A few days ago, I headed out to a local park where my brilliant poet friend, Lorenz Mazon Dumuk, was hosting Glowing with the Moon, a summer open mic series that invites poets, musicians, performers, and other creative souls to come out and share their work. It’s one of my favorite open mics, mostly because Lorenz creates such a warm, welcoming, and fun space.
Normally, I share a list of poems and short stories as part of my Culture Consumption post for the month. However, since I let two months go by before posting, I gathered up a long list of great reads to share. Below you’ll find the title and a few lines from the work to tempt you into reading.
I’m chuffed and honored and gobsmacked to announce that TWELVE, my short collection of prose poetry, has placed second in the Elgin Awards. I’m so grateful the members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA) for giving my strange little collection of prose poetry some love.
When I started writing the poem “The First Sister,” I had no idea that this would turn into a series of poems, but each of the women in “Twelve Dancing Princesses” called out to me with their own stories to be told.
As I continued returning to these women over the years, with their words taking on the shape of prose poetry, I had no idea that this collection would ever find a home. And I’m so grateful to Holly Walrath and Interstellar Flight Press for taking a chance and publishing this little book (of which I’m so proud).
I am so honored to be included among so many amazing poets, who also received awards:
Book Award Winners
- First Place The Sign of the Dragon by Mary Soon Lee (JABberwocky Literary Agency, 2020)
- Second Place A Collection of Dreamscapes by Christina Sng (Raw Dog Screaming Press, 2020)
- Third Place (tie) Mary Shelley Makes a Monster by Octavia Cade (Aqueduct Press, 2019)
- Third Place (tie) A Route Obscure and Lonely by LindaAnn LoSchiavo (The Wapshott Press, 2020)
Chapbook Award Winners
- First Place Otherwheres by Akua Lezli Hope (ArtFarm Press, 2020)
- Second Place Twelve: Poems Inspired by the Brothers Grimm Tale by Andrea Blythe (Interstellar Flight Press, 2020)
- Third Place Manifest by Terese Mason Pierre (Gap Riot Press, 2020)
Learn more about the Elgin Winners and view a complete list of nominees on the SFPA website.
A couple of weeks ago, I escaped from the routines of my everyday life and disappeared into the woods for four days.Â As the video above explains, the intention of the trip was to shape a small writing retreat for myself. I packed up some pens, notebooks, my laptop, and printouts of a poetry project (along with some books and art and mediation supplies).
The goals of the retreat were low-key:
- Disconnect from social media, the internet, and other distractions that fill my time with mental clutter.
- Rest, relax, and rejuvenate through reading, walking among the trees, and meditation.
- Write or create things, if I feel so inclined.
Out of the many writing focused podcasts out there, Writing Excuses has long been one of my favorites. Hosted by published authors working in a variety of genres and with years of experience in the industry, Writing Excuses provides solid and insightful writing, craft, and business advice with a splash of humor â€” all in bite-sized 15-20 minute episodes.
In 2021, the podcast is focused on presenting a series of master classes covering a wide range of subjects. Most recently, the show wrapped up an eight-episode series on poetry, which was led byÂ Amal El-Mohtar along with regular hosts Mary Robinette Kowal, Dan Wells, and Howard Taylor.