Neil Aitken Wins First Place in Beyond Baroque's Third Annual Poetry Contest

Congratulations, dear Neil!

Beyond Baroque Announces the Winners of its Third Annual Poetry Contest!
Now in it’s third year, the 2012 Beyond Baroque Poetry Contest was judged by Los Angeles poet, teacher and arts organizer, Ms. Suzanne Lummis. Over 800 entries were submitted, and this year the contest was open to poets nationwide, expanded from California poets only for the first two years. Winners receive cash prizes. The first place winner receives $1000, the second place winner receives $500, and the third place winner receives $250.

Mr. Neil Aitken, a resident of Los Angeles and founding editor of Boxcar Poetry Review, has won first place in Beyond Baroque's third annual poetry contest, and will receive $1,000 in prize money. 

Noted Los Angeles poet, and this year’s judge, Ms. Suzanne Lummis, said of Mr. Aitken’s winning poem, “Of all the entries, my first choice, "Vigil," was the one that struck that fine balance between clarity and mystery, simplicity, and shimmering depth. After I'd read it, it continued to echo in my imagination.”