Self-Published Book Awards Winners – Poetry

Announcing the Poetry winners of the 5th Annual Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards

Poetry Category

First-place Winner

Ricky Rapoport Friesem
Rehovot Israel

Honorable Mentions

Brad Buchanan
The Miracle Shirker
Sacramento CA

Christopher Kuhl
blood and bone, river and stone
North Aurora IL

Margaret K. Menges
Children of the Sky
Elmira NY


Sedona AZ

Enlightened Heart/Darkened Soul
Elkton KY

My Love, My Words
Jamaica NY

The River of Liquid Dreams
Flippin AR

The Write Group
Moments Falling Open
North Andover MA

Forever Sentimental Vol. III
Cleveland Heights OH

Judith Adams
Crossing the Line
Langley WA

Yolanda T. Amon
The Baring of the Soul
Bolingbrook IL

Della Anderson
Storms of the Heart
Reno NV

Julie Arma
Tumacacori AZ

Stephanie Armiger
A Devil In The Pines
Twin Falls ID

Sandy J. Austin
Beam of Light
Woodbridge VA

Gertrudis Clarissa Aviles
Is’s Becauses and Why’s
Metairie LA

Joe Bacal
Growing Wings On The Way Down
New York NY

Levi James Baldwin III
Thru A Blindman’s Vision
Amerstam Holland Netherlands

Marat M. Bandemer, Jr.
Katy TX

Shulamit Bat-Or
Mother of the World
Hod-Hasharon Israel

Steve Bedney
New York NY

Daril Bentley
The Long Lake
Rio Rancho NM

David Bernstein
Voices of the Heart
White Plains NY

C.D. Berry
Descendents of Eve
Stone Mountain GA

Nelda "Sunny" Fairchild Bingo a.k.a. Ned Fairchild
Sing or Cry
Ashton ID

Eugene G.E. Botelho
Beyond Redemption and other small items
Eagle Pass TX

Eugene G.E. Botelho
Questions for a Disinherited
Eagle Pass TX

June Bowers
Bare Essences
Sarasota FL

Joseph J. Breunig 3rd
Reaching Towards His Unbounded Glory
Fitzwilliam NH

Angela K. Brown
Las Vegas NV

W. Buffington
Take a Look Inside
Vallejo CA

Shawn Burns
Falling Up a Hill
Frederick MD

Earl Vendryes Campbell
Mother: A Sweet Scented Rose
Fort Pierce FL

Melissa J. Carl
York PA

Chaplain Vincent W. Carroll
Poems From Da-Nang
Sarasota FL

R.S. Cauble
Arlington TX

Shirley Cheng
Waking Spirit
Wappingers Falls NY

Joan Bonnell Clark
All About Love
Rockford IL

D.B. Clark
It Could Be Verse
Miami FL

D.B. Clark
Death: A Second Opinion
Miami FL

D.B. Clark
The Curse of Humorous Verse
Miami FL

P. Taylor Copeland
I Liked You At Ten I’ll Like You Again
San Luis Obispo CA

David Cornberg
Divergent Grain
Tien Mou Taipei 111 Taiwan, Republic of China

David J. Cox
Love Pulp
Montreal QC Canada

Margaret Coyle
Words Collected on the Road to Silence
Indianapolis IN

Barbara D. Culp, Ed. D
The Essence of Me in Poetry
Decatur GA

Glenn K. Currie
Riding in Boxcars
Concord NH

Fay Hope Cusick
Pumpkin Dancin’
Hampstead NC

Ananya Das
Lingering Twilight
Hummelstown PA

Ann B. Day
Poetry Journal For the Seasons
Waitsfield VT

Gail A. DeJohn
Pieces of Grace
Holbrook AZ

Gail A. DeJohn
Windows Of Grace
Holbrook AZ

Francis E. Delaney
Memories, Minutes In Time
Frankfort IL

Lnda Eve Diamond
The Human Experience
Dania FL

J. Graham Ducker
Observations of Heart and Mind
Oshawa ON Canada

Jack Dukes
At Last!
Bellingham WA

Rachel Zohar Dulin
Alive, Unabashed and Passionate
Grayslake IL

Mary Kennedy Eastham
The Shadow of a Dog I Can’t Forget
San Jose CA

Jane Eastwood
Witches Queens Fairytale And Dreams
Golden CO

David Eberhardt
blue running lights
Baldwin MD

Keith Fancher
Through My Windows
Seal Beach CA

John Fingarson
A Constant Search for Truth
Pleasant Hill CA

Johanna Fisher Dorothy Smith
Time Space Home and Place
Buffalo NY

L.M. Flowers
For Dear Life: My Life Lessons
Stockton CA

Julie Gasior
Princeton NJ

Joel H. Goldstein
Haiku Africa
Denver CO

Craig Gosling
For the Love of Animals: Rhyme and Reason with Animals
Indianapolis IN

William Andrew Graham
Cry of Understanding
Saint Louis MO

William Andrew Graham
Distant Path
Saint Louis MO

Joe Hall
Reflections in Time
Woodlawn TN

Monica Hanchett
Expressions: A Bookof Poems
Houston TX

Dalston H. Harrison, Jr.
Collection of Poetry
Brooklyn NY

Jean McLeod Hendrickson
Tiny Poems
Norfolk VA

Magdale Labbe Henke
The Shedding of a Girl
Munich Bavaria Germany

Mary Hicks
Freedom Cries
Odenton MD

Diana S. Hindman
The Dancer
Kihei HI

Josephine C. Holt
A Seeker’s Journal
Eatonton GA

Penny Johnson
A Penny for your Thoughts
Lexington KY

Gary David Johnson
Head Trauma
Topanga CA

Bartie Jones
Poetry Is…
Tiffin OH

Beverly H. Kallgren
When Tomorrows Became Yesterdays
Litchfield CT

Kenneth Kennon
Chased By The Dawn
Tucson AZ

Mary W. Kimani
He Didn’t Die Easy
New York NY

Marielle Elisabeth King
All Children’R’ Gifted

Bruce Kingery
Common Mythologies–Uncommon Things
Rochester MI

Lewis Kornfeld
LXXXX Collected Poems
Fort Worth TX

Ronnie Lee
The Book Of Life: Existentialism
Hung Hom Kowloon Hong Kong

Heidi Lerner, M.A.
Gray Matters
Encinitas CA

Dory Leviss
Age is Only Young With Wrinkles
Deerfield Beach FL

Dan Lightsey
The Ballad of King George
Baldwin MD

Delma Luben
Glorious Autumn
Green Valley AZ

Tom Mach
The Uni Verse
Lawrence KS

Cheryl A. Martin, M.A.
Woman Reclining
Canton MI

Jeffrey D. Mason, M.H.
The Vine Rhyme Herbal
Garden City ID

Sam McCarver
Poetry Writing For Wanna-Be’s ª
San Juan Capistrano CA

Brian McComb
The Mind Of An Insomniac
Orlando FL

Emily McCormack
Connemara Twilight
Willowbrook IL

Maureen McDole
Exploring My Options
Saint Petersburg FL

Tod McGinley
"Hi, Mom!"
Sun City Center FL

Shannon McKinney
Blackberry Jam
Winslow IN

Gabriel McShane
Soul Chasing
Willow Street PA

Helen Renee Meley
Country Road Poetry Collection I
Cooksburg PA

David Messineo
A Taste of Brazil
Lafayette NJ

David Messineo
Lafayette NJ

Dorien K. Miles
Changing Seasons Changing Times
Bremerton WA

Jimi Miller
Mood Swingers II
Highlands Ranch CO

Edmund Miller
The Go-Go Boy
Flushing NY

Diane M. Moore
A Moment Seized
New Iberia LA

Tawana Moore-Cedeno
Hyattsville MD

Karla K. Morton
Wee Cowrin’ Timorous Beastie
Denton TX

Lylanne Musselman
Prickly Beer & Purple Panties
Indianapolis IN

Ken Nye
Searching for the Spring
Freeport ME

Laura Brackett Overton
Marvelous and Wonderful
Richmond VA

Jeanne Meech Park
Beat of a New Drum
San Diego CA

Elliott Perlin
Like the Trailings of a Comet on an Endless Journey
Bethesda MD

Jerry Plantz
More Words of Patriotism
Lees Summit MO

Lonnie E. Pruitt
The Truth Or Not?
Houston TX

Eddie Ray
Up From The Mountains
Alexandria VA

Mildred Bedinger Rhea
Billie and I and Some Other Guys and Bridge to the Twenty-First Century
Baker City OR

Dennis Rhodes
Entering Dennis
Provincetown MA

Nathan M. Richardson
Likeness of Being
Suffolk VA

Joseph Anthony Rinaldo, Jr.
San Diego CA

Wayne Rodgers
Who Am I?
Jacksonville FL

Daneill Rose
The Journey of a Lonely Heart
Richmond VA

Elena Rotsaka
Dark Soul
Malounta/Nicosia/2612 Cyprus

Darlene Azar Rubinoff
Love Sonnets
Houston TX

Abel Rymer
Mayfield UT

Catherine Mary Sabala
Mount Juliet TN

Irene Sabean
In a Time of Yellow Roses
Portland ME

Judy Goetz Sanger
Love in Our Language
New York NY

Joyce Schalker
Thoughts of a Woman for Women
Lees Summit MO

Stan Schmidt
Thistle For A Flower
Minnetonka MN

Stan Schmidt
Soul Mate’s Gust
Minnetonka MN

Nancy Scott
Leveling the Spin
Easton PA

Becky Sears
an unfamiliar place
Versailles KY

Margaret Dinzler Shaw
Ordinary Days
West Babylon NY

Joseph Sherman Alexandra Oliveira
Universes Beyond the Visible
Requiao Portugal

D.J. Shrewsbury
Getting a Miracle
Tucson AZ

Lex Sloot
the Tools to Xel
Hazleton PA

Frances Smalkowski, C.S.F.N.
Panning for Gold
Monroe CT

Lucy Ireland Smiley
Shady Summer Day
Birmingham AL

Lucy Ireland Smiley
Fireside Readings
Birmingham AL

Cassandra Alexis Smith
Remnants of the mosaic of my life
Corona NY

Fairon Glenn Spears
Walk with God
Henderson TX

F.A. Spinoza
Sonnnets and Selected Poems
Shelter Island NY

Ed Starkey
99 Wild Wily Female Witticisms
Dover PA

Donald Stinnett
God and the Country Boy
Owings Mills MD

Rosemary Anderson Taggart
Arrest The Poet
Long Beach CA

Sylvia Thompson
In the Garden of Illness: I Sit by the Well of Hope
El Paso TX

David R. Torrence
Brain Storms: A Collection of Free Verse
Meherrin VA

Jose Trejo-Maya
Macehualli Oracle
La Puente CA

Jeanne vanDorn Mauk
Jeanne’s Journal
De Land FL

James Vasquez
Women of the Bible
Ellensburg WA

Edythe Ve Del
Reflections from My Heart, Volume II
La Habra CA

Rachna Vohra
The Distance Within
Brossard QC Canada

Phil Walch
Santa Ana CA

Lois V. Walker
Pandora’s Box
Amityville NY

Richard Waller
The Famous God Said Sonnets
Albany GA

Donald D. Warner
Dark Destiny
Orlando FL

Dick Warwick
Out West to Outback & Beyond
Oakesdale WA

Siporia Waters
Black Woman with Issues
Mesquite TX

Marla Ann Weinstein
Positive Poetry Goes Around the World

David White
Richmond CA

Karen A. White
Tender Moments
Mays Landing NJ

Sheila Whitehouse
Flint and Needle
Hyannis MA

Larry Whitler
Barefoot Billetdoux
Ocala FL

Nell Funderburk Wiser
Poems from the Shoebox
Nashville TN

Susan Bandura Wrona
Radiant Cup
Medford OR

Sarah Louise Yagi
Reflections from the Pool of Life
Canonsburg PA

Sarah Louise Yagi
Poetic Potpourri
Canonsburg PA

Vivian Zabel Holly Jahangiri
Walking the Earth
Edmond OK

Category Winners and Entrants

Grand Prize Winner
Young Adult (YA)
Genre Fiction
Life Stories
Mainstream Fiction

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