Author of the chapbook, Stroking Castro's Beard, Patricia Gomes was named the First Place Winner in iVillage's Annual Poetry Slam in 2002 and 2003. She was awarded second Place in 2004. With short stories and poems included in numerous anthologies, her recent works appear in Literary Potpourri, Dark Krypt, Poetry Super Highway, Unlikely Stories, Scorched Earth, Animus, Blue Fifth Review, Artella, Lorraine and James — Global Urban Poetry, and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's Temper Review. Creator of the Octologue, an eight-line, syllabic form of poetry, she is a member of the Massachusetts State Poetry Society and the Cape Cod Literary Press. Ms. Gomes performs throughout the New England area. This past May, she was awarded Second Place in the Poets Out of Hiding Contest sponsored by The Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River, Massachusetts. She is the editor of Adagio Verse Quarterly, and an interviewer for Lily — An Online Literary Review. Her latest chapbook, Simple Truths and Coughing Things, co-authored with Michael Ladanyi, was published by Little Poem Press and released in March 2005.
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