Congratulations Kristin Brace! Her first full-length poetry collection, Toward the Wild Abundance,Twas selected for the 2018 Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize (Emerging) and will be published by Michigan State University Press in late 2019. Her first chapbook, Fence, Patio, Blessed Virgin, will be released in August 2018 from Finishing Line Press. A second chapbook, Each Darkness Inside, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press in summer 2019. More at www.kristinbrace.com
Downriver Poets Unite meets every Thursday from April to August, beginning April 12th from 7:30 to 9:30 pm at Penelope’s Venue in Southgate on Dix.
PSM 2018 POETRY CONTEST
The contest opens in May of 2018. Entries must comply with the submission guidelines, include appropriate fees, and be received by Melanie no later than August 1, 2018. For more info, check the Contest page.
The Poetry Society of Tennessee 62nd Annual Poetry Contest – Deadline August 1st. Contest Brochure 2018
2018 NFSPS Convention – Be sure to get your room reservations and your convention registration in by May 10! We will accept a few late registrations but the room rate will change after May 10. It’s best to do it now! See this issue of the Strophes or go to columbinepoetsofcolorado.com to find out more.
Congratulations, Connie! PSM member Connie Jarka published a book of inspirational poetry in 2017 and entered it in the 25th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. Here is commentary from one of the judges:
WELCOME IN!…TO DAILY THOUGHTS FROM MY TIME ACROSS THE OLE’ BLUEBERRY FARM FIELDS OF LIFE–SO FAR! by Connie McDonald Jarka is a lovely collection of poetic thoughts readers will cherish. The book is well done, with a pleasant green cover, and produced in a hardback edition that many readers will buy to keep forever. The photograph on the front cover is lovely, as is the illustration of a blueberry vine. The joyous picture on the back made me smile from ear to ear! I enjoyed seeing the endorsement, too. The urging to “appreciate the day” is lovely. I want to do just that! Here is my favorite entry: Each step toward the mountaintop If only just a few Gives us a chance to lift life up And celebrate the view. I love this! You don’t have to go to the peak to experience joy. Each step along the way gives you a chance to stop and wonder. I have hiked (small) mountains, and I can attest that stopping often to observe is just as rewarding as the view from the top. This is an especially valuable thought to those who may never reach what they consider the top in life. What a wonderful thought — worth framing. I could write just as much about each entry, but you get the idea. And this book offers so much more. Readers will thank this Jarka for this book!- Judge, 25th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards.
Joy Gaines-Friedler would like to thank PSM for the invitation and opportunity to teach two workshops (and to work with such fine people and writers) at last Saturday’s annual meeting. She looks forward to seeing everyone again soon and would like to make this offer: Should anyone like to send her anything they wrote at the meeting, she would be happy to read it and to comment extensively. You can contact Joy via FB or this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
River Junction Poets news: Spring Poetry Performance, Sunday, April 29th from 3-5 PM at First Congregational Church’s Bradley House. The theme is “In Time of Silver Rain” by Langston Hughes.
Congratulations to Karin Hoffecker. Her book, The Nell Poems, has been published by Blue Light Press and 1st World Publishing. The collection of poems are written for her granddaughter to honor her father in light of his untimely death in 2016. It is available on Amazon and can be ordered from the author at email@example.com.
Congratulations to Kristin Brace on the publication of her first book, a chapbook of poems called Fence, Patio, Blessed Virgin, due out July 13 from Finishing Line Press. The chapbook weaves together memories of her grandmother with narrative from the last two years of her life. It is available for presale through May 18 at https://www.finishinglinepress.com/product/fence-patio-blessed-virgin-by-kristin-brace/. A second chapbook, Each Darkness Inside, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press later in 2018.
News from the River Junction Poets in Saginaw
Mark your calendars – RJP’s February meeting will be at 7PM on Wed. Feb. 28th at Zauel Library. The March meeting will be Wednesday, March 28th at 7PM at Zauel Library. The Spring Performance will be 3PM Sunday April 29th at the First Congregational Church.
Congratulations to RJP members: Marian and Les Tincknell and Pat Yockey. They will be honored as part of the “Yes We Can!” Celebrating the Creative Legacy of Artists, Scientists, Scholars and Community Leaders 80 or Older.
The state of Michigan has lost a wonderful poet and friend of PSM, Jean Kilburn passed away on January 30, 2018. Her charming ways and delightful poetry will be missed by the many hearts she has touched by her gentle kindness and her well-crafted poetry. – Dennis White, Downriver Poets & Playwrights
Jean E. Kilburn
1924 – 2018
Trenton – Age 93, of Trenton. January 30, 2018. Beloved wife of the late Thearon Kilburn. Loving mother of Dawn (Vince) Fedell and Darry (Tula) Alexander. Proud grandmother of Marnie, Kyle and RaChelle. Great grandmother of Nicole, Jacob and Madelyn. Visitation Friday, Feb. 2, 5-9pm at The Trenton Chapel-Martenson Family of Funeral Homes, 3200 West Rd. Funeral service Feb 3, Saturday 12 noon at the funeral home. Visit www.martenson.com. – Published in The Detroit News & Detroit Free Press on Feb. 1, 2018
The January issue of Strophes, the National Federation of State Poetry Societies newsletter is available at the NFSPS website and here: Strophes2018-Jan
The Perfect Gift for Valentine’s Day Heart Radicals is a book of love poems (the good, the bad, the funny) written by Les Kay, Allie Marini, Sandy Marchetti, and PSM member Janeen Rastall. Released this Valentine’s Day by About Editions. Preorder here,
Congratulations to the Marquette Poets Circle. This fall, the Library of Michigan requested submission of “Maiden Voyage – the Five Year Anthology of the Marquette Poets Circle” to be considered as a 2018 Michigan Notable Book. While they did not receive the award, they are honored by this unsolicited request by the Library of Michigan. Copies of “Maiden Voyage” are now in the Library of Michigan catalog and in many libraries across the U.P.
Congratulations to Terry Blackhawk!
Congratulations to Edward Morin on publication of Housing For Wrens
In Housing for Wrens, Edward Morin’s new chapbook and third collection of poems, “housing” represents shelter, home, and the act of caring for them. His poems feature birds and animals whom the poet takes as seriously as they take themselves. He seeks to be in touch with himself and other people, knowing kinesthetically what takes place in the world. The cover art is a plate from John James Audubon’s Birds of America.
“Edward Morin has assembled lyrics and narratives touching on subjects you and I like to read about. The exquisite title poem prepares us for engagements with blue jays, bank swallows, wood thrushes—and also the pleasures of singing, fishing, even of aging. The language is to be savored and the hard-won wisdom taken to heart.” — Laurence Goldstein, poet and former Editor of Michigan Quarterly Review
The book is available from Cervena Barva Press in Somerville, MA 02144, at http://www.thelostbookshelf.com/cervenabooks.html
PSM Member Chimanlal Patel has published his first book, “PETALS IN THE WIND.” It is 305 pages and contains 300 poems! It can be ordered through Amazon. Congratulations, Chimanlal!
Congratulations to Phillip Sterling! His new collection of poetry – And Then Snow is now available at Main Street Rag! https://mainstreetragbookstore.com/?product=and-then-life
PSM member, Russ Thorburn is available as a manuscript consultant for poets. Reasonable fees to arrange orphan poems into a publishable sequence, turnaround time three weeks. Former clients include Pamela Porter, Ulrike Narwani, and Barb Pelman, who recently received contracts from Ronsdale Press, British Columbia. Contact Russell Thorburn, NEA Fellow, poet laureate of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about Russ at his website russthorburn.com
Ongoing Opportunity–Workshops and Classes are available from Zilka Joseph. Learn more here ==> http://www.zilkajoseph.com/workshops.html
Congratulations to Ginny Grush on the publication of her poetry book, ABSINTHE
Congratulations to Marquette Poet Circle member Kathleen M. Heideman. Her work was named a quarter-finalist for the 2016 Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize, semi-finalist for the 2016 Diagram Chapbook Contest, and runner-up for the 2016 Dead Bison Editors’ Prize. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Arcadia, Burningword, Emerge Literary Journal, untethered, and anthologies from Caffeinated Press, Silver Birch Press, and Michigan State University Press.
Brief Perversions is a collection of flash fiction and prose poetry by Marquette Poets Circle member Jesse Koenig. The title of the collection reflects the brevity of the individual pieces and the various twists they often take. On a broader level, the title also reflects the collection’s theme of life as a brief perversion, as a short and twisted journey. Many of the pieces engage with pop culture in various ways—alluding to and quoting celebrities, songs, poems, novels, textbooks, commercial products, cereal boxes, etc. In addition, many pieces call into question aspects of western culture (our treatment of the elderly, the emphasis on physical attractiveness, the reality vs. the fairy-tale of love, male-dominated politics, and much more), hopefully without moralizing. That is, the collection, ideally, is a philosophical conversation about what society values and what many of us consider normal.
Brief Perversions is available from Burdock Press, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. All proceeds from the first 500 copies will be donated to Doctors without Borders. Like Brief Perversions on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/briefperversions/) for online orders, fun sound bites, upcoming events, excerpts, booking a reading, giveaways, and other promotions.
Congratulations Marion Frahm Tincknell of Saginaw Township on her book: Sunstars in the Meltswamp.
From Inge Logenburg Kyler:
If you are interested in submitting one or two copies of your published books to the State of Michigan Library (one copy for archives, one copy for circulation) , the address is: State of Michigan Library, 702 W. Kalamazoo, Michigan 48915.
Congratulations to PSM members
Congratulations to Terry Wooten! His collected works, The Stone Circle Poems, was chosen as a Michigan Notable Book!. The book covers 45 years of his wonderful poetry career. HOORAY! The full list of MI notable books is at www.michigan.gov/notablebooks
Congratulations to Ron Weber. Award winning poet Ron Weber participated in the recent formal opening of the Dorothea Lange exhibit at the nationally recognized Krasl Art Center in St. Joseph, Michigan. Lange was one of the most renowned photo journalists of the Great Depression. Many of her pictures remain familiar to this day. Weber performed his poem Migrant Mother: Legacy in Time-Lapse, which was inspired by one of Lange’s most iconic photos and for which he received the Special Merit Award in Poetry from the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.
Congratulations to Raymond Arnold Wills. His latest book, Romance in the Everglades, is now available at Xpress Publications Xpress Publications – Romance in the Everglades
Congratulations to Chimanlal Patel His first book of poetry Petals in the Wind is now available as an E-book or in hardback or softback from Amazon and directly by calling 1-888-795-4274 Ext. 5022
Congratulations to Inge Logenburg Kyler on her new book :
Stories for Lilah, dedicated to my newest great-granddaughter and to all persons young at heart. It contains 27 stories and 27 poems that I had written over the years and decided to put them in book format before the family tosses them when I am gone!! Story content includes: Donald the Ornery Goose, three Millie the Cow stories, Bennie Bear, and various mouse stories, some of which contain messages such as “Don’t feed the bears,” etc. It has been a labor of love. I think that makes my 27th book! It is available on Google, Amazon, ebook, etc. as well as book stores that can order it. – Inge Logenburg Kyler
News about member Terry Wooten:
The collected works of Terry Wooten, The Stone Circle Poems, published by Parkhurst Brothers Publishers will be out this spring, with print copies available on March 6, 2015 and ebooks live on Amazon.com and bn.com by March 31. The book covers more than four and a half decades of Wooten’s career as a poet from 1971 through his best poems of the Elders Project. This Elders Project connects middle and high school students with elders of their community. Students interview the elders then transcribe their favorite part of the tape and write free verse poems using the elders own words. Wooten transcribes the rest of the tapes and writes around the students’ works. The Elders Project received the 2013 State History Award in Education from the Historical Society of Michigan. Mark your calendars for the book tour: book launch at the Traverse City Public Library on March 11 at 7 pm, and another at Horizon Books in downtown Traverse City on March 14 from 4 to 6 pm. I will also be at the Harrison Community Library on April 20 at 3:30 to 6 pm, The Norton Shores Branch Library in Muskegon on April 28 at 7 pm, and the Marion Public Library (my hometown) on the evening on April 30.