Category Archives: Awards

Prizewinning Poet

Donna Pucciani is happy to announce a number of awards from the National Federation of State Poetry Society’s 2018 contest, including the following:

Winners’ Circle Award, Second Place; League of Minnesota Poets, Third Place; Poets Round Table of Arkansas Award, Second Place; Louisiana State Poetry Society Award, First Place; Al Laster Memorial Award, First Honorable Mention; WyoPoets Award, Second Honorable Mention; and Donald Stoghill Memorial Award, 5th Honorable Mention.

Some of the poems will appear in the NFSPS Anthology of prizewinning poems, ENCORE, in 2018, available on Amazon and your local independent bookstore.



Prizewinning Poems

Donna Pucciani has won two First Place awards in the National Federation of State Poetry Societies 2015 contest: The New York Poetry Forum Award and The Poets Roundtable of Arkansas Award.

Pucciani Wins Climate Change Contest

Sunday, March 15th at 7 PM: As part of the Water Street Studios Climate Crisis exhibit and event series, Waterline Writers will feature climate poetry contest winner Donna Pucciani and honorable mentions Tricia Marcella Cimera, Jim Lewis, Lucinda Marshall and Barbara Ungar, with Luis Mejico performing an interdisciplinary piece based on the poems. Essays and fiction from Donald J. Bingle, Joe Pisciotto of Three Plaid Farmers, and Ray Ziemer will offer perspectives and solutions to past, present, and future climate issues. A 5-minute-limit Open Mic begins at 8:30 PM. Waterline Writers: experience writers reading their own work—poetry, spoken word, fiction, non-fiction, scenes and more—3rd Sundays from September through May at Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St. Batavia, IL. $5 donation. Visit,


The little fireflies of dreams

have disappeared. They were

proof of God in the summer dusk….

–Excerpt from “Returning” in Hanging Like Hope on the Equinox by Donna Pucciani (Virtual Artists Collective, 2013). First published in Acumen. Award winner in Poetry on the Lake Contest, England/Italy.

Donna Pucciani Featured in After Hours

Donna Pucciani is the featured poet in After Hours: A Journal of Chicago Writing and Art, published by Albert de Genova, and edited by de Genova and P. Hertel (Winter 2014, Issue No. 28). Pucciani credits small independent literary journals such as After Hours for keeping poetry alive in today’s challenging artistic climate, and After Hours in particular for giving voice to Chicago area poets and photographers.

Pushcart Nomination

Donna Pucciani’s poem, “Seagulls, Holy Week,” has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Cairn: The St. Andrews Review. This is Pucciani’s fourth Pushcart nomination.

Professional Activities


Chicago and Vicinity: Harold Washington Library, Sulzer Library, Beverly Arts Center, Glenbard North High School, Molly Malone’s Pub, Immaculate Conception Church, Northern Illinois University, The Book Cellar, Women & Children First Bookstore, The Café, Jak’s Tap, Border’s Bookstore, Katerina’s, St. Paul’s Community Center, Anderson’s Bookstore, College of Du Page Adult Education, Elmhurst College, Benedictine University, Northern Illinois University, Frank Lloyd Wright Unity Temple, Brewed Awakening Coffeehouse, Danada House, Casa Italia, Amici Club of Naperville, Oakbrook Public Library. Arizona: Bookman’s Bookstore.                                                                                  England: Manchester Central Library.


National Public Radio with Quiddity Journal, Springfield, Illinois; Loyola University Radio Station, Chicago.


Bolingbrook Public Library, Evanston Public Library, Downer’s Grove Public Library, Glenbard North High School, Lisle Public Library, and others in Illinois.  Alzheimer’s National Quilt Project.


Poets and Patrons Workshops 2005-present; Naperville Writer’s Group, 2009; Reflections Illinois District 200 contests; Hennessey Awards in Glenbard District 87; Schaible International Sonnet Contests. Editor, Glenbard North Poetry/Arts 2005-2008. Reader, Fifth Wednesday Journal.


Translations: Original poetry tr. into Chinese by William Maar (Fei Maa) , published in PoetrySky, Shi Chao Poetry, and LiPoetry, 2009 (Taiwan & China). Original poetry tr. into Italian by Nancy R. Loglisci, published in Metamorphoses and Feile-Festa.

Australia: Contributor to nebulab, Inaugural Issue 2010.

Austria: Poetry Salzburg Review.

England: Manchester Central Public Library Featured Reader, 2008, 2011.

Scotland: Quantum Leap Poetry Journal, Isle of Bute: Featured Poet 2010.

Wales: Borderlines Journal.

Italian-Americana Journal: Featured Poet 2010. Also contributor to Feile Festa, Gradiva, Voices in Italian Americana (VIA).

Hong Kong:  Not A Muse: The Inner Lives of Women (Anthology.)Also Cha Asian Journal, contributor to ‘Lost Teas’ section.


Poem, “St. Cecilia Tells All,” musical setting by composer Robert Bowker, Chicago, IL;

Forgetting Piece by Piece, benefit, American Alzheimer’s Assn. National Quilt Show, collaborative quilt with Master Quilter PhiloMena Mudd of Louisville, KY.

“Bridge Up,”poem in collaboration with photographer X Woods, published in Poetry Salzburg

MEMBERSHIPS: Vice President, Poets’ Club of Chicago; Illinois State Poetry Society; Poets & Patrons of Chicago.