I am happy to announce my poem “Limón Homage” was selected as a finalist
for RHINO’s annual Founder’s Prize and will appear in the new issue in April. Congratulations to Greg Grummer, winner of the 2016 Founder’s Prize for “The Great Butterfly Collapse” and to Runners-Up Katie Hartsock and Teresa Dzieglewicz!
It’s cool that my friend Maggie Rowe from Newark also has a poem in this issue–Newark, Delaware poets on the march! Her poem and mine are among the ten finalists. But hers has the more intriguing title, “Like a Solemn Friend Inebriate with Rain.” Can’t wait to read it.
“Limón Homage” is dedicated to Sema Mellian, a wonderful woman and painter whose parents survived the Armenian genocide, and who painted the still life that inspired this poem. My friend Sema passed away in September.
Thanks to Angela Narcisso Torres, Ralph Hamilton and the RHINO editors.
On October 11, I will be “In the Company of Laureates,” hosted by the Poetry Society of Virginia and Write by the Rails, the Prince William Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club.
I’ll be there to offer poems and ideas as part of a panel on “Inspiration and Experimentation” with Virginia poets laureate emeritae, Carolyn Kreiter-Fronda and Sophia Starnes; and Prince William Poet Laureate Zan Hailey.
More than 20 current and former Poets Laureate from Delaware, Maryland, Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia will celebrate American poetry.
In the Company of Laureates takes place from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. on October 11 at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on George Mason University’s Science and Technology Campus in Manassas.
Poets and poetry enthusiasts are invited to join us for workshops, panel discussions, open mics and more. There will be programs and activities for teens throughout the event.
Supporters are offering …
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 …
Congratulations to Delaware 8th grader Asher Feldman whose award-winning short story, The Bird, the House, and the Man, is part of a select group of artwork and writing chosen to be featured in SPARK 2012—the annual anthology of work by the most creative and original middle school students in the nation. Asher’s story won a national Silver Medal for Science Fiction/Fantasy in the 2012 Scholastic Writing Awards. You can see a complete list of national award winners grades 7 – 12 at the Alliance of Young Artists and Writers website–a list that includes several young artists and writers from Delaware.
To put Asher’s accomplishment into perspective, in 2012 the Scholastic Awards received more than 200,000 submissions of art and writing. About 1,600 of these earned National Awards, and of those, only 238 were awarded to middle-school students. SPARK 2012 features the work of 52 middle school students from 32 …
Congratulations! Elizabeth Landon, Idalis Stamas, D’Ajah Grimes–and the semi-finalists in Delaware’s Poetry Out Loud competition. Elizabeth Landon took first place Tuesday night March 13 at the beautiful Smyrna Opera House.
She will head to Washington DC in May for the Poetry Out Loud national finals. The competition, presented in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. The Delaware contest gets more competitive every year, and I am always amazed by the beauty and depth of the performances. I have to say, however, that last Tuesday’s show was the best I have ever seen. Stunning and moving.
The twelve semi-finalists recited poems in two rounds. Then six finalists performed their third poem. My favorite individual performances were in this third round: D’Ajah Grimes of Concord …
Laura Shovan, editor of The Little Patuxent Review, has posted a book review of Forage at the LPR blog.
Laura featured my poetry last year during her National Poetry Month virtual road trip at the blog Author Amok with a look at my poem, “Winged Vessel.” I’ll get to meet Laura Shovan and other contributors to LPR’s Winter 2012 issue: Social Justice this Saturday, January 28 at the launch reading for this new issue. Especially eager to read offerings from Clarinda Harriss, Emily Severance, Jeff Fearnside and Martín Espada. Thank you to guest editor Truth Thomas for including my poem, “Advisory.”