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Seventeen individual Quatrain City Poetry Contests were held from the end of March through November. Each Contest resulted in a winner and runner-up, both of which qualified for Grand Prize judging. These are the results:

Grand Prize:

“The Church of Adolescence” by Anthea Burson

First Runner-Up

“Myth of Life” by Ayoub Bangroo

Second Runners-Up (tie)

“Criss-Crossed” by Pushpa Moorjani
“Silent Cannons” by Diane Tegarden

Congratulations to all the winners, and especially to Anthea, who was the top choice of two of the three judges. You can see the winning quatrains, along with the accompanying photos, at http://www.jackhuber.com/quatraincity.htm.


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Congrats to Pushpa Moorjani and Ayub Bangroo for winning my latest Quatrain City Poetry Contest. To read the winning poems, go to http://www.jackhuber.com/QC/qc8.htm. You can also read previous winning entries, and the contest rules as well.

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Winners of the second edition of the Quatrain City Poetry Contest have been announced.  JackHuber.com is sponsoring this contest to provide poetic inspiration or to assist poets in fine-tuning their skills. Congrats go out to Diane Tegarden and Ayoub Bangroo for their winning entries.  they will now be automatically entered in a grand prize contest at the end of the year.

To see theses winning entries, go to http://www.jackhuber.com/quatraincity.htm.

It’s free to enter the Quatrain City Poetry Contest, but you must be a member of the Ryze group, which is also free. This is a great group, so if you have a mind to enter this semi-monthly contest, please join them at http://www.ryze.com/networkindex.php?network=wordmeisters and look for the next Quatrain City contest photo for inspiration. The rules are also included.

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This past weekend I took several large framed photos to a local Wichita gallery, Three Pea Gallery, who will be selling them along with my books. We are putting the finishing touches on a book signing/wine tasting evening at Three Pea during a monthly event called “Final Friday.” It is planned for April 30th, and two other artists, plus the gallery owner, will be showing their work as well. I’ll have several copies of my new book (“Aspects Long Forgotten”) available and I’ll personally sign them ala Rick “Castle.”

Final Friday, sponsored by Downtown Wichita and the local art districts, is known for its “art crawl,” in which several galleries and museums are open late and serve refreshments so that art lovers can move slowly from one gallery to the next. If you live in the Wichita vicinity, I hope you’ll stop in. For more info about my book, go to http://www.jackhuber.com/aspects.htm, and please feel free to add yourself to my guest map.

One last note: I am sponsoring a continuing 4-line poetry contest on the Ryze network and the latest inspiration is posted today. It’s free to enter, but you must be a member of the Ryze group, which is also free. This is a great group, so if you have a mind to enter this semi-monthly contest, please join us at http://www.ryze.com/networkindex.php?network=wordmeisters and look up the latest Quatrain City contest thread. The rules are also included.

Hope you are all having a wonderful week.


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“Aspects Long Forgotten” is now released and available at http://www.jackhuber.com/aspects.htm.  My latest book of poetry and photography, named for a poem within, was a year in the making.

The local gallery carrying my work, Three Pea, is planning an “Aspects” book-signing for Final Friday, an evening art crawl in the gallery district. Watch for that announcement.

JackHuber.com is also sponsoring a poetry contest to assist poets fine-tune their skills. Twice monthly, a photo is posted on the Ryze forum, “Wordmeisters, Poets and Writers Unite!” Members then compose a quatrain, or 4-line poem, inspired by the photograph. The first winners have been posted on my website at http://www.jackhuber.com/quatraincity.htm and will be automatically entered in a grand prize contest at the end of the year.

Only members of this Ryze group may enter the contest, but to join is free. Quatrain City Contest rules are posted in the forum. For more information, go to http://www.ryze.com/networkindex.php?network=wordmeisters.

Have a great week!


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In good form…

 Once again I have an article published in the Poetic Monthly Magazine. In this month’s column, which was released today, I discuss how and when I choose a poetic form. You can find it on Page 47 of the “View Free PDF” link partway down the front page of http://www.poetstage.com/poeticmonthly.htm . Also selected and included in this issue are two of my submissions, “Kindred Souls” and “Judging Without Knowing.”

You can find last month’s column, “The Scene of the Rhyme,” on Associated Content: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2771980/the_scene_of_the_rhyme.html?cat=47 .

 My new book, “Aspects Long Forgotten,” is in its final stages before release. I’ve corrected a few minor typos and ordered my (hopefully) final proof, which is on its way. With any luck, my new release will happen around April Fool’s Day. I hope that’s not an omen…


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I just finished placing my poems in my new book’s template and in order to write the preface, in which I describe the forms I’ve used, I had to make a list of them. It is a surprisingly long list:

Italian sonnet
English sonnet
terza rima
double Etheree
standard Habbie

Good thing my book is limited to 100 pages…

For a description on any of these forms, please go to http://www.associatedcontent.com/user/202741/jack_huber.html

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I’ve been working on my next book, which should be complete and available by the end of March. I hope your Valentine’s Day was special, as Mexican dinners with my Valentine always are.

My latest article, “The Scene of the Rhyme”, was published today on Poetic Monthly Magazine. You can find it at http://www.poetstage.com/poeticmonthly.htm on page 46 using the “View Free PDF” link about half a page down. I am asked about rhyming poetry all the time and this column attempts to explain my thoughts on the subject.

I’ve been mentioned again in February’s “Staff Picks” on GotPoetry.com for my participation in the “Blair Pentathlon,” which requires a poet to write five poems in five specified styles in five days. My quatern, “Subtle Clues,” was highlighted in the article. Read more at http://www.gotpoetry.com/News/article/sid=49208.html.

Since my last poetic form article on AC about how to write a “Blitz” poem (http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2671473/poetic_form_the_blitz.html?cat=42), I’ve been in contact with the form’s inventor, Robert Keim, and he has given me some great background on the reasoning behind it. AC has agreed to let me post an updated version of the piece that will include comments and more detail from Mr. Keim’s correspondence. I’ll announce when the updated article is available.

 Thanks to everyone for their wonderful support. I really appreciate it.


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I finally had time to update my website this week.  I added two new pages, one to keep a list of articles I’m writing for various periodicals and the other to provide links to lyrics I’ve begun to write.

I am a staff writer for Poetic Monthly Magazine, but they do not keep archives online once an issue is replaced by a new current one.  So, once an issue has passed, I’m posting my column on my Associated Content space.  You can see the start on my list at http://www.jackhuber.com/columns.htm.

With some nudging from my wife, I’ve begun to write lyrics.  She is an avid country/western fan (though I’m not), and she swears she can hear Kenny Chesney singing my most recent piece, “The Legend of Red Rock.”  I am looking for a composer with which to collaborate, so feel free to send this link to anyone who might be interested:  http://www.jackhuber.com/lyrics.htm.

Does anyone know Kenny Chesney personally?

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A lot’s been going on the last few weeks.  I’ll try to bring you up to date.

After a year-long job search, I managed to get hired last month as a Systems Analyst at the airport here in Wichita.  While it’s a great relief to be working again, I’ve found little time to write until this week.

As for news, my latest article was published today at Poetic Monthly Magazine.  It is about inspiration to write and you can download the pdf for free:  http://www.poetstage.com/poeticmonthly.htm (you can find my column on page 63).  I’ve now posted last month’s piece on AC at http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2285609/a_poet_does_not_a_lyricist_make.html?cat=33.

At GotPoetry.com, one of my poems won 2nd place in last month’s contest.  You can find it at http://www.gotpoetry.com/Poems/l_op=viewpoems/lid=60537.html

Also, GotPoetry highlighted me and my new poetic form, the quintana, in their October Staff Picks: http://www.gotpoetry.com/News/article/sid=42605.html.
Finally, I’ve spent some time in Nashville (my brother’s wedding was last weekend) and some musicians convinced me to convert some of my poetry to lyrics.  Please pass these first few on to any singer/songwriters you know:


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