If you know me well, you know that I’m a huge supporter of women-driven publications. Artemis Journal is such a gem. First published in 1977 by Jeri Rogers, this year’s theme is “Women hold up half the sky.” The material gathered within these pages is both thought-provoking and inspiring. I am happy to be published alongside poets such as Natasha Trethewey, Nikki Giovanni and Lisa Stice. Thank you, Artemis, for including my poem, “Jigsaw & Old Coat.”
Hedge Apple is a literary magazine published by Hagerstown Community College in Maryland. I am grateful to its editors for including my poem, “Signs” in its Spring 2018 edition.
Happy to share some work that appears in the special feature of Poets/Editors in the Summer issue (Vol. 2.4, Summer 2018) of Sheila-Na-Gig. “To the Bare Salmonberry Branch in Cold Winter” and “Grief.” Always a joy to publish with Sheila-Na-Gig and to read the fine gathering of work here curated by Editor Hayley Mitchell Haugen and Associate Editor Jessica Higgins.
If looking to submit some work, check out the following opportunities posted:
First Annual Poetry Manuscript Contest: Due July 1
Sheila-Na-Gig Under 30: Due July 1
Thank you curator Elizabeth Gibson for including my tanka “To Sister Friend’s Home” in the May issue of Now Then / Word Life. Always a joy to work with Elizabeth!
Kanika Lawton is the Editor-in-Chief of L’Éphémère Review, an online literary and art journal that explores, “the ephemeral, musings on the existential, and establishment of the eternal. We are fascinated with the interplay between memory and reality, truth and interpretation, perception and perspective, and the past, present, and future.” I am grateful to L’Éphémère Review for publishing “Care Of” in Issue IX: Dalliance.
It is always such a joy to publish with Sheila-Na-Gig online! This particular issue feels a bit like a family reunion with friends and fellow UAA/MFA colleagues also publishing work in these digital pages: Vivian Faith Prescott, Raquel Vasquez-Gilliland and Lisa Stice. Thank you to Editor Hayley Mitchell Haugen and Intern Assistant Editor Jessica Higgins for giving three of my poems a home in this issue: “Oceanography,” “The Geography of Grief” and “You Choose Your Solitude.” All can be read here.
“Sheila-Na-Gig online publishes well-crafted free verse poetry. We especially seek poems with excellent imagery and a strong sense of voice.” You can learn more about submission guidelines and upcoming deadlines here.
Thank you to the editors of Willow Literary Magazine for including a short stack of my poetry in their inaugural issue: “Lemon Lavender Wings,” “Nomad,” and “Second-Hand.”
As written on their website: “Willow is a literary magazine dedicate to publishing authors who identify as women, to whatever degree they do. There is disparity between the number of male-identified authors that are published and reviewed and those of female-identified authors . We believe that literature is a way to bridge gaps, and to amplify voices that are under-represented by allowing people access to the experiences of “the other.” Given our current social and political climate, we think it’s an important time to do all we can to give the underrepresented a safe place to express themselves, to promote their voices, and to keep creating.”
Always happy to share work in journals the celebrate women’s writing!
Sam writes, “There is a real sense of place in Something Yet to Be Named, the first poetry collection by Kersten Christianson. That place is Alaska, and it is beautifully described — from the open sea, to the vast sky, to the mountainous landscape, to the summer and the berries it births. Sun or no sun, Alaska is clearly beautiful, and a much-loved home for this writer.”
Included in her generous review are snippets from “Elegy” and “Talisman.”
Word Life is curated by Editor Elizabeth Gibson. February’s theme explores love, and includes two of my poems “Latitude” and “Heart Line.” Be sure to take some time to explore the sweet sampling of work found there.