Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Winter 2010 Issue of Luciole Press is Published!

December 31, 2009
7:03 am

Clifford's Castle, by Mart Clayton. Winter Issue 2010.

The Winter 2010 Issue of Luciole Press is published!

Editor's Note
Winter Issue 2010

Hello to all readers,

2009 is now at an end, and many of us surely feel like it was akin to climbing up a hill like the one pictured above, in “Clifford’s Tower.” It has been a rich year in many ways, and I am thankful as a new decade is being ushered in – a rebirth that will no doubt continue to reveal riches across all fields of art and literary creation for everyone.

I remain resolute in working diligently and with a hopeful heart in order to make sure Luciole Press continues to present opportunities for readers and contributors alike to foster connections, communications, pleasure and understanding amongst all of us. I wish you all a bountiful new year filled with all you need to foment an ample and creative environment.

Luciole has been graced with many interesting new contributors this issue, including poets Elin Assarsson-Lod of Sweden, Jonaton Asbjørn Allin of Denmark, and Hadaa Sendoo of Mongolia. Offerings of art come from Anett Kilén Kennedy of Norway, Satya Möller of Sweden, and the Alida Ivanov Gallery of Stockholm, Sweden. We have two new poets from the United States, Eric Basso and William Crawford.

Stephen Page of Argentina offers a deep, insightful interview of Argentinian author Esther Cross.

I welcome back poets Aleksia Petko, David Smith, Kumari de Silva, Scott Wannberg, and Scott Owens, whose new book Paternity is available in February (congratulations!); photographers Andrea Folmer, Jeaneth Patricia Skagvold, and Mart Clayton; and Christine McClintock, whose searing portrait of a woman’s shelter in Colorado transcends all physical locations and takes us into the heart of humanity in need.

Dena Rash Guzman’s final installment of her travel series to Thailand concludes a colorful adventure… where to next, Dena? :)

S.A. Griffin has created The Poetry Bomb, which is seeking submissions. Visit the page to learn more about the exciting new project!

Ellyn Maybe has an exquisite new CD of her poetry, Rodeo for the Sheepish. I interviewed her, and reviewed Rodeo. Don’t miss it.

Tracy Lee Stum brings us her experiences traveling to India as both a street artist and teacher of students eager to learn, courtesy of student organizers from IIT Kanpur and the American Center of the US Consulate in India. She also fills us in on her next big adventure, traveling to Vancouver and staying at the USA House during the Winter Olympics, where she will create a work of art commemorating US Olympic Hall of Famers! Cannot wait to hear all about it, Tracy.

Deb Scott shares her cedar waxwing bird-watching adventures in her lovely photos and essay, "Perhaps Once a Year, If I'm Lucky."

This issue truly is packed with wonderful abundance; may it help us start the year with creativity blossoming through the rebirth of not only the calendar, but of our endless potential for art.

Always my best,
Karen Bowles

Publisher and Editor

Celebrate the new year with the newly published Winter 2010 Issue of Luciole Press!

Table of Contents

ART --

-- Alida Ivanov Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden

Artwork by Allen Grubesic and John Rydberg
Grubesic: “Another Masterpiece, 2009”
“The Diary of Spoofy (getting smaller everyday), 2009”
“Delirium Tremens, 2009”
(photos by Katya Sandomirskaja)
Rydberg: “Allanrop, 2009”

-- Anett Kilén Kennedy, Norway: paintings

“Glass Transparencies,” “The Veil,” “The French Woman,”
“Window Seat,” “Rendez-vous au Jardin de Luxenbourg,”
“Silent Night,” “Lovers,” “Dog on the Run,” “On the Beach,”
“Paris in Sight,” “Blue Moon,” “Spanish Dancer,” “Dreamer,”
“Kneeling Nude,” “Baudelaire 4.- Series.”

-- Satya Möller, Sweden: The Peace Human Sculpture

“The Peace Human series” (on a plane, subway roof, by the
water, more), “Satya with Swedish Opera singer Caroline af
Ugglas,” “Around his neck,” “Satya on top of the airplane,”
“Satya fixing with them”

-- Tracy Lee Stum, USA: street painting workshops in India

Please check the Photography/Travel listing below


-- Christine McClintock, USA:
Just Another Day In Paradise - Homeless Women of Colorado


-- Scott Owens, USA: Paternity, to be released in February

-- Stephen Page, Argentina: An insightful interview with
Argentian author Esther Cross


A note from Editor Karen Bowles about all the
happenings behind the Winter Issue


Esmaa Self, USA: Column Organics: It's a Balance Thing


-- Andrea Folmer, USA: Joshua TreeLNational Park

-- Deb Scott, USA: Bird watching -- Cedar waxwings in Oregon

“Three waxwing juveniles,” “Pigeon (devil’s walking stick) tree,”
“Pigeon tree fruit,” “Cedar waxwing adult male”

-- Dena Rash Guzman, USA: Travel photo essay of Thailand and Shanghai

“Yellow for the King,” “Return to the Lamphu Treehouse Inn,”
“Wooden foot brigde,” “Elephant Man,” “Elephant,” “Elephant
Food,” “Thai Taxi,” “Skys Scraping”

-- Esmaa Self, USA: Colorado

“Reaching higher, though the days are short,” “Thriving between
rocks and a hard place,” “Shining the light”

-- Jeaneth Patricia Skaugvold, Norway: Ireland and Norway

“Reflections,” “Self portrait,” “Dublin,” “Kira,” “Chimney View”

-- Karen Bowles, USA: California

“Winter Night,” “Screened Sunset,” “Dish of Rain”

-- Mart Clayton, UK: York, England

“Clifford’s Tower,” “Millenium Bridge,” “Wiping Snow off the
Tyburn,” “York Minster,” “Houseboats on the Ouse,” “Winter
sky fishing,” “The Hospitium, Museum Gardens”

Tracy Lee Stum, USA: India

“Antaragni 09,” “Teaching,” “Students,” “Catwoman,”
“Hai,” “Hyderabad,” “Rickshaw,” “Skip on the chair,”
“Workshop 1,” “Workshop 2,” “Camels,” “Pushkar,”
“Kolkata,” “With Hemant Gupta”


-- Aleksia Petko, USA: "DAMP,” “Disconnect"

-- David Smith, USA: "A Cow-Puncher’s Chance”

-- Elin Assarsson-Lod, Sweden: ”press repeat och hold your horses”
Versions in original Swedish and translated into English

-- Ellyn Maybe, USA: New CD: Rodeo for the Sheepish
Interview, and CD review, on the pages with the CD title

-- Eric Basso, USA: "The Meeting,” “Windows”

-- Hadoo Sendoo, Mongolia: "New Year’s Eve,” “Memories”

-- Jonatan Asbjørn Allin, Denmark: "Love Hadron Collider”
“The day that all the leopards died in front of blind and busy eyes”

-- Karen Bowles, USA: "Winter Crisp,” “Breath,” “It rained so hard”

-- Kumari de Silva, USA: "Ground Breaking” “Better Safe then Sorry”
“How to Say Anything to Anyone”

-- Scott Wannberg, USA: “Regret City doesn’t live here anymore”
“the kindness of buffalos”

-- Scott Owens, USA: "Steps,” "Manners"

-- S.A. Grffin, USA: The Poetry Bomb is now accepting submissions

-- William Crawford, USA: “That Time I Stopped Breathing, Beside You,
In My Sleep” (for Kimberly)


Deb Scott, USA: "Perhaps Once a Year, If I’m Lucky “


Pär Strömberg, Sweden -- Artist

Check out his work and his blog


Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Chanticleer Launches OL' CHANTY On-Line Mag

OL' CHANTY - Chanticleer Magazine Online

Ol’ Chanty is the new website of the old Chanticleer Magazine, which has now been discontinued. The aim of this website is to publish poetry, essays, short stories, novel excerpts, criticism and what ever else comes our way that we deem worthy of the world’s attention. Ol’ Chanty would like to continue the tradition of Chanticleer Magazine, which called itself “A Magazine Of Poetry And Ideas – Not Necessarily In That Order.” Therefore Ol’ Chanty will also include a blog (Chatbox) in which the editor – or anyone else – can sound off on any issue which stimilates them to say something interesting – within certain limits of course.

Chanticleer Magazine acquired the reputation of being an against the grain, ‘underground’ magazine which took a certain pride in being different from most other magazines. It received a lot of warm praise from various quarters, as well as some scathing criticism. One reviewer even described it as the most irritating poetry review journal he had surveyed to date. (Kudos indeed!) Ol’ Chanty will do its best to continue this proud and noble tradition.

Chanticleer Press, which used to publish Chanticleer Magazine, now only publishes chapbooks and ‘proper’ books (in limited handmade editions). Details of these publications can be found elsewhere on the website.

Issue 22 (the previous paper issue was 21, so this might also be considered to be 22 ) contains:

Poem - Karen Margolis

Short Story - Ian MacFadyen

Poems - George Held

Shards - John Bennett

Essay and Translations - Thomas Ország-Land on Miklós Radnóti

Poems - David Waddilove

Poem - R. D. Armstrong

Short Story - Hugh Fox

Poems - Arthur Coleman

Essay - Richard Livermore on Lorca’s Politics

Poems - A. D. Winans

Essay-Review - Richard Livermore on Jeremy Reed’s Genet

Review - Richard Livermore on Louise Landes Levi’s Banana Baby

Submissions, queries and comments can be made using the on-line form found on our Contact page. You can also join our mailing list there.

Finally, the editor hopes that all who visit these pages enjoy what they read.

Richard Livermore – Editor

HOLY ROSE REVIEW #3 Dec 09 "Wonder" Online & Call for "Worry"

HOLY ROSE REVIEWWONDERTattoo by Michael Kozlenko
Tattoo by Michael Kozlenko

Poetry by Ivy Alvarez, Lane Falcon, Thomas Griffin, Christine Hamm, Eugenia Hepworth Petty, Dorianne Laux, Raina Leon, Joseph Millar, Erika Moya, Rhonda Palmer, Siimon Petkovich, Lise Whidden, & Martin Willitts, Jr.

Tattoos by Seven Beckham, Rich Bustamante, Cengiz Eyvazov, Luba Goldina, Sean Herman, Avi Inks, Michael Kozlenko, & Jason Wainwright.

To read HRR Issue #3, Dec 09, "Wonder" visit us online at



Issue Four Theme, WORRY: June 2010~poetry submission months March & April 2010
Any poetry subs sent before or after these dates cannot be read or viewed. Sorry...

Rolling submission for tattoos begins December 2009 (send whenever you want, and we'll take a look)


E-mail subs only to

Four poems in the message box-no attachments-include name and e-mail. All POETRY submissions must express the theme. No previously published poems unless invited, simultaneous subs okay. PLEASE SUBMIT ONLY ONCE PER SUBMISSION PERIOD.

Four or more tattoo photos as jpegs, normal resolution. Tattoo submitters can be the tattoo wearer, the tattoo artist (if not the artist of the original design), the original artist, or the photographer. In each case, please include the names of everyone involved. TATTOO submissions should express the theme, but you may submit any style tattoo, as you never know the direction the editor will take with the theme.

You must send completed copyright agreement (First On-Line Publication)form, which includes a short bio, with your submission.

Theresa Senato Edwards

Toni Turner

Poetry & Tattoo Literary Arts Journal

Friday, December 18, 2009

MÖBIUS, THE POETRY MAGAZINE 27th Anniversary Edition is Out!

MÖBIUS, THE POETRY MAGAZINE, 27th Anniversary Edition
Juanita Torrence-Thompson, Editor in Chief/Publisher is pleased to announce MÖBIUS, THE POETRY MAGAZINE, 27th Anniversary Edition - 2009, Volume XXIV.

This year's edition includes among it's many gifted and talented contributors such notables as: Valerie Martin Bailey, Robert Bly, Cornelius Eady, Ed Galing, Dianela Gioseffi, Jean Hull Herman, Maurice Kenny, Esther Leiper, Linda Lerner, Lyn Lifshin, Norma West Linder, Julio Marzan, Tom McKeown, B.Z. Niditch, Tammy Nuzzo-Morgan, Ruth O'Callaghan, Anthony Oldknow, Simon Perchik, Marge Piercy, Hal Sirowitz, Stephen Stepanchev and Susan Terris.

Additionally work by several friends of Flor grace its pages:

Dominick Arbolay
Mary Elizabeth Clark
Diana Festa
Robert Ghiradella
Deborah Hauser
Roxanne Hoffman
Carl Kavadlo
Ed Bok Lee
Erica Mapp
Mary Orovan
Linda Rothstein
Maria Sassi

as well as the late Pud Houston.

MÖBIUS, THE POETRY MAGAZINE has been named a "best pick" 2007, 2008 & now 2009 by Small Magazine Review.

More information about how to order your copy and how to submit to next year's edition can be found at:

Coinciding with this year's release we would like to announce and congratulate the Dr. Zylpha Mapp Robinson International Poetry Award Winners:

First Prize: Esther Leiper - “Of Souls & Shadows” -- $300 & Audiobook: Poetry Among The Flowers: Queens Meets Asia by Juanita Torrence-Thompson (See newspaper article here).

2nd Prize: Dan Knapp - “Everything But One” -- $50 & Audiobook

1st Honorable Mention: Edward Fisher - “Heiroglyph”
-- Audiobook & Certificate

2nd Honorable Mention: Maria Sassi - “The Flying Children Of March 7, 2007”
3rd Honorable Mention: Judith Veder - “The Tailor: For Half A Century”
-- Audiobook & Certificate

2nd Merit Award: Lynn Cooper - “Expectations”
3rd Merit Award: Diane Elayne Dees - “Two Pictures”
-- Audiobook & Certificate

P.O.BOX 671058
Flushing, NY 11367-1056, USA

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

All-World Wrestling Poetry—52 Wrestling Poems

Dreier Carr's High School Folkstyle Wrestling at the 2006 Glenn Invite


The poems in this collection are on wrestling—the collegiate and amateur styles—but also how we wrestle with life, where we find wrestling in our lives, plus our gods, prophets and heroes past, those who have wrestled the classic bouts. It is modern and boundary-busting, and at the same time about tradition, a duality significant to both the poetry and wrestling communities. It is not about professional wrestling. Although that would make a wonderful project on its own, there is not enough poetry about amateur wrestling, the collegiate, Olympic, and folk styles.

The rest of this intro will be of interest to you if you would like to use any of the artwork or poetry yourself, and if you are interested in why such a collection came together—maybe for the first time. If not, then scan down to below Catherine Edmunds' 2009 drawing called "Greek wrestlers," and begin reading. If you are looking for a particular poet's work, or to see if it is included, simply click "Ctrl-F" on your keyboard. Here is a list of the living contributing poets you will find:

Rane Arroyo
John D. Berry
Rus Bowden
Kimberly Dark
Susie DeFord
Lori Desrosiers
Susan Kelly-DeWitt
David Hernandez
Drax Ireland
Jayson Iwen
John Jeffire
Andy Jones
Jeff Kass
Steve Meador
Muhammad Afzal Mirza
Steve Parker
Gilbert Pye
Don Schaeffer
Muhammad Amir Sheikh
Michael D. Snediker
G.C. Smith
Judy Swann
John Timpane
Pamela Uschuk

In lieu of bios, links to the contributors' web sites are provided from their names. If you would like to reach them, most of the time you will find contact information there. If not, e-mail me (, and I will try to connect you.

The works in this collection fall under Creative Commons—Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported. This way, as you share these poems, the poets' names remains attached, so that they continue to get credit for their work as it is passed around. In the spirit of this, each piece of artwork used below has just beneath it, as part of the image, an attribution that includes what the work is, who made it, and when. This Creative Commons agreement also protects the artists and poets from someone else making money from their works, while cutting them out. You'll need permission for such a commercial venture. It allows, however, for you to feel free to share the works, to keep the poems handy and pass them around, and speak them at events. If you have sought these poems out for noncommercial use, wonderful!, please write the poet a thank you, but the answer is already yes.

A few years back, when I was blogging daily at Bud Bloom, November arrived, and the poetry posting necessarily slowed down, as wrestling season was about to begin. My son Dan was wrestling in college at the time, and I was a moderating contributor at, working on a comprehensive directory of all collegiate wrestlers from Massachusetts, in order that wrestlers, their family, and friends, could see how their high school wrestlers were faring in college, even if they were still active. Part of this, was to create a comprehensive list of wrestling colleges around the country, which was shared with other wrestling forums in other states. I made a brief post on the poetry blog called Wrestling With Poetry in November. I wanted to include wrestling poetry in that blog, and found some in a translation of Homer's Iliad, but had difficulty finding it elsewhere. Since creating that blog post, I then noticed that many others who go online in search for "wrestling poetry", come up with my post. And I always felt that that post was not allowing the searchers to find the jackpot they were looking for. Thus, there is demand, but short supply. This blog post is a wrestling poetry jackpot.

Back in July, I made a call for submissions of new and recent wrestling poems, by posting at over 20 wrestling forums, over 20 poetry forums, and to over 2500 members of Facebook. The response has been remarkable, as you can read for yourself below. And a high percentage of these gifted poets, have been or still are wrestlers or members of the wrestling community themselves. With these poems by living poets, I have merged classics. Included also are fresh translations of classic poems, and renditions of scriptural texts.

My thanks go to all the contributors listed above. Each have been a pleasure to work with. My thanks also to those who have guided this project with ideas, such as Joyce Nower, who turned me onto Emily Dickinson's many wrestling poems, and Dennis Greene, who reminded me of the classic wrestling scene in Longfellow's "Song of Hiawatha." Thanks also to you for finding these poems, for shaking hands with them, and taking the time to read them, even to grapple with them when you hear the metaphoric whistle. It's your match now, your time to enter the ring.


VGP Anthology 2: SO IT GOES

The latest edition in the VGP Chapbook Anthology Series is now available. So it Goes collects poetry about death. Within these pages you will find verse that touches aspects of our humanity in a spectrum of emotions. Here lies collected works celebrating life by bravely confronting the subject of death or dying and reflections with honest, straight forward and sometimes humorous poetry. This anthology includes the work of established and new writers, including: Elzy Cogswell, Leyna Inberg, Puma Perl, Chris D'Errico, Gillian Prew, Mike Meraz, Morrie Greene, Ashley Leitner, Doug Tanoury, Larry Lefkowitz, Roxanne HoffmanSergio A. Ortiz, Susan Bosler, Gail Gray and Joseph Goosey.

"Colostomy" by Elzy Cogswell from VGP Anthology, So it Goes was nomintated for the 2009 Pushcart Prize by Virgogray Press

Stop into the Virgogray Press online store and pick up your copy today!

New Poetry from J Bradley


J. Bradley

ISBN 978-0-9841025-2-5

Widely published, loved, and admired, J. Bradley's first collection is long overdue. Ampersand Books is proud to present this raucous, lively collection of vivid imagery, larger-than-life imagery, and poetry crafted from the real stuff of everyday life. Lust, love, contempt, disgust, parental guidance, and poetic revenge, crafted with unbridled imagination and unmistakable skill.

"J. Bradley is the Veruca Salt of the literary chocolate factory, writing with a satirical brazenness that leaves cavities among the reader's eyes. There is a sugary darkness to his work and a lackadaisical charm; that of a black-market dental hygienist. J. delivers new audacity, important romance, and certainty. He acknowledges the sensational ugly without apprehension. His ideas are of an entirely different species and his wit knocks at postmodern...stunned today, laughing tomorrow. Dodging Traffic is the classic, the sequel will forever envy."

+ Sarah Morgan, author of Animal Ballistics

"Reading J. Bradley's Dodging Traffic is a lot like actually dodging traffic - both are unpredictable, thrilling, surprising. Prepare yourself, because these poems hit hard."

+ Jason Jordan, Editor-in-Chief, decomP Magazine

"J. Bradley has a pen attached to his heart. His heart has its own brain. His brain has its own heart, but we are unsure if there's a pen attached to that."

+ Robbie Q. Telfer, The Encyclopedia Show

J. Bradley will be touring across the country for performances, book signings, and workshops. For all of J. Bradley's tour dates, check out Purchase your copy of Dodging Traffic through Ampersand Books at


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Unsere Winterreise
an exclusive DANSE MACABRE poetic collaboration
Ingeborg Bachmann
Eric Basso
Mark Baumgartner
Bruce Bond
Susan M. Botich
J. Bradley
Michael Brandonsio
Alex Cigale
Taylor Collier
Nabina Das
Joan Harvey
M. Rose Hill
Roxanne Hoffman
E.T.A. Hoffmann
Branch Isole
Klement Kasza
Yukai Li
Bill Mayer
Robert Michael
DLR Pesavento
James Ragan
Elizabeth I. Riseden
Farida Samerkhanova
E. Smith Sleigh
William N. Thompson
Walther von der Vogelweide
Esté Yarmosh
Yevgeny Yevtushenko
Zhuang Yusa

Weihnachtspoesie & Erzählungen
Michael Brandonsio
Gordon Collins
P.S. Cottier
Katy Darby
William Doreski
James Dye
Ed Higgins
Russell Jones
Frank Kelly
Roberta Lawson
Said Leghlid
Bill Mayer
Jennifer Reeser
Jamie Robles
E. Smith Sleigh

Weihnachten um die Welt
Priti Aisola
David Hughes
Allan Stevo
Sivakami Velliangiri

new holidaze fiction
Felicia Florine Campbell
William Jeffrey
John Kearns
Farida Samerkhanova
Zhuang Yusa

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009


Editor Al Pizzarelli is currently seeking SENRYU poetry for publication in upcoming issues of the Simply Haiku website.


1. Poets are urged to read the Editor's Introduction in the Simply Haiku Senryu section and read among the many examples of senryu in the SH archives.

2. Both unpublished and previously published senryu are invited. All previously published senryu must include the name and year of the publication in which they first appeared.

3. There is no limit to the number of submissions.

4. All submissions should appear in the body of the e-mail. Attachments are not acceptable.

5. Response time is a week or two from the date of submission.

6. Accepted poems are published within a year of acceptance. Some appear sooner than others depending on the featured topic of each issue.
Note: Topics are determined by the related subject matter of accepted poems and are not announced prior to each issue.

7. Bios & Photos should only be submitted by request of the editor.

8. Submit regularly.

Send submissions to:

Al Pizzarelli
SENRYU editor
Simply Haiku

OMEGA 7 Online Now


“from hive this mind”

Happy Holidays, here is your link to the Web’s premiere literary production

250 dynamic pages … and it’s FREE for one and all!
(but you can DONATE if you so choose, and empower INDEPENDENT alternative literature and art)

[If the link doesn't work, simply copy and paste it into your browser. That's almost guaranteed to bring it up.]

OMEGA 7 “from hive this mind” is designed, edited, and created by Michael Annis, senior editor and founder of Howling Dog Press. The Featured Artist for OMEGA 7 is Henry Avignon.

OMEGA 7 is comprised of dynamic and visionary work by 45 writers whose poetry, stories and Hinge applications cover progressive politics, global warming, governmental corruption, revolutionary language theory /linguistics, anti-war works, social and economic stratification, human alienation, imprisonment, abstracted reality, dreams and the subconscious, quantum mechanics, poverty, and pieces dedicated to world unity and peace. A special section by the late Charles Bukowski is central to OMEGA 7. Other literary contributors are Michael Annis, Henry Avignon, Benjamin Balthaser, Tom Bradley, Ginnetta Correli, Jane Crown, Nabina Das, Tatjana Debeljacki, Jared Demick, DubbleX, Renee Dwyer, Stevie Lee Edwards, AnnMarie Eldon, Victoria Ganim, Joe Giglio, Gregory Greyhawk, Leigh Herrick, Sandra Hunter, Molly Kat, Jillian Rose Krupp, Sun Yung Lee, Joy Leftow, Heller Levinson, Oswald Le Winter, Elenor “Ele-Beth” Little, Adrian C. Louis, Michael D. Main, Stacy Muszynski, Edward Mycue, Mary Newell, Valery Oisteanu, John Olson, Laura Orem, David Ray, Paul Corman-Roberts, Kenneth Rosen, Adam Roufberg, Albert Salinas, Lilvia Soto, Thomas [Wordwulf] Sterner, Ross Vassilev, Jack Wiler, Frank Winters, and Jeffrey Cyphers Wright.

A testimonial:

I just saw the preview of Michael Annis'/Howling Dog Press' new Omega 7 online journal publication "From Hive This Mind" featuring a slew of amazing poets including Michael Annis, David Ray, Heller Levinson, Leigh Herrick, Oswald LeWinter, Paul Corman-Roberts, and others (not to mention myself…) and I have to say that this man (Michael Annis) is a creative/intellectual genius - a truly divine spark.

"From Hive This Mind" is a labor of love blending together a most magnificent compilation of poetry, photography, spirit, and graphic design capable of being produced only by a true visionary -- one who sees through, and beyond, the corporeal constraints imposed on us physically, culturally, emotionally, etc .And, as an added bonus, this masterful work is published online for FREE.

Stay focused for soon the publication will go public and a link will be posted (but join the group instead so you don't have to rely on me for your information) Join “Omega Online Literary Magazine” on Facebook:

OMEGA 7 is mind blowing! What Michael has put together is such a masterful craft projecting such force... from the layout/design to the word on page to the people he’s brought together, man, this is one amazing publication. Seriously, I felt like I was standing in front of an ancient shrine, or those sacred Buddhas that the Taliban blasted out of existence, or the monolith in love's labours found. Wow!

~Adam Roufberg, “RadioActiveLunch” radio host

OMEGA 7’s theme is derived from an excerpt from Conducting Bodies by Nobel Prize winner Claude Simon. OMEGA 7's subtitle "from hive this mind" is taken from a Hinge Application of the same title composed by Michael Annis and “hinges” back to Claude Simon. Hinge Theory was created by Heller Levinson, and is evolving through the work of Levinson, Annis, Newell, Giglio, Main, Avignon, Roufberg, and others; Hinge represents, quite possibly, the most significant revolutionary poetic form to have been originated in the last 20 years, and can be explored further in Levinson’s latest book “Smelling Mary” (Howling Dog Press). A practioner’s guide to Hinge Theory, “The Hinge Manual” by Michael Annis, can be received free of charge in PDF format by request to

Toward the end of this email, you will find navigation tips. When you forward the link, please also forward the navigation tips, which come in handy for those who are not familiar with ISSUU (the software OMEGA rides on). Working with ISSUU format takes a little practice, but the more you experience, the easier and more entertaining it becomes as you maneuver through the pages. As you distribute this email and link, please encourage your lists to do the same, and if they are on Facebook to join the Facebook group “OMEGA online literary magazine”. Help us increase our readership.

When you open the OMEGA link, take it slow; it's a 13 mb file and it takes a little time to download. Please don't skip ahead; allow it to completely download. Start at the beginning of OMEGA and view it a page-spread at a time; that will ensure that it downloads accurately. If you skip through it while it’s downloading, it causes the program to insert blank pages and missing links--it's happened to me, and it was because of my impatience.

During the course of designing and building OMEGA 7, four people very dear to me passed away. In the order of their transitioning are:

David Sisneros, musician (June 2009)
Mark Stryker, artist and writer (August 2009)
Will Inman, poet and activist (early October 2009)
Jack Wiler, poet and OMEGA 7 contributor (late October 2009)

There are memorials to each of them in OMEGA 7; each was dearly loved and all will be heartbreakingly grieved and missed by many.

Periodically, I will be posting/dispatching comments by contributors and readers. You are invited to post your own comments about OMEGA 7 on the Facebook OMEGA group homepage or on ISSUU in the Comments window that you will find when you open OMEGA 7.

Also, OMEGA 7 includes a very special offer:

The Works of Henry Avignon, OMEGA 7’s artist are now available for purchase!

SUPERB, LIMITED EDITION PRINTS of all the artwork by HENRY AVIGNON featured in OMEGA 7 are now available through a joint collaboration between the Artist and Howling Dog Press. Details: page 247 in OMEGA 7.

--from OMEGA 7, by Henry Avignon (50+ more images in OMEGA 7

If you are unfamiliar with ISSUU, here are a few navigation tips:

1. Patience will serve you well; your ability to manipulate and stabilize the pages will evolve as you use it.

2. I’ve found that it’s best to use FULLSCREEN mode; the button is found in the upper left corner of the ISSUU screen after OMEGA loads.

3. In Fullscreen mode, you have more control and can adjust the size of the pages with the slide bar that appears at the top. It also gives you a “page bar” at the bottom that loads 20 pages at a time. The greatest advantage with Fullscreen mode is its stability compared to the “page turning” mode that first loads. The disadvantage is that it doesn’t look as cool when the pages turn, and it doesn’t give you the full aesthetic beauty of movement (those pages flying like silky black ravens’ wings).

4. When you click on any page, it will enlarge. Click again and it returns to original size, and the two-page spread. After you click on the page, take your finger off the mouse or mousepad. It will stabilize the page. ISSUU is very sensitive and responsive, so it’s easy to send the image flying around the screen if you keep your finger on the mouse.

5. At the outer edge of each page there are faint “arrow” buttons. Clicking on those will take you either forwards or backwards through the publication, one page at a time. If you click the double arrow, it will take you to the end or beginning of the publication.

6. The PAGE BAR at the bottom of the screen: you can click on any set of two pages and immediately go there. If you want to go forwards or backwards through the pages, click on the arrows at either end of the page bar and it will load 20 previous pages (left side arrow) or the next 20 pages (right side arrow). You can enlarge the image of any set of two pages by placing your cursor on it. It also gives you the page numbers above the image and relevant to it.

7. You can completely change the presentation of the publication from what originally loaded (in OMEGA’s case, “magazine”) to two other options: “Presentation” view and “Paper” view. Paper view presents each page as if it were a PDF, and you scroll up or down to change pages, rather than horizontally. The BUTTON that controls the view options is located next to the Fullscreen button at the top. Experiment, you might like another view better than what I’ve chosen. I chose “magazine” for its aesthetics-- the effect of movement, and the dramatic sheen of the pages.

8. There is also a “dot bar” under the page bar. You can move more rapidly forward or backward by clicking on the dots; each dot represents twenty pages, and you can click any dot—they don’t have to be clicked in order.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Scars Publications "Sexy Poets" 2010 Calendar Now Available

Welcome to the Scars Publications “Sexy Poets” Poetry Wall Calendar:

After receiving submissions of both images and poems, Scars has released the 2010 Poetry Wall Calendar that looks phenomenal! Most of the images in this collection are of writer-supplied images, and only a few months have artwork from Scars Publications. A few of the months have two poems on the page, and when it came to December, we added film negatives of prints of a number of writers that are a part of the Scars Publications world.

Check out the authors who have writing in the Scars Publications 2010 “Sexy Poets” Poetry Wall Calendar.:

January: poem by John Yotko (image of ice on trees in Urbana, Illinois)

February: poem by Jill L. Ferguson (image of Jill L. Ferguson)

March: poem by R. N. Taber (image of R. N. Taber)

April: poem by Adam Henry Carriere (image of dolphins in the Pacific Ocean in 2007 near the Galapagos Islands)

May: poem by Chad Newbill (image of Chad Newbill)

June: poem by Michael Lee Johnson (image of an old upturned small boat near a retention pond in Naples, Florida)

July: poem by Michael Dubé (2 images of Michael Dubé)

August: poem by Anthony Hall (image of Anthony Hall)

September: poems by Jessica Reidy and Patricia Carragon (image of Jessica Reidy)

October: poem by Sam Brown (image of Sam Brown)

November: poems by Rachel Mehl and Joey Connelly (image of Rachel Mehl)

December: poems by Kevin Michael Wehle and Rose E. Grier (image of snow on a trees from Grunee, Illinois in the background, with two images of a camera for the poems taken by John Yotko, with two film negative collages of: Iliana Vasquez, Rose E. Grier, Charlie Newman and John Yotko, and LLL-Phoenix, “Dionysus Don” Mathis, and A.J. Chilson & Miles)

Poems & Photos are currently on view at on the Scars Publications website:

and this highly collectible Calendar is available right now for sale (if anyone is interested):

Special thanks to Kevin Wehle for sharing the original submission call and this update!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Qarrtsiluni Seeks Work on Health by November 30, 2009

Qarrtsiluni is pleased to announce that submissions are open for the winter issue, which will begin publishing after the New Year. The theme this time is Health, broadly defined, and the editors are Susan Elbe and Kelly Madigan Erlandson (the links go to their works here at qarrtsiluni; see below for more about them). We’re having the submission period now, in November, to avoid the busy holiday season. The deadline is November 30th. As always, please refer to the How to Contribute page for general submission guidelines (and note that there have been several minor changes).

The editors have chosen a theme that should resonate far beyond the current health care debate in the United States:

We are interested in creative interpretations of health, which will of course include the health (or lack thereof) of the human body, but also of the mind and spirit, the environment, or the culture. How systems stay in balance, how one attains wellness, how we relate or respond to our own state of health and the health of others, and the extent of an individual’s physical, emotional, mental, and social ability to cope with his/her environment would all be fair game. Unusual health-related practices also intrigue us (serpents? psychic surgery?) as well as tales of spontaneous recovery. How much control do we have over our own health? Explore superstitions, regale us with symptoms, or simply make a well-written toast to our health — we’ll consider it. Keep in mind too that the etymological roots of health include “whole” and “hale,” but also “holy.”

Our limit is three poems or one prose piece per submission, with a 1,200-word limit on the prose.

Both editors hail from the American Midwest, and they’ve been friends for years.

Susan Elbe is the author of Eden in the Rearview Mirror (Word Press) and a chapbook, Light Made from Nothing (Parallel Press). Her poems appear or are forthcoming in many journals and anthologies, including Blackbird, diode, MARGIE, North American Review, Ocho, Salt Hill, Smartish Pace, and A Fierce Brightness: Twenty-five Years of Women’s Poetry (Calyx Books). Among her awards are the inaugural Lois Cranston Memorial Poetry Prize (Calyx), the 2006 Lorine Niedecker Award, and fellowships to Vermont Studio Center and Virginia Center for Creative Arts. Susan has served on the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission and currently serves on the Council for Wisconsin Writers Board. You can learn more about her and her work at

Kelly Madigan Erlandson is the author of Getting Sober: A Practical Guide to Making it Through the First 30 Days (McGraw-Hill). Her poems, stories and essays have appeared in Best New Poets 2007, Crazyhorse, The Massachusetts Review, Plains Song Review, and Prairie Schooner. She has been a writer-in-residence at Jentel Artist Residency Program and the KHN Center for the Arts. Kelly was awarded the Distinguished Artist Award in Literature from the Nebraska Arts Council in 2006, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 2008. She has worked as a licensed alcohol and drug counselor in Nebraska since 1983. Visit her website at

Qarrtsiluni is an experiment in online literary and artistic collaboration. The title comes from an Iñupiaq word that means “sitting together in the darkness, waiting for something to burst.”

Brooklyn Poet Laureate Search

Brooklyn Poet Laureate Search

Mon Nov 2, 2009 2:15 pm (PST)

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz is seeking the next Brooklyn poet laureate and has appointed a five-member Brooklyn Poet Laureate Recommendation Committee to evaluate candidates for the volunteer position. The Committee will recommend a pool of three finalists to the borough president, from which he will choose one to be the bard of the borough.

Candidates for the poet laureate position must be a Brooklyn resident with recognition as a poet, and demonstrate a commitment to using the position for community outreach and projects that promote poetry and/or literacy in our diverse borough of Brooklyn.

To be considered for the position, candidates should submit 5–10 pages of their work, a maximum two-page bio or résumé and a cover letter that describes their vision of engaging Brooklyn’s various communities in poetry. The deadline for nominations is November 24 at 5:00 p.m. Information can be e-mailed to, faxed to 718-802-3452, or mailed to Poet Laureate Recommendation Committee, Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201.

Applications are due by November 24, 2009.

Please help spread the word.

Best, Craig

(NOTE: Click here for more information, including downloadable application

instructions, or use the following link:

Craig R. Hammerman
District Manager
Brooklyn Community Board 6
250 Baltic Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201-6401

t. 718.643.3027
f. 718.624.8410

Serving the neighborhoods of Carroll Gardens/South Brooklyn, Cobble Hill, Columbia Street District, Gowanus, Park Slope and Red Hook

Monday, November 2, 2009

DM Announces Nominations for Best of the Web 2010

Danse Macabre
has nominated work for the Best of the Web 2010 anthology (Dzanc Books).

As submissions were limited to three nominees, much Hallowe'en candy-fed agonsing ensued. However, the following pieces were selected to represent Danse Macabre in 2009. The nominees are:

"The Moon is New, but Love is Old" by Kristin Fouquet
from Issue XXIII, Volume Four, Number Three
Une Nuit à l'Opéra

"Nights at the Opera" by Levi Wagenmaker
from Issue XXIII, Volume Four, Number Three
Une Nuit à l'Opéra

"The Bottle" by Orlaith O'Sullivan
from Issue XXIV,
Volume Four, Number Four

Final selections for the anthology by Dzanc Books (and guest editor Kathy Fish) will be announced mid-January, 2010.

Congratulations to the nominees, and to the dozens of the other poets, writers, and lively spirits who have graced the pages of Danse Macabre this year. Your ink energy is the chill wind howling through the cemetery of suburbanality, expanding the literary web one macabre signature at a time.



Adam Henry Carrière
éditeur, Danse Macabre
An Online Literary Magazine™

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Submissions Call - Epic Rites Press

Re: lines written with a razor, netzine published by Epic Rites

Everyone here at Epic Rites is excited to announce that netzine lines written with a razor will now be edited by American poet Puma Perl.

The mandate remains - lines is looking for poetry that relies on guts to carry its message, rather than literary technique.

Submissions are open with the simple guidelines:

1. Send work to

2. Cut and paste - No attachments, please.

3. Send no more than 3 poems at a time. We will stop reading after 3.

4. Send the ugly, the bloody, the raggedy, not looking for flowers.

New work is published weekly.

Thanks to Editor Puma Perl for sharing this call with her Facebook friends! :-)

Kevin Wisher Reviews THE SLIP by Michael Montlack

An opinion in the Life of…..

Walking wearily into the house, the work day now over with a fervent wish to merely relax and recharge, I poured a cup of some well deserved coffee before taking my position on the long worn sofa. Black dress shoes voiced annoyance as they fell from foot to floor, while tightly embracing cloth relinquished its professional death grip when pulled from torso, thus creating a sense of peace. It was at this time that my eyes spied The Slip by Michael Montlack.

THE SLIP by Michael Montlack (Poets Wear Prada, October 2009)THE SLIP
by Michael Montlack
Poets Wear Prada, October 2009
ISBN 978-0-9841844-2-2
soft cover/saddle-stiched/32 pages
$10 ( S&H $1.50)

I received his chapbook from a mutual friend and had the privilege of hearing him read on more than one occasion, opening the book my eyes transcribed word to psyche and I found myself drifting though a linear time stream of my life and similar occurrences, and I smiled. I, myself am a gay writer and Community organizer, and such poems as “Boy Witch," "Christopher’s Mother," "Brothers and Sisters," and "Didn’t You get the Memo” awoke slumbering memories of past events, and relationships. Enlightening me as to the inner strength I must have possessed when refusing to negate myself and my individuality, as well as the strength of my family and friends in their support of me.

Utilizing his humor, with such poems as “Vanity Smurf”, I saw many a Fire Island acquaintance reflected in his written mirror of type, yet while following the verbal maze of clarity and confusion to clarity back to confusion through the intricate play on words in the poem, “Gertrude you had Alice, But I had him (so briefly) and now we don’t even talk,” I felt like I was a newbie Suduko player with no grasp of the concept of the game, only to complete the board and question how on earth I succeeded.

In “Didn’t You Get the Memo”, I must admit a mischievous grin did take my face in envisioning a gay strike encompassing goods and services and a world where artistry and craft were left to the heterosexual masses. Where as "Christopher's Mother", shows everyday dysfunction and judgment issues which change over time to acceptance in the matters of being gay, only to be replaced by judgment of the "normal sons". My favorite piece in this collection however is that of "The Mythology of Death," it speaks of heartache and loss, while addressing the "what if?" aspect, and relates to the metaphor "You can paint a broken fence, but its still a broken fence," it leads one to ponder the second chance, and the pain that one would endure yet again if the path leads you to the same end.

When critiquing others, it is often my rationale that if an artist's expression is conveyed, then his goal has been met. In poems where upon the reader may not directly connect, its is not always the flaw of the writer as for if an experience is not shared, it can most certainly be appreciated, but will never invoke the same emotion of loss, heartache, happiness and or sorrow. I can honestly say I did not feel disconnected from Mr Montlacks collection of poems. I find that many of his works connect with the reader on the interpersonal level and that most can relate through similar life episodes; be they straight, gay, male or female. This is extremely evident in "Boy Witch" where one can see where the conditioning or roles are enforced, even if it means the sorrow of more than one individual.

Kevin G. Wisher received his fine arts education at School of Visual Arts and New York's Fashion Institute of Technology. He is currently working on his PhD in Nursing Education with a minor in Forensics. He is a staff writer for Population Arts Merge and was awarded Pride Alliance of Long Island's Diva with an Ink Sword award. He is a GLBT activist and served as the director of Outreach for PALI (Pride Alliance of Long Island). He curates the Rainbow Readings at Pisces Cafe in Babylon, Long Island and helped organizes the music and arts festival known as Out In Sayville. He often writes under the pseudonym Edweena Scoot-a-which.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Flor's Publishing Tip #1

October 28, 2009

Poets & Writers;

Recently published in a literary magazine on-line or in print? Check out the bios of your fellow contributors to see where else they've been published and make a list of these publications and start sending your work there. Birds of a Feather Flock Together!

Share the Wealth! Let other knows where you've just been published. Include the link or snail mail so they can try their luck too. Too many publications are like a black hole. You submit only to get no response or to be rejected months later. So if you find one that bites back let us know. Send us an e-mail (roxy533 at yahoo dot com) and we'll post your good news at Flor Del Concreto ( and on Twitter ( and update all our Facebook friends too!

No publication credits yet? Keep the look out for Tip#2 for a list of newsletters to subscribe to to keep up to date on who's looking for what where. We'll also include a list of writer friendly publications to give you a chance to to get your feet wet.


Monday, October 19, 2009

DANSE MACABRE Offers No Fee Contest: Deadline Turkey Day


We are happy to announce the opening of our 2009 prix d’écriture de Noël contest in both Fiction and Poetry.

Our contest is open to all and free to enter. Winning entries will receive:

- a gift set of 3 specially-selected stocking stuffers
- a stylish line item for your vitas
- seasonal bragging rights with your respective posses
- pride-of-place posting in our 13th issue, Weihnachtsmarkt (due Fri 4 Dec)

Fictioneers - 2500 words or less

Poets - Single poem submissions only, svp

Please header your submission with XMAS CONTEST. Also, please include both a seasonally-themed bio with your entry, and your complete land mail address in case your work wins this year's contest. Our Submissions Page is located @

DEADLINE - Thanksgiving Day

Last year's winners were Karima Alavi (Fiction) and Elizabeth I. Riseden (Poetry).


Adam Henry Carrière
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Call for Spring 2010 Raintown Review

Spring 2010 submissions for the Spring 2010 Raintown Review

In short, we're looking at submissions for the spring issue. If you would, please double-check our guidelines, and if you have work that would (or even may) fit the mold, send it our way. Full guidelines can be found at

Looking forward to seeing your work!

Quincy R. Lehr
Associate Editor, The Raintown Review

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What We Want

Poetry: We are more interested in metrical works, including well-rendered blank verse, sonnets of every variety, villanelles and triolets. End rhyme is neither a crime nor a requirement. We accept previously published poetry. [Samples of what we like can be found at]

Prose: No previously published prose except by invitation. We are always interested in literary criticism and interviews with major poets, especially concerning the genesis of a particular poem. Any prose we accept will have to be written well enough and be of such import that we can't refuse to publish it.

Submission Guidelines:

Please Note: Acceptance is for an upcoming issue, but not necessarily the next issue.

  • Please submit 3-5 poems in the body of an email to Anna Evans, Editor, at
  • Please query the editor via email at regarding submission of prose as described above. Please include the first paragraph or two in the body of the email.
  • The editors make every effort to insure that each submission receives a fair evaluation. To that end, we ask that you allow 10-12 weeks for a response.
  • We request that potential contributors send us no more than two submissions in a six-month period
  • Payment is one copy of the issue in which your work appears. (Subscribers will receive an additional copy.) Contributors may purchase additional copies for $7 each. Send payment to Central Ave Press (see address below).
  • The Raintown Review acquires first rights for publication. Upon publication, rights revert to the author. The Raintown Review reserves the right to nominate published work for awards or recognition.

John Oelfke
Publisher, Central Ave Press

Central Ave Press
2132A Central SE #144
Albuquerque NM 87106

The Raintown Review is one of the longest running print journals with a preference for formal/metrical poetry. Established in 1996 by Harvey Stanbrough, it began as a desktop-published chapbook style journal and has evolved into the perfect bound 100+ page journal of today. Other former editors include Patrick Kanouse and T.S. Kerrigan.

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Saturday, October 17, 2009

east/west fall '09 issue is live! Call for DREAM poetry by 12/06/09

from east to west: bicoastal verse - fall '09
from east to west: bicoastal verse - fall '09
Edited by Ray Sweatman, PJ Nights

Download PDF / Preview Free / Purchase Soft Cover Print Edition ($20 + S&H)
"Hear" the issue at

Quarterly poetry and art journal; 54 pages

~featured poets~
Melissa Crowe, Dave Morrison & Lynne Shapiro,

~featured artists~
Brianna M. Allen, Jennifer Barnett-Hensel,
Jeff Filipski, Audrey Hotchkiss & Donna Kuhn

~"spoken word" poets~
Grace Andreacchi, David Braden, Jim D. Deuchars,
John Eivaz, Gil Helmick, Roxanne Hoffman, Camille Martin,
J. H. Martin, Joshua O’Donnell & Larissa Shmailo.

Submission Call
Winter '09/'10: "Dream" Poetry & Visual Artists

We are always looking for visual artists to be featured in future issues. If interested, send an inquiry to PJ Nights with a link to samples of your work.

For our winter issue, we are looking for poetry with the theme of "dreams." Poetry can be written from a dream, about dreaming or be dream-like. Please send your poems in the body of the email to PJ Nights. Your subject line should include "dream submission."

The deadline for the winter issue is December 6, 2009.

DOGZPLOT Seeks Fiction Full of Magic


That's right. MAGIC. For the Winter 2010 issue we are looking for FICTION submissions full of magic. This can mean anything really, magical realism, magic tricks, drug addicted failure magicians, surrealism, absurdity, hoaxes, spoofs, cartoons, mythology, urban legends, supernatural oddities, superheroes, Willy Wonka type shit. Let's see what you got.

Please send all submissions to: with the word MAGIC in the subject line.

(If you have fiction pending with us currently and have not heard back as of 10/16 please be aware that you're stories are not being considered for Winter 2010. Sorry for the inconvenience. )

FLASH FICTION (200 words or less) -

FICTION (612 words or more) -





Please include your name and type of submission in the subject line.

Please send submissions as a .doc or .rtf attachment, .jpeg for art.
Flash fiction: 200 words or less

Fiction / Non-fiction: 612 words or more.

Poetry: Short, precise, no epics. Send no more than three.

Interviews: Please contact us if you would like to be interviewed.

Response time is never longer than 2 weeks. Multiple submissions and simultaneous submissions are fine.

We reserve the right to keep your work in our archives and use it in print if we feel like it.

We will make small editorial changes if we deem them necessary.

We can not pay you.

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

CELLPOEMS Calls for Poems of 140 Characters or Less

Cellpoems is a new poetry journal to be distributed via text message. (We believe we are the first to do this, but we are probably not.)

Starting on October 1, 2009, we will send new poems once a week via text message to as many people as we can in hopes that a small dose of contemporary verse and criticism will increase the general public's interest in both. Cellpoems will also be available as tweets at

The goal of Cellpoems is not to shrink attention spans, or to reduce good writing and writers to the inanities of text message abbreviations. Rather, in the tradition of great, short poems, we hope to present work that has undergone the duress of revision and come out hard-boiled and slim, like St. Antony of Egypt.

In her poem "Poet's Work," Lorine Niedecker said that there was "no lay off from this condensery." We're looking for work that demonstrates the fruit of such labor; strange, profound, weird, and memorable language condensed into 140 characters or less. We thank you, in advance, for your contributions, and for your attention in the months ahead.

We want you to be critical! In keeping with our mission of garnering more readers for poetry, we are seeking your recommendations and reviews of contemporary works of poetry. And we'd especially love it if you found a relatively unknown book and you'd like to tell us about.

We'll also be critical of you! Have a new book of poetry, or a new issue of your journal, and want us to review it in 140 characters of succinct analysis? Send me, Chris, an email, (, and I'll tell you where to send your work. Then, one of our editors will review it via a text message sent to a boatload of people.

There are two ways to submit:

via the online form on our website

or through text messages to: (317)426-POEM.

If you choose to text, please send us two messages: one with your name and the title of the poemor work you are reviewing, and another with the actual poem or review.

Chris Shannon, Founder

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

2009 National Book Award Finalists Announced

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Bonnie Jo Campbell, American Salvage (Wayne State University Press)

Colum McCann, Let the Great World Spin (Random House)

Danyal Mueenuddin, In Other Rooms, Other Wonders (W. W. Norton & Co.)

Jayne Anne Phillips, Lark and Termite (Alfred A. Knopf)

Marcel Theroux, Far North (Farrar Straus and Giroux)


David M. Carroll, Following the Water: A Hydromancer's Notebook (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Sean B. Carroll, Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Greg Grandin, Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City (Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt)

Adrienne Mayor, The Poison King: The Life and Legend of Mithradates, Rome's Deadliest Enemy (Princeton University Press)

T. J. Stiles, The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt (Alfred A. Knopf)


Rae Armantrout, Versed (Wesleyan University Press)

Ann Lauterbach, Or to Begin Again (Viking Penguin)

Carl Phillips, Speak Low (Farrar Straus and Giroux)

Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, Open Interval (University of Pittsburgh Press)

Keith Waldrop, Transcendental Studies: A Trilogy (University of California Press)

Young People's Literature

Deborah Heiligman, Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith (Henry Holt)

Phillip Hoose, Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice (Farrar Straus and Giroux)

David Small, Stitches (W. W. Norton & Co.)

Laini Taylor, Lips Touch: Three Times (Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic)

Rita Williams-Garcia, Jumped (HarperTeen/HarperCollins)

Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Gore Vidal

Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community Dave Eggers

The Winner in each category will be announced at the 60th National Book Awards Benefit Dinner and Ceremony at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on Wednesday, November 18. Satirist, comedian, and actor Andy Borowitz will emcee the event.

    For more information about the Finalists as well as National Book Awards Week events, visit

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