Sunday, March 29, 2009

Get Your Stories Published

The Tampa Marketing Company is seeking contributing authors for Five Books to be published in June 2009.

The Tampa Marketing Company is seeking contributing authors for Five Books to be published in June 2009. The Collections for 2009 are:

1. Ghost Stories and Unusual Tales.
Fictional stories about ghosts, spirits, and the paranormal

2. What Sports (and Sports Viewing) Is Really About
Fictional stories about why people are so attached to sports activities. Stories can be about the activity itself, friendships made, or almost any aspect of the sports world.

3. Depression/Recession ? The Economy in 2009.
Fictional and/or testimonial stories about hardships faced in todays economy.

4. Relationships: the Good , the Bad, and the Funny
Fictional stories about the good, the funny, and the bad side of relationships.

5. Measures of Time, A Collection of Contemporary Poetry.
Creative poetry reflecting todays emotions, living, and times.

Compensation and Submission Information:
Short Story writers will be paid $50 upon approval of their story for publication and will receive 4 books upon publishing. Poets will receive $25 and 2 books for each poem accepted.

Authors may submit more than one story or poem. Fees will be paid within 30 days of receipt of an executed Writer Acceptance Agreement.

Story must be original, on topic, and all rights to the story must belong to the author.

Deadline for entry is March 31,2009.

Selections will be made by April 10, 2009.

To Submit a Story:
Email story to

Heading must indicate which subject area the story belongs to and title of the article.

Name, address, phone, and email of the author must be provided. Story must be submitted in a

Microsoft Word File. Stories to not be longer than 3,000 words. Poetry limited to 1,500 words

Availability of Finished Books. The books will be available for pre-order and will be extensively marketed through all available store and online outlets. ORDER BOOKS AND GET MORE INFORMATION at

About Us: Tampa Marketing Company publishes the Davis Islands Community News, a 24,000 distribution monthly publication in Tampa, Florida. Additionally, the Company own/manages/or represents almost 1oo websites including and

Company President Bill Sharpe is President of the Davis Islands Chamber of Commerce and Tampa Ghost Watchers, Florida's largest Paranormal investigative team.

Reprinted from Collection Publishing, posted by Bill Sharpe, Sunday, February 22, 2009.

Wildflowers Seeks Submissions: Small Press Revolution

This is an annual anthology published by my small press, Shivastan, printed on handmade paper in Kathmandu Nepal--which has included work by some of America's best poets: Ferlinghetti, Anne Waldman, Peter Lamborn Wilson, Ed Sanders, Janine Pommy Vega, Andy Clausen, John Giorno, Diane di Prima, etc. This year's theme is actually "small press revolution!".

Check out:

Shiv Mirabito

See previous post:

Friday, March 27, 2009

NY Rainbow Book Fair at The Center, NYC March 28, 2009

Saturday March 28, 2009
11AM - 6PM
New York Rainbow Book Fair
@ The Center
208 West 13th Street

(Between 7th & Greenwich Aves.)
New York, NY 10014

Dear friends,

This Saturday, March 28, is the first New York Rainbow Book Fair at the LGBT Community Center, 208 West 13th Street ('tween 7th Ave. and Greenwich Ave. in Greenwich Village), from 11 to 6 pm. It's going to be fannn-tastic, I mean it, with an amazing line up of authors, publishers, poets, and other events.

This always works fabulously, except there's one thing missing: people who love books. I mean you, my friends who put up with my writing (and maybe even love it), and who care about the art of books themselves. Books are an intimate, personal, and telling part of human life. We talk through them, and with them. But they are losing out by the minute and this saddens me terribly. Still like any true believer, I'm always waiting for the Book Fairy to come dancing back in.

And at the Rainbow Book Fair, he (or she) will. Trust me.

So come to this great day of books! It's completely free, and open to anyone. And you'll find all kinds of books, from totally great to totally trashy and fabulous. Books for adults, for kids, and for the wild kid in any adult. But I want to see you there, and hope you'll come by and say hello to me.

Here's a list of readers, and poets. So, even if, for some reason, you can't find a single book to buy, then just come in (it's still March, and the weather ain't great outside) and hear some wonderful words spoken by talented writers.


Author reading—brief readings by featured authors at the Fair:

First Session: 11:15 to 11:45

Norman Beim, GNYIPA
Gene Kahn
Robin Glasser, Phaze Press
Steven Rivellino, Eighth Sea/Xlibris
Pamela Sneed, Vintage Entity Press

2nd Session: 12 noon to 12:30

Perry Brass, Belhue Press
Herukthuti, Vintage Entity Press
Bobbie Geary, The Graeae Press
Marquette Carney

3rd Session: 12:45 - 1:15

Francine Trevens, T & T Classics
Timothy Brough
Shawn Stewart Ruff
Carren Strock
G. Winston James, Top Ten Press

(Author readings coordinated by Michele Karlsberg Marketing and Management.)

Poets at the Poet's Salon (1PM - 4PM)

Poets Bill Kushner, Stephanie Gray, Eileen Myles, Douglas A. Martin, Tim Peterson, Betsy Andrews, Moonshine Shorey, Carol Mirakove, Joseph O. Legaspi, Jen Benka, Guillermo Castro, Elizabeth Reddin, and Regie Cabico will read their work on Saturday March 28th from 1-4 pm at the Center 208 West 13th Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues) NYC NY 10011.

The Poetry Reading is free and open to the public, and takes place during the NY Rainbow Book Fair: a LGBT Book Fair with publishers, authors, performance artists, a panel on the future of LGBT literature, and books to browse, read and buy! The Poet's Salon has been coordinated by Nathaniel Siegel.

Please forward this email to everyone you know who loves books and book people.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Wildflowers Seeks Submissions

Wildflowers seesk submissions for a new anthology; the theme- small presses - can be anything about writing, writers, books, presses, etc - the editor likes wide interpretations.

Please send queries and submissions to Editor Shiv Mirabito by email to shivastan at hotmail dot com

For more about his press visit

Special thanks to Erik La Prade for forwarding this call.

Literary Gazette: Call for Submissions - Deadline May 22

From: Phillip Levine
Date: March 22, 2009 10:21:17 AM PDT


Crossing The Bridges Between Us

A Call for Submissions

Literary Gazette is seeking poetry and short prose submissions (essays or short fiction) on the subject of bridges-the real kind that cross rivers and roadways, and also the metaphorical bridges that connect us. We are interested in the history and beauty of bridges and their associations, whether old or modern, and also evocative writing that depicts how bridges of friendship, loyalty, compassion, ideas and cultural understanding bring us together. In these hard economic and social times, it is important to remember what connects us, rather than divides us, and to cross the bridges between us as often as we can.

The photographs of Sandy Long on the theme of bridges will be featured in this 2009 issue of the Literary Gazette, to be published by The River Reporter on July 3.
The deadline for submissions is May 22.

Submit word documents to Editor Mary Greene

by email to:

or via snail mail to:

Literary Gazette,
PO Box 150,
Narrowsburg, NY 12764

Poetry is limited to 40 lines and five submissions per person. Prose is limited to 1,200 words and three submissions per person. There is no reading fee. Submissions cannot be returned. Include a short (up to four-sentence) bio as well as contact information with your submission. Payment for publication is two contributor's copies

For more information email
or call 845/252-7414, ext. 30.


Special Thanks to Linda Lerner for sharing this call poested by Phillip Levine to
phil's "upstate writers."

Sunday, March 22, 2009

CONTRARY: Spring Issue and Call

Beloved readers and writers,

The spring issue of Contrary is sprung and there is, like spring, an emergent theme:


In "Girls on Bikes," Tracy Oliver (San Francisco) writes about three men: the man who leads her into the bushe when she's 7, the man who follows her when she's 17, and the man she marries.

Re'Lynn Jackson (Chicago) remembers the dreams she spun with a more-than-friend while gazing out the KFC's big pane window at the "City of the Million Lights."

In "Prepare to Believe," Dane Cervine (Santa Cruz, CA) takes his daughter on a journey to Kentucky's Creation Museum and into his own fundamentalist childhood.

FROM THE EDITOR: Poetry editor Shaindel Beers (Pendleton, OR) revisits the long-ago murder of a childhood friend.


In "Tales of the Devil's Wife: Our Children," Carmen Lau (Davis, CA) describes some challenges of raising Satan's spawn.

D.E. Fredd (Townsend, MA) observes the child who chooses silence, in "Silent Lambs"

Edward Mc Whinney (Cork, Ireland) writes of the poet's life in an attic garrett in Barcelona in an excerpt from his novel-in-progress, "Goya Street."

In "Salumiao," Paul Redman (Seattle) tells the life of a sausage maker and steel worker in Buffalo, NY, and in so doing, unveils a century.


The poems—description would not serve them as only reading them can: new work from Meredith Martinez, Gregory Lawless, and Kara Candito.


Reviews of new books by Robyn Schiff, Patrick Deeley, Elizabeth Diamond, Daniyal Mueenuddin, Lauren Groff, Achy Obejas, Jim Harrison, John Adams, Luara Miller, Wilhelmina Cole Holladay, and Thomas Ray Crowel and a lost classic, Winged Victory, by V.M. Yeates.

Also, our writers are making BOOKS like clouds make rain. Check our Bookshop to read about new books by Shaindel Beers, Kiki Petrosino, Grace Wells, and C.E. Chaffin. With more to come from Stephanie Johnson, Gregory Lawless and others.

SUBMISSIONS: Contrary accepts submissions only through the online form at Deadline for summer is June 1.



Happy Spring,

Jeff McMahon
Contrary Editor

RATTLE: New Release and Calls

Rattle e.6 & Calls for Submissions

I hope your spring is arriving like a lamb. I’m writing now for a few reasons—first to announce the release of our new supplemental newsletter. RATTLE e.6 is a 33-page PDF, downloadable on our website, which contains content that expands upon this summer’s print issue.

Included are two new regular features: a first book interview series, which begins with a look at Michelle Bitting and her book Good Friday Kiss. We’re also happy to introduce a column by Art Beck, “The Impertinent Duet,” which will focus on the art of translating poetry. In addition to that, Bruce Cohen vents his frustration with the submission process in an entertaining and cathartic essay, we present the winners of the 2009 Neil Postman Award for Metaphor, and I offer a peek at my own first book American Fractal. At the of the e-issue, we share a preview of the summer print issue, featuring a tribute to African American poets, which should arrive on your doorstep around June 1st.

You can download the e-Issue by clicking this link: (1.0 MB pdf) If that doesn’t work, you can just go to and click the banner at the top of the page.

This is always a good time in our production cycle to announce upcoming calls for submissions, and let you know what we’ll be looking for in the coming year, so I’ll list that information below.

Please don’t forget that less than half of the poetry in each issue is focused on the theme—the rest is open to any style, subject matter, or poet. We always enjoy reading submissions, and accept them by email and hardcopy, year-round, so never hesitate to send us work. Visit for guidelines.

That’s it from us. We hope you enjoy this little electronic bonus, and thank you, always, for your support.

Best wishes,


CALLS FOR SUBMISSION (for details go to:

Issue / Theme / Reading Period

#32 Sonnets 2/1/09 – 8/1/09

#33 Humor 8/1/09 – 2/1/10

#34 Mental Health Workers 2/1/10 – 8/1/10

RATTLE EVENTS (for details go to:

Date / Event / Location
4/3 Timothy Green at the KGB New York, NY

4/4 15th Anniversary Party New York, NY

4/27 Alan Fox Conversation at the Geffen Los Angeles, CA

4/28 Timothy Green at B&N Books Los Angeles, CA

5/14 15th Anniversary Party Los Angeles, CA

5/21 Timothy Green at Moe’s Books Berkeley, CA

6/9 Timothy Green at AUG Ventura, CA

Timothy Green
12411 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604

Mythica Publishing: Call for Short Story Anthology

Mythica Publishing
March 17, 2009

I'm delighted that Mythica Publishing have asked me to compile and edit a short story anthology to be published later this year. Another Time, Another Place will comprise approximately 10 - 12 tales which must all be thrillers and should be based in the future, whether it be one year from now or a thousand years ahead of our time. In short as writers you are able to use your imagination to the full and if necessary create a world to house your characters and the events that overtake them.

The maximum word count for the anthology is 4,500 words and the closing date for sumissions is the 30th May 2009. Anyone who wishes to submit to this exciting new project should send the story and a short (100 word or less bio), in Word.doc format as an attachment (no zip files please), to to arrive no later than the stated closing date. Royalties will be paid to those selected depending on the final number of authors to be included in the book. Further details will shortly be published on the Mythica website at

Brian L Porter

Reprinted from

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

EWR Seeks Submissions for ENOUNCE

Every Writers Resource seeks submissions of poetry, spoken word poetry, and artwork for the new online publication Enounce.

We seek high quality work of poetry in written and audio format. We are a publication of voice and tone, imagination that is heard and felt in the words that carry it. We wish for work that moves us and our readers. Poetry on any subject will do, but go easy on the love, love, love, our sweet tooth is sensitive.

Rights: We will publish poetry that has appeared on the web in informal settings such as personal (owned and or operated by the author) blogs, tweets, myspace pages, facebook pages, and so on. We ask for one time limited publication rights where the work will not be altered (other than formatting). We do not accept written poetry that appears in other print or online journals or zines. We will accept written poetry that has appeared in a work by the author.

Audio: Send 1 to 2 audio submissions in .mp3 format only. It is okay if the poems have appeared in other publications in written format and as long as our publication of the work does not infringe on previous rights taken by a publication or company. We do not accept poetry that has been published in audio format in other publications other than personal publications.

Written: Send 3 to 5 poems that have not appeared in any other journal, zine or publication that is not owned/operated by YOU.

Artwork: Send us up to 5 pieces of artwork that have not appeared in any other online or print publication that is not owned an or operated by you.

Bio: Yes we want a bio. You will not judged on the bio, but we need some information to publish along with your poetry. You should send links you would like to promote. We will publish them with your work. If you want to have your email posted, please indicated so in your submission otherwise contact information will not be give.

Cover letter: Yes we like cover letters. We think they are fun to read. You don’t have to write a bunch, but don’t just send us a “Hey, this is my work, publish it.” Say something of interest, why you write, something about yourself, about your writing. Just a paragraph or two about something of interest.

Send all your submissions to:

Please put the words Enounce and submission in some order in the title. All questions can be directed to the same email.

Simultaneous submissions are of course okay, but make sure you email as soon as you get word your work has published elsewhere. Keep in mind our publication cycle though.

Publication cycle: We publish on a weekly sometimes daily basis.

Reprinted from

Submission Call for STREET SMARTS: An Anthology of Urban Survival - Deadline September '09

Mar 18, 2009 9:33 PM

Submission Guidelines for Street Smarts: An Anthology of Urban Survival Strategies

From the Editors (Louis Reyes Rivera & Bruce George) of the critically acclaimed The Bandana Republic, a Literary Anthology by Gang Members and their Affiliates comes their latest anthology entitled Street Smarts: An Anthology of Urban Survival Strategies.

Street Smarts: An Anthology of Urban Survival Strategies is a literary first that addresses the ways in which the lower echelons of labor make do to enhance their earning power despite what is tantamount to being underemployed. The scene is the traditional and current urban landscape.

How do low paid workers make ends meet? How do those who have had to undergo unemployment survive beyond the standard six months of benefits? What happens to them once they disappear from official statistics? What tactics have they developed? Is there another economic system at work that is totally outside of mainstream standards? What does the underclass do to feed the family within a hostile environment? Are the strategies devised parts of yet another working standard? To what extent is there an underground economy that is not exactly illegal, yet for which there is no standard yardstick by which to measure its impact and effectiveness?

Given the current economic downturns and consistent losses of jobs, are the strategies and options that have long ago developed among the working poor still viable? What are they? Are they legal, extralegal or illegal? What common threads hold the underclass together? Do they bear their own ethos of do’s and don’t’s? How applicable are they?

The answers to these questions serve as the parameters for Street Smarts. Our target audience includes the hundreds of thousands who are now faced with the challenge of negotiating their livelihoods in an adversarial environment in which, at any moment, and for the first time in their working lives, homelessness and public shelters are actual options.

Here's an opportunity for the entire planet to hear your truth, our truth, about both our desperation and our aspiration, straight up from the streets. Street Smarts is an anthology that will include real life stories of how folk who have come from a low socio economic strata have developed their own ways and means to survive.

The editors of Street Smarts would like for you to submit your own story of survival. Some of those stories would include and is not limited to the following: How you currently make ends meet (your current hustle); recipes for a shoestring budget (urban recipes); stories of how we use borrowing and lending pyramid schemes (Urban Banking); true accounts of how street pharmacist (ex-drug dealers) have made their living on the streets via selling drugs; stories of how freelancers and consultants make their living and stay afloat; stories of past and current Rent Parties that were utilized towards preventing families from being evicted; accounts of home remedies (remedies for ailments) that have been handed down from generation to generation; accounts of how you have survived prison politics (stories of makeshift weaponry, makeshift cooking, makeshift ways of communicating with other inmates) etc…; stories of how people that live in urban environments/neighborhoods follow streets codes to keep them safe such as keeping ones hands in ones pocket to project the image that you have a weapon to fend off potentially being victimized; stories of how you have and are using the system (getting over on the system) to your advantage etc.. These are the stories that the editors of Street Smarts would like for you to submit.


The editors of Street Smarts will equally consider material on any topic, in any form and according to how you wish to represent yourself. We want to put together the type of book that shows our full creative sides of how we survive in any given situation.

Please submit your material in the form of quotes, short stories, letters, interviews, artwork, and photography which should be sent by email to:

Material can also be sent by regular snail mail to the following address:

Louis Reyes Rivera
Shamal Books
GPO Box 16
New York City 10116

If you want your work sent back to you, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope. Without the self-addressed stamped envelope, materials will not be returned.

File Formats:

All material submitted must be the author’s original work. Use of work that was done or created by others without permission is a violation of copyright laws.

Send us your best work! Please use spell check on your computer/word processor or manually check your work before sending it. The editors reserve the right to make minor grammatical changes (with your approval) so that all materials conform to our guidelines.

This will be a work of art that should be in the schools too!

Material submission guidelines:

Stories and letters cannot be more than up to 3 pages in length.

Short stories, interviews and essays (political or social) should not be more than ten (10) pages in length and must be double-spaced, typewritten.

Artwork and photographs should conform to a 6" by 9" format.


Please include with your submission your name/address or P.O. Box or e-mail address.

Any questions or concerns about your submission can be sent to the editors.

Terms & Conditions:

A submission implies that you agree with the following terms:

No submission will be returned without your inclusion of a self-addressed stamped envelope. If your work is not accepted we will either return it in your self-addressed stamped envelope or we will discard it.

Submissions may not have been published by any other publishing company or publication. None of the contents may be derived from previously created publications or documents unless specifically noted.

You authorize publication of your work to appear in Street Smarts: An Anthology of Urban Survival Strategies and in any form that the editors have been able to acquire and distribute throughout the world.

You agree to hold harmless the editors and publisher from any and all claims, suits and damages based on international copyright laws, including plagiarism or unauthorized use, or any other legally related issues.

You have read the Terms & Conditions of Entry. You understand that the Terms & Conditions of Entry are part of this agreement and you agree to such Terms & Conditions of Entry.

Submission Deadline:

We should have received your materials no later than September 2009. Entries submitted after that date might not be considered.

SASE (Self-addressed stamped envelope)(Self-addressed stamped envelope):
Include a stamped self-addressed business-sized envelope so that your work can be returned to you along with notification of acceptance.

Include a stamped self-addressed business-sized envelope so that your work can be returned to you along with notification of acceptance.

Authorized Use:

I, (YOUR NAME), authorize publication of the materials I sent in the anthology, Street Smarts: An Anthology of Urban Survival Strategies (edited by Louis Reyes Rivera with Bruce George). I further authorize its use in translation into any language, and any other future compilation in book form derived there from and its distribution throughout the world.

I further authorize use of my material as an excerpt that may appear on the Internet, CD-ROM, or DVD, for purposes of promoting or marketing the anthology, Street Smarts: An Anthology of Urban Survival Strategies.

I understand that I automatically retain all copyrights over my material and that its inclusion does not hinder my rights in any way beyond its publication in said anthology.

(Name or signature of author)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Call for Poems about the “American Dream”

Tribute WTC Vistor Center
For Immediate Release March 6, 2009

For further information contact:
Meriam Lobel, 212 422-3520, ext. 116

Call for Poems about the “American Dream”
for Reading at Tribute WTC Visitor Center

Tribute WTC Visitor Center invites people in New York City and surrounding areas to submit poems reflecting the meaning of the American Dream. Poems may describe why people have left their homelands and come to this country, or how native born Americans view the American Dream. We welcome poems by students, professional poets and aspiring poets of all ages. The submitted poems will be reviewed by a panel of poets, and about 30 will be selected to be read on Sunday, April 19, 2008 at 1 pm at the 3rd Annual Tribute Center Poetry Reading.

Student poets will receive a certificate in addition to being invited to read at the event.

This 3rd Annual Tribute Center Poetry Reading is held in conjunction with National Poetry Month in April, and the Tribute Center’s latest exhibit, Renewing Our American Dream After 9/11 which will be on display from March 5 through September.

Poems must be received by March 30, and may be sent to: Meriam Lobel, Tribute Center Office, 22 Cortlandt Street, Suite 801, New York, NY 10007 or by email to

We are unable to respond to everyone who submits a poem, but those whose poems are selected will be notified.

Everyone is invited to attend the reading. Seating at Tribute is limited, and reservations are strongly suggested. Please email The Tribute WTC Visitor Center is located at 120 Liberty Street, NY, NY 10006

For more information about Tribute WTC Visitor Center, visit our website,

Monday, March 9, 2009

Consise Delight Magazine of Short Poetry: Deadline June 30, 2009

Call for Submissions

CONCISE DELIGHT Magazine of Short Poetry
Issue 1. Summer 2009

You are invited to submit poems for the Summer 2009 issue of Concise Delight. The submission deadline is June 30, 2009. Submissions will NOT close earlier than the deadline.

Concise Delight Magazine of Short Poetry is a biannual journal, published as a 4.25" x 6.87" paperback pocket book. Information about each issue and excerpts from each issue may be posted online at www.concisedelight. com. Concise Delight is dedicated to publishing the very best of very short verse, from one to nine lines in length (not including title). Many general interest poetry journals give little or no space to very short verse; Concise Delight specializes in it. Every short form, from one-line epigrammatic poems to three-tercet poems, and free verse up to nine lines in length, are welcome. We judge each poem on its own merits, not by formal compliance. For example, when a poet submits a tercet, it is not judged by any of the widely varying haiku standards, nor as senryu, nor as zappai. It is evaluated for its intrinsic poetic merit. Poems published in Concise Delight will not be labeled nor categorized. This is not a magazine about form; it is a magazine dedicated to top quality very short verse. Concise Delight prefers poems that are written in a natural, modern, English idiom with great care for the sound of the verse when spoken. Artificial "poetic language" is not appreciated. Poems in sets and sequences are not wanted. All selection decisions will be made at the sole discretion of the editor.

Previously unpublished work, not on offer elsewhere, is solicited.

Email up to 10 poems to the Editor at submissions at concisedelight dot com. Before submitting, please read the detailed submission guidelines and haiku selection criteria on the website at No payment for publication. No contributor copies.

Thank you for sharing this call widely.


Denis M. Garrison, Editor
Concise Delight
Baltimore, Maryland

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

PWP Announces EQUAL TO THE EARTH by Jee Leong Koh

Its First Full-Length Collection:

Poems by
Jee Leong Koh

ISBN 978-0-9817678-9-5
Trade Paperback, 80 pp.
List Price: $14.99
Release Date: April 2009

Invites you to the author's virtual book party!

On March 20, 8 p.m. (EST/ GMT/ SST), I am throwing a Virtual Book and Birthday Party to launch my new book of poems Equal to the Earth. Everyone is invited, and you don't even have to leave the comfort of your home, or wherever you find yourself that evening. All you have to do is to visit the book blog or my Facebook page. Invite your friends. Invite your family. Invite your dog.

I'm thinking of reading, in my sexiest voice, a selection of poems from each of the five sections of the book. If you have other suggestions for the party, do write them on the blog. Virtual cheese and crackers will be provided. Bring your own bottle.

You may order the book in advance by using Paypal (blog sidebar) or by mailing me a check for USD $14.99 (3963 58th Street, Apt. 2, Woodside, NY 11377).

I hope to see you at the party, when you write in the guest book. I promise mindblowing acts and memorable speech.

Jee Leong Koh

New book of poems:
Poetry blog:

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In his first full-length collection EQUAL TO THE EARTH, Koh writes in a variety of forms, speaks with a range of voices—ancestral, recent and contemporary—and travels a span of ground to investigate the imaginary claims of community and self. Here you visit Montreal and Montauk, Nebraska City and Fire Island, and a bar where Hart Crane, W. H. Auden and Cavafy hit on you. In the center of this investigation, as in the book, exerts the great question of love.

"Koh is a vigorous, physical poet very much captured by the expressive power of rhythm, rhetoric, and the lexicon. He is also, paradoxically, a poet in pursuit of the most elusive and delicate of human emotions. The contradiction is wonderful and compelling, and so are his poems."
Vijay Seshadri, Author of The Long Meadow (Graywolf Press)

"His poems are like the sexy nerd you meet at a bar, the one you really want to get to know better—with his glasses and tie on and nothing else."
Christopher Hennessy, Outside the Lines: Talking with Contemporary Gay Poets (University of Michigan Press)

"Smart, irreverent, often unnerving, these sonnets smirk,smile, argue and bless. Jee Leong Koh has taken a month of days and rendered a very contemporary version of the artist as a young man."

Marie Howe, about Koh’s Payday Loans

Jee Leong Koh is the author of Payday Loans. His poetry has appeared in the Best New Poets 2007 and Best Gay Poetry 2008 anthologies, and was nominated in 2008 for the Pushcart Prize. Born in Singapore, he now lives in New York City, and blogs at Song of a Reformed Headhunter (

PWP Announces 2009/2010 Anthology Topic: SMOKE

2009/2010 Anthology Topic: SMOKE

March 4, 2009

Poetry (any form or style) wanted for an anthology on SMOKE. Not just the black clouds rising from the five-alarm fire next door, or the billowing plumes of smoke warning us of a forest fire, or the emmissions from factory smoke stacks, apartment house incinerators, and crematoriums, smoke rings rise from cigarettes, smoke pours out of headshops, pipe shops & cigar stores--see that purple haze rising over the fields of poppies and marijuana we just planted--we've used it to communicate via smoke signals and skywriting, to cover our tracks and disappear with and without mirrors, combat the enemy on and off the battlefield, kill bugs, flavor food, cure illness, declare peace treaties, and fragrance our homes. Got the idea? Release it onto the page.

Guidelines: Submit up to three poems with a fascinating bio of 35 words or less, not just limited to publication credits, copy/pasted in the body of an e-mail (no attachments, please) to roxy533 at yahoo dot com & . Previously published work is ok, as long as authors have retained the copyright, which will be returned to them after publication. Response time will be about three to six months; the expected date of publication is 1-2 years away. Please don’t query. When in doubt, send the submission to roxy533 at yahoo dot com &

Deadline: October 31, 2009.

News! Check out the Poets Wear Prada blogspot for a sneak preview of our upcoming 2008/2009 anthology, The Bug Book. See the work others have submitted. Visit us online and post your comments today at

Roxanne Hoffman, Publisher/Editor
Poets Wear Prada
Hoboken, NJ