2021 Fall Poetry Contest Winners


Congratulations to the Redwood Writers
2021 Fall Poetry Contest Winners!

Barbara Armstrong


Barbara Armstrong


Barbara Armstrong enjoys the nuanced power of words and their intrinsic music. Her poems have appeared in RW anthologies Phoenix, Crow, And Yet, and Beyond Distance, and others. She is a devoted member of The Poetry Collective in Sebastopol. Other interests include gourd and Shaker Box crafting, linguistics, construction, Balkan music, and organic blueberry farming.

jean wong


Jean Wong




Dana Rodney

"Collect My Dust"

Jean Wong is an award-winning writer. Her work has been produced at Sixth Street Playhouse, Petaluma Reader's Theater, and Off the Page. She is the author of Sleeping with the Gods and Hurtling Jade. Jean writes at the bottom of a well, amazed to look up and see the light.

Dana Rodney began writing seriously in 2018, motivated by the loss of her home in a California wildfire, and a second home to another wildfire in 2020. As a result of those experiences, she became interested in climate change and wildlife conservation issues and began writing a novel, The Last Polar Bear, from the point of view of the earth. She won First Place for an excerpt from that novel in the 2021 Jessamyn West Writing Contest in Napa, California.


Patricia Nelson


Dana Rodney

"Wildfire Elegy"

Jo Ann Smith

"Purple Dust"



Les Bernstein

Les Bernstein’s poetry has been published in journals, presses, and anthologies in the U.S. and internationally. Her chapbooks Borderland, Naked Little Creatures, and Amid the Din were published by Finishing Line Press. She won the 2014 Nazim Hikmet award and is a 2015 Pushcart Prize nominee. Les has served as co-editor of four of Redwood Writers Poetry Anthologies.



Susan Gunter, Ph.D., studied poetry with James Dickey. Her poems appear in journals around the country, including Poet Lore. She held the William Dean Howells Fellowship in American literature at Harvard’s Houghton Library in 2005. Susan’s books include poetry, a memoir, and three on the Henry James family.


Fran Claggett

Fran Claggett-Holland’s careers include 40 years of teaching in higher education, educational consultant, and author of books for teachers and students. Fran teaches memoir and poetry for Osher Lifelong Learning at SSU. She recently published a fourth book of poems. Fran has served as Editor and Co-Editor of Redwood Writers Annual Poetry Anthology since 2017.


Contests Chair

Tina Deason

Tina Riddle Deason, writing as CM Riddle, is the author of One’s Own Sweet Way, A Novel About Anxiety Disorder, several Redwood Writer Anthologies, and she has published magazine articles. As an Ordained Priestess, she writes rituals and ceremonies. She leads Women’s Circles, is an author, homemaker and a mom. She resides with her husband in Rohnert Park, California, where she is writing her second novel. priestesstina.com

Poetry Contest Chair


Linda Loveland Reid is the author of two novels. Dozens of her poems and articles have been published in magazines and anthologies. Linda teaches art history at Sonoma State University and Dominican University in their Osher Lifelong Learning programs. She is an oil and acrylic painter, and a director of theater.

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