Subscriber News: December 2014
Congratulations to Rick Lupert. His 16th poetry collection, The Gettysburg Undress, was published by Rothco Press as the first title in their Caffeine Poetry Series. Hal Sirowitz calls it "a delightful romp through the museums and tourist attractions of the mid-Atlantic states." Visit Rick's Poetry Super Highway website for samples of his work, including this video ode to matzah.
Congratulations to Carol Smallwood. Her poetry collection Divining the Prime Meridian was recently published by Word Poetry. She kindly shares a sample poem here. Read more poems on the publisher's website. Writing professor and author Robert Fanning says of this collection, "Whether considering the lacework of atoms, the calming labor of quilting, or many other points of reference in a universe with 'no edge or center,' Carol Smallwood's poems are woven with grace, skill, and intuition. They are the work of a woman who knows where to look for truth, and how to measure its music."
Congratulations to Eleanor Freeman. She was a runner-up in the 2014 Past Loves Day Story Contest from Spruce Mountain Press, an opportunity she found at Winning Writers. This contest gave prizes up to $100 for flash memoirs about a true love from the past; the most recent deadline was September 17.
Congratulations to Meg Eden. Her new poetry chapbook, A Week With Beijing, is forthcoming in 2015 from Neon, a British literary journal and book publisher. She kindly shares a sample poem here. From the book blurb: "This book of 21 poems charts the narrator's relationship with the mysterious Beijing, a woman who personifies the city for which she is named. We see Beijing through a time of tumultuous change: industries rise and fall, the Olympic games come and go, and her husband purchases a mistress. In these poems her vulnerabilities are laid bare and we catch fleeting glimpses of Beijing as she really is." Meg says, "I have been using Winning Writers for years, and encouraged my students to do so as well. Thanks to Winning Writers, I was able to build up my first few publications, which has made my writing career possible. Thank you for all you do!"
Congratulations to Ruth Hill. She has several poetry awards and publications to report this year. "Aloft", "Not All", and "Brambleberries" were published in the Royal City Literary Arts Society 2014 Anthology in Vancouver, BC. In other news, "[SPAM] Re: Re: Re: s'up?" was published in The Crooked Ledge of Another Day, the 2014 Ascent Aspirations anthology edited by David Fraser. "A Pedicure for Vieux-Montreal" won the Poetry Society of Michigan 2014 1st Prize on the theme of "Love", and was published in Peninsula Poets. "Helmut the Hermit and the Waitress Who Wouldn't Wait" won the Poetry Society of Michigan 2014 2nd Prize on the theme of "Humor", and was published in Peninsula Poets. "After Emily Carr's One-Stroke, Dark Green Tree" won a PSM Honorable Mention for an ekphrastic poem. "Maple" was a finalist in the Burnaby Writers' Society theme of "Wood". "Drought" was published in the Fall 2014 issue of the Song of the San Joaquin. "Hillbilly Child Imagines the Water Cycle" placed in the top ten in the 2014 Poetry Super Highway Contest. "Evening Sizzle-Fish and Fiddleheads" was a semi-finalist, and was published in New Southerner. "The Afterlife of Certain Trees (Skeleton Dock)" and "Tell Me Where" were published in Ascent Aspirations Online by editor David Fraser. "Godsong" was published November 2014 in the annual anthology from Voices Israel Group of Poets in English."Endless Search" will be published in the 2014 Paragrammers Anthology, Remember.
Ellaraine Lockie had three poems featured in the French online journal Levure Littéraire: "Clean-Up in Rwanda", "The Tour", and "War and Peace on the Prairie". The theme of Issue #10 was "Words and Declarations of War". Watch a video preview of the issue here. Read the poems here.
Trish Hopkinson's poems "Prima Facie" and "The day you were born" were published in the anthology Switch (the Difference) (Kind of a Hurricane Press, 2014). She kindly shares the former poem here. Her poem "Breast-giver" appeared in the November 2014 issue of Degenerates: Voices for Peace, a publication of Weasel Press.
Heather M. Browne's poetry collection Directions of Folding is now available from Amazon. She kindly shares the title poem here. Visit her website, The Healed Heart, for more poems and monthly email newsletter signup.
Joan Blake's poems "Change, Suffering and Passage of Time (Krishnamurti)" and "First Language" were accepted for the 2014 Little Red Tree International Poetry Prize Anthology. The current contest, with a top prize of $1,000, is open through December 31.
Joan Gelfand's poem "Good Morning America, Where Are You?" was published in PEN Oakland's new anthology Fightin' Words, edited by Claire Ortalda, Kim McMillon, and Judith Cody (Heyday Books, 2014). The anthology launch party will be held on Saturday, December 20, from 2-5 PM, at the Heyday Books office on 1633 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA. See Joan's website for more readings and announcements.
Published: December 10, 2014