Sheila-Na-Gig, Winter 2016, Vol. 1.2

Editor and poet Hayley Mitchell Haugen (What the Grimm Girl Looks Forward To, Finishing Line Press, 2016) co-founded the print version of Sheila-Na-Gig in 200o with Kristine Sanders.  This venture published 14 volumes of the journal along with three chapbooks, featuring over 400 poets and awarding $2000 in contest prizes.

Sheila-Na-Gig re-opened as an online journal and publication venue in the fall of 2016.  I am grateful to have published work in both the fall and now winter issues of Sheila-Na-Gig.  Follow the link and you’ll find my poems “Le Creuset,” “Wooden Boardwalk,” “Moon” & “At the Southern Entrance of Lynn Canal.”  I am over the moon to learn that “Le Creuset” was listed as the Winter 2016 Poetry Contest Winner.

Thank you to editor and poet Hayley Mitchell Haugen for sharing my work with a wider audience of readers!

(Bird Goddess by Charles Sherman as featured on Sheila-Na-Gig’s website.)

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Young Ravens Literary Review, The Four Elements Issue

Thank you to co-editors Sarah Page and Elizabeth Pinborough for including two of my poems (“The Port au Port Peninsula” and “Where Celsius and Fahrenheit Meet”) in the current issue of Young Ravens Literary Review.

About this lovely issue, the editors write:

In the fifth issue of Young Ravens Literary Review, authors and artists explore the four elements of fire, water, earth and air. Imagination explodes from the embers of dead stars as we dive into our own humanity through the many ways we both lose and find ourselves in the natural world: A bonfire entwines two lives in the darkness with the illusion of age and the promise of growing old with a loved one. Water rolls broken shells smooth as our own jagged edges are challenged and cleansed by the tides of time. Stones strain with the weight of a sleeping giant, veins pumping with fresh snow melt. A man follows the bliss of an unruly breeze into wild solitude—inviting only the reader to follow. 

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Book Contract: Signed

Over the moon!  Aldrich Press (an imprint of Kelsay Books) has accepted my manuscript, Something Yet to Be Named, for publication.  I am thrilled that Aldrich Press has offered me this opportunity to read this work in book form.  I am also grateful for mentors and friends who showed me the trailhead.  Will keep you posted with further details as they arrive!

Until then, this, pulled from the abstract of my thesis:

Something Yet to Be Named is a collection of poetry exploring both the literal and metaphorical landscapes and borders of northern migrations. These poems spring from places often wild and remote, from the dwellings of heart and hearth. The manuscript explores the rocky coastline and sea of southeast Alaska, and forays north that the writer celebrates, and returns to, regularly. The critical essay, The Long Journey Home: Poetry of the Circumpolar North, considers the influences of the Japanese poet Bashō upon the northern poets John Haines and Tom Sexton. The essay additionally reflects upon “Coming to Alaska” stories as a journey archetype.