Lost and Found: Tales of Things Gone Missing

Much gratitude to Editor Terri Karsten for publishing two of my poems, “No Plot of Earth for Me” and “Top of the World Highway” in the anthology Lost and Found:  Tales of Things Gone Missing by Wagonbridge Press (Check out their Facebook page).  The work of 57 writers is gathered here, a healthy balance of prose and poetry.  Terri Karsten held a Facebook launch of the anthology, a great use of social media and opportunity for contributors and interested parties alike to share their thoughts on the collection and writing in general.    The anthology promises to be an engaging summer read!

Cirque Vol 10, No. 1

Cirque is a journal committed to publishing the work of writers and artists from the North Pacific Rim.  That’s the formal description.  The more personal description is that twice a year it offers a reunion among writerly friends among its pages.  I have come to submit with intention work that I think long and hard about, that I revise over and again, because I know that when the final journal arrives in my mailbox, I’ll see in its table of contents mentors, UA faculty, peers, friends, current or former students, writers from Blue Canoe, etc.  There is always a familiar name and Cirque offers a window through which to see what folks have been up to in their writing pursuits.  If you click on the link, you, too, may recognize many familiar names, especially if you dig Alaska writers.

Long live this beautiful publication.  Its editors Mike Burwell and Sandy Kleven gift it with such vision. I thank them for publishing my poem, “Hygge and Sisu in 3 Parts.” My hard copy is scheduled to arrive Saturday and you bet I’m tracking it three times a day in hopes it may land early.

Heather Lende’s Find the Good

Goodreads Review

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Loved it! Second only to Lende’s If You Lived Here, I’d Know Your Name. I actually bought this book four years ago during her book visit to Sitka. At the time I also bought copies for my mom and mother-in-law. Why it’s taken me so long to read? Don’t know, but I devoured it yesterday. I especially enjoyed the essays, “Be Sure Your Dog Walks You,” “Take the Kind of Happiness That Comes Your Way” and “Make It Shine.” The last is about Hilma, a woman I came to befriend during the summer I worked at the Halsingland Hotel in 1994. In fact, I so enjoyed this last essay, that I ran down to Old Harbor Books to pick up a copy for a friend who also knew Hilma that same summer. I think like many Southeast Alaska towns, Haines is very divided. The experience of living in these little towns can be quite individualized and personal. I wonder if Lende’s experience on the local assembly has in any way changed her views of living in Haines and look forward to her next book, whatever it might be. Such a unique walk in such a town – author of obituaries. Such an eye for what matters. I quite enjoyed this read.

The Local Train Magazine, Issue 1, April 2019

Excited to be part of the The Local Train Magazine’s inaugural issue!  Thank you to Shahadat Hossain Shaan, Founding Editor for publishing my poem, “All Good Things Gray.”  You can read this along with other fine work here, including work by fellow Alaskan poet Josh Medsker.  Check out submission guidelines as editors are currently gathering material for their next issue.

 

Snapdragon, Spring 2019

Happy to publish “Now” in the pages of Snapdragon:  A Journal of Art & Healing.  There are so many things to appreciate about this journal.  First, its editorial board is organized by women writers, including Editor-in-Chief Jacinta V. White.  The journal’s explanation behind its name carries an exquisite link to the writing process.  From the website:

At its deepest level, the Snapdragon flower essence helps the soul to distinguish its use of creative forces — especially those which radiate from the lower energy centers, and those which are used for spoken word. 

Finally, I love that when you publish with Snapdragon, you get to supply the journal with the email address of a friend.  They’ll then send a copy of the journal not only to you, as writer, but also your friend.

Blue Heron Review, Issue 11, Winter 2019

It’s live!  Thank you again to Editor Cristina Norcross for including “Blues” in the current issue of Blue Heron Review.  The issue is packed with an array of words and art, a feast for the mind and heart!

From the website:

Blue Heron Review is an online poetry magazine specializing in mystical and spiritual verse.  Blue Heron provides a space for poets who offer a positive message about living fully and engaging with the world through beauty, a sense of community, and acceptance.

Blue Heron strives to promote and feature works that nourish the soul, encourage deep reflection, and support a peaceful life path.  Blue Heron poets embrace the concepts of:  joy, abundance, grace, love, light, connection, awareness, acceptance, balance, peace, one’s soul path, and spirit in their works.  Think, Rumi ~ think, Hafiz!

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(artist credit: Paula Lietz)