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Poetry Contest Deadline…14, no, 13 days away.

March 7, 2011

In solidarity with the people of St. Lucia,
a small Caribbean Island still reeling from Hurricane Tomas —

We announce the First Annual Poetry Benefit Contest.
Contest winner will receive $100 and publication in a future issue of dirtcakes.

Read details here.

Why St. Lucia?  Well it all begins with a story by Natalie…

“The island brims with sensuality and life.  The waves’ constant caress carves sandy beaches out of the shoreline and keeps the island and its inhabitants isolated from the rest of the world. As a result, St. Lucians have development a rich and unique culture so that I can honestly say a combination of the natural beauty and the people inspire me as a writer. I grew up reading books that took me on journeys and adventures all around the world, creating a longing for foreign places, peoples and languages, but it is St. Lucia that grounds me as a writer.

Castries habor in the background 

I had no idea I wanted to be a writer until my late teens, but I think the seed was planted long ago when I attended Methodist primary school and learned that Derek Walcott, had attended my school…”

Natalie d’Auvergne is from the Caribbean island of St. Lucia. She holds a BA in English from Southern University and is currently pursuing Dual Master’s degrees in Literary Studies and Creative Writing at Chapman University in Orange, California. She is a writer of fiction and poetry. Read her interviews and book reviews at Chapman University’s Tabula Poetica website visit her literary blog to read the rest of this story at

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