Sunday, September 23, 2007

Eclectic poetry news

Having blog and blog-friend withdrawal. Too busy last week with school, work, and fabulous baseball game (a two-run homer in the 11th inning, us standing right next to the fireworks), Pandemonium at CPT, Jeff Chiplis's neon work at Arts Collinwood gallery, reading old manuscripts, etc...

Hate to leave the lake when it's cool, sunny, and breezy...

Met with M & M (Mary Biddinger and Michael Dumanis) my thesis director & advisor yesterday. Poems coming together in an organic way (hopefully). Breaking some old habits. My love-hate relationship with narrative (why do we crave it? why should I care?). Poems becoming deductive and reductive. This book will be totally different than my first, that's for sure.

Changes at Whiskey Island: The annual poetry and fiction prizes are now $500 each, with no "runner-up" prizes being awarded. Denise Duhamel is the judge for poetry; Karen Joy Fowler the judge for fiction. Contest submissions open October 1, 2007, and close March 31, 2008. Expect to see a different Whiskey Island than in the past. Editor Karen Schubert, fiction editor (Travis Hessman), and poetry editor (me), going in a new direction. Stay tuned.

The Whiskey Island stuff has absolutely nothing to do with the Cleveland State Poetry Center contests and publications. But director Michael Dumanis is shaking that up too...

8 comments:

Jennifer Sullivan said...

Really excited about you being the poetry editor for Whiskey Island. And that picture of your dogs...just beautiful. Do you think MB would allow us to have a dog day in our Weds. class?

michael salinger said...

very good ~ things ought be shook every now and again.

looking forward to WI ~ any plans on rejuvenating the web presence?

dixiedreams said...

no essay contest for WI? i guess there's only so much cash to go around. sounds like exciting changes.

Amy said...

Jen--let's lobby for dog day!
Salinger--there are definite plans to update the website...
Dixie--I guess no essay contest.

Penultimatina said...

Hey, as long as I don't have to run after the dogs with my roll of paper towels... :)

Nin Andrews said...

Oh I think there should be an essay contest too. I wouldn't write one, but what do you think?

Karen at Pen in Hand said...

Beautiful dogs, cool poetry news.

Karen at Pen in Hand said...

Beautiful dogs, cool poetry news.