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We were delighted with the response to this year’s Orchard Street Press Poetry Contest. We received entries from all across the country, presenting an amazing array of styles, voices, themes,perspectives, and ‘make it new’ artistry. This year’s edition of Quiet Diamonds (due out in September) will be a remarkable collection indeed.

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On April 22, the Fresno, California Arts Council named educator, poet, arts organizer, and Orchard Street writer Megan Anderson Bohigian (Vanishing Point) the fifth Poet Laureate of the City of Fresno. Megan will serve as Laureate until 2023.

Judith Kennedy (To See in the Night) has recently learned that her poem “Longfellow Pine” will be included in the forthcoming anthology Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania.