The Joe Gouveia Outermost Poetry Contest’s evening reading and celebration, usually held in the spring, will take place on Thursday, November 12, at 7 PM as a live online event.

The contest, named for the late Cape Cod poet laureate Joe Gouveia, every year elicits hundreds of entries from all over the country and Canada. Novelist and poet Marge Piercy judges the poetry, and selected local poets have traditionally been invited to appear for an evening event at Wellfleet Preservation Hall where they read their winning poems. This year’s event will take place via Zoom.

The event is free and open to the public, but to tune in, email the station’s office for a Zoom link at

The 2021 Joe Gouveia Outermost Poetry Contest is already underway with a deadline for submissions of January 12. Rules of the contest can be found on the WOMR website.

Regional winners of this year’s contest were Elaine Cohen of Marstons Mills, first place for “Night Train East, 1985”; Robin Smith-Johnson of Mashpee second place for “Memory Care Unit”; and Wilderness Sarchild of Brewster, third place for “After the Hurricane.” Honorable mentions went to Chuck Madansky of Brewster, Gregory Hischak or Yarmouth Port, Lauren Work of Centerville, Lynne Viti of Wellfleet, Michael Shapiro of Brewster, Jeremy Faro of Provincetown, Donna O’Connell-Gilmore of South Orleans and Tom Chilton of Falmouth.

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