Personal Updates

Moving Past the Poetry Collection

Here we are–the last part of the publishing process for my poetry collection, Solving the World’s Problems–and I have a confession to make: It’s not really about the collection. Rather, this post is about what happens next. The first few years as an editor on the Market Book series, I found that I kept...

Releasing the Poetry Collection

While it feels like the book has been out for a while, yesterday (September 1) was the “official” release date. Initially, I thought I’d have some kind of long celebration post about releasing the book (yay! hooray! woot! etc.), but I just feel a little wiped out–in a good way (you know, that “wiped...

Pre-selling the Poetry Collection

A few weeks ago, I talked about gearing up to promote the poetry collection. Most of those efforts are meant to happen after the book is released. However, Press 53 also hosts “pre-order” events in which readers can get pre-order a copy of the book and have it signed by the author. So it...

Tying Up Loose Ends on a Poetry Collection

After writing the poems, organizing the poems, submitting the poems, getting an acceptance, blowing the collection up, promoting the collection, and securing blurbs for the collection, the poet’s job surely must be done…right? Not so fast. In my own case, I could start to see daylight in the publishing process, but there were so...

Securing Blurbs for a Poetry Collection

This is part 4 of an 8-part series on what I’ve gone through to get my debut full-length poetry collection, Solving the World’s Problems, published by Press 53 (click here to learn more). Here are links to the previous posts: Part 1: Assembling and Submitting a Poetry Collection. In the beginning, there are poems...

Promoting a Poetry Collection

This is part 3 of an 8-part series on what I’ve gone through to get my debut full-length collection of poetry, Solving the World’s Problems, published by Press 53 (click here to learn more). The first week covered assembling and submitting the collection; last week, I discussed the revision process after it was accepted;...

Finding Success as a Poet

Today, I announced my debut full-length book of poetry, Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53), is available for pre-order on my publisher’s website (click here to learn more). It didn’t take long–about 3 minutes on Facebook–for someone to start attacking the collection, my poetry, and me. I would chalk it up to some random...

ESCAPE Into Poetry

I have some pretty exciting news to share: My second limited edition collection of poetry, titled ESCAPE, was recently released, and it’s already received some great feedback. Click here to read a very cool review of ESCAPE. Earlier this year, I released my first collection ENTER, and it pretty much introduced the best of my...

One Thing Is Constant: Change

Welcome to the new Poetic Asides blog! While I’d known there was a WritersDigest.com re-design going on this year, I didn’t realize until this week (and even this day) the full extent of the changes it would bring to this blog. If you’re still getting used to it, you’re not alone: I am too....

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 137

Wow! It has been a busy week since last Wednesday. Things are only now starting to slow back down a bit. Baby Hannah Marie was born on Thursday at 9:44 a.m. If you haven’t seen her yet, check out this blog post over at MNINB. ***** For this week’s prompt, I want you to...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 136

Tomorrow is D-Day. That is, Due Day for Tammy and I and our first daughter, Hannah Marie. We’re super excited (and, yes, a little stressed). If everything goes as it should, I’ll be posting images on Facebook and my blog. So keep an eye out. ***** For this week’s prompt, write a welcoming poem....

Poetic Asides Round Up Request

Earlier this morning, I had a “duh!” moment related to the Poetic Asides community. I hope you can help me out. As many of you know, the Poetic Asides readership and community brings together a wide range of poets at various points in their writing time lines. Some have been writing for years (if...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 134

In case you haven’t heard the news yet, I’ll be selecting 20 poets to publish and pay for the 2013 Poet’s Market. Click here to read guidelines. Also, I announced the winner of The Bop challenge yesterday too. Find who made the Top 10 list. ***** For this week’s prompt, write a “let’s get...

Call for Poetry Submissions for the 2013 Poet's Market!

I was going to wait until tomorrow to break this news, but it’s probably tomorrow (or close to tomorrow) in some parts of the world already. So here’s the news: I will consider poetry submissions for the 2013 Poet’s Market. 20 previously unpublished poems will be selected for publication in the book, and the...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 130

It feels like forever since we’ve assembled to poem with a new prompt. However, I’m pretty sure it’s only been four days. I’ve been catching up on deadlines that passed last week while I was sick, but I still managed to sneak in some lines here and there. For this week’s prompt, write an...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: The Big 10 Winner

I’m a little late and may have pushed myself just a little too much today, but Tammy helped me near the end, and I’ve got the results to The Big 10 Challenge! After reading through pages and pages of great poems (and more than a little spam), I finally landed on a winner for...

2011 April PAD Challenge: Day 30

Here we are, everyone! The final day of poeming! For this challenge, anyway. After you write your poem today, you’ll have a few days to figure out your favorite poems and submit them my way. Click here to read the official guidelines, which includes how and how many poems to submit. If I were...

2011 April PAD Challenge: Day 29

First, I want to thank everyone for the good wishes. They’re all very much appreciated. I do feel a little better today, though I start to break out in a sweat whenever I sit up for more than 20-30 minutes at a time. I am noticing progress though, so maybe today and tonight will...

2011 April PAD Challenge: Day 28

We’re only 3 days from the finish line–actually 2 days after you finish today’s prompt. Yay! For today’s prompt, write a “the world without something else” poem. If you remember on Day 3, I had everyone write a “the world without me” poem. This prompt imagines the world without something else, whether a person,...

2011 April PAD Challenge: Day 27

I apologize for the late prompt this morning. I’m battling either a severe cold or the flu and was having trouble even getting out of bed this morning to take medicine and drink liquids. Sigh. ***** For today’s prompt, take the phrase “In the (blank) of (blank),” replace the blanks with a word or...

2011 April PAD Challenge: Day 26

Before I forget, please check out a review of my limited edition chapbook, ENTER, over at Maureen Doallas’ blog (click here to read). I have fewer than 10 left, so if you’d like to snag one of the final copies, click here to learn how to do that. ***** Today is the final “Two...

2011 April PAD Challenge: Day 25

Wow! The reaction to yesterday’s prompt really was something wonderful. There was engaged discussion about faith and lack of faith in which everyone seemed to respect each other as poets and human beings. For me, it showed the best of how we can respect each other while still revealing ourselves through the written word....

2011 April PAD Challenge: Day 20

All right!  We are 2/3 of the way through the challenge after today.  Also, I’d like to thank Tammy for helping me post today’s prompt.  I’m actually dictating this to her over the phone while driving through Kentucky.  ***** For today’s prompt, write a message in a bottle poem.  Imagine that your poem is...

2011 April PAD Challenge: Day 18

A poet in Australia brought it to my attention that I was recently featured in an article on Jane Friedman’s There Are No Rules blog in her post “5 Innovative Poets to Watch and Learn From.” Also, a poet from Virginia brought it to my attention that one of the poems from my collection...