Thursday, July 31, 2008

5th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival: January 2009, Delray Beach

5th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival
January 19-24, 2009, Delray Beach

Palm Beach Poetry Festival Logo

Dear Friend of the Festival,

We are so excited about our Fifth Anniversary Festival, January 19-24, 2009 and we want to let you know we are now accepting applications for workshops.

Our faculty this year includes Martin Espada, Kimiko Hahn, Thomas Lux, Laura Kasischke, Anne Marie Macari, Gerald Stern, Gregory Orr, Denise Duhamel, and Victoria Redel.

We will also welcome Florida poets Kelle Groom, and Michael Hettich, for a special reading. Winners of the High School Poetry Contest will receive their awards. Taylor Mali, and Lynne Procope will perform at our annual late-night Coffee House event. The deadline to apply for workshops is October 31, 2008.

For more details and to apply, visit for workshop descriptions, biographies of our faculty poets, and news about the festival.

We would welcome the opportunity to welcome you as a part of this half-decade celebration of poetry. They say Beethoven's Fifth was his best--we are following Ludwig's lead! Don't miss it!

Warm regards,

Miles A. Coon, Director
Palm Beach Poetry Festival

Susan R. Williamson, Assistant Director
Palm Beach Poetry Festival

Friday, July 25, 2008

The Punto Poetry Project: Call for Submissions

The Punto Poetry Project: Call for Submissions


At long last, here is the call for submissions for the Punto Poetry Project™. Please forward this info to all your gente and to your list serves. Feel free to join our Punto Poetry community too.

If you have any questions, please see our website at


Shaggy Flores
NuyoMassarican Poeta

Robert Karimi
Poet Laureate of Narnia

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Someta: Call for Submissions

PUNTO! Exclamations from Generations of Latina/o Poets

Calling ¡You!
the spoken word artist, the poeta, the crazy performance poet, the storyteller of metaphors, the subtle experimental poet, all of yous, from the casa to the raza cosmica and everywhere in between the transglobal barrio, yes tú, are invited to submit your original poems, slam poems, performance poems, spoken word pieces to ¡PUNTO!: Exclamations from Generations of Latina/o Poets, edited by critically acclaimed, award winning poets, Jaime “Shaggy” Flores & Robert Farid Karimi.

We seek original work by Latina/o, Chicana/o, Nuyorican writers, performance poets, and spoken word performers for a new intergenerational anthology of Latina& Latino spoken word, performance poetry.

¡PUNTO! aims to give space and voice to Latina/o writers who have helped birth the current evolution of poetry by weaving language, culture, & experiences into a tapestry of performance & poetry on the page. ¡PUNTO! poets display the multifaceted variety of a community that is on the forefront of literature and performance. ¡PUNTO! is an intergenerational book that will reflect the historic & expansive contribution of Latina/os to the art of performance & written poetry across the nation.

Questions about this project can be emailed to: someta@puntopoetry. com. Please indicate “anthology” or “preguntas” or “vulcan mind meld” in the subject line to avoid deletion of your email.

Must be postmarked no later than November 2, 2008
Please make sure to remember your ancestors on this day.

We are unable to address all inquiries as to your personal status in the project given the large number of submissions under consideration for this anthology.

Please send submissions BOTH by email and by USPS:

someta@puntopoetry. com
Please include “¡Punto!” in subject line.

c/o Robert Karimi & Shaggy Flores
p.o box 6151
minneapolis, mn 55406

Please, no battles about what is Latina/o spoken word or what is Latina/o identity; we are here to celebrate those who utilize the oral tradition across transglobal barrios. If confused, just send it.

Please submit up to 4 works. Manuscripts should total no more than 10 pages, 12 pt Times New Roman font.

  • All work must be original, written in English, Spanglish or Spanish with provided English translation. (If you use any other languages, even Vulcan, provide a translation)

  • Work must be previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions are okay, but please notify us if your work is accepted elsewhere, as we are not able to accept previously published work.

  • Other poets’ translations of non-original work will not be accepted for this anthology.

  • Written work may include poetry, spoken word, performance poetry, and selections from performance pieces. Please do not send monologues. If sending a work from a larger performance, please omit stage directions and sound and lighting cues.

  • Include a clean cover page with your name and contact information as well as the titles of each work.

  • Please include your name, address, phone number, and a working email address on every poem submitted.

  • All work must be typed and legible on paper or else it gets vaporized.

  • Margins should be set at 1” all around single spaced, on one side only of 8.5 x 11 white paper.

  • Submitted copies of your work become property of the Punto Poetry project and will not be returned to you. Yes, you keep the copyright of the work, but when you submit, you are allowing us to consider it for publication.

  • The editors of the anthology, the publishers, nor assistants or anyone (all lifeforms) involved in this project are not responsible for any lost manuscripts. Please do not send us the original copy of your work.

  • Include a biography of no more than 70 words on a separate page. Include a short statement of how your work reflects the Latino experience. Include your favorite Latino Cuisine/Food/ Dish in the bio as well.

  • Submissions must be postmarked no later than November 2, 2008 (Early submissions increase but do not guarantee your chances of acceptance). Please make sure to remember your ancestors on this day.

  • Please submit both mailed and electronic versions of the poems. Electron/Email versions you must send as MS Word attachments only. Both MAC and PC platforms are acceptable. Hard copy mailed versions should be submitted to the address above.

If you wish to be notified of receipt of your submission by mail, include a stamped, self-addressed postcard (U.S. Postage only).

Monday, July 21, 2008

Poetry Workshop in NYC with Ellen Bass

Poetry Workshop
taught by Ellen Bass
October 25 and 26, 2008
N ew York City

photo CD lotuses and Barbara Lierson's lotus photo
Its wonderful root and bud are snow-white, bright.
When was it parted with the western skies?
Nobody knows how deep the mud it grows in is.
When it emerges from the water, we know it is the white lotus.

In this workshop we will allow ourselves to extend our roots deeply into the mud of our experience in order to give voice to our poems. This is an opportunity to meet the poems that gestate within us and to engage our greatest resources--attention, courage, precision--in bringing them into being. We will strive for language that is accurate, fresh, and interesting and we will work to create poems whose form, rhythmn, language, and meaning work as an effective whole.

This weekend will be a time to nurture the creative voice inside us and allow it to speak. There will be time for sharing and for response, hearing what our work touches in others, but mainly it will be an inspirational time to write.

The format will include brief talks on aspects of the craft, writing suggestions, time to write and time to share. Some critique is available for those who want that, but is not mandatory.
Both experienced and beginning poets are welcome. Class size is limited to fifteen poets.

We'll meet Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm at the home of Nancy Hechinger on West 12th St. in New York. Address and directions to follow registration. The fee is $300 and checks should be made payable to Ellen Bass and sent to my assistant Shalom Victor at 338 Walnut Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95060. A non-refundable deposit of $50 is required to hold your place. The remainder is due by September 1. If you have paid your entire fee and find that you can't attend the workshop, we'll refund all but the deposit if we're able to fill your space, so please let us know as soon as possible.


Ellen Bass
Ellen Bass

about Ellen Bass
Ellen Bass's Mules of Love (BOA 2002) won the Lambda Literary Award. Her work has been published in The Atlantic Monthly, The American Poetry Review, Ms., Ploughshares, Field, and The Kenyon Review. Among her awards for poetry are The Pushcart Prize, The Pablo Neruda Prize and the New Letters Prize.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Mark Terrill Announces Two New Booklets from Longhouse

Poems and Translations by MARK TERRILL

Superabundance is a small collection of new poems & prose poems, in another exquisite handmade foldout booklet from Longhouse. If you’ve never held one of these little gems in your hand, you’re missing out on a unique experience in the world of fine small presses.

Nicolas Born: The Bill for Room 11 is a small collection of my translations of one of the most important poets of post-war Germany. Nicolas Born was born in Duisburg in 1937 and grew up on the lower Rhine before moving to Berlin in 1963. He was befriended with Günter Grass, Rolf Dieter Brinkmann, Peter Handke and many other important poets and writers. In addition to four collections of poetry, Born also wrote three novels, including Die Falschung, which was filmed by Volker Schlöndorff and starred Bruno Ganz and Hanna Schygulla. Born died of cancer in 1979. His collected poems and a selection of his letters were published by Wallstein in 2007.

For samples from these and other new booklets by

Pir Zia Inayat-Khan & Peter Lamborn Wilson, Walter Franceschi, Bob Arnold, Elena Medel / Forrest Gander, Hoa Nguyen, Dale Smith, Anne Waldman, Han Shan / JP Seaton, Simon Pettet, and Cid Corman

Click here: A Longhouse Reader Summer 2008

Check out the extensive catalog and all things Longhouse at:

Six-Word Memoir Book & Contest

SMITH Magazine

Everyone has a story. Can you tell yours in six words?

Submit yours to be considered for SMITH's next six-word memoir book.

Category / Genre: Non-fiction Length
Requirement: 6 words
Compensation: Exposure. Possible publication in a future book from SMITH Mag.
Submissions Deadline: 08/13/2008

The first book, Not Quite What I Was Planning, is out now.

About The Book

Not Quite What I Was Planning by Larry Smith and Rachel Fershleiser (HarperCollins, 2008)

Not Quite What I was Planning: Six Word Memoirs from Writers Famous and Obscure collects almost 1,000 six-word memoirs, including additions from many celebrities including Stephen Colbert, Amy Sedaris, Dave Eggers, Richard Ford, Deepak Chopra, Moby, and more. A New York Times bestseller and subject of hundreds of stories from The New Yorker to NPR and hailed as "American haiku," SMITH's book of six-word memoirs is both a moving peek at the minutia of humanity and the most inspirational toilet reading you'll ever find.

Six-Word Memoirs: The Legend
Legend has it that Hemingway was once challenged to write a story in only six words. His response? “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”

Last year, SMITH Magazine re-ignited the recountre by asking our readers for their own six-word memoirs. They sent in short life stories in droves, from the bittersweet (“Cursed with cancer, blessed with friends”) and poignant (“I still make coffee for two”) to the inspirational (“Business school? Bah! Pop music? Hurrah”) and hilarious (“I like big butts, can’t lie”).

To submit* your story go to:

(*Submissons require membership. No Fee.)



Urbis is a community of creative people that offers sophisticated tools to help advance creativity and expose it to an audience.

Urbis just launched a contest with Smith Magazine. Write a six word memoir about the creative life, get exposure on Smith Magazine, and possibly get published in one of their NY Times Best Sellers.

More than 900 of the editors’ favorites became Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure, published by HarperCollins. The book became a New York Times bestseller, has been featured everywhere from The New Yorker to NPR, and inspired teachers, bloggers, and countless others across the world.

Now Urbis and SMITH want you to describe your life as a writer, artist, or raconteur in six well-chosen words. We’ll feature the best ones on Urbis and SMITH—and they could end up in a future book.It's only six words - you can do it:

We are featuring the highest ranked contenders in the facebook fan page for Urbis. Go see how people sum their lives in six words:

Urbis on Facebook

-The Urbis Team

Thursday, July 17, 2008

BORDERS 2nd Open-Door Poetry Contest Through July 2008

BORDERS 2nd Open-Door Poetry Contest
Judged by BILLY COLLINS, former U.S. Poet Laureate

The second Borders Open-Door Poetry Contest is open for submissions! Former U.S. Poet Laureate, and renowned poet Billy Collins will judge the contest and welcomes your poem submissions. The top 10 (5 adult, 5 student) poems submitted, in text or in video, will be published on our site right alongside a poem by Billy Collins in an upcoming episode! Billy will also read and give feedback on the poems he selects as best. All finalists’ poems will be considered for publication in our annual “Best of” book, which will highlight the many talented poets in the Borders community!

Contest Updates and Details:

Poetry contest submissions for our 2nd contest being judged by Billy Collins are open through July, 2008.

Two winners will be chosen! A student/teen (age 13-18) winner as well as an adult winner (age 19+).

The top 5 poems from teens (age 13-18) and the top 5 poems from adults (age 19+) submitted to the Borders Open-Door Poetry contest will be published on our site alongside a poem by former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins.

The contest is open in both subject and genre, and is completely free of charge.

Each entry must be original and otherwise unpublished in any format (print or online publication).

Submissions from the first contest will carry over and be considered for this 2nd contest, so you needn’t resubmit the same poem.

You can submit as many original poems as you’d like, but please submit each one separately by clicking the button below. A pop-up form will appear for your entry.

Poems in text should be a maximum of 500 words. Poems submitted as video readings should be submitted in any common format not exceeding 12MB. Please submit your poem’s text along with your video reading, within the same entry form.

All entries will be considered by the Student Publishing Program’s Advisory Board—a panel of top authors, editors and educators from the world of poetry—and then our celebrity judge will read the contest finalists and choose the winner.

You must be over 13 years of age to participate.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Robin Glasser Announces Her New Book, My Life as a Concubine (PHAZE Books, June 2008)

MY LIFE AS A CONCUBINE by Robin Glasser (PHAZE Book, June 2008)
My Life as a Concubine
by Robin Glasser
PHAZE Books, June 2008

My Life as a Concubine is the lively account of a savvy, New York City woman, never married, not looking to be, who suddenly falls in love with a Frenchman. After several enchanting years together, Jean-Loup tells her that he must return to France. She is in a quandary—stay on the isle of Manhattan where she has work, friends and speaks the lingo or depart for Paris with the utterly adorable frog prince? There is one teensy-weensy problem—Jean-Loup hasn't asked her to go with him. When he finally pops the question, it certainly isn't the one she expects.

PHAZE Books specializing in Romantic and Women's Erotica

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

YUR Magazine Presents Poetic Pen Poetry Workshop with Bruce George Aug 16 in Nashville, TN

YUR Magazine
Poetic Pen Poetry Workshop
BRUCE GEORGE, co-founder of Def Poetry Jam
Saturday August 16
Noon - 3PM
Harambee House
1018 North 16th Street
Nashville, TN 37206
Register Online at:
For More Info Contact 615.332.4452

In celebration of literary and visual arts, YUR MagaZine is hosting the Poetic Pen, facilitated by Bruce George (Co-Founder of HBO’s Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam and managing editor for The Bandana Republic). This event will take place Saturday, August 16, 2008 from noon - 3 p.m. YUR Magazine is seeking to inform and provide the participants in the literary arts community with simple, yet helpful steps that can improve their art or talent.

The Poetic Pen will target youth ages 15 and up as well as adults. YUR Magazine hopes to deliver this educational and cultural workshop to up and coming literary greats within the Nashville Community and surrounding areas. This workshop will be dedicated to assisting individuals to find their most authentic voice and hone their poetry writing skills. It is our goal to provide participants with a supportive, yet challenging environment to develop and enhance their skills as a poet, writer and/or spoken word artist. This initiative will promote the artistic movement through literary and visual arts.

The 10th Harlem Book Fair July 18 - 20

The 10th
Anniversary Celebration & Gala

Harlem, New York
in association with
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Events from July 18 - 20, 2008
West 135th Street from Malcolm X Blvd.
to Frederick Douglass Blvd.



Dear Booklovers,

The programs of the 10th Anniversary Gala and Celebration of the Harlem Book Fair will begin on Friday, July 18th and conclude on Sunday, July 20th at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. The outdoor festival will be held on Saturday, July 19, from 11 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on West 135th Street between Lenox Avenue and Frederick Douglass Boulevard.

We continue...!

Monday, July 14, 2008

New from Cervena Barva: The News Today by George Held

The News Today by George Held

Cervena Barva Press
is pleased to announce the publication of

The News Today
George Held

The News Today is George Held's second chapbook from Cervená Barva Press, the first being W Is for War (2006). His other poetry books include Beyond Renewal (2001) and the chapbooks Winged (1995), Salamander Love and Others (1998), Open & Shut (1999), Grounded (2005), The Art of Writing and Others (2007), and Phased (2008). Other books include the e-book American Poetry (2004), the art book Absolut Death & Others (2000) (with paintings by Roz Dimon), Martial Artist (2005) (translations of Martial's epigrams), and the anthology Touched by Eros (2002), which he edited. Held's poetry has appeared in more than a dozen anthologies, received five Pushcart Prize nominations, and been read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer's Almanac (NPR). He has co-edited The Ledge Poetry and Fiction Magazine since 1991. In addition, he served as a Fulbright lecturer in Czechoslovakia, 1973-76, and has been on the executive board of The South Fork Natural History Society and Museum (Bridgehampton, NY) since 1991.
The News Today
by George Held
$7.00 + $3.00 S/H
33 pages, paper
Publication Date: July, 2008

For information contact:
Gloria Mindock
Cervena Barva Press, Somerville, MA

NoBoarders Poetry Radio Requests Tracks & CD's

NoBoarders Poetry Radio

NoBoarders Poetry Radio
Formerly Eadon's Place Internet Broadcast


Powered by Live365, we air poetry, spokenword and musice broadcast readers, performance poets & spokenword artists with or without musical accompaniment from all over the world. We also air various music genres such as, but not limited to, jazz, blues, hip-hop, experimental, folk, fusion, world music; multi-lingual and uncensored.

Independent, non-commercial internet radio produced by Linda DiFeterici & Keith Roach.

Linda DiFeterici
DiFeterici-Roach, Inc
P.O. Box 309
Paulsboro, NJ 08066

EMAIL tracks to:

NOTE: all submissions must include track title(s), artist's names and album title(s)

NoBoarders Poetry Radio is brought to you by DiFeterici-Roach, Inc

Luciole Press Seeks Submissions for Autumn Issue

Luciole Press

Luciole Press
An international publication dedicated to all arts and cultures

Luciole is French for "firefly" (pronounced lucy-ole). Luciole Press, formerly La Luciole Magazine, a multi-purpose online arts publication, evolved out of the lovely premise of bursts of light in the dark.

Accepting submissions now for the Autumn Issue!

SUBMISSIONS are accepted, of either a creative writing, artistic, or journalistic nature. Please send an inquiry to

We love poetry, fiction, non-fiction, paintings, photography, and more. You may submit advice queries for Baby the Greatest's column as well.

Any submissions or publication-related questions, write to All questions welcomed!

Guidelines: You may submit up to 5 poems, 5 prose pieces, 5 photographs, 5 paintings and/or articles at a time. Please email all photographs as attachments, and all text in a Word Document or in the body of the email. If you wish to send a link to your work, specify which pieces are to be reviewed.

We will get back to you as quickly as possible.

The contributor retains all copyrights to their work. Luciole Press only retains the right to republish the material.

The Beatnik Cowboy Seeks Beat Style Poetry & Artwork

The Beatnik Cowboy seeks Beat style poetry and artwork. Sample copy for four ($4) USD, subscriptions $25 USD. Be sure to send a SAE and IRCs (international reply coupons) so we can send rejected material back.

The Beatnik Cowboy
David Solomon, Assistant Editor
Box 603
Mail Box ETC.
221/19 M.5.T. Nakleay
A. Banglamung
Thailand 20150

We accept e-mail submissions as Word attachment; send to

We are looking for poems!
Senior Editor, Randall Karlen Rogers

Monday, July 7, 2008

Hobart Book Expo: July 12 -13


Hobart Book Expo 2008
Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13, 2008
698 Main Street
Hobart, New York

The first annual Hobart Book Expo will be held this year in the Hobart Book Village. Of the approximately 35 Book Towns worldwide, Hobart is one of few in the USA, and the only one east of the Mississippi, and is located in the historic Western Catskills. Join us for a weekend of getting to know authors and publishers.

Have you ever wondered if you have what it takes to be an author yourself? Come talk to the experts, from authors that have just published their first book, to ones that have learned how to make a living at writing books.

A series of lectures and a panel discussion will be held during the two days.

Maybe you just want to start collecting books that are signed by authors? What better place to start than to talk to the author personally?

Or you would like to have that dusty old tome you found in your attic appraised? Free appraisals will be one feature of the weekend.

While spending the weekend with us, explore the Book Village Trail, that adds three more book stores to the ones that we already have in the Village - Bibliobarn in South Kortright, Steinway Books and the Delaware County Historical Association in Delhi.

To participate in the event, as an author or small press, please e-mail or call 607.538.9222.

For a list of participating authors and presses or to view the schedule of lectures, panel discussions and workshops,please visit our blogspot at


I-87 North to Exit 19, Kingston
State Route 28 West to Delhi
State Route 10 North to Hobart

I-90 West to Exit 25A
I-88 West to Richmondville
State Route 10 South to Hobart

FROM SYRACUSE I-90 East towards Albany
Exit 29 to Canajoharie
State Route 10 South to Hobart

FROM BINGHAMTON I-88 East to Exit 15, Oneonta
State Route 28 South becoming State Route 23 to Stamford
State Route 10 South to Hobart

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Poetry Workshop with George Wallace in September on Mondays







246 Old Walt Whitman Road
West Hills, NY 11746-4148
(631) 427-5240

$125 for four sessions.*

This four-session series is a hands-on poetry workshop that emphasizes word play and free exercise of the imaginative mind – as a means to jumpstart the creative moment. Whereas other workshops focus on revision and fine polishing of poetry in draft form, this workshop is designed to help participants more readily 'trigger' ideas for poems, and to set free the first generative flow of ideas and phrases that will ultimately result in a finished poem.

George Wallace, first Poet laureate of Suffolk Count, is the author of sixteen chapbooks published in the US, UK, and Italy.Winner of the CW Post Poetry Prize, Wallace is the editor of poetrybay. com and poetryvlog. com. An author whose work has been translated into French, Spanish, Italian, German, Korean, Bengali, Russian, and Macedonian, he has traveled extensively to perform his work and to teach poetry workshops. He hosts monthly poetry readings at The Bowery Poetry Club, NYC and The Poetry Café at The Conklin Barn, Huntington.

Payment must be made in advance to secure a reservation. Class size is limited!
Postmark deadline is August 30, 2008.
*If you send your check postmarked by July 31, 2008, the cost is $100 for the four workshops.

Make checks payable to:
The North Sea Poetry Scene
33 Woods Lane
Southampton, NY 11968

Questions? Contact: Judy Turek

Directions to the Walt Whitman Birthplace:

Long Island Expressway - To Exit 49N (Route 110 North). Follow brown "Walt Whitman" signs. Go north 1.8 miles on Route 110. Make a left onto Old Walt Whitman Road (Exxon Gas Station on corner). The Walt Whitman Birthplace will be on your right surrounded by wood fence.

Northern State Parkway - To Exit 40N (Route 110 North). Follow brown "Walt Whitman" signs. Go north 1 mile on Route 110. Make a left onto Old Walt Whitman Road (Exxon Gas Station on corner). The Walt Whitman Birthplace will be on your right surrounded by wood fence. Southern State Parkway - To Exit 32N (Route 110 North). Go north approximately 10 miles on Route 110. Make a left onto Old Walt Whitman Road (Exxon Gas Station on corner). The Walt Whitman Birthplace will be on your right surrounded by wood fence.

Southern State Parkway - To Exit 32N (Route 110 North). Go north approximately 10 miles on Route 110. Make a left onto Old Walt Whitman Road (Exxon Gas Station on corner). The Walt Whitman Birthplace will be on your right surrounded by wood fence.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Submission Calls: Lilith Magazine

Indepent, Jewish and Frankly Feminist

Help Lilith's editors mark the magazine's 100th issue! Nominate your favorite great (even good) Jewish feminist ideas-past, present & future. You can nominate as many ideas as you like--using 25 words or less for each--so get creative!

Anything from slicing bagels before you freeze them, to non-sexist prayers, to the invention of a Jewish feminist magazi--oh, wait. Don't feel constrained by these examples--we want to know what great Jewish feminist ideas you've seen...or are waiting to see.

But act now! We need to receive your nominations by July 15th in order to publish our 100 picks in Fall 2008, so please email them asap to Lilith's editors at We can't wait to hear from you!

Contact Information:


LILITH Magazine is looking for unpublished original stories with heart, soul and chutzpah illuminating issues in the lives of Jewish women.

FIRST PRIZE: $250 and publication of story in LILITH Magazine.

Submission instructions:
  • Manuscripts should be double spaced and should not exceed 3000 words.
  • Manuscripts should be mailed in. We will NOT accept electronic submissions.
  • Enclose sealed and stamped envelope for return of manuscript.
  • Deadline: November 1, 2008.
Please mail to:
250 West 57th Street,
Suite 2432
New York, NY 10107


Lilith magazine invites submissions of edgy, exciting poetry touching in any way on Jewish women's experience for the second annual The Charlotte Newberger Prize in Jewish Women's Poetry at Lilith. Winning poets will receive a cash award, publication in the renowned independent Jewish women’s magazine, and the possibility of a public reading. For 29 years, Lilith magazine has been one of the rare publications to feature poetry alongside its investigative reports, scholarship, memoirs and fiction. This first-ever poetry prize at Lilith is named for a woman who has been a longtime supporter of the arts in Chicago and on the national scene.

LILITH'S commitment to publishing poetry is an essential dimension of the magazine's creativity, and shows a recognition that poetry by Jewish women, on Jewish themes, is a burgeoning aspect of American—and Jewish--culture, said poet Alicia Ostriker. Lilith is uniquely wonderful as a source for Jewish girls and women of all ages.

Submission instructions:

  • Poets are invited to submit up to three poems, in hard copy only.
  • Each poem not to exceed 100 lines in length.
  • Include name and contact information, including e-mail and phone numbers, on each page submitted.
  • Send a stamped, self-addressed envelope for the return of any manuscript.
  • Entires must be postmarked by November 30, 2008.
Send poetry submissions to:
Charlotte Newberger Poetry Prize Competition
250 West 57th Street,
Suite 2432
New York, NY 10107

Friday, July 4, 2008

The 3rd Annual Book Fair in Astoria, NY Oct. 3 - 4

New York Book Fair Expo Presents
The Third Annual Multilingual Book Fair in Astoria, NY
Read all the books you can read.
Fri. October 3 & Sat. Oct 4, 2008

St Demetrios Greek American School
30-03 30 Drive
Astoria, NY

From: Friday, October 3, 2008 at 4:00pm
To: Saturday, October 4, 2008 at 6:00pm

Info: 917.238.3155 /

Local Authors Under One Roof!
Vendors and Sponsorship Opportunities Available!

Confirmed Authors:
Gustavo Arango
Dominic Carter
Irsa Garcia
Darrin DuFord
Adriana Aristizabal

Feria del Libro Multilingue en Astoria, NY
Autores, Librerias y la Biblioteca de Queens presente!

The Battered Suitcase July 2008 Now Live

The Battered Suitcase July 2008 Now Live

The July 2008 issue of The Battered Suitcase is now live at

We are currently accepting submissions for September and particularly interested in flash fiction, short stories and narrative non-fiction humor.

Visit our Submissions page for more details:

In our second issue, performer and poet Lucie Barât serves up a breakfast of Eggs and Angst in "Joe, Ham and Eggs." Author William de Rham unexpectedly stumbles into a life of purpose in the back alleys of Barcelona. E.S. Parkinson paints a stark portrait of birth and death in "The Red Shoe" while Eric McKinley reminds us that in love, like comedy, timing is everything. Award-winning author Melanie Haney portrays a grief-stricken mother and her ritual for redemption in "Milk".

Michael Mirolla's Triptych silver-plates the clouds of madness and Malachey's humorous "Perceptive Norm" offers a new perspective on the old tag line "A world turned upside down". Stephanie Davies reminisces on adolescent regrets and Sarah MacManus draws a fine line between lust and passion in a tale of art and angst in the Midwest. Lynne Hinkey's "The Art of Funeral" explores the human rituals of partings.

Lyrical contributors this month are Adam Franklin-Williams and Moist Bamboo of Welsh acoustical pop group Toy Horses whose refrains run the emotional scale of heart-breaking pathos to whimsical mirth.

Poetry selections for July include Colette Jonopulos, editor of Tiger's Eye poetry journal, novelist David LaBounty, philosopher Duane Locke, Colin James, Joseph Goosey, Kat Lillian Steiger, Richard Fein and the Senryu-like gems from poet and composer Suchoon mo.

Art contributions include the glowing, light-infused abstracts of Samantha Keely Smith, the surreal dreamscapes of Russian painter Dmitry Fesechko, the landscapes of Doug Sundling and the delicate hand-tinted photojournalism of Randy Getty.

The Battered Suitcase is devoted to fiction and non-fiction that examines life in all its ambiguity, grittiness, glory and despair and is dedicated to promoting work that explores the complexity of the human experience.

Boog City’s 5th Annual Small, Small Press Fair Sept 20th

Participate in Boog City’s 5th Annual Small, Small Press Fair

Exhibit at Boog City’s 5th Annual Small, Small Press Fair
(with Indie Records and Crafts, too)

Sat. Sept. 20, 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

Welcome to Boog City poetry and music festival!

(complete festival info below)

152 Ludlow St.
New York, NY 10002
(212) 253-0036

$15 for a table

The first 2.5 hours, 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. will feature performances by authors from the tabling presses (exact amount of time per press TBD when the number of exhibiting presses is set)

Door charge for attendees is $5

email or call 212-842-BOOG (2664) to reserve your table today

Featuring nonstop performances throughout the day

with Readings from

Jen Benka
Todd Colby
Ryan Eckes
Elise Ficarra
Eric Gelsinger
Stephanie Gray
David Hadbawnik
Bill Kushner
Douglas Manson
Kristianne Meal
Sharon Mesmer
Carol Mirakove
Kathryn Pringle
Maureen Thorson
Magdalena Zurawskiand

Music from

A Brief View of the Hudson
Double Deuce
Heart Parts
Phoebe Kreutz

And much much more.

Get in touch with David for more info:

Boog City editor David Kirschenbaum
212-842-BOOG (2664) *

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Maverick Duck Press Seeks Book Reviews & Manuscripts

Attention all chapbook reviewers and poetry bloggers: contact us here at Maverick Duck Press if you're interested in reviewing any of our titles! We'll gladly send you a complimentary copy to review on your website, blog or in your print publication. Also, don't forget to check out our catalogue and the fine poets we've recently published. You may find a new favorite poet there.

Coming Soon From Maverick Duck Press:
Donora Hillard - Romance (June 2008)
Susan Maurer - Maerchen (July 2008)

About Maverick Duck Press:
Maverick Duck Press was founded in 2005 to help give a voice to undiscovered talent in poetry. We are a small chapbook press that publishes limited run, saddle stapled chapbooks. We look for fresh and cutting edge talent with an eye for detail and a powerful voice. Our books are available through this website and via readings from the authors. We do not have the ability to mass distribute like the big publishers, but we'd like to think that we are doing this for art's sake.

Submission Guidelines
All chapbook manuscripts should be in Word format and contain at least 20 poems within them. Poets should submit their best work, as the chapbook is a body of work that reflects the poet's style and personality. No simultaneous submissions. No previously published manuscripts/books, however, a manuscript may contain poems within it that have been published in print or online journals. Keep in mind that we are looking for fresh, interesting undiscovered poets. Due to the large amount of submissions we receive, a response in regards to your manuscript could take up to three months.

Editor: Kendall A. Bell

UniVerse introduces Poetry + New Media

UniVerse of Poetry

introduces Poetry + New Media

UniVerse presents Poetry + New Media, a living archive dedicated to poetry married to music and film, giving voice to exquisite, compelling artists internationally.

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In appreciation of patron Whole Foods Market

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Artists are welcome to submit.

Please e-mail to

1. An mp3 of a signature piece(s) of poetry & music/links to poetry & film.
2. Artist’s name (as it should appear)
3. One link to artist
4. Artist's nation
5. Title of work
6. Copyright information
7. Permission allowing UniVerse of Poetry to feature the work

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Yes, poetry can help remedy injustice, and you can, too. Please become a patron of a UniVerse poet by responding to this email. All donations are tax deductible. UNIVERSE OF POETRY is an archive, increasingly interactive forum and celebration of international poetry encouraging universal dialogue, compassion and peace. Each nation, with or without territory, will be represented by at least onelaureled poet. Poets writing in endangered languages andoral-traditionalists will also be represented. Please visit UniVerse and share the work of these remarkable poets. Curricula is being developed to enable schools, colleges and universities toutilize UniVerse as a free resource. UniVerse of Poetry is an artist-in-residence at FLATfile Galleries, Chicago; Shakespeare & Company, Paris; and TWiN Poetry, UK. Sponsors include Whole Foods Market, The Harris Foundation, BP America, and Seyfarth Shaw. UniVerse is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, dedicated to human dignity. All donations are tax deductible and benefit UniVerse of Free Expression initiative, celebrating both internationally acclaimed artists and under-recognized visionaries, focusing on the triumph and humanity of their creative achievements despite the challenges of so many of these poets living as refugees.

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Please forward this announcement and invitation.

Thank you,RichardFammerée

Blue Print Review calls for Bodyscapes by July 10th

Blue Print Review Issue #17 Body Scape
Deadline: July 10th

Blue Print Review
calls for submissions for the next issue:
Issue: #17
Theme: bodyscapes
Invited: short stories, non-fiction, poems & pictures that focus on the body and touch, scratch, caress, accupuncture or tickle the skin.
Deadline: 10th July- note: short stories over 1000 words are especially invited for this issue

No Fee Monostich Writing Contest Deadline July 8th

Gotham Writers' Workshop holds a free (no entry fee, no reading fee) contest and a chance to win a free class:

GWW's Monostich Writing Contest
Entry deadline is July 8, 2008.

Poets rejoice! Here's your chance to win a free 10-week writing workshop. Enter our Monostich Writing Contest. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term, Wikipedia provides the following definition: A monostich is a poem which consists of a single line.The following is an example:

'Skunks,' the squirrel said, 'are sent to try us.'
- Ralph Hodgson

A monostich could be also titled; due to the brevity of the form, the title is invariably as important a part of the poem as the verse itself:


Bravery runs in my family.

- A. R. Ammons

You can learn more about the history and characteristics of the monostich in an online article by William J. Higginson titled "From One-line Poems to One-line Haiku."

Now we invite you to write your own monostich and enter it in our One-line Poem Writing Contest. Enter the competition here. (

Ecopoetry Anthology Calls for Poetry by Dec 15th


Deadline: December 15, 2008

Coeditors Ann Fisher-Wirth and Laura-Gray Street are looking for a wide and varied array of submissions. Our working definition of "ecopoetry" is flexible; it includes not only what might be called nature poetry, and not only poetry that focuses on environmental issues, but also experimental poetry--poetry that explores language in its relations with the other-than-human. We welcome work by emerging as well as established poets. We welcome serious poems, playful poems, poems in open or traditional forms. Depending on limitations of space, we will consider not only short poems but also poems of several pages. The anthology will include only living poets or poets who were alive as of July 2007, and will include only poems either written in English or already translated into English; for poems not written in English, both the original and the translation must be submitted, and if accepted, both will be published. We will consider work that has been previously published, but the poet (and/or translator) MUST control rights to the work.

Please send up to six poems to BOTH Ann Fisher-Wirth and Laura-Gray Street. You may send them as email text or by snail mail. If they come as email text, make sure the spacing and lineation travel accurately. WE WILL NOT OPEN ATTACHMENTS AT THIS TIME. Please also include a short bio and a cover letter, and an SASE for our reply.

Ann Fisher-Wirth
English Department
Bondurant C-135
University of Mississippi
University, MS 3867

Laura-Gray Street
English Department
2500 Rivermont
Randolph College
Lynchburg, VA 24503

Florida-Inspired Anthology Seek Poetry by August 1st

Deadline: Midnight, August 1, 2008.

FloriDaDa is seeking submissions to represent the current state of poetry in, and inspired by, Florida. We're seeking unusual or experimental poetry related to this subject.

We hope to publish FloriDaDa with Rock Press as a book-length paperback in the fall of 2008. Funds are quite limited for this project, so a waiver of permission fees would be appreciated. We intend for this to be the first volume in an occasional series of collections that will give respected poets a chance to lead the way for writers and readers involved with Florida as a creative crucible.

There will be four categories for submissions:
1. Natives (poets actually born here)
2. Transplants (poets who moved here)
3. Passing Through (visitors or people who once lived here who have written poetry about Florida)
4. Snow Bards (part-time residents)

Send up to 5 poems in a single word document to

Put your name and email address on every piece.

In the subject heading of the email, state the category you are submitting to, which means either Native, Transplant, Passing Through, or Snow Bards

In the body of the email, include a bio of no more than 100 words.

Please also sign the attached document and send it to:
Richard Ryal, P.O. Box 770925, Coral Springs, FL 33077-0925

In signing the attached document, you warrant that you are the sole owner of the rights granted and that your material does not infringe upon the copyrights or other rights of anyone. If you do not control these rights, we ask that you submit another piece to which you possess sole rights.

Laura McDermott and Richard Ryal
co-editors FloriDaDa Rock Press, Fall 2008



This Agreement is entered into between the editors of FloriDada, Rock Press and _______________ (the “author”) on the ________day of ____________ 2008.

1. Author has submitted for publication by Rock Press works titled _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________, (hereinafter, “the work”). Author represents that this is original work, created by him/her, that he/she is the exclusive holder of the copyright in the work, and that the work does not infringe any legal rights or interests belonging to any third party. Author further represents that the work has not previously been published in any medium.

2. Rock Press is interested in publishing the work and, subject to change, currently expects to do so in the anthology FloriDaDa. Author acknowledges that he/she will not receive payment from Rock Press or the editors of FloriDaDa for the publication of the work. Author grants permission to Rock Press and the editors of FloriDaDa to edit or modify the work for the sake of clarity or to address space needs.

3. Author grants Rock Press an exclusive, royalty-free license to publish and reproduce the work in the print anthology FloriDaDa, and any other electronic or web site publications associated with the anthology from the date of this agreement until the 90th day following the first publication of the work in the print version of FloriDaDa. Following the 90-day exclusivity period, author grants Rock Press a non-exclusive, perpetual, royalty-free license to publish and reproduce author’s submitted work in FloriDaDa’s print and electronic or web site publications associated with the anthology or compilation. Author also grants Rock Press the right in perpetuity to authorize third-party on-line databases that reprint Rock Press materials to publish and reproduce the work.

4. In creating or furnishing the work, author shall be acting as an independent contractor and not as an agent or employee of Rock Press or the editors FloriDaDa. Any associate or assistant that author may retain in connection with the work shall be at author’s own expense and will not, in any event, be or be deemed to be an agent or employee of Rock Press or the editors of FloriDaDa.

5. Author agrees that he/she will include, in any republication that the author arranges, an acknowledgement that the work initially appeared in FloriDaDa.

Author _________________________________________________________

FloriDaDa _________________________________________________________

Rock Press _________________________________________________________

Dish Your Ex In Issue 3 of Peter Parasol. Deadline July 14th.

Deadline: E-mail your work by July 14, 2008

Currently soliciting poetry for issue 3 of Peter Parasol, whose theme is exes: ex-boyfriends, ex-wives, ex-husbands, ex-girlfriends, ex-friends, etc.

1-3 poems per author. Free verse or prose poems preferred over formal ones.

Send to:, either in the body of the email or attached in RTF or HTML format. Don't forget to include the title and a brief bio.

This is a 100% electronic, 100% non-paying market. Please don't send reprints or simultaneous submissions. We are asking for non-exclusive rights to publish the piece and archive it on this site. Acceptances will be sent out by July 21st and the issue will go live by July 31st

Playwriting to Performance in August

Friday, August 1- Sunday, August 3
With Claire Braz-Valentine and Wilma Marcus Chandler

See your creative ideas move from improvisation, memoir, poetry and narrative to a completed play with actors and directors bringing your script to life.

Limited enrollment Fee: 190 (lunches included)
Call: 831-475-4362 or 530-872- 7918 for details and enrollment

Claire Braz-Valentine is a widely-published and internationally produced playwright,poet, newspaper columnist and writing teacher in both the Bay Area and Butte County.

Wilma Marcus Chandler is a nationally published writer, playwright, actor and director who teaches theater in Santa Cruz.

SWIRL Writing Workshop July 13th @ Bluestockings

Swirl Writing Workshop
@ Bluestockings Bookstore
Led by Jen Chau and Thaddeus Rutkowski
Sunday July 13th @ 2PM - $15 Suggested

Join Jen Chau and Thad Rutkowski for a multi-genre workshop with exercises designed to help you generate on-the-spot prose or poetry. We'll share and comment on our work. Please visit for more details and please RSVP with if you plan on participating.


It would be nice to see you at this one-time workshop at Bluestockings bookstore, 172 Allen St. (below Houston, Swirl, a multiethnic group, is co-sponsoring. We'll do exercises on the spot and share what we write. The workshop is open to all.

Thad Rutkowski

Thaddeus Rutkowski holds a B.A. and B.F.A. from Cornell University and an M.A. in fiction writing from The Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of the novels Tetched and Roughhouse. Both books were finalists for an Asian American Literary Award. Credits include four nominations for a Pushcart Prize and publications in The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, Fiction magazine, Fiction International and The New York Times.

Ellen Bass Leads Workshop at Esalen

Lead by Ellen Bass
September 5-7, 2008
Esalen, Big Sur

Dear Writers,

If you have been to Esalen, you know it is one of the most beautiful--and inspirational--places on the planet. If not, perhaps it's time to visit. This workshop will be an opportunity to delve deeply into your writing without distractions or interruptions. If you find that you're not getting enough time for writing in your daily life, if you have pieces you can't seem to get started on, or if you just want to keep on keeping on, this is a spectacularly beautiful and nourishing place to do it.

There is a vitality, a life-force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action. And because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium, and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable, nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. --Martha Graham

This workshop will help keep the channels open. There will be time for writing and time for sharing and feedback. From beginners to experienced, all writers are welcome. Whether you are interested in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or journal writing, this is an an opportunity to explore your truth and expand your craft.

Esalen fees cover tuition, food and lodging and vary according to accommodations--ranging from $320 to $605. The sleeping bag space is an incredible bargain. Some work-scholarship assistance is available, as well as small prepayment discounts and senior discounts. All arrangements and registration must be made directly with Esalen, but if you have questions about the content of the workshop, feel free to email me or call me at 831-426-8006.

Please register directly with Esalen at 831-667-3005 or at

Ellen Bass

Ellen Bass has supported and inspired writers for 35 years. Her books include The Courage to Heal, No More Masks!, Mules of Love, and The Human Line. Among her awards are the Pablo Neruda Prize, Larry Levis Prize, and a Pushcart Prize.

Tamiko Beyer holds Summer Creative Writing Workshop

Summer Creative Writing Workshop

Greetings! There are still spaces available for the upcoming workshop series that I'm leading in Fort Greene Brooklyn. If you're interested in signing up, or you have any questions, shoot me an email ( or give me a call (347.385.9556)!


Tamiko Beyer

Looking for some mid-summer/mid-week/mid-day creative inspiration? Join us for a 4-week creative writing workshop in Brooklyn, led by a poet and experienced NY Writers Coalition workshop leader, Tamiko Beyer. It is open to writers of all levels and genres, and the fee is $120. This relaxed, fun workshop will help you spark your creativity and get your pen moving again or for the first time. It's a perfect opportunity for beginning writers, experienced writers who are struggling with writer's block, or anyone who just wants time, space, and inspiration to generate new work. For more information or to register, call 347-385-9556, email, or visit Tamiko's website.

Where & When
80 Hanson Place
Brooklyn, New York 11217
July 16 - Aug 6
Wednesdays, noon-2 pm

A Poetry Writing Workshop Presented by Yolando Coulaz on September 14th

A Poetry Writing Workshop
presented by:

Yolanda Coulaz

followed by:
A Poetry Reading & Book Signing
Sunday, September 14, 2008
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Workshop (fee applies)
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Reading & Book Signing (free & open to the public)
The Village Bookshoppe
7 North Village Ave.
Rockville Centre, NY
(516) 764-1395

This workshop is writing intensive wherein participants will craft poems using various prompts and samples provided. It's all about UNLOCKING THE PEN, opening the gates, and letting loose those creative creatures we all have locked up inside ourselves! There is a $15 workshop fee ($20 after August 31st). To register send check or money order to The Village Bookshoppe. Include name and contact information. *Class size is limited. Please register early.

Yolanda Coulaz is a poet, photographer, editor, and founder of Purple Sage Press. She teaches poetry writing workshops to middle and high school students throughout Long Island and is coordinator and host of the Farmingdale Library Poetry Series. She has won numerous awards and has been published in newspapers, magazines and anthologies including Flutter, Long Island Quarterly, The Long Islander, Xanadu, The Lyric, New Verse News, Soul Fountain, North Shore Woman's Newspaper, Long Island Sounds, Voices Israel, Songs of Seasoned Women, and the PPA Literary Review. Her poem "Aftershock" was included in an anthology entitled Echoes from the Heart: an Anthology of Poetry for Peace/from 9.11 to Infinity. Coulaz edited and published the anthology For Loving Precious Beast to help benefit Loving Touch Animal Rescue. Her first book of poetry Spirits and Oxygen is currently being used in an advanced course in poetry at SUNY Stony Brook. Contact her at or (631) 420-0425.

This event was funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc. with public funds from The New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

Directions to The Village Bookshoppe

From the north (via Meadowbrook Pkwy S / Meadowbrook State Pkwy / Senator Norman J Levy Memorial Pkwy )
1. At exit M6 W, take ramp right for Southern Pkwy West / Southern State Pkwy toward New York 3.4 mi
2. At exit 19S, take ramp right for Peninsula Blvd toward Rockville Ctr 2.1 mi
3. Turn left onto Lakeview Ave 0.2 mi
4. Turn right onto N Village Ave 0.6 mi
5. Arrive at 7 N Village Ave, Rockville Centre , NY 11570
The last intersection is SR-27 / Pow/Mia Memorial Hwy / Sunrise Hwy. If you reach Merrick Rd , you've gone too far.

From the east (via Southern Pkwy W / Southern State Pkwy)
1. At exit 19S, take ramp right for Peninsula Blvd toward Rockville Ctr 2.1 mi
2. Turn left onto Lakeview Ave 0.2 mi
3. Turn right onto N Village Ave 0.6 mi
4. Arrive at 7 N Village Ave, Rockville Centre , NY 11570
The last intersection is SR-27 / Pow/Mia Memorial Hwy / Sunrise Hwy. If you reach Merrick Rd , you've gone too far.

From the east (via SR-27 / Pow/Mia Memorial Hwy / E Sunrise Hwy W)
1. Keep left to stay on SR-27 West / Pow/Mia Memorial Hwy / W Sunrise Hwy 3.5 mi
2. Turn left onto N Village Ave 0.1 mi
3. Arrive at 7 N Village Ave, Rockville Centre , NY 11570
The last intersection is SR-27 / Pow/Mia Memorial Hwy / Sunrise Hwy. If you reach Merrick Rd , you've gone too far.

From the west (via Southern Pkwy E / Southern State Pkwy)
1. At exit 17S, take ramp right for Hempstead Ave South toward Malverne 0.2 mi
2. Turn right onto Hempstead Ave 0.1 mi
3. Keep straight onto Ocean Ave 1.5 mi
4. Turn left onto Merrick Rd 0.3 mi
5. Take ramp left and follow signs for SR-27 East / Pow/Mia Memorial Hwy / Sunrise Hwy 0.3 mi
6. Turn right onto N Village Ave 0.1 mi
7. Arrive at 7 N Village Ave, Rockville Centre , NY 11570
The last intersection is SR-27 / Pow/Mia Memorial Hwy / Sunrise Hwy. If you reach Merrick Rd , you've gone too far.

Yolanda Coulaz - Purple Sage Press

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Dorothy Friedman August Offers a Writing Workshop Starting July 14th.

Dorothy F. August is an award winning poet, teacher and editor and author of two books of poems Family Album and The Liberty Years. Ms. August studied with John Ashbery and Susan Fromberg Schaeffer at Brooklyn College where she received her M.F.A. She's won prestigious awards, including 1997 N.Y.F.A. Fellowship and has published in Partisan Review, Hanging Loose and The California Quarterly, etc. Currently, she's completing her third book. She has been call a "compassionate and wonderful teacher" by Sapphire. Four(4) Sessions will take place at The Living Theatre on Monday evenings starting July 14th. Course Cost: $115.

The Living Theatre
22 Clinton St.
(Between Houston and Stanton St.)
For Info and to Register: (718) 435.7192 or email:

Channel your stress in to beautiful poetry and prose.