Subscriber News: April 2023
Congratulations to James K. Zimmerman. His poem "The Loon God of Magunticook Lake" was the national first-prize winner in the 2023 Joe Gouveia Outermost Poetry Contest. Jennifer M. Phillips was the regional first-prize winner for "Aftermath In the Boston Public Garden". Other Winning Writers subscribers placing in this year's awards included Paul Dresman and Lucile Burt. This contest sponsored by WOMR Community Radio in Provincetown, MA gives prizes up to $1,000 for national and $300 for Cape Cod regional winners; the most recent deadline was January 31.
Congratulations to Marvin J. Lurie. His poetry collection Telling Signs was published by Finishing Line Press in January. Poet and critic David Biespiel says of this book, "Poem after poem is a continuing reassurance. What is so wonderfully profound, for me, as I read this book, is Lurie's courage: to witness, to absorb, to rectify, and to celebrate the painful, beautiful world."
Congratulations to Noah Berlatsky. His poetry chapbook No Devotion, a collection of erasure poems from the work of Mary Oliver, will be published in September by LJMcD Communications as a free download in their Ephemera series. Email Lachlan McDougall for a copy: firstname.lastname@example.org. Noah also had four poems published in Deadly Orgone Radiation #2 (April 2023), a journal from LJMcD that is available to download.
Congratulations to Lesléa Newman. Her picture book I Can Be...ME!, illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez, was published in March by Lee & Low. Lesléa says of this book, "Imagine a world where there are no expectations foisted on children and everything is available to them to explore, creating a safe space for each one to be and become their true authentic selves. That is my goal: to change the world one book at a time and make it a safe, welcoming place for everyone." Lee & Low has created a 16-page study guide for teachers to share this book with their classrooms. In other news, her poetry collection for adults, I Wish My Father (Headmistress Press, 2021), received the 22nd Annual Massachusetts Book Honor in Poetry from the Massachusetts Center for the Book. The most recent deadline for this award series was December 31, 2022 for books published in 2022.
Teresa Burleson's Redefined-Who You Are in Christ: A 31-Day Devotional for Women is available from Roaring Lambs Publishing and on Amazon.
Perry Terrell's short story chapbook Never Dismissed is available to order from the author. Send $8.00 to Perry Terrell, Editor, Conceit Magazine, Grand Lake, 490 Lake Park Ave Unit #10587, Oakland, CA 94610-9991. For online payment, send via PayPal or Zelle to email@example.com; Venmo to perryterrell@perryterrell; or CashApp to $epterrell. Check out Conceit Magazine's website for themed contests and publication opportunities throughout the year.
Nick Korolev's YA fantasy novel, Jerry Swift and Chiron's Pride (Pen It Publications), was favorably reviewed in the Moorefield Examiner, a West Virginia newspaper. The second book in this series, about a boy who transforms into a centaur, is forthcoming from Pen It.
Mark Fleisher's fifth poetry collection, Knowing When, is available from Amazon or by emailing the author. He kindly shares the title poem here.
Gail Thomas will be reading on May 5 at 2:15 pm and May 6 at 11:30 am at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, which will be held in Salem, MA on May 5-7. Visit the Pioneer Valley Writers Workshop website to sign up for her online course on creating and publishing your poetry chapbook, three Saturdays in May (13, 20, 27).
Published: April 8, 2023