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Honorable Mention in Paterson Literary Review

My poem, “Nun Gowns” was awarded an honorable mention in this year’s Paterson Literary Review awards. It appeared in the annual collection which is edited by Maria Mazziotti Gillan. Maria has been a heroine of mine for many years for her brave writing and also for her dedication to honoring poetry by all ages, in all situations, from all cultures. This is a ‘true’ poem from my childhood. My mother was a widow who taught at the Catholic school I attended. Once during the winter we all got terribly sick. The nuns sewed us flannel nightgowns, an act I honored in this poem.

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