The Beloit Poetry Journal accepted “My Only Son–Relapse,” a poem in pantoum form. Fortunately, the events that gave rise to the poem are receding into the past. This journal has been in business since 1950. What I don’t know is where it is–there is a Beloit, WI, and smaller towns of that name in other states. Their postal address is a PO Box in Windham, Maine.
I am pleased to be teamed with Leslie Ullman for a reading at SOMOS in Taos on June 20th at 7 PM. I’ve been a fan of Leslie’s poetry for many years; we’ve read together once before, also in Taos, ten or so years ago. She will be reading from her new book, The You That All Along Has Housed You: A Sequence. I intend to read mostly from Previous Lives. SOMOS is located at 108-B Civic Plaza in Taos.
The next day, June 21st, I will be conducting a workshop, “Pumping Up the Pantoum,” also at SOMOS from 10 AM to 1 PM. I’ve done versions of this workshop before, and it’s fun for me and the students, who learn how to write this form that can engender quite emotionally compelling poems.
The Prairie Home people spotted a poem from Previous Lives for Garrison Keillor to read on the widely syndicated podcast of Writer’s Almanac. Stay tuned for details on when “Sorry” is to be aired. Update: Here it is in the July 15, 2019 edition.
Coming up on Saturday, May 25th, Scott Wiggerman has kindly invited me to be a featured reader at the NM State Poetry Society Poetry Picnic in Albuquerque. I will reading in the 2:30-3:15 pm slot along with Megan Baldrige and my long-time poetry pal Dale Harris. There will be many poetry-related fun activities happening all day. The location is: Open Space Visitor Center (OSVC), 6500 Coors Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120.
Then on Thursday, June 20 at 7:00 pm, I get to do a reading with the esteemed Leslie Ullman at SOMOS at 108-B Civic Plaza in Taos. The next day from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, I will be conducting my popular Pumping Up the Pantoum Workshop again at SOMOS.
On the weekend of July 13th and 14th, I get to be the poetry part of Don McIver’s Chatter Performances. This is a monthly combination poetry-music gig in both Santa Fe and Albuquerque. I will be teamed with Joseph Johnson, who will be playing Benjamin Britten and J. S. Bach on cello. Both performances commence at 10:30 AM. The Santa Fe performance is at 10:30 AM on July 13th at SITE Santa Fe, 1606 Paseo de Peralta. The Albuquerque show is at 10:30 AM on July 14th at Las Puertas, 1512 1st Street NW. Check out the Chatter website. Joseph Johnson’s web site explains that the cello he uses was made in 1780. That gives me pause.
All the above events are listed on the calendar on this website.
I was delighted to be notified today that Carmen Giménez Smith selected my poem, “An Egyptian Myth,” as the Carve magazine annual contest winner. The prize comes with a $1,000 award and publication in the spring 2019 issue of the magazine. https://www.carvezine.com/prose-poetry-contest/
Jay Udall & Katherine Conner keep adding ingredients to their New Orleans literary gumbo. This time from me two family-related poems from a new manuscript. The first one, about my late brother, https://www.nicholls.edu/gris-gris/uncategorized/reverend-golf/ , and the second about my mother, who passed about two months before my brother. https://www.nicholls.edu/gris-gris/uncategorized/sounds-within-the-widows-walls/ Both poems take some literary license w/ the facts, but both cleave to emotional truth.
I received my contributor’s copy of the literary journal out of SUNY in Plattsburg, NY, Saranac Review. It includes two poems of mine, “Firebug!” and “Uprising.” Both refer to racial injustice in this country. “Uprising” is an ekphrastic poem based on Susan List’s painting “Four Arts,” that I saw in a small museum Palm Beach, FL when I was there for a workshop a few years ago. I was happy to see my friend Joseph Bruchac’s two poems in the magazine as well other poets of note, such as Laurie Sewall, Aimee Sands, and Ricardo Pau-Llosa. I didn’t know Joseph was so prolific; his bio note says he is the author of “over 130 books in many genres.” The rest of us have some catching up to do.