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Amber Flora Thomas will read from her new collection of poetry, Red Channel in the Rupture (Red Hen Press) at the East Carolina University library, and since Amber served as final judge for the North Carolina Literary Review's 2018 James Applewhite Poetry Prize competition, I've been invited along with the another honorable-mention recipient, Melinda Thomsen, to read our chosen poems. Mine's called "Prelude to Lust" (it's since been revised!--we'll see what the writers group says!). Amber also was a mentor to a couple of us New Bernians at a North Carolina Writers Network summer seminar. 

- Joseph Mills, a poet whom I admire, chose my poem "How to Walk the Cables on the Golden Gate Bridge (in Fog) in Ten Easy Steps" to receive an honorable mention in the Craven Arts Council/Bank of the Arts ekphrastic competition that accompanied its national juried exhibition this fall. 

- Safe from Hurricane Florence, having left home. Shocked at the devastation in my city of New Bern, saddened by the hardships and tragedy in the storm's wake.

- Delighted to announce that Prolific Press accepted my chapbook manuscript, Relic and Myth, for publication. The proofs have been approved....

High Desert Journal will publish "Monument Maker."

- Thanks to the North Carolina Poetry Society for offering the 2018 Susan Laughter Meyers Fellowship at the Weymouth Center. The recipient is Len Lawson, and I was selected for an honorable mention, along with Michael Gaspeny.

- "Burial Ground, James City": recently nominated for the "Best of the Net" anthology by Wraparound South.


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Blossom and Loss, right here

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...absorbed collared lizard’s gaze,
trod lichen crusts, dodged potholes,
scaled the so dominant
Colorado monolith, with boundless
sunlit sky as his own skull
clouded by two thoughts:
       Woolworth will build a tower twice as tall.

       What if this is lost.

—from "Monument Maker" by Jeanne Julian

Forthcoming in High Desert Journal 

Jeanne Julian

"One in Every Crowd" and "Bench, Casco Bay" are two of the monochrome series of images included in my gallery space at Community Artists Gallery and Studios, an artisan co-op in New Bern. I guess I have a thing about empty seats!

Poetry.  Photography.

Quote of the Month

“Patience is a difficult thing in our world driven by speed. As writers, we never know how the work will come into bloom. Some poems and even books seem to pop open immediately, while others have to unfurl slowly, the petals so tightly wrapped that they have to fill their veins like a butterfly coming from the chrysalis.”

—Valerie Nieman

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