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

Sunday, April 19, 2015 • 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 fifth 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

* * *    2015 Winners   * * *

                                          High School, Category I:


                First place:  Amanda Owens

                Second place:  Sarilyn Daugherty



                                                        Adult, Category II:


                First prize:  Austin Kodra

                Second prize:  Linda Parsons Marion

                Third prize:  Jamie Elliott Keith

                Honorable Mention:  Jane Sasser

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 27, 2015 and mailed to:

    Old Gray Cemetery

    P.O. Box 806

    Knoxville, TN  37901

Winners will be contacted by Poetry Committee from

contact information placed with each poem.


Brian Griffin holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Virginia..  A former Director of Lifespan Religious Education at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, he has taught at The University of Virginia, The University of Tennessee, and Pellissippi State Community College. He was the first Writer in Residence at UTK and founded the Writers in the Library reading series there.  His fiction and poetry appears in a number of literary journals, including Shenandoah, Mississippi Review, New Millennium Writings, Asheville Poetry Review, Southern Poetry Review, Poems and Plays, Snake Nation Review, Clockwatch Review, New Delta Review, The Distillery, Mixitini Matrix, and elsewhere. He received the Mary McCarthy Award for Short Fiction for his collection Sparkman in the Sky and Other Stories.

2015 Contest Judge:

Brian Griffin