2013 Migraine and Headache Poetry Contest - The Winners Are...

Teri Robert @trobert Health Guide
  • It's time to announce the winners of the 2013 Putting Our Heads Together Migraine and Headache Poetry Contest!


    As always, the entries were magnificent. They brought tears, sighs, and even a few smiles as the judges poured over them. Our poets were a wide age of ranges, from early 20's to late 80's. Poems came in from 10 countries -  Australia, Canada, Egypt, England, Israel, Malta, the Netherlands, Scotland, South Africa, and the United States.


    This year's contest is dedicated to Dr. Fred Sheftell, an exemplary Migraine and Headache Specialist and kind man, who is greatly missed...

    This One's for You, Dr. Fred

    dedicated to Dr. Fred Sheftell


    your dedication unrivaled. . .

    . . . passion unquestioned . . .

    . . . sense of people unmatched. . .

    . . . you impacted so many lives.


    you praised, prompted, and provoked. . .

    . . . cajoled, coaxed, and convinced. . .

    . . . monitored, molded, and mentored. . .

    . . . all to help us achieve.


    you understood migraine blues*. . .

    . . . saw many through trials of the triptan du jour*. . .

    . . . reminded us that life is worth living each day*. . .

    . . . with your twinkling eyes and kind smile.


    This one’s for you, Dr. Fred.


    *From Dr. Sheftell’s CD, Migraine Blues. You can view videos of two of these on the footer of the AHMA blog, or you can find them on YouTube.

    Without further ado, the placing poems are:

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    • First Place: Dancing on the Dagger's Edge by Nikki Albert

    • Second Place: Acts of Love by Lisa Cox

    • Third Place: Another Night by Pam "Roni"

    • Fourth Place: Dancing with Demons by Tammy Rome

    • Fifth Place: Little Migraine Girl by Migraine Puppet

    Honorable Mention:

    • The Beast by Michael Ambriz

    • Chronic by susan-jillian smith

    • Cluster-phobia by David Nachenberg

    • Darkness by Fi Blackman

    • Horn of Pain by David M. Chappell

    • Pain is Coming by Mark Windham

    • Suicide Headaches by Cindy Reynolds

    All of the poems from this year's contest are now published online. They'll also be published soon in a Kindle book with all proceeds going to the American Headache and Migraine Association.


    To read the placing poems, as well as all the submitted poems that met the contest rules just go to our Placing Poems page.


    Congratulations to all of our poets!


    Live well,




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    Last updated June 17, 2013.

Published On: June 17, 2013