Subscriber News: April 2017
Congratulations to Judy Kronenfeld. Her fourth full-length poetry collection, Bird Flying Through the Banquet, was released in March by FutureCycle Press. The title references a famous quote by the Venerable Bede, a 7th-century theologian. She kindly shares a sample poem here. The book launch event will take place on Thursday, June 1, at 7:00 p.m. Judy will be the featured reader with Karen Greenbaum-Maya at Literature on the Lawn, sponsored by the Inlandia Institute, Riverside Public Library, 3581 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501. Contact Cati Porter for details.
Congratulations to Tim Mayo. His poetry collection Thesaurus of Separation (Phoenicia Publishing, 2016) was named a finalist for the 2017 Montaigne Medal in the Eric Hoffer Awards, an award series from Hopewell Publications that honors small press and self-published books. The Montaigne Medal is a special distinction for entries that "illuminate, progress, or redirect thought." The most recent deadline for this program, with a grand prize of $2,000, was January 21.
Congratulations to Mark Fleisher. His poems "Freedom Flight" and "The Fallen" were first place winners in their categories at the Creative Arts Festival conducted by the New Mexico VA Healthcare System. Both poems now advance to the National VA Creative Arts Festival, a program of the US Department of Veterans Affairs. He kindly shares "The Fallen" here.
Congratulations to Arnold Jansen op de Haar. His poetry collection The Refrain of Other People's Lives, translated from Dutch to English by John Irons, was published in March by Holland Park Press. In this collection, the author, who moved from Arnhem in the Netherlands to London in 2014, sets out in search of his history. Listen to him read a sample poem, "on the other side of the water", on YouTube.
Congratulations to Lesléa Newman. Her new picture book, Sparkle Boy, will be published in June by Lee & Low Press, with illustrations by Maria Mola. From the book blurb: "Casey's big sister Jessie has a shimmery skirt, glittery nails, and a sparkly bracelet. Casey wants these things too, but Jessie thinks they are only for girls. Or are they? Sparkle Boy is a gentle book about acceptance, respect, and everyone's right to shine." In other news, her story "Maidel" was published in the Spring 2017 issue of Persimmon Tree: An Online Magazine of the Arts by Women Over Sixty. She was interviewed in the Huffington Post in January about the role of writers in resisting oppression. Her book Heather Has Two Mommies, one of the first picture books to depict LGBT families, won the 2017 Lee Lynch Classic Award from the Golden Crown Literary Society, an organization that recognizes books of significance to lesbian literature.
Sandra Wiley's story "Bullfrog Stew" was published in the Winter 2016 issue of Sixfold. This is her first published short story.
David Kherdian's memoir Starting from San Francisco: A Life in Writing is available on Amazon.com and from his website. The award-winning Armenian-American poet shares his journey of self-discovery from his Midwestern upbringing to 1960s California.
Janet Ruth Heller's short play "Pledging" will be performed on May 5-7 and May 12-14 at the Tritonysia Play Festival at Triton College, 2000 5th Ave., River Grove, Illinois. The performances will be in the Cox Auditorium in the Fine Arts Building, J108, on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and on Sundays at 2 p.m. Her poems "Becoming a Woman" and "Obsession" were published in the anthology Bared: Contemporary Poetry and Art on Bras and Breasts (La Femmes Folles Books, 2017), edited by Laura Madeline Wiseman. Her poem "The Long Winter of 2014" was published in Encore: Southwest Michigan's Magazine (March 2017). She kindly shares it with us here. Her poem "Flamboyance" was published in the online literary journal Persimmon Tree (Winter 2017). Her poems "The Director" and "Match Point, or On Submitting a Manuscript" were published in the online journal The Atrium, Issue 7.1 (Spring 2016). Her middle-grade chapter book for children, The Passover Surprise (Fictive Press, 2015 and 2016), was reviewed in Baltimore's Child, the San Diego Jewish World, Bonnie Ferrante's website, and Hadassah Magazine in 2016, and in The Jewish Advocate in 2017.
Tony Peyser's poem "Dear Jupiter" was accepted for Chicago Poetry Press' upcoming anthology, Journal of Modern Poetry 20: The Poetry Writer's Guide to the Galaxy.
R. Bremner's poems "WNUR 3 freeform 9/19/16", "KCRW Streaming 09/20/16", and "WNUR freeform 9/21/16" were published in Epigraph Magazine, Issue 14. His absurdist poems "Stashu" and "Gaylord 2" were published in Pamplemousse (no website). His poem "My Landlord Otto" appeared in the RISE Anthology, a book of working-class poetry. The Essex News Daily profiled him on March 17 for his honorable mention in the 2017 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Contest from Passaic County Community College, for the poem "Slow Drip".
Johnathan Abraham Antelept's epic poem The Book of Rosiah is now available on Amazon.com. From the book blurb: "An odyssey through plains, cities, deserts, jungles, seas and ascent upon the summit of summits...a poetical parable about the search for wisdom, to seek out The Root."
Ruth Hill had the following poems published in the Royal City Literary Arts Society Wordplay at Work in Vancouver: "Snow" (January), "Forgotten Child" (March), and "Emily's Dashes" (April). Vox Poetica published "I Caution Your Expectations of Me" in February. The Society of Classical Poets will publish "Valley Oak". The Poeming Pigeon will publish "All Wild" in their Poems from the Garden issue. Along the Shore anthology will publish "Gangly". States of the Union will publish her short story "Salute". ARTEMIS in the UK will publish "The Cold Cellar". And SPAWN News will publish her article encouraging others to make submissions. She kindly shares "Forgotten Child" here.
Gail Thomas and Naila Moreira will read from their new poetry chapbooks on Thursday, April 20, at 4:00 p.m. at the Poetry Center at Smith College, Wright Hall, Northampton, MA. Gail's collection Odd Mercy won the 2016 Charlotte Mew Prize from Headmistress Press. Naila's chapbook Water Street was recently published by Finishing Line Press.
Published: April 7, 2017