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      The Winners, 13th BrainStorm Poetry Contest 2015

      Poetry Contest Update: We have winners!

      The winners have been announced! The 13th Annual BrainStorm Poetry Contest for mental health consumers ended on March 13, 2015. Find out who
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      Meet Beth Brown Preston, a poet and two-time published author in our Fall 2014 issue.
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      OMQ's Magnetic Poetry Contest

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      Voting in our magnetic poetry contest has closed. Congratulations to Haley Swanson for her winning poem "Where did I go?"
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      12th Annual Poetry Contest Winners

      Meet the Winners of the 2014 BrainStorm Poetry Contest

      Learn the stories behind the 12 Annual BrainStorm Poetry contest winning poems, and the people behind the words.
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      Fall 2013 Subscriber Survey

      Results from the Subscriber Survey

      Read some feedback we received from our subscriber survey, from why people subscribe, to stories that have impacted their lives.
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      Meet one of our "In New Light" anthology writers. Poet ky perraun talks to us about her craft and reads aloud one of her poems.
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      Meet OMQ’s Writers: Diane Klammer

      Diane Klammer, a poet published in OMQ's anthology "In New Light", talks about poetry, writing and therapy.
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      With selections from 1998-2011, our first anthology features poetry and prose about struggle and identity in our search for mental wellness.
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