l'Aleph, Wisehouse International Poetry Award 2016, literary journal, poetry journal, married name, LeeAnn Adams, poetry, "War Song"

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Hi friends! My poem “War Song” is now available to read in STARK, a poetry journal. It was fun to be among so many talented artists on the long list for the Wisehouse International Poetry Award 2016. Let me know what you think if you check out the poem! As always, thanks for reading.

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Judging for the 2016 Art Young Memorial Award for Poetry

Art Young, poetry, Garbanzo Literary Journal, Good Morning, contest, writing

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I’m grateful to Marc and Ava (Mr & Mrs Garbanzo) for a great many things. They were the ones who allowed my writing to appear in Garbanzo Literary Journal and then again in Good Morning. So when they asked me to help judge the 2016 Art Young Memorial Award for Poetry, I felt honored.

When I received the poetry packet, however, I found the task to be rather difficult.

I had stumbled upon a pool of talented poets and now had the monumental task of voting for the entry that seemed to “deserve” the prize. I read each poem carefully—studying each word, each punctuation mark, each space, each sensory detail, etc. I was very impressed with the entries. After much painstaking effort and consideration, I offered my votes, which would be added to the votes of the other judges.

I have been on the other end of this process too. I have been the writer submitting work to contests, winning few and losing many. That’s why I so meticulously read and analyzed each poem—because I would want any judge in a writing contest to do the same for me.

January 15, Marc and Ava announced the winners:

The 2016 Art Young Memorial Award for Poetry goes to Terry Severhill for “Beneath the Shadow of the Sun”. An honorable mention goes to Emily Vieweg for “Shadows”. Thanks to all the storytellers who were a part of this event.

Both pieces will appear in the March 1st 2016 issue of Art Young’s Good Morning.

Congratulations to Terry and Emily, and thanks to those who allowed me to read their wonderful poetry submissions.

The Monday Post: Links for Readers and Writers

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It’s a day late. I’m sorry. Please forgive me. Have fun reading. 🙂

Inspired by a similar type of post found on Electric Literature‘s website, The Monday Post is a collection of articles for writers and readers as well as a sampling of interesting works and publications from across the internet. They may be old links or new links, but they’ll be ones that I find the most interesting or helpful. If there are any particular topics you’d like to read about, please feel free to suggest them in a comment on this post. In addition, each new month will feature a new and interesting quote from an established expert in the literary field.

Writers and readers may find additional links and featured writers in The Monday Post archivePlease follow my blog for writing prompts, commentary, reviews, and more!

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Book Review: I Forgot How to Write When They Diagnosed Me

blackout poetry, poetry collection, poems, new book, copyright Emily Ramser
Copyright Emily Ramser

Emily Ramser’s new collection of poetry, I Forgot How to Write When They Diagnosed Mepublished by Weasel Press, is superb. Rarely is Erasure–or Blackout–poetry done so well. The compositions are woven together with agony and beauty, reality and mythology, the natural world and the supernatural world. The words are carefully chosen and pieced together, the other words blotted out with expressive swirls and strokes, to create a work of art on each page.

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5 Literary Recipes for Foodies and Literature Lovers

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Has an author ever described a certain food in a way that made your tastebuds tingle? Not surprisingly, writers often write about food. These recipes are inspired by literary artists and are great for foodies and literature lovers alike.

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Artist Interview: Emily Ramser

Emily Ramser, poet, writer

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L. N. Holmes: “Where is your hometown?”

Emily Ramser: “That’s kind of a hard question for me to answer because I consider myself to have two different hometowns, Sacramento, California and Wake Forest, North Carolina. I was born in California but lived in Wake Forest for a good portion of my life as well. They both hold claim to my heart and shaped me into who I am today.”


L. N. Holmes: “What is your chosen artistic profession?”

Emily Ramser: “I suppose I would have to say writer or poet. I’m not sure I like to really define myself as anything because, to be honest, I’m not too sure who I am.”

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Book Review: In the Meantime

Cover art copyright Mel.Ryon Photography and Designs, In the Meantime, Rowena Carenen, poems, poetry collection, book
Cover art copyright Mel.Ryon Photography and Designs

In the Meantime is a collection of poems written by Rowena Carenen and published by Neverland Publishing. Many of the poems are free verse, although there are a few that stick to a form. The subjects cover everything from the loss of cherished family members and friends, to romantic and family love, to personal trauma and triumph.

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