Poetry Publishing

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Lune

For the 3rd Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge, I’m seeking lunes. I’ll accept both Kelly and Collom lunes. Click here to learn more about the lune form. As in previous challenges, the winner will be featured in a future issue of Writer’s Digest (the November/December issue to be precise). The lune...

Altering poetry for publication: Good or bad?

I like making these post-#poettues posts after tweeting poetry on Tuesdays on Twitter. (Click here to view this week’s transcript.) Today, we discussed self-publishing poetry in unusual formats, the importance of quality and design in publication, and selective poetry journals vs. those that accept about anything. And then, we hit upon...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Ghazal

Okay, everyone, it’s time for our second WD Poetic Form Challenge. This time around, I’m seeking a ghazal (click here to learn more about this form). As with the previous challenge, the winning poet will be featured in the Poetic Asides column in a future issue of Writer’s Digest, including at...

Get Your Poetry Published!

On May 29, I’ll be leading an online seminar on how to go about publishing your poetry. After all, it’s one thing to write great poetry, but getting it published? That’s an entirely different hurdle. Topics I plan on covering include: How to identify appropriate markets for your poetry. How to...

Interview With Poet Sage Cohen

Sage Cohen is the author of Writer’s Digest Books’ most recent poetry title, Writing the Life Poetic. She’s also the author of Like the Heart, the World (Queen of Wands Press). She’s taught poetry at universities, hospitals and writing conferences as well as online. As principal of Sage Communications, Cohen writes...

Interview With Poet Katy Evans-Bush

Since I know this interview is a little on the long side (which is a good thing), I won’t spend too much time introducting Katy Evans-Bush, who recently released her first collection of poetry Me and the Dead through Salt Publishing. She also maintains the very popular literary blog Baroque in...

Interview with poet Cherryl Floyd-Miller

Earlier this year, Tammy and I took Baby Will with us to his first poetry event, a reading by Cherryl Floyd-Miller at Wordsmiths Books in Decatur, Georgia. Sadly, Wordsmiths has since closed, but Cherryl was nice enough to be interviewed for the Poetic Asides blog. Her most recent collection of poems,...

Interview With Poet Denise Duhamel

(Note to prompt-hungry poets: This is not a prompt; please don’t mistakenly post your poems for prompts into the comments of this blog post.) Okay, so I know everyone’s busy with writing poems for the April PAD Challenge and reading everyone else’s poems, but I’ve got a great interview with a...

Poets Helping Poets: What Makes a Great Chapbook?

In anticipation of the November PAD Challenge (which starts Saturday!), I threw out the above question to members of the Poetic Asides group on FaceBook: What makes a great chapbook? Here’s what some of them had to say: An interesting mix of poems on the same theme, not always by the...

Poets Helping Poets: Self-publishing and poetry?

Recently, I asked members of my Poetic Asides group on Facebook to give me their take on the relationship of self-publishing and poetry. The response was so overwhelming that I couldn’t include everything (and I apologize if your take was not included–or had to be edited), but I did get a...

Exclusive Interview With Poet Diane Lockward

Recently, it seemed as if a lot of the poetry I was reading had something to do with food, and today’s interview subject played a significant role in me feeling that way. After all, Diane Lockward’s most recent collection from Wind Publications is titled What Feeds Us (winner of the 2006...

ForGodot.com ruffles poetic feathers

Wow! This is a busy day for the blog. How many posts am I going to make today anyway? This post was inspired by a developing story brought to me by my wife Tammy. First, she found this post on Atlanta poet Collin Kelley’s Modern Confessional blog: http://collinkelley.blogspot.com/2008/10/my-poem-at-forgodotcom.html. It talks about...

Poetry FAQs: When is something considered published?

Okay, this question has been coming up a lot recently in the comments section of this blog: What counts as previously published? And, in relation to this blog, does posting a poem in the comments of this blog mean it’s “published”? Before I begin, I think it would be beneficial for...

First Ever Fake Bio Contest Winner and Other Finalists

Okay, I’ve been in hiding recently because so many poets have been hounding me over who is the winner of the first ever fake bio contest on Poetic Asides. The great thing about this contest is that writers didn’t need to have any “real” credits to enter–just a great imagination of what...

Exclusive Interview With Poet Sandra Beasley

This interview has been a work-in-progress since May of this year, even if Sandra Beasley wasn’t in the loop on it. When I was in Los Angeles earlier this year for BookExpo America, I brought along a copy of Hotel Amerika for reading purposes and was floored by a poem about...

Fake Bio Note Contest!

Recently, I was reading about how the Wine Spectator magazine was duped by a fake restaurant in its restaurant awards. This got me thinking how fun it might be to have a “fake bio note” contest. And since we just recently released the 2009 Poet’s Market, I can offer that up...

New Acceptance!

This morning I learned that one of my poems has been accepted for the Autumn issue of DMQ Review. Just had to share. You might also like:No Related Posts

Slow News Day

So I thought I didn’t have anything to share today, but as I was cleaning out my e-mail, I found the following message from Gretl van der Merwe, who’s apparently starting up a bimonthly magazine called Melisma. Here’s the official notice: TheVerbForI will be publishing the first issue of “melisma,” it’s...

World Tour 2008!

Every year, we have a Market Books “world tour” to celebrate the release of our latest editions of books. This “world tour,” which once consisted of several cities in the region has slowly eroded into our two favorite local locations. On August 20, the Market Books team (including me) will be...

Poetry FAQs: Having what it takes to be a poet

Earlier this week, I received a long e-mail from an anonymous Poetic Asides reader who asked important questions I’m sure all poets have asked themselves at some point or another in their poetic development. Here’s some of the e-mail: “I want to put together a book of poetry. I have the subject...

Rabbit Season/Duck Season/Submission Season

I used to love that Looney Tunes cartoon where Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck would argue over rabbit and duck season until Bugs fooled Daffy into saying, “It’s duck season. Duck season!” And then, he’d get shot, and say something like, “I hate you,” to Bugs–who’s so smart, yet always (always)...

Exclusive Interview With Poet Martha Silano

Some of the poets I’ve interviewed for this blog were sought out by me; some have been recommended by other poets; and some have come to me on their own. In the case of Martha Silano, author of Blue Positive (Steel Toe Books, 2006), it was kind of a combination of...

Poets Helping Poets: On Handling Bio Notes

Over on Facebook, I have a personal account with a bunch of poetry friends, as well as a Poetic Asides group with a lot of members. So yesterday I asked the published poets who are members to share a little bit of advice on writing those tricky little bio notes that...