Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Good News Post...


If Hollywood can celebrate themselves like crazy, I think we (writers & artists) should to.

This post is all about the good news in the poetry world lately. There has been SO much good news it's been hard to keep up!

Let's begin with the awards--

For Foreward's Book of the Year Award in Poetry-- the finalists are...



Archicembalo by G.C. Waldrep
Born in the Cavity of Sunsets by Michael Luis Medrano
By Cold Water by Chris Dombrowski
Fort Red Border by Kiki Petrosino
From the Fever World by Jehanne DuBrow
Holding Everything Down by William Notter
Home By Now by Meg Kearney
How God Ends Us by DeLana R.A. Dameron
I Wish I Had a Heart Like Yours, Walt Whitman by Jude Nutter
My Kill Adore Him by Paul Martinez Pompa
Self-Portrait with Crayon by Allison Benis White
Shore Ordered Ocean by Dora Malech
Slamming Open the Door by Kathleen Sheeder Bonanno
Southern Comfort by Nin Andrews
Sumac's Red Arms by Karen Shklanka
Talking Diamonds by Linda Nemec Foster
The Beginning of the Fields by Angela Shaw
The Essential James Reaney by James Reaney
Then, Something by Patricia Fargnoli
Underlife by January Gill O'Neil
We Mad Climb Shaky Ladders by Pamela Spiro Wagner

Do you see anyone you know? Let me highlight a few names that stood out for me--

Underlife by January Gill O'Neil
Southern Comfort by Nin Andrews
Then, Something by Patricia Fargnoli
Self-Portrait with Crayon by Allison Benis White


Yeah, Ladies! January, Nin, Pat & Allison-- Cheers to the women of poetry who are so FORWARD in their work. Congrats to you all!

(And on another note, 2 of these collections (Underlife & Self-Portrait with Crayon) were chosen by editors at Crab Creek Review as their top poetry picks and will feature mini-reviews in the next issue coming out in April 2010!

Oh and in the category of "How Important is a Title?" Let me tell you, I will be purchasing this book based on title alone: I Wish I Had a Heart Like Yours, Walt Whitman by Jude Nutter


For the Lambda Literary Nominees--

* Breakfast with Thom Gunn, by Randall Mann (University of Chicago Press)
* The Brother Swimming Beneath Me, by Brent Goodman (Black Lawrence Press)
* The First Risk, by Charles Jensen (Lethe Press)
* Sweet Core Orchard, by Benjamin S. Grossberg (University of Tampa Press)
* What the Right Hand Knows, by Tom Healy (Four Way Books)

Charlie & Brent - Congratulations!

And one more bit of good news--

Mr. Eduardo Corral has a poem on POETRY DAILY today!


I needed this overload of good news for good poets. Congrats to all!
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