Our Poets Get a Whole New Look

Hey everyone,

Even with LexPoMo starting next week, we have a lot of updates and new features coming soon to the Writing Challenge website. The first one was the new design, courtesy of Mediocre Creative.

The second big update is the new Views I have for the Participants List, which includes the improved Classic View, the minimalistic Accordion View, and the more photo-focused Gallery View.

Click to Read More About The New Views


New Look, New Bugs

First of all, I’m extremely excited that the design firm I work for, Mediocre Creative, is sponsoring the event again this year and even had some awesome designers give the site a once-over. Take a look at the new, clean look and give a shoutout to Brittany Durham, Ethan Price, and Shawn Saylor to thank them for the help.

Since we’re opening registrations a little earlier than we expected, though, we’re going to have a few bugs. I just noticed that my profile pic got uploaded but isn’t being displayed. And I’m aware that these post pages are a little wonky at the moment. I’ll definitely get those fixed before May, but if you notice anything like that, hit us up at the Contact Page and use as many exclamation marks as you can handle.

Anyway, I’m excited for this year’s event. Every year it gets bigger and it’s such a constant reminder of the awesome people I’ve been missing by deleting my Facebook account.


Registrations for 2020 Open Today

Registrations are now open! If you have any issues, send us a note on our Contact Page.

Below is a press release that we sent to the presses. Feel free to copy and use however you’d like.

For immediate release.

Lexington, Kentucky. April 1, 2020. – Workhorse Writers invites the city of Lexington to join a month-long, online writing challenge. During June 2020, amateur and professional poets will participate in the Lexington Poetry Month Writing Challenge, which involves sharing poetry, group support, and the potential to be published in the yearly anthology from Workhorse. Registration opens April 13, 2020 at

For their seventh year, Workhorse expects over 300 poets in, from, or fond of Lexington to participate in a collaborative, generative event in which they are invited to write a poem every day for the month of June. Everyone is encouraged to submit their poem publicly at and engage with other local poets through comments and social media. Last year marked the most productive year yet with 245 registered poets and over 2,200 poems submitted throughout the month of June. Anyone who submits at least 5 poems throughout the online Writing Challenge will be eligible for publication in the annual LexPoMo anthology, published by Workhorse Writers*.

In 2013, Award-Winning poet of Accents Publishing Katerina Stoykova co-founded Lexington Poetry Month with Morris Book Shop manager Hap Houlihan. On June 30th, 2013, Mayor Jim Gray officially proclaimed June as Lexington Poetry Month. Since then, the community has been encouraged to hold any events they wish using the name “Lexington Poetry Month” and the hashtag “#LexPoMo” throughout the month of June.

The LexPoMo Writing Challenge is free to participate. Anthologies are available from Workhorse Writers. If enough people support Workhorse through Patreon, all participants will be offered a free copy of the anthology.

*Some restrictions may apply. Workhorse Writers reserves the right to refuse publication of poems or poets for any reason, as per the annual terms of use. See site ( for details.


LexPoMo 2019 Selections

Man, what a year! Sylvia Collings read the 2246 poems we wrote this year and selected one from each poet who posted a poem. Thank you for writing and sharing your work. The list is in alphabetical order by last name.

Remember the goal is to GIVE everyone a book this year, but to do that we need to reach 100 supporters. We are almost there. Click here or the link above to help us spread the joy of reading and writing.

. haiku 
a. lawlerTruth #22 
A.E. BryantDo You Remember? 
Abra McCurryAlone in the dark 
Amanda CrumDoorway 
Amanda HoltTo a Friend, on Being Ghosted 
Amanda JettaThe Hills 
Amy Camugliaannie rose 
Amy CunninghamOn the Day There Was No Good News  
Amy Le Ann RichardsonHeritage 
Andrew Wilsonfar far away 
Anna WalshI Spy 
Anne HaydenDownsizing 
Arianna McCurryspider-friend meets bee 
Ashley Taylor5-Jun
Ashley TaylorMixed Signals 
atmospheriquePetit Jean, June 19th 
Austin GreenMoney 
Austin RathboneSilver Linings of Domestic Life #2 
Barefooted Brave GirlBody parts Beaten 
BeatriceFor Valeria and Oscar 
Bernard DevillePuffy Dream Spoons 
Bethany Yonts90 seconds (an LTMS tribute) 
Bianca BargoI Forgot 
Bill VerblePromise 
Brigit TruexJune, Faraway 
Bronson O’Quinn Training your Adopted Child to be Batman 
Callie Budrickpaper clothes 
Carole JohnstonFather 
Carrie ElamFrom The Sea 
Chaiya MillerThen What 
Christina Joythe estuary’s mouth 
Christopher McCurryStamina 
cl kirbythe apology. 
Claire QianCold 
CleoPoem for Poetry/ Gift of Grab 
Constance Brownsmall things 
Dangerfield YellaQuarter til 1am at IHOP or Full 
David Nealuntitled 
Deanna MasclePocket 
Deatyou can still drink from a chipped cup 
Deborah Adams Cooper30-Jun-19
Dejah Garnerthink of the times 
Dennis PrestonVacation 
Devan WatsonReminder 
Don SolarzFor Granted 
Donelle DreeseDon’t You Forget About Me
Dwight MyfeltAll the Difference in the World 
Eric Parsonsuntitled 
Eric Scott SutherlandAwkward scrapes 
Erin Leigh MathewsHeat Lightning 
GA Smith19.6.22 (Eight Months Later) 
Gaby BedettiWatching Dallas with My Grandmother 
GeriPicking Raspberries 
Gloria KayTrust Issues 
H.A. Spinelli One Breath 
haven colemanRedbox 
HB Elamineffable 
Heather DentSome Things Refuse to Unravel 
Helen Feibeswhen I am eighteen and think about being older 
HuggThe Last Beauty 
hunter e. westenhoferhometown barbeque 
Hunter NelsonDementia 
J.F. AngelTragic 
j.tdear seattle 
Jay McCoyOf Love and Memory 
Jay St. OrtsI Pick Up Every One 
JazzyDrinking From The River of Fear 
JbirdWhen did I loose this feeling 
Jennifer (Stricklett) DobsonOne Night Stand? 
Jennifer BarricklowIn the marketplace of wisdom 
Jennifer BeckettWhile driving, I saw 
Jennifer BurchettNot Today 
Jennifer CurtisChanged My Everyday Life 
JerielleMorning song 
Jessica SwaffordHeart Ultrasound 
Jim LallyThe Great Leap Forward 
JK Eliasdesire 
Jo ManczykSowing Seeds 
John DuncanHow you hated Guns n’Roses 
John McCurryAre We Still Talking About Frog Eggs? 
Joseph Allen NicholsProselyte 
Jude LallyConfluence 
Julianne Vantland8 Years In The Unmaking 
K. Bruce FlorenceRooted on Colville Road 
K. Nicole WilsonHollow Pint Glasses 
Ka`imilaniSuddenly Summer 
Karah Stokesable now at last to be the rain 
Karen GeorgeSometimes A Photo Hollows You 
Kate Fadicktrying to say god 13 
Katerina StoykovaPoem, made up of titles of several recently acquired poetry books 
Kathleen CrosmerYardsale 
Katie Crossgreat-grandmother, maternal (“grandma”) 
Katrin Floreshow she leaves herself behind 
Kelley Tennillereincarnation 
Kelly Casey(re)memento mori 
Kendall Wilsonchild’s play 
Kim Kayne ShaverJune First 
Kimber GrayWilt 
Kris GillisToday Poetry Is 
Larry WheelerWonder 
Laura Foleytwoowt 
Leahna Marcum I am undone by you. 
Lennart LundhHis finger twitches 
Linda BryantFirst Marriage 
Linda CaldwellLaurie 
Lisa Miller HenryAunt JoAnn 
Liz PratherA Series of Nows 
LizzieLooWhoPlayground Games 
Lori TaylorNow 
M. CarterPretty Peach Girlie 
M. Randolph HeltzelEvan 
MaddieCThe County Fair 
Madeleine Hamiltonsewing feather to bone 
Madison MillerFor the Woman Standing on the Overpass at 4 P.M. 
Maggie BrewerAnother Father’s Day And You Are Still Dead 
Maggie Rue HessSun Revelation 
Malinda O’QuinnStories I Tell Myself About an Unknown Mother 
Margaret Russelluntitled 
mari leetKnow 
Marta DortonLifeJolt 
Mary AllenAlas, 
Mary LouRetirement 
Maya H. PembleMy Heart 
Meadow SmithPatrick via Constantino 
Melissa OlsonCommuter 
Melva Sue PriddyJune Haiku 
Metal PoetA Month or So 
Michael Moloneyuntitled 
Michayla Gatsosoh my god 
Michelle KnickerbockerPossibility 
Mike WilsonMiddle School Forever 
Misty Skaggsconfidence in full bloom 
Morghan FullerPerspective. 
Mya SophiaCool 
N.M.ZThe speed of 186292 miles per second 
Nancy JentschParadise Today 
Nettie Farris My Favorite Time of Day 
NinaOn a Summer’s Night 
Nollie PalmerSleepblooming 
Pat OwenArc 
Patrick JohnsonIn Our Time 
Patrick Maloneycity of rainbows 
Pauletta Hansel“This is the poem that has been staring at you for some time now.” * 
Philip R. CorleySpecter 
Philip SalleeOld Box of Notes 
Piper Morrison4 of Swords 
Rachel Xiahu Ica Cualtizin 
Rachel BollmanBrown County 
Rachel KhosrowshahiGood different. 
Ramsi WoodcockThe Vinegar Sea 
Rayny Palmertime and time 
rebecca turney1-Jun
Regan StrehlOceans of Another World 
Rena NuttForecasting and 
Renee RigdonInvasive 
RenmeleonBringing Home the Past 
RGIn flight 
RUDY THOMASAt Billy Collins’ favorite timt to write 
Ryan CurtisI Have Seen Her 
S.L. An Almost Poem 
Sabne RaznikRetired 
samsketchbookBlanket and Dog Talk 
Samue ShowalterFlemme 
Sean CorbinFirst of June and I Think of Whitman 
Shaun TurnerFalling In 3 Parts 
Shawn Saylor17-Jun-19
Stefani Hellerhighway 347 
Stephanie MojicaMá Sorte 
Steve CummingsAlone and Righteous 
Sue Leathersrocks in our pockets 
Susan L.F. IsaacsEmma Lazarus Inquires of North Georgia 
Susan M. StepehnsWe all do things we do not want to do 
Susie SlusherThings That Remind Me of You (Even Though They Really Shouldn’t): 
Sylvia AhrensAnd Then One Day She Lost Poetry 
Sylvia Collingsuntitled 
t.l. andrya space grown wide 
t.m. thomsonMoon seats itself 
Tabitha DialMercury in Pisces/ (Poets, Psychics, and People Pleasers) 
Tania HorneSome Thoughts on Beauty 
Tara Jenéeuntitled 
The Philosophical PhysicistQuantum Correlations 
Tillie the ToilerThe house my father built 
Tina ParkerDiagnosis 
TonyForgotten Song 
upfromsumdirtabstrack africana for june 8, 2019 
Venecia ProctorSo Cry Until Your Head Begins to Pound 
Victoria GrossRunning 


Mod Security

Update: You should be able to post your poetry now! Any other issues related to posting should go through the normal avenue of communications! Sorry for the early hurdle. I’m certain we can sail past it! I’ll remove this message at the end of the day today.



Lexington Poetry Month 2019 Sign Ups Are Open!

Just click on sign up in the top right and join the growing number of poets writing together in June. This will be our 7th year!

You can order last year’s anthology here.


Lexington Poetry Month 2018 Selections

Jude McPherson is excited to share with you his picks for the 2018 Lexington Poetry Month Anthology! The anthology will be released next May. Have fun perusing the selections. They are in alphabetical order by first name or pseudonym.

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a.a. kate someone i used to know
A.E. Bryant A Guest’s 1-2-3-4–
Aidan Ziliak under this skin i am Chicago Cubs 2016 World Series Championship
Amanda Holt The Week After You Die
Amanda Kelly Corbin Slow Progress
Amy Camuglia chainsaw massacre
Amy Cunningham Stoplight Tomatoes
Andrea Lawler Moon-Drenched Heartache
Andrew Depew Writing Comedy
Anne Hayden No Title to be Had
Ariana McCurry for samiah (although you’ll never know)
Ash Sandcastle
Atmospherique Catalogue of Dead Bugs to Be Vacuumed
Austin Rathbone Cute Little Place
Autumn HInes Chinatown Diamond
Bernie Deville Process
Betsie Phillips Summer Body
Bianca Bargo While You’re Away
Bill Verble Morning Walk
Bobbie Steve Baker After the Summit
Bree if it is Spring
Caden Pearson Apathy
Callie Budrick i’ll get my shit together
Candace Chaney my eurydice
Carole Johnston nausea
Cassidy god is the dirt
Cathy Perkins {Cleo} Sated
Christina Bowman Scent
Christopher McCurry How It Feels When Your Wife Leaves You #5
cl kirby on being assaulted.
Claire Qian Temporary Satisfactions
Coco Through the Layers
Dangerfield Yella Vittles or Gender Rolled
Dani Kokachak our lighthouse
Deanna the road to harlan
Debbie Adams Cooper We Wait
Dennis Preston Mealtime
Devan Watson
Donelle Dreese Venus Flytrap
Douglas Self See it for what it is
Eeyore Andronicus Low Country Death of an Asshole
Ella Helmuth Ain’t No Place
Erin Matthews 4CA
Gabby Bedetti Salvation for Messi
Harold Sherman IT WON’T FLY
HB Elam Six Ways of Looking at a Flame
Heather Dent Surrender
Hugg Age
Hunter Nelson Freddy Krueger
Imi Plus Sized Capers
J.Wise Summer Without An Apocalypse
JA Caswell Artificial, Empty
jamie The Wrong House
Jay St. Ortis Playing With My Food
Jennifer Another Easter
Jennifer Barricklow In triplicate
Jennifer Strickett Riding Shotgun
Jeremy Paden If Stones Were Kisses
Jessica Swafford Scenes From the County Fair
Job Jonson drinking stream 1
John McCurry Poem 4: Janelle
Jordan Quinn Today
Joseph Nichols Strange (Bar) Communion
Josey Bryant Mercy
Justin Littrell Once Upon a Holler
K. Bruce Florence The Report Card
K. Gray We Don’t Go to the Same Coffee Shop Anymore
K. Nicole Wilson A Ghost of Lovers Past(/Passed)
Kahleen Gregg A Matter of Vision
Karah Stokes Let’s do it live
Karen George I Want So Terribly To Feel
Kari Burchfield Current Situation
Kate Fadick remember this
Katerina Stoykova Note to Self
kathleen crosmer Peppermint Pig
Katie Cross books burn slowly
Katrin Flores yard sale
Kelly Casey variant
Kelly Tennille Little Sisters
Kerfoot Study a broad, forget her name
Kevin Mcray To my Heart
Koru Cross Country Season Starts Today
Kris Gillis Ishmael
Larry Wheeler Cardio Ballistica
Laura Foley Driver Carries Less Than $20
Lauren Hobson Float
Lauren Myfelt exhaustion
Lennart Lundh (The boy with a clock on his back
Linda Caldwell Cicada Song
Lisa Miller Henry Courage
Liz Prather The Rest is Fat
Lori Taylor Traumaville, Arkansas
M.Wells To the aggressive catcaller on Broadway:
Madeleine Hamilton the first one
Madison Miller
Maggie Brewer Arsenal
Maggie Rue Hess To Understand Soccer
Malinda O’Quinn Scout
Margaret Ricketts The eternal everyday
Mary Allen June 1, 2018
Mary Lou Grafitti
Maya Pemble Bittersweet Sixteen
Meadow Smith the day after
Melva Sue Priddy When You Have an Undertaker for a Friend
Michael Moloney
Michelle Johnson dispelled
Michelle Knickerbocker Grief after tacos
Mike Wilson Physics in a Black Hole
Missy Brownson Working Girl’s Blues
Misty Skaggs murder weapon
MJ Eaton Never Enough Money in the Account
mtpoet This Poem is for the rabbit
Nancy Jentsch Call 202-353-1555 *
Nettie Farris Predators
Nollie Palmer Daywake
Pat Owen The Tin Man
Patrick Maloney american derelict
Patti Miller Six Dimes
Pauletta Hansel Self Portrait as a Cockscomb
Phillip Corley Circadian
Phillip Salley Entropy
Rachel Koshrowshahi Phenomenal.
Rayny Palmer dim
Rebecca Cavendish-Taulbee Synthetic Biohybrid Babydoll
RG Green Thumb
Rona Roberts The One WIth Pockets
Sabne Raznik Home Is Where The Hurt Is
Samantha Radcliffe Mineshaft man, I’ve become you
Sarah Marie Stand Still
Serena Devi altar for june
Shaun Turner Trying Not to Write Roadkill
Shawn Saylor haiku 18
Shelda Hale New Dawn
Smiley To Apollo
stefani heller the box
Stephanie Mojca Adulation
Steve Cummings Left-handed insult?
Susan M. Stephens Reframed
Susie Slusher Bridgestone
Sylvia Ahrens On Going Home Again
Sylvia Collings Vivid
T.D. Worthingon Lunchtime Dejavu, ” my name’s…”
Tabitha Dial Made of Tin
Tania Horne For Jay
The Philosophical Physicist A Series of Closed Loops
tina andry america
Tina Parker Testimony
tm thomson Haven
Upfromsumdirt breastmeat
V. Moriarity Jesus the Cat
V. Violett Von Trapp In My Blood
Victoria Gross Dear New Jersey


Read This on Your Phone

When I first coded this site, I had no idea what I was doing. In my mind, everyone came to this site on their cheap ACER laptop and viewed the site at a low resolution. As it turns out, not everyone uses a computer optimized only for Minesweeper. Most people, my research has shown, read this site on their phones.

In fact, 55% of viewers this year have come to the site through their phone. Of those 55%, nearly 80% are using an iPhone. Now, learning this doesn’t mean that I’m going to give preference to Apple users (don’t worry, Androids!). What this means is that I need to make sure that, when people view the site, they’re getting the best experience possible for that device.



Psst! Sign-Ups Are Open for 2018…

Christopher McCurry wanted me to have the sign-ups open by May 1st. But because I’m re-writing a lot of the code for this year’s Writing Challenge, I accidentally opened the flood doors a few days early. Congratulations to Hugg for signing up before I had the chance!

So, instead of closing the doors, I figure’d we could just roll with it. But you have to make me a promise: if you see anything wonky, or something doesn’t work the way you’d expect, let me know. I’m going to be ironing out the bugs (that’s how metaphors work, right?) throughout the event. Plus, I’ll be introducing a few new features over the upcoming weeks.

Please send us all of your feedback by clicking here and filling out the form. And as always, feel free to spread the word and make this the best Lexington Poetry Month Writing Challenge ever!


Bronson O’Quinn


Lexington Poetry Month 2017 Selections

Below are tina andry’s selections for the 2017 Lexington Poetry Month Anthology!

Congratulations, Poets!

I hope you enjoy returning to the work you did in June. Have a happy holiday!

The list in alphabetical order based on the name used to post the poems.

Aaron Kerfoot Erin 6:07
Aaron Slatten bunkies
Alexis Tipton My skin
Amanda Holt After Apologizing Months After I Should Have
Amanda Kelley Corbin The heart in this body
Amy Camuglia afternoons
Amy Cunningham New Superstitions All Over the House
Andrea Lawler London
Andrew Depew Origin Story
Anne Hayden Told You So
Ashleigh Barker In Remembrance
Audrey Rooney Of Skeps and Skeptics
Austin Rathbone Ice Cream Social
Autumn Hines secrets
Beatrice Underwood-Sweet Overdue
Bernard Deville Wet Season
Bianca Bargo Summer Question
Bobby Steve Baker Pathetic Fallacy
Brandyn Johnson I Meet a Man from Botswana
Bree For J. in Idaho
Bronson O’Quinn Crumb Girl
Callie Budrick capers
Candace Chaney pornhub doesn’t have what i’m looking for
carole johnston stalking
Catherine Perkins head in
Chaiya Miller knockout
Christopher McCurry While Talking to a Student and Eating a Banana
Chuck Clenney Life is a Hole
Claire Qian Lemonade Cup
Corey Kirby making small talk.
Dakota Himes Mean-Spirited
Danielle Kokochak untitled
Deanna Mascle I need a room of my own
Debbie Cooper “i don’t know shit about love” ~ after Erin L. Mathews
Dennis Preston His Narnia
doh broken
Doug Self The First Eviction
E. Helmuth Show
Edelweiss Meadows-Millstone Sharing Cherries
Elizabeth Beck Strange Design
Elizabeth Sands Wise Small Gestures
Elle Caraway Barefoot
Erin Mathews We’re gross
Gaby Bedetti From Savagery to Civilization
Harold Sherman The Ugly Curse
HB Elam #8026BF ( 128, 38, 191)
J. Wise Etiolate
J.A. Caswell Frankfort
James C. Royce When I think of ashes
james wheeler THE WINDOW
Jamie Mann Angling
Jay St. Orts Pregnant Pause
Jennifer Barricklow Unresolved
Jennifer Beckett In Cassis
Jennifer Curtis Baggage
Jeremy Paden in buen retiro park
Jessica Swafford Taken Care Of
Jim Lally A Woman Doesn’t Wait For Me
John McCurry Lust
Jonel Sallee Perils of an Infernal World
Jordan Quinn Nights Like This
Jordyn Manczyk Once It Cools
Joseph Allen Nichols This Isn’t That
Jude Lally How I Open a Bag of Chips
Jude McPherson I-75 or Check In
K Gray The First One
K. Bruce Florence Singular Start
K. Nicole Wilson Bullet Points of Insanity
Ka`imilani Moving Again: Wrapping It Up
Karen George In a forest clearing
Kate Fadick the one kind face
Katerina Stoykova Excerpts from nearly all poems I started today
Kathleen Gregg The Case for Eating Oranges
Katrin Flores lypsyl
Kevin McCray Family Haiku
Kris Gillis Summer Reading
KYStitcher Results
Lacey L Trautwein Postmates
Larry Wheeler Muscle Memory
Leigh Anne Hornfeldt Coming Home Unexpectedly
Linda Caldwell Compassion Fatigue
Lisa Miller Henry Knots
Liz Prather A Gap in Learning
Lori Taylor Sweet and Sour
M J Eaton Longest Day
M. Wells Morning soft
Maggie Brewer Bounce
Malinda O’Quinn come home
mari leet Knock Out Punches
Mary Allen A Double Fib
Mary Owens Like it is, it does
McKenna Carter Let the bus ride
Melva Sue Priddy Ode to Poison Ivy
michelle johnson submission
Michelle Knickerbocker Before I was one
Mike Wilson Sinner in Remission
Misty Skaggs blossoming and bolting
mtpoet 4 lines about what calls to my heart from your dark eyes
Name Poem Selected
Nettie Farris The Trial
Odella Taylor 8th
Pamela Gibbs Hirschler Oberon and Titania Fight Over Who Does the Dishes
Pat Owen After the Funeral
Patrick Maloney hell of a job
Patti Miller Crayons
Pauletta Hansel My Mother’s Clothes
Philip Corley The Ambivalence of Moving Forward
Philip Sallee What a Life is for?
Rachel Khosrowshahi Disappearing Trick
Rae Cobbs Prediction
Rebecca Cavendish Submission
Reid In the Spring
Robin Rahija When I got back from Puerto Rico
Rona Roberts Shower Ditty
S.L. Tiny Ways To Fall In Love
Sabne Raznik Ask
Saira Furner Grand old archangel
Samantha Ratcliffe Mental
Sean L Corbin Zoloft
Serena Devi untitled
Shelda Hale I Am Not a Stanza
Simon Boes Summer
stefani heller garden vs garden
Steve Cummings Peace Walk
Sue Churchill Fellow
Susie Slusher 3:15 AM
T.D. Worthington Do Us A Favor Grocery Store Stranger
T.M. Thomson The Fox
Tania Horne Era
Teri Foltz God II
The Philosophical Physicist Satori In The Cracked Cup
tina andry herrington lake
upfromsumdirt butt-dialed and listening to you breathe
Victoria Agee Liability
Zlatna Darling