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- Reed Magazine's annual launch gala, held online on September 17, 2020, included videos of the co-winners of the Edwin Markham Prize reading their poems. That was an adventure, my effort to record myself! Many outtakes, I can assure you. Rodrigo Toscano is also a co-winner, and Naomi Shihab Nye was the featured speaker.
- Five South rewarded my first venture into flash fiction. "Universal Days" will be included in their inaugural issue! Much credit goes to my friend Maureen S., who inspired the piece.
- Assure Press will be publishing "Torchbearers," "Compensation," and "The Oldest Poet" in Iris Literary Journal. The issue theme is "purity: innocence, idealism, fidelity, goodness, honesty, incorruptibility, integrity, virtuousness...." The settings of my poems are a girls' summer camp, a bookstore, and Nexus Poets' open mics in New Bern, NC, where "the oldest poet," Tom Blow, participated until just before his death in 2015 at age 96.
- "Icelandic Picnic," inspired by a painting by Louisa Matthiasdottir, will be part of editor Robbi Nester's proposed anthology of ekphrastic writings based on art work from their collections that museums made available on line during the 2020 pandemic.
...the huge boulder that leaned, a menacing Gibraltar,
over the dusty entrance road was—so legend had it—
propped up, magically, by a host of twigs gathered
and placed upright there by girlish hands. Our hands alone.
by Jeanne Julian, forthcoming in
Iris Literary Journal
Detail from the image "Nurse, Remedios, Cuba," included in the Iris Literary Journal. I shot this photo in March 2019, just before new travel restrictions were imposed by the U.S. (restrictions placing a stranglehold on the prosperity of ordinary Cuban citizens, with whom we share many personal and cultural relationships.)
Quotations for writers
“I didn’t realize the importance of having engaged in a lifelong relationship with poetry until I needed it to survive. It’s an instrument, a companion instrument that nobody can take away from you. It’s also a form of insulation from the wasteland of the world where you can go when you need a break or a place to quietly contemplate and study the common absurdities of human experience. Every day, we face a wasteland. Sometimes, it’s an aggressive boss, an angry driver, a public or private injustice of some sort. Other times it’s a rampant disease altering our environment for an extended period of time. Whatever the case, poetry is there like a garden, welcoming us with its eternal shade and warmth and wisdom.”
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