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Thursday, October 1, 2020

Book Publication!


The crowning award in the writer’s life is book publication. I am thrilled to say my manuscript how we hold on has been accepted for publication by Broadstone Books of Frankfort, Kentucky.This is the manuscript that contains my poems about Jamaica as well as family poems, including a mini-series on my great grandfather who died in the 1918 pandemic known as the Spanish Flu.

 


Broadstone is a press that people who read poetry will be hearing more about because they are increasing the number of books they will publish over the next several years. The publisher, Larry Moore, is an editor of the old school in that he cares deeply about excellence. Therefore he makes suggestions for how to improve a manuscript. The publication date has not yet been set but will occur in 2021.

 

Some of Broadstones authors are: Susana Case, Richard CarrJudith KermanLynn McGee, and Mervyn Taylor. I am proud to join the Broadstone family and can recommend this community of fine authors. I encourage you to buy their books directly from the publisher, They are also distributed by Small Press Distribution.

 

 


Friday, September 4, 2020

Book Reviews—Their value and who reads them?

 


Since just before the Covid19 pandemic shut down in the United States, I have written 12 book reviews. It’s an aspect of publishing I rarely talk about and one that requires great concentration. It is also not clear who reads my reviews or what value they are to the author, despite the clamor to get reviews written. Each one presents its own challenges. It seems not to matter whether it is chapbook or a children’s book—the reviews all take a lot of time to develop and complete. Of the dozen reviews published between March and early September, the hardest to write were the translations.

 

Here is the list with their links.

 

09-01-20  Feminists Are Passing from Our Lives by Leslie McGrath (poetry) 

 

08-17-20  Dead Letter Office by Marko Pogačar, translated from Croatian by Andrea Jurjević

 (poetry)

 

08-01-20  Discovery by Don Krieger (poetry) 

 

07-29-20  Women of the Big Sky by Liliana Ancalao in Mapuzungun and Spanish, translated

                   from Spanish by Seth Michelson (poetry)


07-01-20  A Little Called Pauline by Gertrude Stein with art by Bianca Stone (children’s book) 

 

06-20-20  Transformer by Kathleen Winter (poetry)

 

06-09-20  Binary Planet by Henry Crawford (poetry)

 

06-01-20  Dead Shark on the N Train by Susana Case (poetry)

 

05-02-20  The High Shelf by Nadia Colburn (poetry)

 

04-29-20  They Became Stars by Liz Marlow (poetry chapbook)

 

04-17-20  Spinster for Hire by Julia Story (poetry)

 

03-01-20  A Survivor Named Trauma by Myra Sklarew (memoir, history, poetry)



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Sunday, August 2, 2020



Written in Arlington is an anthology edited by Katherine E. Young that will be published in September 2020 that the Steiny Road Poet is part of due to her work with Arlington Public Schools and the Moving Words project which she won and later ran for multiple years.

Kate asked poets in the anthology to create videos to promote the anthology. So after fumbling around trying to use her smart phone, Steiny used Zoom to record herself reading "you can tell 'em I'll be there." Visit https://youtu.be/FgI5lG6PM70 to see the video.

Thanks to Henry Crawford for his suggestion to use Zoom and for the opening screen to the video. Henry is also part of this anthology.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Anthology Bonanza


The latest pending acceptances have been for anthologies. I just received Heron Clan VII which is a beautifully produced book with eye-catching art on the cover. So far I like these poems: Charlotte Mandel’s “Ancient Love,” a poem written in terza rima about the bones of two people found in tight embrace and Doug Stouber’s “Black Waters of Tarpon” a rather complicated language-y poem addressing guitar, music, Florida, mental institution. Kudos to all involved in producing such a book in just under five months’ time—must be a record.

I also had my Sherman Alexie style sonnet “the bell sonnet” accepted for publication in This Is What America Looks Like: the Washington Writers’ Publishing House Anthology (Washington, DC, early 2021).

Sunday, May 24, 2020

The Heron Clan Congregates on Zoom


One of my longer poems “Cocks” was accepted this spring for an anthology called Heron Clan VII. The Heron Clan is a group headed by Doug Stuber of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Each anthology (this is the seventh) is about 300 pages. The expectation is that the printed book will appear in the fall of 2020 and will contain poems by 127 poets, including Valerie Nieman, Shelby Stephenson,  Andrena Zawinski, etc. What is impressive about the list of poets is that it is very diverse, including poets in Dublin, Ireland.

In May, Stuber set up a series of Zoom sessions to introduce with short readings those who will be in Heron Clan VII. On May 17, I presented three poems including the first section of “Cocks” which presents the story of a Jamaican youth and what happened to him when his father ran into trouble with the local police. I wanted to encourage curiosity and give the sale of the anthology a boost. Several of my friends attended the program.

Since the covid19 pandemic hit more readings of poetry have been popping up. One of the challenges of online readings, particularly on the Zoom platform, is making sure that the audience learn how to mute themselves or that the moderator does this for them. The listener is usually unaware of how low level noise is magnified on these platforms. I requested that everyone mute themselves before I started reading and when that didn’t happen I asked the moderator to do it and had to walk him through where to find the controls. As a consequence, I had a very successful reading.

The last session begins at 7pm EDT.
Zoom Meeting Identification: 826 1075 0045

More information about Heron Clan VII at https://dougstuber.wordpress.com/.