Apr
21

What’s up? What’s down?

Blobby © Ellen Wade Beals, 2017

Blobby © Ellen Wade Beals, 2017

Hello Friends. It’s been a quiet week for me – how about for you?

Here are some links you may like.

Solace in So Many Words contributor Elizabeth Kerlikowske and other poets  has teamed up with artists to create The Alchemy Initiative: A Suite of Monlogues.

SISMW contributor Patty Somlo has a nonfiction piece (“Home at the Beach”) in Peacock Journal.

Have you heard of The Poeming Pigeon? I got an email that the next issue will focus on love and submissions will be taken May and June – got any poems? Here is the link.

Did you know that Submittable will send you a newsletter  (Submishmash) that has some hot links? For instance, NonBinary Review has a call for submissions on urban legends and a publication called Sheila-Na-Gig wants well-crafted free verse. I am so grateful to Submittable – it has made things so much easier for writers.

Also congrats to C. J. Laity for his latest JOMP (Journal of Modern Poetry), which features many local poets.

One poet who has work in it is Jennifer Dotson, who runs Highland Park Poetry; this is a great organization, offering many opportunities to share poetry.

Oh, one more thing. I learned from Chicago writer  Eileen Favorite that there are still spaces available in the Op-Ed Project Workshop on May 7. She explains, “This workshop will teach you how to write an Op-Ed: a timely, evidence-based argument of public value, of approximately 600-800 words. . . After the workshop, you will have a mentor who will provide feedback on your writing and help you to find appropriate publications where you can submit the op-ed.”

The workshop will take place at Hotel Indigo Chicago Gold Coast | 1244 N Dearborn Parkway, Chicago, IL 60610  If you are interested check out how the Mentor-Editor process works. And, send an email to indivisibleop at gmail.com.

Well, that’s about it from me.  Except to say that sometimes when I am walking my attention is on the ground because of the abstract art under my feet.

Peace, love, and solace

Branching down © Ellen Wade Beals, 2014

Branching down © Ellen Wade Beals, 2014

I love blue © Ellen Wade Beals, 2017

I love blue © Ellen Wade Beals, 2017

Sidewalk in The Glen © Ellen Wade Beals, 2017

Sidewalk in The Glen © Ellen Wade Beals, 2017

Apr
14

Calling Chicago area poets

Rise and shine © Ellen Wade Beals, 2017Hello friend.

If you are a Chicago area poet you may want to check your files and see whether you have any writing on the environment.  That ‘s because Woman Made Gallery (WMG) has a call for poems on this subject. The submission deadline is April 28 and the reading is June 11.  Here are the specifics, reported verbatim:

“Call for Poetry: Woman Made Gallery Literary Series

Deadline: Friday, April 28 at 11:59 pm
Theme: ENVIRONMENTS
Reading: Sunday, June 11, 2017, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Place: 685 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago IL

ENVIRONMENTS

“If you don’t know where you are, you don’t know who you are.” -Wendell Berryy-AtXJUJKz4kl_y-_vAwsrWoAFMYZPPl5-V6At3acoZNmCu2LonOL_TglLIz_DiSS8aGqQ=s105

Say environment, and many of us will think first of the natural world, of climate, how we impact and are impacted by it. We may think of natural resources, finite or infinite and our use/misuse of these resources – especially in this crisis point where economic and political forces are threatening the planet.

Beyond that, we are looking for work that explores environments in the broadest sense, be they natural or human made, urban or pastoral, welcoming or hostile, public or private spaces, the environment of home, workplace, classroom. This may even include virtual informational and social spaces such as the internet, the media, social networks, etc. How do our surroundings, physical or otherwise, influence the way we feel, think, and interact with the world?

Please send 4 – 6 poems on the theme ALONG WITH a 50 to 75 word bio, IN THE BODY OF AN E-MAIL to < poetry AT womanmade DOTorg > by Friday, April 28 at 11:59 p.m.. We will make every effort to inform those chosen of our decision by May 8. Although we can’t afford to pay readers, this is a great opportunity to sell books and read with other talented people in a very special environment.

81cfcca5-c1dd-4fb2-9a32-ea671175b332Selections will be made with an eye to assembling a program that represents a diversity of poets, styles, and approaches to the theme. Selected poets MUST be available to read in person.”

BTW, 2017 is the year of WMG’s 25th anniversary. There are big plans to celebrate with an art-filled evening of fun, food and inspiration.  Woman Made Gallery’s 25th Anniversary Party is Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 6 to 9 pm. Maybe I should meet you there!

 

Peace, love, and solace

Hop to it © Ellen Wade Beals, 2017

Hop to it © Ellen Wade Beals, 2017

 

 

Apr
10

Prompts and ponies

Toy horse © Ellen Wade Beals, 2014Hey there — it’s Poetry Month!  Are you looking for inspiration?  Consider these sites that will help if you have writer’s block.

Karen Craigo’s Better View of the Moon has been featuring prompts all month; when it is not Poetry Month, Karen writes about other topics of interest to writers.

Marty McConnell’s Fierce Voice, which features specific prompts throughout the year.  Sign up for the mailing list and inspiration will be sent right to your mailbox.

If you are on Twitter, consider following The Daily Poet (@DailyPoet2) which has been tweeting prompts.  The site is run by Martha Silano and Kelli Russell Agodon from Two Sylvias Press, which also has published The Poet Tarot and The Daily Poet.

Or, maybe the pictures below will get your poetry ideas flowing. If nothing else they may make you smile.  These were sent to me by Laura Rodley, who is a frequent contributor to this site. She is a freelance writer from Massachusetts who often writes for Country Folks.  Check out Laura’s poem “Today” which appeared March 5 on New Verse News (another site that may inspire you)

Peace, love, and solace

 

Cinnamon and her snow buddy © Laura Rodley, 2017

Cinnamon and her snow buddy © Laura Rodley, 2017

Cinnamon building her snow buddy with owner Jim © Laura Rodley, 2017

Cinnamon building her snow buddy with owner Jim © Laura Rodley, 2017

Mar
31

Kudos and calls

Blue light © Ellen Wade Beals, 2017

Blue light © Ellen Wade Beals, 2017

Hello out there! March ends and April begins. Poetry Month starts tomorrow–be prepared to celebrate whether you want to or not!

It’s also April Fool’s Day so pay attention and don’t fall for any malarkey.

Kudos go to several contributors to Solace in So Many Words, including  Michael C. McConnell whose short story, “Dancing,” about recovering from Guillian-Barre Syndrome, was named as an honorable mention in the 2017 Literature and Medicine writing contest for Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas. Woot.

There are several reasons to extend congrats to Patty Somlo.  Her book Even When Trapped Behind Clouds received an honorable mention in the memoir category from Reader Views.

Patty’s essay “Walking to Infinity” appears in Leaping Clear.

She is also a contributor to the anthology Golden State, Best new fiction and nonfiction from California. It is recently  published by Outpost 19.GoldenState2017-promo

And remember Patty Somlo’s new book Hairway to Heaven is out this summer from Cherry Castle.

Shout out to Donna Hilbert who has two poems  (“Peninsula, Long Beach”” and “Traveler”) up on Verse Virtual.

And also to Kathleen Aguero who will be giving a workshop at the 2017 Narrative Medicine Symposium at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

I check lots of places to find submission info. Calls that caught my eye include:

Fifty Over Fifty Anthology from Quill’s Edge Press;

Postcard Poems and Prose Magazine;

and Passager Books, dedicated to writers over 50.

Lastly, another development of interest to writers is a change in AP style.

Peace, love, and solace

Siren call © Ellen Wade Beals, 2017

Siren call © Ellen Wade Beals, 2017

 

 

 

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