November 30, 2011
It’s November 30, and if you’ve been keeping up with NaNoWriMo or the November PAD Chapbook Challenge, you might find that you need a little extra incentive to get out of bed tomorrow morning. Maybe this will help…
Here are three opportunities to submit a chapbook of your poems for possible publication, awards, fame and all the wealth that comes with being a poet:
The Poetry Society of America invites U.S. residents who have not previously published a full-length poetry collection to submit 20-30 pages of poetry to their chapbook fellowship competition. Deadline December 22, 2011. Guidelines here.
Pavement Saw Press, out of Ohio, is open for chapbook submissions of up to 32 pages of poetry. Deadline December 31, 2011. Guidelines here.
Bellingham-based Flying Trout Press invites authors without a published book or chapbook to send submissions of 20-24 pages of poetry. Deadline January 15, 2012. Guidelines here.
Chapbook competitions generally require payment of a small fee; awards (typically publication and funds) may vary significantly. More information about each of the contests and their sponsoring organization can be found at the links provided. Always read and follow guidelines very carefully.
November 29, 2011
A Sense of Place: The Washington State Geospatial Poetry Anthology makes use of Google Earth technology to combine poetry, images and mapping. Edited by Katharine Whitcomb, Robert Hickey and Marco Thompson, all of Central Washington University, the project anchors Washington State place-specific poems to their geographic location. When a viewer clicks on a blue icon on the Google Earth map, a new window opens with the full text of a poem, a photograph of the location and a brief bio of the poet.
Google Earth software is required for viewing, but you can learn more about the project at The Center for Geospatial Poetry.
P.S. This just in: a presentation and reading from A Sense of Place will be included in the Cascadia Poetry Festival on Sunday, March 25, 2012. Mark your calendar!
November 28, 2011
It’s Day 28 for NaNoWriMo and the November Poem-A-Day (PAD) Chapbook Challenge. So how’s your progress? Are yours some of the 2,623,719,934 words logged on the NaNoWriMo website? Do you have some drafts to ponder and rework over the coming months? (This might be a good time to review the Sue Boynton Poetry Contest guidelines for line and character count!) Including today, you have three days to catch up.
Never got started? November 28 is as good a day as any! Why not give yourself a little write-a-day challenge for the rest of 2011? A poem, a paragraph, a vignette, a memory… just a handful of words each day. No editing, no rewriting, no yammering in your head about what you should be doing instead. Just get going. Write. Right now. Go.
November 27, 2011
“A poem is a cup of words open to the sky and wind in a bucket.” Naomi Shihab Nye
November 25, 2011
Making a list? Checking it twice? Why not support your local author (and bookstore!) by giving books for the holidays this year? The following list includes (mostly) Whatcom County writers, (mostly) poets whose books are currently available or order-able through the links provided. There are also many books and chapbooks available through the poets themselves, or on the shelves of local bookstores but not listed in an online catalog. (Apologies for glaring omissions.) We welcome your suggestions for additions!
A Long-Forgotten Truth by Rachel Ballard
Beasts and Violins by Caleb Barber
Clover, A Literary Rag
Dogs and Other Poems by Paul Piper
Finding Water, Holding Stone by James Bertolino
Follow Me Down by Denise duMaurier
Graffito by John Burgess
In the Company of Crows by Carole MacRury
Listening Against the Stone by Brenda Miller
Lives of the Saints by Suzanne Paola
Money for Sunsets by Elizabeth Colen
Necessity of Flight by Jane Alynn
Neither Rising nor Falling by Jeremy Voigt
No Sweeter Fat and After by Nancy Pagh
POETRY WALK: the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest, First Five Years, Anita Boyle and Nancy Canyon, eds.
Red Studio by Mary Cornish
Reimagine: Poems, 1993-2009 by Richard Lee Harris
Requiem for the Orchard by Oliver de la Paz
Rumors of Shore by Paul Fisher
The Art of Departure by Susan J. Erickson
The Corpse Flower: New and Selected Poems by Bruce Beasley
The View from Lummi Island by Luther Allen
What the Alder Told Me by Anita K. Boyle
November 24, 2011
Have a very poetic and delicious Thanksgiving!