.”  Kennedy’s earlier collection, Banshees (Flutter Press, 2015), was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and awarded second place for poetry in the Wordwrite Book Award Competition.

Jeffrey Keen, President and CEO of American Book Fest, said that this year’s contest yielded thousands of entries from authors around the world, which were then narrowed down to the final results.  Keen stated, “The 2022 results represent a phenomenal mix of books from a wide array of publishers.”  More information about the International Book Awards can be found at http://www.InternationalBookAwards.comAmerican Book Fest covers books from all sections of the publishing industry—mainstream, independent, and self-published.

The International Book Awards are in their 14th year and the American Book Fest has presented to such well-known authors, sometimes early in their careers, as Clive Barker, Rhonda Byrne, Jude Deveraux, Pope Francis, Anne Geddes, Heather Graham, Sue Grafton, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Anne LaMott, Jon Land, Bruce Lipton, Mark Nepo, George Saunders, and Amy Tan.  More information about the International Book Awards can be found at: http://www.InternationalBookAwards.com.

Touch My Head Softly: Poems is Kennedy’s second collection of poetry.  It explores the anguish of Alzheimer’s disease for both the victim and the caregiving partner.  Literary Titan has described it as “emotionally charged poetry that explores life with observant poems that will appeal to anyone who loves inspired poetry.”  Her earlier collection, Banshees (Flutter Press, 2015), was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and awarded second place for poetry in the Wordwrite Book Award Competition. For more information: https://www.finishinglinepress.com/product/touch-my-head-softly-by-eileen-kennedy.

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Finalist for the 2018 Concrete Wolf Louis Award.

Second Prize in Penumbra Haiku Poetry Contest by the Tallahassee Writers Association.

Crosswinds PoetryJournal  Contest 2017 finalist for “The Existence of God.”
Wordwrite Poetry Book  2016 Second Place for Banshees, Flutter Press, 2015. (There is a decal with this from the website, see if you can use it here.)
 
Pushcart Prize Nomination 2016 for “Eulogy for the Costa Rica Ghosts,”  (in Banshees, Flutter Press, 2015)
Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Prize Honorable Mention, Formal Poetry, 2016 for “Migration.”
The New England Book Festival 2016  for Banshees, Flutter Press, 2015.
London Book Festival Honorable Mention in Poetry, 2016  for Banshees, Flutter Press, 2015
 
New York Book Festival Honorable Mention in Poetry, 2016 for Banshees, Flutter Press, 2015.

Oregon Poetry Association Poetry Contest, Honorable Mention, “Letter,” 2015

Sky Blue Waters Poetry League, Award of Merit, “Peace Meal,” September 2000

Sky Blue Waters Poetry League, Award of Merit, “Vespers,” December 2000

Sky Blue Waters Poetry League, Honorable Mention, “Rabun County,” December 2000

Poetic License, Adult World Editor’s Pick, “Benediction,” January 2001

Sky Blue Waters Poetry League, Editor’s Choice, “Author.” January 2001

Sky Blue Waters Poetry League, Award of Merit, ”Benediction” February 2001.

Sky Blue Waters Poetry League, Award of Merit, “Infidelity,” February 2001.

Sky Blue Waters Poetry League, Editor’s Choice and Award of Merit, “ A Postcard View,” March 2001.

Northern Star, Honorable Mention “Our Time,”  April 2001.

Sky Blue Waters Poetry League, Award of Merit,” Summer Concert,” July 2001.

Sky Blue Waters Poetry League, Award of Merit, “Regrets,” August 2001.

California State Poetry Society, “Hope,” 2002.

Taproot Literary Review Awards, “Regrets,” 2003.

Fiction

Hodgepodge Short Story and Poetry Contest, Honorable Mention, “The Visit,” Fall 2000.

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