The 2012 Ragan Poetry Contest judge was Kevin Pilkington. Pilkington is a member of the writing faculty at Sarah Lawrence College. He is the author of six collections of poetry, most recently The Unemployed Man Who Became a Tree (Black Lawrence Press, 2011). His poetry has appeared in many anthologies including: Birthday Poems: A Celebration, Western Wind, and Contemporary Poetry of New England. His poems and reviews have appeared in numerous magazines including: Poetry, Ploughshares, Iowa Review, Boston Review, Yankee, Hayden’s Ferry, Columbia, North American Review, and others. A novel entitled Summer Shares is just out from Arche Books.
The winners of the 2012 Ragan Poetry Contest also read their work at the reading.