Old Gray Cemetery



Old Gray Cemetery Board of Directors and

the Frank and Virginia Rogers Foundation
invite you to join us for:

Portraits of the Past

A Poetry Reading

Saturday, April 12, 2014 • 2:00 PM (rain or shine)
Old Gray Cemetery • 543 North Broadway • Knoxville, TN 37917

In celebration of National Poetry Month, winners of Old Gray's fourth annual poetry contest will be reading their poems along with contest judge.

Refreshments will be served.

Rain or shine. Parking across the street at St. John’s Lutheran Church and Emory Park Place or on the grounds of the cemetery.

Poetry in Old Gray

* * *    2014 Winners   * * *

                                          High School, Category I:


                First prize:  "In Memoriam" – AARON WALDRUPE

                Second prize:  "Snow White's Culprit" – JESSICA MOORE

                Honorable Mentions  "Tribute to the Past" – ISAAC SOBEK


                                                        Adult, Category II:


                First prize:  "Decoration Day" – CONNIE GREEN

                Second prize:  "What They Left Behind" – CAROL GRAMETBAUER

                Third prize:  "Harvest" – JANE SASSER

                Honorable Mentions: "Indian Graveyard" – DAVID PHILLLIPS ;  and  

              "Romanticism" – STEPHEN JOHNSON

THEME:  Portraits from the Past


  1. Any verse form accepted

  2. Typewritten, single or double-spaced

  3. Entries may include up to three (3) poems

  4. All poems must be 30 lines or less

  5. Send two (2) copies of each poem

  6. Contest open to East Tennessee residents only

  7. Author’s name, address, telephone number, e-mail address and category level should appear in top right corner of each page.

  8. No entry fee

  9. Two Category Levels:

Category One: High School Student (16 years or older)

1st & 2nd prizes of $50 & $25

Category Two: Adult

1st, 2nd, & 3rd prizes of $100, $75, & $50

Poems must be postmarked by March 14, 2014 and mailed to:

    Old Gray Cemetery

    P.O. Box 806

    Knoxville, TN  37901


Marianne Worthington, a native of Knoxville, is planning a trip across the new Henley Street Bridge very soon. She is co-founder and poetry editor of the online literary journal Still: The Journal and poetry editor for Now & Then: The Appalachian Magazine. She is editor of the Motif anthology series from MotesBooks and the 2010 recipient of the James Baker Hall Memorial Prize in Poetry sponsored by New Southerner magazine. Her poetry chapbook is Larger Bodies Than Mine (Finishing Line Press, 2006). She received the Al Smith Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council and is a grant recipient of the Kentucky Foundation for Women. She lives in Williamsburg, Ky.

2014 Contest Judge:

Marianne Worthington
Associate Professor, Communication & Journalism
University of the Cumberlands