In Grand Vocabulary: American Contemporary Illustration, an exhibit at The Delaware Contemporary (through November 12, 2016), artists and illustrators “demonstrate the increasing freedom contemporary illustrators are given to push their craft.”
I am excited to have four of my poems wonderfully treated in paintings by artist Kris Chau — such gorgeous color and line! She worked for several years, I am told, as a designer for Free People/Urban Outfitters and these illustrations reflect her love of draping the human figure. Here’s her illustration of my poem, Frac/tions.
She chose to illustrate “Complete Boy’s Armor” and “Here’s My List” from Words for House Story, as well as a newer poem, “Limón Homage,” a finalist for Rhino Poetry‘s 2016 Founder’s Prize.
I had not realized until I saw this painting how the boy in “Complete Boys’ Armor” is a warrior despite the poem’s yearning for peace if not pacifism. We live in a violent …
Cathy Carter invited me to read a poem from my book and chat about National Poetry Month last week, on a spot called “Arts Playlist” that aired last weekend. The longer version of the interview is archived here for online listening.
Carter is a station host and manager at WDDE 91.1, Delaware’s NPR news and public media station in Dover. I read “History Textbook, America” to fulfill her request for a short poem.
“History Textbook, America” is a poem about my father, or more accurately, about knowing little about my father, Jesus Maglanoc Balingit. Next to nothing. It’s a poem about how huge the world grows when you open yourself to Why’s paths, to wandering and wondering. As an writer I enjoy, finally, the mystery of my father. I can commemorate his mystery rather than mourn not knowing him well. In poetry, I can accept having little to go on …
I about fell out of my chair
when I took a second look at the subject line of the email I thought was yet another “Thank you & I am sorry to convey” message. I had been working on my Sunday poem at the Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway, from a prompt that required me to crossbreed an urban legend of my choice with an angel. I am not crazy about either affiliate. Checking out the etymology of avocado at OED.com is such a good excuse for getting online, until it turns into a good excuse for checking my inbox. I skipped over the Bread Loaf Bakeless message, thinking, “I don’t need bad news while I’m here…”
But the second time I needed the OED, I noticed the caboose of that Bread Loaf email’s subject line. The fellowship’s title is so lengthy, the words “Acceptance Notification” ran off the …
I am happy to announce I’ve joined YesYes Books, an independent publisher of poetry books & the journal Vinyl Poetry, as an Assistant Editor in Book Development, focusing on eBook development & distribution.
Right now, I am researching the collection development landscape of public and school libraries, where development involves the acquisition of poetry and eBooks. That particular landscape undergoes an earthquake a week, followed by rapidly rebuilt skylines. I will also work with Rob MacDonald and publisher KMA Sullivan on furthering a wonderful project: E.P.I.C.–teams of poets in the schools, right where they’re needed!
This independent press is driven by a stellar group of creative people Sullivan has been gathering together over the past four years to promote poets, poetry, and poetry-in-education–by designing beautiful books that offer compelling work. YesYes is committed to social justice and educational outreach and the relationship between poet and artist. And to promoting …
celebrates the house of our longings, our memory and our hopes. That house is filled
with real people, imperfect, living among frogs, herons, and muskrats, watching the moon and stars, not for a sign, but as emblems of what we are: watchers together. The poems are taut, poignant with love, the raw trouble of love and of families. They go unflinchingly into the hollows and find all the light that’s filtering in. —Fleda Brown, author of No Need of Sympathy
Words for House Story featured in Best Books of 2015 at Beltway Poetry
as a Best-Dressed book at The WARDROBE
read more poems The Swing
The Blue Spotted Salamander
Your Heart and How It Works
Death among the Thistles
—wood engraving by Leonard Baskin
Out here in this leggy light
The Alliance of Young Artists and Writers has posted a list of the regional Gold Key recipients nationwide in The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Congratulations to Delaware’s award-winning young writers!
The National League of American Pen Women (regional writing affiliate) and the Delaware Division of the Arts (regional sponsor) wish to acknowledge everyone who participated in the 2013 Delaware Scholastic Writing Awards. Congratulations to Delaware’s 28 Gold Key recipients in writing. What a great accomplishment! Here are lists of the Honorable Mention recipients, and Silver Key recipients in writing, for Delaware: Well done! Thank you for participating, students and teachers. Thank you for volunteering, judges. Parents and guardians, thank you for your support. For all students in grades 7 to 11, we look forward to receiving your submissions again next year. The Diamond State Branch of the NLAPW is honored to sponsor this …
Can I know my father in retrospect? Can I know my father by making up his life?
I need time to think about this question, with my pen in my hand. I am looking forward, with gratitude, to a November residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts that will give me time to dream my father. I am happy that the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation believes in my work enough to fund this upcoming retreat with a 2012 Creative Fellowship. The VCCA and the MAAF are valued partners in the arts here. Writers & painters & sculptors & musicians & activists I have met during previous stays at VCCA, many from the Mid Atlantic states, have become friends, collaborators and precious models for me as I pursue my writer’s life.
My father is dead and his presence haunts me. I have been doing research to learn something about …
The Delaware Poetry Review is an online journal founded by a team of writer-editors in 2007. DPR publishes talented poets from Delmarva and the Mid-Atlantic, as well as poets from across the country with ties to the region.
Founding editor Kim Roberts invited me to guest edit the Fall 2012 issue: new poems by Josiah Bancroft, Liz Dolan, Russell Susumu Endo, Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda, Meredith Davies Hadaway, Amanda Newell, Abby Millager, Erin Murphy, Maggie Rowe, and Leona Sevick. Here’s a preview of two poems, and hope you enjoy the issue.
Turn me back into a fish.
It’s too late for reanimation,
for nerve ends and love tics.
My skin, soft, uncooked,
excited as wetted yeast,
as hungry, does soon remind me
that mine is the body
lightning made, just before
the waking, brainless monster
leapt to …
The 2012 Poets and Writers Retreat at Cape Henlopen will be held September 27 – 30, 2012 at the gorgeous Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes.
What are these people so happy about? Can you tell they spent the day writing? After a hot breakfast? Took a break to walk along the shore? Had a gourmet dinner served? Spent the evening talking with fellow writers about poems and stories? Drank all the coffee they wanted? Are looking forward to another day of writing quietly, intensely, happily? APPLY to the 2012 Poets and Writers Retreat at Cape Henlopen.You must be a Delaware resident. The Information flyer and application are at Delaware Division of the Arts homepage. Deadline for materials to be received is June 4. Story-writing workshop led by Alice Elliott Dark. Poetry workshop led by JoAnn Balingit.
(2010 participants with workshop leaders JoAnn Balingit, Tama Baldwin and Frank …
The Delaware Division of the Arts is hosting a Poem of the Week to celebrate National Poetry Month! Stop by the Division’s homepage each week for to read a poem and learn about the arts in Delaware.
This week features two poems–national award winning works by Delaware middle school students, Kyna Smith and Emma Stovicek. Both writers will be honored at the Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards national ceremony in New York June 1st. Congratulations to these students, and to their teachers Steven Mayo of Cab Calloway School of the Arts and David Cavagnino of Ursuline Academy.
PoetsArtists and Connotation Press have published my work this month
including “Bank Lobby Poem” in PoetsArtists#30, alongside stunning figurative paintings assembled by mega-editor Dulce Menendez, and a feature by Grace Cavalieri on Charles Bernstein, cover boy.
My poetry feature at Connotation Press includes fun interview questions from Kaite Hillenbrand, CP poetry editor. Happy to offer these and hope you’ll enjoy. Best wishes for the holidays. Now I will go wrestle with my decision to make Christmas cards.