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United Poets Laureate International features Judy as its “Poet of the Month” for July 2016. See bio, pic and her winning poems of Artistry, Carry Me High and Artist's Palette at upli-wcg.org.

UPLI: Poem The Shape of Home-Post Katrina published in “Laurel Leaves” in June.

MPS Spring Festival: 2nd plc for Paintbrushed Fields; 3rd plc for Love for a Lifetime; HM's for Trail of Tears and My Shadow.

Galaxy of Verse: Cento Poem Award 1st plc for Snow; MacDonald Memorial Award 2nd plc for Biscuits for Dinner.

Published in GOV Anthology: A Clear View, Down the Dusty Trail, Unsung Artist, and Message in a Bottle.


MO Summer Poetry: Rhymed Verse 2nd plc for Carry Me High & Humorous Verse 2nd plc for Closet Talk

IN State Poetry: Fun Times Award 1st plc for Summer Interlude & reserved HM for Welcome Spring-vs. 2 in the Margaret HIner Hight Award. 

AZ State Poetry: Western Dreams Award 2nd plc for Down the Dusty Trail.

Published in Coastlines, a USM Gulf Coast publication, poem A Reminder.

Fall winner in Magnolia Quarterly, poem On Halloween.  Also published in Fall MQ: Pantanal & Changing Patterns.

Galaxy of Verse: McCarthy Award, 2nd plc for poem Walking in Darkness.

Writer's Unlimited/MPS-SB: Prose Awards:  Jarvis Award: 1st plc for Change of Attitude, Coastal Ins. Award 2nd plc for Measure of Patience, Chevron Products Award: 2nd HM for Raising Twins. Poetry awards: Burnham Drugs Award: 3rd plc for Autumn, MPS-South Branch Award: 3rd plc for Morning Coffee, Ruby Dennis Mem. Award: 1st plc for Song of Spring, Limerick Award: 2nd plc for Rose, Dane Turner Mem. Award: 1st plc for Cat-egorically Speaking.

May- Galaxy of Verse Contest: 1st Place for "Guardian Tree" and HMs for "Death of a Small Town" and "Katrina: A Petrarchan Sonnet"

May 2015 - My poem Artistry is being danced on tour with Natica Angilly's "Poetic Dance Theater Company"

May 2015 - United Poets Laureate International - finalist (if you can tie to the link below, it is on the website under category #2.
http://www.upli-wcp.org/?page_id=2173  (I got the first honorable mention in this)

Apr. 2015 - Won at MPS Spring Festival - 1st place for Grandpa's Barn;
HM's for Death of a Small Town, A Time to Live & Then Depart, All that Jazz, Walter Inglis Anderson and Clocks.

July 2014 - Judy won a Grand Prize from DancingPoetry.com for her poem "Artistry." The competition is sponsored by Artists Embassy International.  The poem will be choreographed and danced on Sept. 20 at the 21st Annual Dancing Poetry Festival at the Florence Gould Theater in the California Palace of the Legion of Honor Art Museum in Lincoln Park, San Francisco, CA.

July 2014 - Judy was awarded a Mississippi Arts Commission $500.00 minigrant to support professional development training.

July 2014 - Short story "Noteworthy Performance" to be published by Arthur Ford in "The Pen".

May 2014- "Day of Remembrance" wins 1st HM in Guns, Grenades and True Grit Poetry Competition of war poems sponsored by Wanda Parrott.

April 26-27, 2014 -MPS Spring Festival awards:  2nd place poems: Moonlit Nights, Artist's Palette and Life's Guide; 4th place for It's "The Gathering"; 1st HMs for Promises to Keep and PGT Beauregard's 1st Wife.  Judy and husband Ken also presented their "Merging Poetry and Music Workshop" at the MPS Spring Festival in Starkville.

Dec. 13, 2013-Poem "Mountains" published in Southern Voices with Deep South Magazine

Oct 3-5, 2013 Another music festival has selected Bridges, The Silent Sea, and Window To The Stage  from  Ken's & Judy's Poetic Soundscapes (CD) narrated poetry to electronic music. NACUSA (National Association of Composers U.S.A.) presents them at their National Conference Festival held at Louisiana Tech University in Rustin, LA.

Sept 2013. Judy's poem "Bird Watch" is published in the Summer issue of Wildlife Mississippi magazine.

Judy and Ken present selections live from their Poetic Soundscapes:
- Sept 19, 2013. at Jeff Davis campus of MGCCC Lifelong Learning Institute.
- Sept 17, 2013 at the Fairhope Writer's Showcase at Fairhope Library, Fairhope, AL.

Sept 2013. Judy wins Mississippi Senior Poet Laureate and is also named the 2013 National Senior Poet Honor Scroll winner. The annual competition is sponsored by The Amy Kitchener Foundation "Angels Without Wings."

August 15-17, 2013. Judy's poems at a composers' music festival!
PARMA Music Festival and Society of Composers in Portsmouth, New Hampshire feature Bridges, The Silent Sea, and Window To The Stage  from  Ken's & Judy's Poetic Soundscapes (CD) narrated poetry to electronic music. 

May 2013 - Judy's Poem "Window to the Seasons" and an excerpt from her "Ode to Stained Glass" have been included in the publication Hearths, by University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast professor Lenny Emmanuel.

April 2013 - At the MS Poetry Society's Spring Festival held in Ocean Springs, Judy won 1st place for her "Where East Meets West", a 1st place for her villanelle "Promise the Moon", 2nd place for "Carry Me High", 2nd place for "Welcome Spring" and a 1st Honorable Mention for her humorous "Computer vs Poetry."

She and husband Ken have made several live presentations of selections from their Poetic Soundscapes CD.
- Nov 2012 at Eagle's Nest at USM Gulf coast;
- Feb 2013 at the Pascagoula Senior Center;
- April 2013 at MGCCC Lifelong Learning Jackson Country;
- April 2013 for the Gulf Coast Writers' Assoc. at Biloxi Public Library.
- Feel free to contact us at 228-522-0028 to schedule a presentation for your group.

January 2013. Judy finished recording her CD Poetic Soundscape with music by Ken Davies. See cover at left (scroll down a little).

Judy's poem "My Forever Lover" was published in The Poetry Explosion Newsletter.  It was selected for their July 2012 issue of romantic poetry.

In July 2012, poet Judy Davies was honored to be awarded the Mississippi Senior Poet Laureate title for her poem "Greed."  This was her third MS Senior Poet Laureate win in the last four years.

Judy received two honorable mentions at the Mid-South Poetry Festival in Memphis, TN on Oct. 6th for her poems "Sundown Came to Texas" in the humorous category and "Heart Reminders" in the "Ribbons" category.

At the Oct. 20th MS Poetry Society's Fall Mini-Festival, Judy's poetry won an honorable mention for "Domestic Furor,"  a 3rd for "Outer Banks," a 2nd for "Doorsteps," and a 1st place for "Almost Spring."
Book signing on Sat., May 19, honoring Judy and fellow poet Nelda Broom, both from the MS Poetry Society-South Branch.

Won the April MAC Lyrical Pens contest - Winning Poem "Magic of Spring"
www.lyricalpens.com website, scroll down to "Thursday May 10, 2012" entry.

April 21st-22nd-MS Poetry Society Spring Festival:  Won third place for poem "In Spirit" in the "unrhymed poetry category" and received honorable mentions in five other categories.

Nov 19, 2011 - Judy wins at the Writers Unlimited/MS Poetry Society - South Branch contest: 1st place win for "Timeless Tree" and Honorable Mention for "The Last Feather of an Indian Summer."

Nov 12, 2011 - Judy's contest wins at the MS Poetry Society Fall Minifestival in Jackson, MS: 1st place win for "From Frost's Rose Pogonias" and Honorable Mentions for "Elusive Shadows," "Small Regret," "Love's Song," and "Pull of the Moon."

Oct 19, 2011 - Judy's poem "Fall Whispers" is featured in the online October issue of Four and Twenty Poetry journal (pdf). It's on page 5.

July 2011 - The Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC) has awarded Judy a professional development mini-grant for 2012.  The grant will help her attend the annual convention of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies.  The annual convention is held in a different U.S. city each year.  The 2012 convention will be in Merriville, IN.

Judy's poem "Afternoon Rain" won 1st honorable mention in the Morton D. and Elsie S. Prouty Memorial Award Contest at the 2011 National Federation of State Poetry Societies Annual Convention held in Dearborn, Michigan in June.  NFSPS includes competitors from all 50 states.

At the April 30-May 1 Spring Poetry Festival held at the Gulf Hills Hotel and Conference Center, Mrs. Davies was elected state treasurer for the Mississippi Poetry Society. 

March 14-15, 2011.  Three of Judy's  poems, set to music by Ken Davies, receive a performance by Nathan Leaf, tenor and Tom Koch, piano at the Southeastern Composers' League Festival, University of North Carolina at Raleigh. Titled Three Scenic Songs, the poems are Mountain Dreams, Nature's Paintbrush, and Beach Thoughts.
Now a published song lyricist, Judy is a new member of ASCAP.

Nov. 2010 - Judy wins 2nd place in Magnolia Quarterly Autumn Contest.

Nov. 2010 - Judy wins Mississippi Senior Poet Laureate for the second consecutive year. Read her Day Of Remembrance.

July 2010 - Judy's poem "Don't Touch Our Profits" is presented on West Florida Literary Foundation's The Spill collection of literary pieces about the Gulf of Mexico BP oil well disaster.

July 2010 - Judy is awarded a mini- grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission.

June 2010 - Judy won 2nd place in Googin's Gallery's columnist competition. Read her entry Speak Up For Arts Sake! (right column and scroll down)