Friday, April 26, 2013

Poem in your Pocket Day!

The idea is simple: select a poem you love during National Poetry Month then carry it with you on Poem In Your Pocket Day, sharing it with co-workers, family, and friends. Celebrate on April 26, 2012. Poem In Your Pocket Day has been celebrated each April in New York City since 2002, and nationwide since 2008. Each year, parks, bookstores, workplaces, and other venues burst with open readings of poems from pockets.

For some free print-outs of poems to carry in your pocket, check out This Link. 

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Call for Submissions: Crux Literary Journal

 Crux Literary Journal is a new online literary magazine seeking to publish writing with Christian themes. 

from their call for submissions:

What we DON'T want: sappy, cheesy, watered-down, "greeting-card" Christian writing

What we DO want: poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction that is raw, real, gritty, bold, daring, excellent, and beautiful-- with Christian themes that are either subtle or blatant.

you can read more about the magazine and their submission guidelines here:


* note to students-- be aware that this is a Start-Up literary journal--they have not yet published their first issue--so it is hard to be certain what their style will be like or if the caliber of work is what you would want your work associated with. That to say, submit with caution!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Pixar's 22 Rules of Storytelling

  1. You admire a character for trying more than for their successes.
  2. You gotta keep in mind what’s interesting to you as an audience, not what’s fun to do as a writer. They can be very different.
  3. Trying for theme is important, but you won’t see what the story is actually about til you’re at the end of it. Now rewrite.     { read the rest HERE }

Friday, April 12, 2013

call for submissions: switcheroo 3013

 from the newpages website:
Broadsided has posted two images online. Writers respond to the visual pieces in poetry or prose in a way that creates a relationship between art and literature and that fits with the Broadsided format. There are plenty of past years' selections to see as well. The editors will read all submissions, and the winning entries (one for each piece of art) will be published on May 1, 2013 as a Broadsided collaboration.

Deadline: April 15, 2013.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Poetry Reading: Todd Davis

On Thursday, April 18, Shorter University's Livingston Library will host an open mic time for students, faculty and staff, followed by an announcement of the university's creative writing contest winners. The evening will culminate with a poetry reading by poet Todd Davis.

Earlier that day, a master class with Todd Davis will be held from 11:00  - 12:00 in the Hardeman Room of the Livingston Library.

These events are free and open to the public; for more information, please contact Renee Emerson (remerson AT shorter DOT edu)

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Big Poetry Giveaway { free books! }

To celebrate national poetry month, Susan Rich is hosting The Big Poetry Giveaway on her blog The Alchemist's Kitchen.

On the left hand side of the blog, you can find links to other bloggers who will be giving away two (or more) books of poetry  - completely for free! - on their blogs in April.

All that you have to do to be entered into these drawings is leave a comment on these blogs.

Read more about The Big Poetry Giveaway . here .

Monday, April 1, 2013

National Poetry Month!

April is National Poetry Month! Here are 30 ways you can celebrate poetry this month, courtesy of

Celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day
The idea is simple: select a poem you love, carry it with you, then share it with co-workers, family, and friends.
Read a book of poetry
"Poetry is a response to the daily necessity of getting the world right."
Memorize a poem
"Getting a poem or prose passage truly 'by heart' implies getting it by mind and memory and understanding and delight."
Revisit a poem
"America is a country of second acts, so today, why not brush the dust off these classics and give them a fresh read?"
Put poetry in an unexpected place
"Books should be brought to the doorstep like electricity, or like milk in England: they should be considered utilities."
Bring a poem to your place of worship
"We define poetry as the unofficial view of being, and bringing the art of language in contact with your spiritual practices can deepen both."
Attend a poetry reading
"Readings have been occurring for decades around the world in universities, bookstores, cafes, corner pubs, and coffeehouses."
Play Exquisite Corpse
"Each participant is unaware of what the others have written, thus producing a surprising—sometimes absurd—yet often beautiful poem."
Read a poem at an open mic
"It's a great way to meet other writers in your area and find out about your local writing community."
Support literary organizations
"Many national and local literary organizations offer programs that reach out to the general public to broaden the recognition of poets and their work."
Listen on your commute
"Often, hearing an author read their own work can clarify questions surrounding their work's tone."
Subscribe to a literary magazine
"Full of surprising and challenging poetry, short fiction, interviews, and reviews, literary journals are at the forefront of contemporary poetry."
Start a notebook on
" lets users build their own personal portable online commonplace book out of the materials on our site."
Put a poem in a letter"It's always a treat to get a letter, but finding a poem in the envelope makes the experience extra special."
Watch a poetry movie"What better time than National Poetry Month to gather some friends, watch a poetry-related movie, and perhaps discuss some of the poet's work after the film?"

Take a poem out to lunch
"Adding a poem to lunch puts some poetry in your day and gives you something great to read while you eat."
Put a poem on the pavement
"Go one step beyond hopscotch squares and write a poem in chalk on your sidewalk."
Recite a poem to family and friends
"You can use holidays or birthdays as an opportunity to celebrate with a poem that is dear to you, or one that reminds you of the season."
Organize a poetry reading
"When looking for a venue, consider your local library, coffee shop, bookstore, art gallery, bar or performance space."
Promote public support for poetry"Every year, Congress decides how much money will be given to the National Endowment for the Arts to be distributed all across America."
Start a poetry reading group
"Select books that would engage discussion and not intimidate the reader new to poetry."
Read interviews and literary criticism
"Reading reviews can also be a helpful exercise and lend direction to your future reading."
Buy a book of poems for your library
"Many libraries have undergone or are facing severe cuts in funding. These cuts are often made manifest on library shelves."
Start a commonplace book
"Since the Renaissance, devoted readers have been copying their favorite poems and quotations into notebooks to form their own personal anthologies called commonplace books."
Integrate poetry with technology
"Many email programs allow you to create personalized signatures that are automatically added to the end of every email you send."
Ask the Post Office for more poet stamps
"To be eligible, suggested poets must have been deceased for at least ten years and must be American or of American descent."
Sign up for a poetry class or workshop
"Colleges and arts centers often make individual courses in literature and writing available to the general public."
Subscribe to our free newsletter
"Short and to the point, the Update, our electronic newsletter, will keep you informed on Academy news and events."
Write a letter to a poet
"Let the poets who you are reading know that you appreciate their work by sending them a letter."
Visit a poetry landmark
"Visiting physical spaces associated with a favorite writer is a memorable way to pay homage to their life and work."
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