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Writers are invited to submit original poems inspired by five works of art linked to this website and on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH). Entry guidelines. This competition accepts poems in two separate age categories: adult (age 20+) and teens (age 13-19). The deadline for entries is midnight November 30, 2014. Five independent judges – Robert Pinsky, David M. Parsons, Patricia Smith, Mary Szybist, and Roberto Tejada – will each select a winner and 7 seven finalists for one of the artworks, totaling five adult winners and thirty-five adult finalists. Writers In The Schools/WITS will judge our free teen competition and select five teen winners. Please read the Guidelines and other information on this site before submitting your poems. All teens should read the Teen page for separate guidelines.
On April 23, 2015, in celebration of National Poetry Month, a free public program at the Museum will feature ARTlines2 winners in both age categories, as well as comments about each work of art by an art historian. Poems by all Winners and Finalist will be published with the accompanying artworks in an ekphrastic poetry anthology for ARTlines2
EKPHRASTIC POETRY may include literal descriptions of a work of art, the poet´s mood in response to a work of art, metaphorical associations inspired by a work of art, or personal memories about a work of art. ARTlines2 is a national competition organized by Public Poetry in partnership with the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH). Eligibility: Adults (20+) and teens (13-19). Deadline: November 30, 2014
The Lindenwood Review is currently accepting submissions of fiction, poetry, and personal essay for issue 5 through December 15, 2014. We are also accepting submissions for our free flash fiction contest through November 15.
While current LU MFA students are not eligible, alumni are welcome to submit.
Please visit our website for full submission guidelines and to read excerpts from previous issues.
Prime Number Magazine is open for submissions! We're especially looking for excellent creative nonfiction (under 5000 words) and short essays (under 1000 words) in addition to short stories (under 5000 words),flash fiction (under 750 words), and poetry. (Book reviews and interviews, too, but query the Books editor first.) In all categories, we're looking for distinctive work.
Sequestrum is accepting submissions for our first annual Editor's Reprint Award! For complete guidelines, visit our website.
Open to reprints of fiction and nonfiction in any original format (electronic or print).
One $200 prize plus publication. One runner-up prize including publication and payment (just above our usual rates). Finalists listed on the site.
$15 entry fee. Tentative close date of April 30th. (See site for details)
Include the name and email address of the original publisher in your cover letter. Length and subject are open. Submit via our online submission system. Manuscripts reviewed on a rolling-basis. Multiple submissions allowed.
No identifying information should be on your manuscript.
Not previously published? No worries! We're always accepting general submissions. Send them here.
About Sequestrum: We average 1,000+ readers a month, keep our archives free and open to the public, are a paying market, and pair all our publications with stunning visual arts created by outside artists or our staff. Our contributors range from award-winning novelists and poets (with other works featured in publications including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The American Scholar, The Kenyon Review, many other university periodicals, and Best American Anthologies) to emerging voices and first-time writers.
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It is commendable that recent Prime Ministers have continued the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards even though, as with some other literary prizes, its future has often seemed under threat. It is a prestigious national award amongst the also-important state and other literary prizes. And it is lucrative, with winners receiving $80 000 and shortlisted authors […]
Title: Her House and Other Poems Written by: Donna Marie Merritt Cover art by: Wendell Minor Published by: Stairwell Books, 2013 Themes/Topics: family, nature, gratitude, fragility Suitable for ages: 15+ Adult poetry, 64 pages Snippet: NOW … Continue reading →
Happy Poetry Friday, Everyone! Today I'll be sharing a fun, "spooky" poem by David L. Harrison. But first I'll tell you about my latest publication, an article in the 2015Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market (Writer’s Digest Books), edited by Chuck Sambuchino. Then, at the end of this post, you'll find instructions for how to enter to win your very own copy of the 2015Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market!
If you're not familiar with the Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market (also known as the CWIM),here's an excerpt from the book's blurb.
"If you write or illustrate for young readers with the hope of getting published, the '2015 Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market' is the trusted resource you need. Now in its 27th edition, 'CWIM' is the definitive publishing guide for anyone who seeks to write or illustrate for kids and young adults. Inside you'll find more than 500 listings for children's book markets (publishers, agents, magazines, and more)--including a point of contact, how to properly submit your work, and what categories each market accepts."
In addition to the market listing, the CWIM includes great articles, interviews, and success stories. This year's edition features my interview roundup article, "Writing for Boys (and other 'Reluctant Readers')." The piece contains advice and insights from four award-winning authors known for writing books that appeal to reluctant readers: Matt de la Peña, Lenore Look, David Lubar, and Steve Sheinkin.
Although these authors write a wide variety of books, and everything from picture books to young adult novels, there was one bit of advice they all agreed on: If you want your writing to appeal to boys and other reluctant readers, don't try to target this particular audience. That's right, DON'T target them. Instead, write what moves, excites, or interests YOU. Then, "revise it over and over until it hums," as Matt de la Peña said. All four of the authors shared additional, specific advice on how to reach reluctant readers, especially boys. So be sure to enter our giveaway below for a chance to win your own copy of the CWIM!
In researching "Writing for Boys (and other 'Reluctant Readers')," I discovered some very discouraging statistics about boys and reading. Not only do girls, on average, score higher on reading tests than boys, but the gender gap is widening. Fortunately, the news isn't all dire. As Jon Scieszka, the first National Ambassador of Young People's Literature and founder of Guys Read points out on the GuysRead website:
". . . the good news is that research also shows that boys will read—if they are given reading that interests them."
Poetry can be a great way to hook boys (and other reluctant readers), especially if it's short, funny, and/or focuses on boy-friendly topics, such as sports, adventure, animals, and the supernatural. You'll find some wonderful books that fit this bill on the GuysRead list of poetry books. I also recommend just about anything written by David L. Harrison. His book Bugs: Poems about Creeping Things (Wordsong), illustrated by Rob Shepperson, is chock-full of poems with lots of boy-appeal. Here's one example:
cicada ghosts Haunted skins cling emptily to the rough bark of the hackberry tree, and farther up where I can't see, ghosts are buzzing eerily: zz-zz-zz-zz zeeeeee!
Finally, before you head over to check out these resources or the other great poems in this week's Poetry Friday round-up at Today's Little Ditty, you'll want to enter to win your own copy of the 2015Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market. You can do that via the Rafflecopter widget at the end of this post. You may enter via 1, 2, or all 3 options. For option 2, "Leave a Blog Post Comment," you must share a comment to TODAY'S blog post and include your name! (If you prefer, you may submit your comment via email to: teachingauthors [at] gmail [dot] com. )
The giveaway ends on Oct. 31. Good luck and happy writing! Carmela
Loose Change, a journal of new writing from the WonderRoot Center for Arts and Social Change in Atlanta, is relaunching in January with the sexy-smart, mesmerizing work of Eric Baus, Pam Brown, Laura Carter, Bhanu Kapil, Douglas A. Martin, Miranda Mellis, Deborah Poe, and Kate Schapira, among others, and is still accepting submissions.
We are interested in work that comes out of various traditions to move them forward, break them apart, reinvent or explode them. We want familiar modes made new and strange forms that renew us. Please review our submission guidelines before sending your previously unpublished work. We only accept electronic submissions through our submissions manager. In addition to our regular issue, we are also accepting submissions for a special portfolio, “Sexted Up—Wording In—Gen(d)re Qweery,” to be included inside the issue, and we will be happy to consider writing and art submitted to this category for our non-themed main section and vice versa. We look forward to receiving your work.
Loose Change on the Wor(l)d! Submit your challenging and ambitious best by November 15.
We're a biannual, online-only journal publishing literary ephemera, visual art, music, and video. Obviously we want your best work, it hardly needs to be said (but we'll say it, just to put you at ease.) Beyond that: we don’t care about genre. There are lots of places to get Poetry and Fiction and while we’ll almost certainly publish some, we’re more interested in your unclassifiables, your orphans. This isn’t to say we’re averse to stanzas or stories (we’re not), but if you’re sending us a formal sonnet about your dog because that’s what poetry is supposed to look like, we will probably acknowledge that your dog seems awesome and politely leave it at that. We’re interested in the words and the sounds and the images, not so much conventional interpretations of genre.
Hopping off the soapbox: submissions are open through November 30; please visit our website for detailed guidelines and other stuff. Or throw caution to the wind and send your stuff to:
submissions(at)lockjawmagazine(dot)com (Change (at) to @ and (dot) to . )
But yeah, read the guidelines first. They're kind of funny.
Poet Carolyn Kizer has died. She was 89-years-old.
Kizer (pictured, via) won the Pulitzer Prize in 1985 for her collection, Yin. Throughout her writing career, she published several volumes of poetry. Follow this link to read a few of Kizer’s poems.
Here’s more from The Los Angeles Times: “At 17 she published a poem in the New Yorker (her only poem to appear in that publication, as it turned out)…Throughout her career, she stood up for what she believed, persuading Lyndon Johnson to lift a travel ban against Chilean poet Pablo Neruda in 1970, and, 28 years later, resigning (along with her friend Maxine Kumin) as a chancellor of the American Academy of Poets to protest the organization’s lack of diversity.”
The Creative Writing Programs at Hamline University will shortly launch Runestone, a national online literary annual, compiled and edited by our BFA students. We plan to feature the best fiction, nonfiction, and poetry we can get our hands on, all of it written by — we hope — your students.
Runestone’s editorial process will take place each spring in our upper-level undergraduate course, Introduction to Literary Publishing: Runestone. The class is a collaborative effort among its faculty-editor; two assistant editors, both graduate students in our MFA program; and its undergraduate student editorial board. We will provide an intense level of mentorship, and invaluable hands-on experience of the publishing process, for our students and yours.
We are committed to excellence. We take seriously our role in creating the next generation of editors and publishing talented undergraduate students for what may be the first time. We believe we can create a digital journal that maintains or exceeds the standards of print. We believe that an online journal can be made physically beautiful. We will archive all issues online so that our authors and our editors can point to work they are proud of in the future.
Submissions are open at this linkfrom October 15 to December 15.
Kids get so excited about Halloween -- and I love tapping into that excitement in the library, especially if I can hook more kids into reading. Writing for beginning readers must be one of the most difficult tasks. Here are two books that are goofy-scary, funny but with enough creepiness to keep young kids reading.
These stories, part of a favorite series with 1st and 2nd graders, are ideal for reading aloud. Each poem is meant to be read by two voices, alternating back and forth. Hoberman uses the spooky settings creating delightful fun and celebrating joy in reading.
Here's the beginning of "The Mummy" as two kids go exploring and discover a mummy. "Let's explore inside this tomb, / I'm afraid we'll meet our doom." I love the rhythm and rhyme of Hoberman's text, and Emberly's pictures reach just the right balance between goofy and creepy.
Norm is a nervous about his first sleepover--it's going to be at school, and it's his first time sleeping away from home. "I miss my bed already," worried Norm. Kids will relate to Norm's worries, but they'll laugh at all the word play in this story.
Norm's friends at school are all monsters, from Gary the ghost to Harry the werewolf who turns hairy. Keane does a great job creating funny interplay between the words and pictures. Below, you can see that Isaac, the purple monster in the blue PJs, is literally crying his eyes out -- and they're bouncing all around him. 2nd graders love this play on words, plus the silly gross-out factor.
Keane's Monster School series works well for kids who can read longer sentences on their own, but still want short, high-interest stories to keep them engaged.
Are there other monster or ghost stories that work well for your developing readers? Our superhero beginning readers are also in high demand right now, especially with kindergartners and first graders.
The review copy of Monster School was kindly sent by the publishers, HarperCollins Publishers. The review copy of You Read to Me, I'll Read to You came from our school library. If you make a purchase using the Amazon links on this site, a small portion goes to Great Kid Books. Thank you for your support.
Stephen Cullenberg, Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, rounded up a cohort of sponsors to give the event first-class cachet from entry onto campus to the siting of the free lunch, poetry tables, and presentations on a main campus walkway. Hundreds of passersby, if for only the minute’s traverse, shared The Most Incredible & Biggest Poem on Unity in the World.Click here for sponsor details.
A major bugbear of attending University public programs is paying nine bucks parking to attend a free event. UCR took care of it, free parking. Organizers set aside the closest-to-campus parking lot for poetry. Making sure drivers find their free parking, directional signs line the highway approaching campus.
This superb planning put smiles on faces following the signs to the fiesta a quarter mile distant. Reaching the walkway, the first tent greeting visitors is the free lunch. A soft tacos bar—three per eater, asada, pollo, vegetables--with the trimmings.
In the shady park, multiple hydrating stations offer iced water, juice, coffees. Another proof of top-notch planning, there’s ample supply of cups.
Ambience goes unnoticed in events like these, and this is the curse and compliment of being among the organizing staff. The curse is not being noticed for your crucial role, the compliment is visitors aren’t supposed to notice planning, preparation, attention to detail. Nothing staff can do about the intense desert sun. Empty rows of folding chairs close to the speeches and readings weren’t enough to lure any but a few gente from the cooling lawn and deep shade.
Herrera, Chancellor Wilcox, Dean Cullenberg, Winer
The speeches met their epideictic obligations but the speakers kept their style informal and affectionate. They spoke of Herrera the poet, Herrera the person. Mixed in were accolades for the Laureate, the Professor, the Friend. Dean Cullenberg read his remarks bilingually. It was heartfelt and it worked. Chancellor Kim Wilcox and Andrew Winer, chair of the Department of Creative Writing, also took the lectern.
African-Colombian music from UCR’s Mayupatapi ensemble opened the preliminaries, but poetry was the order of the day. The ceremonies begin with 4th and 5th graders from Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary in Moreno Valley.
The kids perform a beautiful choral reading of their composition Roses are red violets are blue There's only one unity between me and you! The poem was composed by the students as an element of the Poet Laureate’s The Most Incredible & Biggest Poem on Unity in the World Project.
The highlight of the fiesta is the Unity Voice Choir assembled from myriad regional poets and writers, including La Bloga friends Liz Gonzalez and Iris de Anda, along with La Bloga’s Michael Sedano.
Improvising from a chapbook assembled from the Unity poem, the choir performs call-and-response voice music. The bass and drums of Trokka Rhythm & Spoken Word Percussion Group, featuring poet John Martinez on congas, add to the enjoyment of both the choir and the audience. Martinez lays down some complex beats.
Herrera has invited poets from across California to join him today. They form the heart of the Unity Voice Choir. Herrera begins the aural feast by reading off the chapbook page. The choir follows along, guided by the book. Inspiration conquers page and Herrera calls out rhythmic and singsong variations, short gasps or multisyllabic chant, puro a la brava taking off on rhyme and reason that have the choir laughing to keep up. The words call out all manner of inspiration from fruit to vegetable to love.
Puro fun, this closing segment of the California Poet Laureate Project, The Most Incredible & Biggest Poem on Unity in the World.
Video by Concepción Valadez
The Unity Poem Fiesta sent-off the California Poet Laureate in grand style and highest spirits. Herrera’s work as Laureate lends significant prestige to the University, one more signal of UCR’s rapid coming-of-age as a major cultural force for the Inland Empire. Read about the Unity Poem Project here.
Click here to read the California legislation creating the California Poet Laureateship.
Luis J. Rodriguez Named Los Angeles Poet Laureate
A nourishing sign of poetry continuity arrives even as Juan Felipe Herrera closes his two years as the California Poet Laureate. The day after the UCR fiesta, the Mayor of Los Angeles announced the Los Angeles Poet Laureate is Luis J. Rodriguez.
A candidate for Governor of California, Rodriguez lost in the primary despite articulating a philosophy of unity and opportunity. The Los Angeles Laureateship reminds gente that foremost Rodriguez is a poet. Given Rodriguez' activist nature, Los Angeles should look forward to eye-opening poetry initiatives that reflect the City's objectives for the Poet Laureate program:
Enhance the presence and appreciation of poetry and the literary arts in Los Angeles; Create a focal point for the expression of Los Angeles culture through the literary arts; Raise awareness of the power of literature, poetry, and the spoken word; Inspire an emerging generation of critical thinkers, writers, storytellers, and literary artists; Bring the literary arts to people in Los Angeles who have limited access to poetry or have few opportunities for exposure to expressive writing; Encourage both the reading and writing of literature; and, Create a new body of literary works that commemorate the diversity and vibrancy of the LA region.
La Bloga sends abrazos and felicidades to Luis J. Rodriguez, Poet Laureate of the City of Los Angeles.
News & Notes Teatro Summit Sweeping Los Angeles
The Los Angeles Theatre Center in the heart of Los Angeles is the site of an historical gathering of professional raza theater companies from across the nation. If LATC's publicity sounds ambitiously chingón that's because they stand behind their work.
A vibrant company that hires local actors and develops plays by local writers, LATC recognizes an obligation to widen the artistic horizons of what people get to see on stage. Per LATC's website, Encuentro brings
a month-long celebration of Latina/o theater from October 12 through November 10. This groundbreaking month-long event is the first theater festival in the U.S. to bring together more than 19 theater companies and 150 artists from the U.S. and Puerto Rico to present 19 works that represent the multi-faceted Latina/o experience on stage – from violence at the border and pressing immigration concerns to the complexities of romantic relationships and families.
The UNM Department of English hosts distinguished writer Ana Castillo to deliver the 5th annual Rudolfo and Patricia Anaya Lecture on the Literature of the Southwest, on Thursday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. in George Pearl Hall room 101. A reception will follow. George Pearl Hall houses the School of Architecture and Planning and is located on Central and Cornell NE. The lecture is free and open to the public.
On-line Floricanto for the 14th of the Tenth Victor Avila, Richard Vargas, Oralia Rodríguez, Jeff Cannon
Looking Through Chain-Link at McAllen Station by Victor Avila
Although this young girl is not Ruby Bridges and has never heard her name she has the same heart of forgiveness for those looking to blame this anonymous child for every ill in the world as she tries to get sleep in McAllen Station.
In her dreams she looks into the eyes of an ambiguous nation and sees two completely different faces. One speaks with empathetic eyes that understand her suffering. While the other face...speaks about God's love and mercy but seemingly, only on Sundays.
She's awakened by the hum of fans on the ceiling- beside her, a younger sister who is still sleeping. She notices a orange butterfly just outside the window. She wonders what it would be like to have wings that could fly over any wall or any border.
No, her dreams of becoming a butterfly will not be denied. Certainly not by those who shout venomous words that she can't understand. She's beginning to learn that forgiveness is greater than hatred found in some hearts. And that humility is a sign of true strength no matter the circumstance.
It's as if God has polished her heart and it now reflects His light for the world to see. Her love is His love and a beacon for all including those who protest her presence through ill-conceived notions. Yes, the butterfly has flown and left McAllen Station And flutters northward beyond the reach of ignorance and hatred.
Victor Avila is an award-winning poet. His poetry was recently included in two anthologies: Occupy SF-Poems From the Movement and Revolutionary Poets Brigade-Los Angeles. He is also writes and illustrates the comic book series Hollywood Ghost Comix. Volume Two will be released in November through Ghoula Press. Victor has taught in California public schools for twenty-five years.
song for Shenandoah… for Luis Ramirez by Richard Vargas “The Devil has the people by the throat…” Annina, explaining to Rick why she is leaving her country. Casablanca
I. oh Shenandoah, strip mined and bare by the sweat of men cursing in broken English as coal-black dust streaks their European faces with eyes on the look-but-don’t-touch prize
mother to Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey who gave our soldiers big band swing music as they dodged bullets on the way to victory over Berlin and Tokyo
land of Mrs. T’s Pierogies and a meager slice of the American dream worth $12, 562 per capita income at the start of the 21st century
Shenandoah some say the name Shenandoah is derived from indigenous tongues Shenandoah means “beautiful star daughter”
II. small town once proud once thriving thirty thousand strong today’s headcount barely five thousand Shenandoah hangs on like another forgotten whistle stop crying out for new blood new people until we heed your call
we climb your walls and wade through muddy brown river we walk and run across deserts hide in bushes and seek shade while drinking warm water from discarded plastic Coke bottles tied to our waists with twine
we die with swollen tongues from border heat we smother in the trunks of cars and asphyxiate packed like sardines in 40 ft. trailers left to bake in the noonday sun for the jobs you don’t want and the wages you refuse
III. the grass will always be greener the grass will always be greener the grass will always be greener
Shenandoah, we claim you cut your lawns bus the tables wash your dishes take out the garbage sweep your sidewalks shore up crumbling walls patch the cracks in your weathered face with flowers that bloom in the spring
Om-pah-pah Om-pah-pah the bass of a tuba vibrates dirty windows shakes the dust off worn and faded curtains we bring tortillas and pico de gallo to your table Tecate and pan dulce the laughter of children breaking open Spider-Man piñatas on birthdays we are grateful because for us a day’s hard work is a gift from God
IV. Shenandoah, your children walk the streets angry and drunk on the sweet lies of corporate media mouthpieces singing empty and false: The Mexicans are coming! The Mexicans are coming! The Mexicans are here!
a man’s head kicked hard with the force of a hate unleashed from the dark side of fear and loathing will crack like a melon dropped on the pavement and its juices will slowly leak and stain the street
a religious medal hanging from the neck and stomped into a man’s chest will imprint the holy face of the savior deep into the skin brand him in the name of twisted salvation
Jesus salva he convulses Jesus salva he foams at the mouth Jesus salva he is still
hiding behind screen names on the internet a new generation of minutemen join in take aim and post comments: “these boys sacrificed their futures in much the same way a marine sacrifices his life on the battlefield we are being invaded if i was on the jury no way these boys would be convicted more dead illegals will discourage future border jumps”
V. sometimes a moment is an hour, a week, a year sometimes a decade or a century passes in the blink of an eye when all it takes to recall the history of our people buried deep in our genes is the sound of one word wetback is the humiliation of tired and hungry ancestors enduring its ugly sound while picking Texas cotton and California grapes from sunup to sundown wetback is the mean reminder of all that can never be and all that will be denied wetback is the neighborhood where houses can be rented and the side of the railroad tracks that are off limits after dark wetback is long drives down dusty roads looking for crops to pick and ditches to dig in a strange land where wages are determined by skin color
VI. and still we come again and again
Shenandoah, why are you weeping why are your shoulders hung low do not hide your face in shame your sad cry rolling through the valleys and bouncing off the mountains is not in vain no matter how many miles there are between us how many walls are raised to keep us out
we are coming home coming home
coming home to you
“This poem began to take form while I was a student of Prof. Jesse Aleman at the University of New Mexico. He provided early criticism that helped me shape the poem into what it is today. A few years later, at the National Latino Writers Conference, (National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, NM) I had a one-on-one session with poet/teacher, Francisco X. Alarcon, and he gave the poem an in-depth critique that led to the final edits. I am grateful for their consideration and professional input.”
Richard Vargas was born in Compton, CA, attended schools in Compton, Lynwood, and Paramount. He earned his B.A. at Cal State University, Long Beach, where he studied under Gerald Locklin and Richard Lee. He edited/published five issues of The Tequila Review, 1978-1980. His first book, McLife, was featured on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac, in February, 2006. A second book, American Jesus, was published by Tia Chucha Press, 2007. His third book, Guernica, revisited, was published April 2014, by Press 53. (Once again, a poem from the book was featured on Writer’s Almanac to kick off National Poetry Month.) Vargas received his MFA from the University of New Mexico, 2010. He was recipient of the 2011 Taos Summer Writers’ Conference’s Hispanic Writer Award, and was on the faculty of the 2012 10th National Latino Writers Conference. Currently, he resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he edits/publishes The Más Tequila Review.
He will be reading at the following Midwest venues in Oct. 2014: 10/15: Left Bank Books, St. Louis 10/16: The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, Indianapolis 10/17: Rainbow Bookstore Co-op, Madison, WI 10/19: City Lit Books (w/Diana Pando and Carlos Cumpian) Chicago
GAZA/2014 por Oralia Rodríguez Tumultos de cenizas ríen, al no poder llorar, los cuerpos se volvieron flores deshojadas son llevados en brazos por el viento, la muerte danza, danza en un eterno letargo, las bombas marcan su ritmo. Las sombras se abrazan al escuchar los alaridos de los jazmines mutilados, el dolor vuelto a nacer, el estómago es un nido de alacranes, ¿Dios, Dios, aún estas ahí?. La humanidad se viste de indiferencia las palabras son menos que sal, mientras el cielo vomita lumbre, el laúd esta de luto, ahora guía al cortejo de trozos de ilusiones, sueños y esperanzas, que ni la embriaguez diluye, los gobiernos como perros se disputan, muerden, ladran, engañan en la tierra de nadie. La Tierra cual cántaro de sangre, las bestias, se jactan, besan los trozos que encuentran a su paso de humanos. Cuando la mar se seque sabrá del dolor, que muerde mis adentros, la verdad, ¿cuál verdad? Tan simple, tan llano son genocidas.
MARIA ORALIA RODRIGUEZ GONZALEZ. Poeta y pintora, nacida en Jerez Zacatecas, radicada en Tijuana B.C. Estudió la Licenciatura en Informática en el Instituto Tecnológico de Tijuana, y la Licenciatura en Educación Primaria en la Normal Fronteriza Tijuana. Trabaja como docente de educación básica. A participado en antologías en México y Argentina , en encuentros literarios. Actualmente estudia la maestría en Cultura Escrita en el Centro de Posgrado Sor Juana y el Diplomado de Creación Literaria del INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE BELLAS ARTES en el Centro Cultural Tijuana.
Before the Darkness by Jeff Cannon
I fold a homeless leaf weary writing to the air
Then your distant light falls on me potent fire thread I uncurl from that brown devouring mouth Eating me Swallowing me into the sad stomach of its Detroit trashed home where boarded windows weep life less rooms eat me with their endless moans the food betrayed dreams can only place on empty tables
Lift me poet light from this dungeon i am alive must speak despite the words that fail me words no longer moist more brittle autumn whispers than volcanic passion that rose before the clamp darkness pressed against my throat
Save me poet light warm me by your sounding the way Neruda passed the vibrant ocean to everyone imprisoned
I am your wounded kin my fleshless palm still presses against the open wound spurting what’s left of me against dead concrete side walks angry roads, death fumed cars, mad driver driven
Since the vocabulary of love got stopped at the border the guards couldn’t find its number sent love back into the desert to die
Well my word brothers, my verse sisters i may be sinking ankle caught but not ready yet to descend into oblivion without at least another swing before the bullets
Besides the honor of this second poem in La Bloga, Jeff Cannon appears in Boundless 2014 and in Goose River Anthology: 2014. Jeff is the author of three books of poetry: Finding the Father at Table and Eros: Faces of Love (2010, published by Xlibris Corporation), Intimate Witness: The Carol Poems by Goose River Press, 2008, a testament to his wife’s courageous journey with cancer. He first appeared in the anthology celebrating parenthood, My Hearts First Steps in 2004. He has been a featured poet at Manchester Community College, CT and at local Worcester poetry venues as well as in New Hampshire. He is the father of two daughters, retired and “can’t stop writing” although he does not read out as much as he would prefer.
New Delta Review is currently seeking submissions in all genres (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art). We are especially interested in submissions by writers and artists who are underrepresented in literary publications in terms of race, gender, and sexual identity.
NDR is a literary journal produced by graduate students in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Louisiana State University. Since 1984, NDR has published the work of emerging and established writers. Each issue includes original fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, reviews, interviews, and artwork. In our 30 years of publication, authors of international renown–National Book Award finalist Patricia Smith, Puschcart Prize-winning Stacey Richter, and former Poet Laureate Billy Collins, to name a few–have shared our pages with tomorrow’s literary stars. Our contributors are regularly included in anthologies such as Best American Short Stories, New Stories from the South, and Best American Poetry.
To learn more about NDR, please visit our website.
New Delta Review publishes poems that show distinct artistry (“a poem within each line”) and usually find a way to subvert form (e.g. prose poems reinventing the form of prose poetry). We are looking for work that represents a diversity of experiences through craft and content and demonstrates an awareness of current conversations about poetics. We want to understand what kind of writer you are; include several poems (five max) so that we get a sense of the scope of your art. Please read New Delta Review, particularly our current issue, since our aesthetics shift from year to year. To submit, please go here.
We publish fiction in wildly different styles and modes. It’s easy to say, “Please read our journal to get a sense of our aesthetic,” so we will! Please read our journal to get a sense of our aesthetic; current and back issues are available for free, right here, on the internet. After you’ve read, please send us fiction that is emotionally engaging. We also appreciate your (carefully considered) risks with language, content, and form. While we often publish longer pieces, we prefer our stories to come in at around 3,000 words. We also have a special interest in flash fiction, and brief series of flash pieces. For more information about the Ryan R. Gibbs Award in Short Fiction judged by Roxane Gay (deadline: October 11, 2014), please visit here. For general submissions, please visit here.
At New Delta Review, we are looking for experimental essays that explore personal experience though hybrid forms and engage the reader on an emotional and intellectual level. We enjoy work that celebrates the complexity of the nonfiction genre by pairing compelling content with innovative structure. We want to see you, the writer, exploring and questioning through your work, so that we may experience the journey alongside you. In this genre, questions are as valuable as answers—show us your vulnerability. To submit, please visit here.
We will consider artwork in any medium, from traditional (painting, drawing, photography, images of installation/sculpture) to new media (video, animation, and hypertext). Please consider our online format, and the possibilities of art on the web, when submitting your work. For more information about the Ryan R. Gibbs Award in Photography judged by Jesse Morgan Barnett (deadline: October 15, 2014), please visit here. For general submissions, please visit here.
Four scholarships are being offered for first-time participants of the 22nd Annual WINTER POETRY & PROSE GETAWAY, January 16-19, 2015 in the Atlantic City area. Recipients may choose from workshops in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, memoir, screenwriting and more, including special advanced sessions with Stephen Dunn and Kim Addonizio. In addition, the conference also offers open mics, tutorials, talks, sunrise yoga, dancing at the Getaway Disco and writerly camaraderie.
We have two different categories of scholarships available:
+ The Toni Brown Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by the Getaway faculty and staff, will offer places to two poets or writers age 31 and over. Deadline: Nov. 15, 2014.
+ The Jan-ai Scholarship will sponsor two poets or writers between the ages of 18 - 30. Deadline: Nov. 30, 2014.
Escape the distractions of your busy life. Advance your craft and energize your writing at the Winter Getaway. Enjoy challenging and supportive sessions, insightful feedback and an encouraging community. Learn more at our website.
The Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway is presented by The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and Murphy Writing.
New Rivers Press Many Voices Project Prize for Prose and Poetry
New Rivers Press is now taking submissions for our Many Voices Project Prize for PROSE and POETRY. Deadline November 1, 2014. Each winner (one for prose, one for poetry) will win $1000, a standard book contract, national distribution, and complimentary copies. This year's finalist judges are Naomi Shihab Nye for poetry and Alan Davis for prose. Recent judges include John Dufresne, Leif Enger, Richard Hoffman, Tim Seibles, Debra Marquart, and Elizabeth Searle.
The Many Voices Project is our distinguished annual competition (since 1981) to find new and emerging writers. (An emerging writer has not published more than two books of creative writing with a commercial, university, or national small press.)
The submission period for the 2014 MVP competition, a search for book-length unpublished manuscripts by new or emerging writers, is Sept. 15 - Nov. 1, 2014. The prize is open to anyone writing in English. There is a $25 entry fee. The winning titles will be published in fall 2016 by New Rivers Press.
The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review is now open for unsolicited submissions in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, book club, and our new humor column: Classifieds for Pathetic People. Also, don't forget our Gertrude Stein Award in Fiction (2015 winner Andrew McLinden) and our upcoming courses at The Eckleburg Workshops.
Submit your work to us today. We look forward to reading your words.
The online journal, cahoodaloodaling, is seeking writing and art submissions with the common theme of travel or place for its January 2015 issue, Travelogue. Issue #15 – Travelogue
We are seeking submissions inspired by unique destinations, travel, international adventures, or simply the comforts of home. Send in your best works of “place” by the end of the year. Remember, we are open for all styles and forms of visual and audio art, poetry, literature, as well as essays, non-fiction, screenplays, collaborations and even letters home. Make us stand up and take notice.
Submissions due 12/31/14. Guest editor April Michelle Bratten of Up The Staircase Quarterly. Issue live 1/31/15.
Camera poised and ready to shoot, I stand and wait as the Monarch paratroopers glide in, iridescently adorned in polka-dotted uniforms of orange and black. They’ve stormed my garden, scanning and probing it for flight fuel.
I zero in on one lone butterfly, fluttering overhead – her wings flapping hard against the late summer’s breeze, the full span of them glistening against midday’s high sun. She finally maneuvers low to navigate her perfect landing, descending onto the tip of the buttercup-shaped lantana where she sips her nectar, letting It nourish her before she takes flight again. In moments, recorded only by the click of my shutter, she drunkenly ascends and joins her airborne troop. I am saddened to know, in probably just a few short short weeks – she will die in combat – for she has always been on a race against time. Her brief lifespan was always destined to be fleeting, and so I feel special that she called upon me and that my garden was on her personal flight plan.