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™