Berea, KY, USA

James Richardson


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About me:

I'm a divorced father of two. I've been writing most of my life. I struggle with life everyday but do my best to continue on with my inner light shining brightly out from all sides.
Berea, KY, USA

James Richardson

I'm a divorced father of two. I've been writing most of my life. I struggle with life everyday but do my best to continue on with my inner light shining brightly out from all sides.

My Poems


  • December 2016 Exemplars

    Poetry Reviews by Grace Cavalieri

  • Random Bailey provides touching verse on this special day


    Contest Winners Announced for January – June 2016 Contest

  • July – December 2015 winners

    Check out our most recent winners!

  • July–December 2015 Grand Prize Winner

    Marc Savey-Bennett, “The Butcher’s Choice”

  • Grace Cavalieri

    Poet, Playwright, and Host of "The Poet and the Poem"

  • 5 Poetry Writing Tips For Beginners

    By K. Paul Mallasch

  • Jan–June 2015 Contest Winner

    Dustin Calkins of Tacoma, WA

  • Ask the Editor...

    What advice does a professional poet have for a beginner?

  • Feature Poet: T. S. Eliot

    19th Century American/British Poet

  • Top to Bottom or Bottom to Top?

    A Young Poets Clever Verse Garners Worldwide Praise

  • Feature Poet: Emily Dickinson

    19th-century American Poet

  • New US Poet Laureate

    Americas 21st poet laureate: Juan Felipe Herrera

  • Feature Poet: Samuel Taylor Coleridge

    English poet, critic, and philosopher

  • Ask the Editor...

    Is there any way to make title-brainstorming easier?

  • Second Contest Winner of 2014

    Jeffrey Magnuson of San Diego, CA

  • Feature Poet: Gertrude Stein

    American modernist writer of novels, plays, short stories and poems

  • Poetry Book Recommendations of 2014

    From the Washington Independent Review of Books

  • Ask the Editor...

    Should I put a period at the end of every line in my poem?

  • Feature Poet: William Blake

    18th-century poet, printmaker, and painter

  • Five Deadly Sins

    Five of the most destructive mistakes in poetry

  • Ask the Editor...

    Do you have any poetry reading tips for beginners?

  • First Contest Winner of 2014

    Sonya Troncoso of San Antonio, TX

  • Feature Poet: Elizabeth Barrett Browning

    Victorian poet who achieved popularity during her lifetime

  • Summer Reading 2014

    Top suggestions for your summer list

  • Ask the Editor...

    How do I keep my momentum on an average day?

  • Ask the Editor...

    Do poems have to rhyme?

  • Feature Poet: Langston Hughes

    Talented and hardworking writer, intellectual, and activist

  • Contest Winners of 2013

    Daniel Edward Morris of Pittsburgh, PA, and Robyn Redding of Charlotte, NC

  • Feature Poet: e. e. cummings

    20th-century American poet, painter, essayist, author, and playwright

  • Ask the Editor...

    How can I enjoy all kinds of poetry?

  • Verses of Voyage: Summertime and Travel Poetics

    Travel poetics belongs to the genre of travel writing

  • Talent Trumps Temper Tantrum!

    2012 Grand Prize Winner Laura Leigh Packard

  • Ask the Editor...

    What can I do to avoid giving up writing?

  • Feature Poet: Pablo Neruda

    20th-century Chilean poet

  • Inaugural Poet 2013

    Poetry read at presidential swearing-in ceremonies

  • Ask the Editor...

    How and why should I bother revising?

  • Feature Poets: Marilyn Nelson, Claudia Rankine and C. D. Wright

    2013s new chancellors of the Academy of American Poets

  • Small Presses Today... and How to Get Their Attention

    Submitting work for publication

  • Form, Function, and Verse

    Storytelling Through Narrative Poetry

  • Phenomenolgy in Form

  • Feature Poet: Natasha Trethewey

    Her creations are personally and historically invigorating

  • Congratulations to Southern Native Natasha Trethewey

    Named the nations 19th US Poet Laureate by the Library of Congress

  • Feature Poet: Anne Sexton

    20th-century American poet

  • National Poetry Month 2012

    This celebratory month was inaugurated in 1996

  • Ask the Editor...

    Is there any way to jumpstart a poem?

  • Free Verse at the Forefront of Poetic Style

  • Similitudes of Poetry and Songwriting

    Strategies and Ideas for Today’s Aspiring Songwriter

  • Dealing with Themes

    Avoiding the Dilution of Art with Sentiment

  • Ask the Editor...

    Is there still a place today for poetic rhyme?

  • Feature Poet: Robert Penn Warren

    Renowned poet, novelist, essayist, and critic

  • Ask the Editor...

    Any advice for beginner poets, and whats the deal with capitalization?

  • Mind Over Meter

    Traditional vs. Contemporary Styles

  • New Yorker Essayist Adam Gopnik Speaks at W. D. Snodgrass Symposium

  • The Ins and Outs of Self-Publishing

    Useful insight into the publishing process

  • Contemporary Poet W. D. Snodgrass Remembered at the University of Delaware

    An Honorary Event Held in Memory of One of Today’s Most Influential Poets

  • Join Our Community on Facebook

    Meet Fellow Poets

  • Self-Publishing Becoming the New Standard

  • James Milliron

    August ’10 Grand Prize Winner

  • Gottardo DiGiacopo

    December ’09 Grand Prize Winner

  • Making It to the Winner's Circle

    Who Are Our Winners, How Are They Chosen, and Where Are They Found?

  • Alice P. Thomas

    September ’09 Winner of Eber & Wein’s National Amateur Poetry Competition

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