Subscriber News: June 2021
Congratulations to Julie Irigaray. Her debut poetry chapbook, Whalers, Witches and Gauchos, was published by the UK-based literary press Nine Pens in April. She kindly shares a sample poem here. Julie says, "Whalers, Witches and Gauchos explores narratives of displacement, the way we navigate between countries and cultures, and how where we come from makes us who we are. Using my Basque ancestors as a point of reference—these same whalers, witches and gauchos who travelled to the other side of the world or were persecuted—I conjure up my memories of living in the Basque Country, France, Ireland, Italy and the UK." Visit her website to learn more.
Congratulations to Tammy Delatore. Her essay "The Ties That Bind" won one of the three top prizes in the 2020 CRAFT Creative Nonfiction Award.
Congratulations to Gary Beck. His Collected Plays of Gary Beck, Vol. II, his poetry collection Resonance, and his novel Flawed Connections were published this spring by Cyberwit. Flawed Connections is the story of four Yale classmates who develop a wildly successful computer game. The pressure of sustaining their upscale lifestyle leaves them in a quandary when disaster strikes.
Claire Denson's poems were published in the March/Spring issues of The Summerset Review and Juke Joint, and in the February issues of Ghost City Press and Booth. Other poems are forthcoming in Salt Hill, Massachusetts Review, Drunk Monkeys, and the Best of Versification anthology. Her review of Lindsay Bernal's poetry collection What It Doesn't Have to Do With (University of Georgia Press, 2018) was published in the April 2021 issue of Glass: A Journal of Poetry.
Konstantin Nicholas Rega interviewed US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo at Treble Zine. Three of his poems were published at New Writing, the online journal of the University of East Anglia, where he recently received a Masters in Creative Writing. His short story "Last Time I Saw Father" was published in decomp journal (Spring 2021). His poem "Polonsky's Journey Retaken" appeared in The Heartland Review (Fall 2020). Visit his website for more of his writing and music.
Ellaraine Lockie's pollage (poetry collage) "Love Me Tender in Midlife" was published in The Creativity Webzine in April. Read an interview about her pollage art in the British magazine Sein und Werden. Her weekly poetry podcast at Chrysanthemum Chronicles launched on April 9 with her poem "An Unholy Halo Dims in the Pandemic". New one-poem episodes are posted each Friday.
Sally Bellerose was interviewed about her new novel Fishwives (Bywater Books, 2021) on Stella Fosse's blog, in the article "Everyday Life Is a Revolutionary Act". They discussed literary representation of lesbian history, social class, and aging. Sally's creative nonfiction piece "Scrabble" was published in the journal Résonance, Vol. 3, Issue #1.
Tamara Kaye Sellman (Intention Tremor), Risa Denenberg (Posthuman), Rene Mullen (This Still Breathing Canvas), and Julene Tripp Weaver (truth be bold) read their poetry and discussed healing and activism at the Chronic Illness Poetry Salon, a virtual event moderated by Lorena Alba on May 27. Watch a video of the 90-minute event on YouTube.
Shobana Gomes's article "Go Back to the Basics", an essay about stopping anti-Asian racism, was published on Medium in May, which was Asian-American Heritage Month.
Joseph Stanton's suite of poems "Nights on B Street" was featured in a multimedia exhibition with artwork by Adam LeBlanc. A 7-minute video of the installation is available on YouTube. He was interviewed at The Ekphrastic Review about his poetry collection Moving Pictures (Shanti Arts, 2019).
Published: June 9, 2021