Friend and frequent contributor Lee Sharkey is a finalist for international prize with work about husband’s dementia

Congratulations to our Friend and frequent support, Lee Sharkey for becoming a Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize Finalist! She submitted her poem, “Letter to Al,” “a heart-rending account of Sharkey’s experience with her husband’s memory loss that has made her a finalist in a prestigious international poetry contest.” The Portland Press Herald recently ran a great article about Lee, her poem and becoming a finalist. You can read the article here:

We were incredibly fortunate to be able to print three of Lee’s poems in our Summer 2016 Issue ( You can see her poem “Disowning is the Only Treason” here:, “Show Boat” here: and “The Izabel Songs” here: