The 12th annual Belfast Poetry Festival has announced that Sally Jaskold of Belfast is the winner of this year’s Maine Postmark Poetry Contest. The contest, now in its seventh year, is a statewide poetry event; more than 125 entries by poets from all regions of Maine were received.

Contest judge Connie Voisine, poet and professor at New Mexico State University and a Maine native, described the winning poem by Jaskold, “Bright Cloth, Foxhole,” as “marvelous, compact, and uncomplacent poem.” Jaskold’s poems have been previously published in Spoon River Poetry Review.

Jaskold grew up in Chicago, the fifth child of a Polish immigrant factory worker and his wife. She worked editorial for Encyclopædia Britannica and has been a freelancer since 1985. In Maine, she has lived in Portland, Peaks Island, Gardiner, South Hiram, Thorndike, Brooks and now Belfast. Jaskold will receive $100 and “Bright Cloth, Foxhole” will be published in the fall issue of Off the Coast, which calls itself Maine’s international poetry journal.

Runners-up include Charles Brown of Owls Head, second place, for “Richland, Washington;” third place, Margie Kivel of Rockport, for “Epitaph for Marjorie”; honorable mention, Douglas “Woody” Woodsum of Smithfield, for “Wood Stacking Song”; and honorable mention, Leslie Moore of Belfast, for “Installation Artist.”

The other finalists include Chloe Martin, Portland, “August Night”; Andrea Read, Somerville, Mass., “Dreaming of Love Inside the Snow Globe”; Robert Farnsworth, Greene, “Spill”; David Moreau, Wayne, “That Day”; and Jaskold, Belfast, “Why I Challenged Myself to Learn to Breathe Bilaterally at the Andover, Massachussets, YMCA Pool When I Was Dating a Man Fifteen Years My Senior.”

All 10 finalist poems will be on display in the Kramer Gallery of the Belfast Free Library during October; and Jaskold will read “Bright Cloth, Foxhole” during the festival’s opening program Friday, Oct. 14, starting 7 p.m. at Waterfall Arts, 256 High St. The Friday evening program also will feature readings from Voisine and all 10 finalists, as well as a reading honoring Maine poets of recent memory who have died, hosted by the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance. All are welcome to join for the program; doors open and a reception starts at 6 p.m.

As part of the Belfast Poetry Festival weekend, Voisine will offer a master class Saturday, Oct. 15, at 10 a.m. at Belfast Free Library. The master class is by application only. To apply, submit up to three poems (no more than three pages total), a bio and a short statement of work to by Friday, Sept. 30. Those accepted will be contacted by the festival for the $25 fee to reserve a space in the workshop. For more information about this and to see the complete festival schedule, visit

The 12th annual festival is made possible with support from the Belfast Free Library, Waterfall Arts and the City of Belfast. For more information, email Jacob Fricke at; visit the website; or visit the Belfast Poetry Festival’s Facebook page.

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