May
12

Congratulations to Margarita Engle

Happy Belated Birthday to Solace in So Many Words, which was launched into this world six years ago at Women and Children First Bookstore.

The launch at Women and Children First.

The launch at Women and Children First

I’ve been thinking about Solace in So Many Words and my writing lately because I can do little else since my back has been acting up and I can’t sit at my desk (which is why this post will be short). Margarita

I continue to be proud of the contributors to Solace in So Many Words and their accomplishments. Just this week it was announced that Margarita Engle has been named Young People’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. This is great news!

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

A couple of weeks ago, some spring flowers sat for portraits so I’ll share them with you. I’ll write again soon.  Happy Mother’s Day too.

Peace, love, and solace

Lilac buddies © Ellen Wade Beals, 2017

Lilac buddies © Ellen Wade Beals, 2017

Pinkie wants attention © Ellen Wade Beals, 2017

Pinkie wants attention © Ellen Wade Beals, 2017

Apr
29

The nicest thing . . .

Birdie © Ellen Wade Beals, 2017Hello friends — Hope April has treated you well and that May is even kinder.

We’re experiencing a cold snap here, which made me think I should write a poem about a spring chill.  What are you thinking about these days?

I know I am behind the times sometimes but I came across something from 2013 that is as pertinent today — it’s George Saunders’s Advice to Graduates” by Joel Lovell in The New York Times from July 31, 2013.  (And I’m not just saying  you should read it because he mentions a girl named Ellen.). One thing George Saunders says that resonates:

“What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness.”

This made me think about how much I value kindness, a virtue that is easily overlooked and sometimes discounted. It inspired me that George Saunders believes in kindness and espouses the practice of it, as he says: “It’s a little facile, maybe, and certainly hard to implement, but I’d say, as a goal in life, you could do worse than: Try to be kinder.”

Now I am off to spoil myself with crossword puzzles and cooking shows.

Peace, love, and solace

 

Chili & heartbreak © Ellen Wade Beals, 2017

Chili & heartbreak © Ellen Wade Beals, 2017

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

 

 

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