THE SUNDAY POESY: Opportunities, Events and Other Information and News



Opportunity Knocks

THE FORGE LITERARY MAGAZINE publishes one prose piece a week – no poetry. Submissions guidelines are HERE.

INTO THE VOID MAGAZINE, ARTS AND LITERATURE is accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction and art through September 25th. Regarding poetry – “We accept poems of all forms and styles. The key here is two-fold: A clear display of the intention to create a beautiful sounding poem, and an economical use of well-chosen words of powerful meaning and description. Poems can be about anything at all, and of all shapes. We accept: Poems of up to 80 lines. There is no minimum line count. We love one-sentence poems–send ’em!”  Details HERE.

TIMOTHY MCSWEENEY’S guidelines for book submissions HERE, web submissions HERE, and the Quarterly HERE.

OUTBURST MAGAZINE “is driven by its core principles, to encourage innovation in poetry and to publish emerging poets who take risks and break boundaries. Outburst is an Irish based e-zine so we have a responsibility to contribute to the revolution in poetry writing that is going on here. This means we will publish those worthy, insofar as our fallible judgement sees fit, of publication …  innovation and experimentation [is encouraged]. We are neither overawed by, or hostile to ‘names’ nor are we repelled by rage, outrage or erotica. We promise to attempt impartiality and not to prejudge.”  Read the About and Submission Guidelines.

HAKAI MAGAZINE, Coastal Sciences and Societies “explores science and society in coastal ecosystems. Our editorially independent, web-based publication examines the ties between the ocean, land, and human societies through long- and short-form journalism, illustration, photography, and video.” The magazine “is divided into four main sections: News & Views, Features, Videos & Visuals, and Quick Reads.”  This magazine doesn’t take poetry. It is, however,  a beautiful thoughtfully-done magazine, well worth looking at if you do other kinds of creative work. You are strongly advised to study this magazine before submitting.  Details HERE.


13659039_1181668861888753_5467398691388450831_nHEADS-UP FOR THIS AFTERNOON NEW YORK:  Sunday, July 31 at 4 PM – 6 PM in EDT, The Parkside Lounge, 317 E Houston St, New York, New York 10002, Organized by Matt Pasca and Russ Green

MATT PASCA is a teacher, editor and two-time Pushcart nominee whose poetry has appeared in dozens of journals and anthologies as well as two book length collections, A THOUSAND DOORS (2011) and RAVEN WIRE (2016). A 2003 New York State Teacher of Excellence, Matt teaches Poetry, Mythology and Literature and curates a poetry series–Second Saturdays @Cyrus–with his wife, author Terri Muuss. Pasca also advises an award-winning scholastic literary-art magazine, THE WRITERS’ BLOCK, and is a copyeditor and reviewer for the Long Island Authors Group. Matt has performed his work in New Mexico, Montana, Minnesota, Virginia, New Jersey, all around New York and has keynoted or taught workshops at colleges, conferences and continuing Ed. programs. @Matt_Pasca

New York Times proclaims FRANKIE A. SOTO is a “FORCE”. A national touring & Spoken Word Poet & Author of a Weed in a Garden of Extraordinary Flowers & Forever is not enough. He was recently nominated for 2016 National Poetry Awards. Nominated & Premiered for Atlanta Hip Hop Film Festival for his HIV poem in 2013. He is published worldwide for various newspapers, magazines and articles & one of the ambassadors for fighting cancer with poetry in Washington DC

RUSS GREEN is Co-editor at Great Weather for Media; Poet, Curator and Host at Artist.

– photo © Matt Pesca

SPIRIT ROCK INSIGHT MEDITATION CENTER, Woodacre, CA is hosting Exploring Dharma Through Poetry with Phillip Moffett on Sunday, August 14, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Details HERE.


100,000 POETS/PEACEMAKERS FOR CHANGE – Seattle-area readers, SAVE THE DATE  –  organized by The Bardo Group Beguines‘ Rev. Terri Stewart (Beguine Again and The BeZine) at Riverton Park United Methodist Church, 3118 S 140th Stree, Tukwilia, Washington 98168 on Saturday, September 24th at 1 p.m. Terri says, “We will be gathering to hold a peacemaking circle that will focus on earth justice. 1:00 is during the time that the community comes to the food bank. We want to make a public witness of peace and peace for the earth. Hope to see you there!” The Facebook Page for this event is HERE.


3,900 Pages of Paul Klee’s Personal Notebooks Are Now Online, Present His Bauhaus Teachings (1921-1931),

JeanRhys_WideSargassoSeaTop Ten Reasons to Love Jean Rhys, author of Wide Saragasso Sea, the story of Mr. Rochester’s first wife – the madwoman in the attic – from Jane Eyre, For Books’ Sake. This October is the 50th anniversary of the publication of Wide Saragasso Sea The book cover art is from the first edition and the copyright is believed to belong to the publisher, Deutsch, or the cover artist. Fair use.

Toni Morrison participated in the first Digital Book Signing with Google Play

Roxane Gay Becomes 1st Black Woman to Write Marvel Comic Book. She will team with Ta-Nehisi Coates (Between the World and Me, Seiegel & Grau, 2015) to write a series set in the Black Panther’s world.  MORE


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Nigerian poet, novelist, professor and critic, Chinua Achebe (1930-2013)
Nigerian poet, novelist, professor and critic, Chinua Achebe (1930-2013)


CHINUA ACHEBE was a Nigerian poet and novelist. His first novel Things Fall Apart (1958) is his major work and is said to be the most widely read book in modern African literature. He is considered the founding father of African literature in English.

Listen to a short interview with Achebe‘s daughter in pop-out player on BBC’s Witness. Published in 1958, Things Fall Apart “was set in pre-colonial rural Nigeria and examines how the arrival of foreigners – imposing their own traditions – led to tensions within the Igbo society. The book revolutionised African culture, and began a whole new genre of world literature. Witness radio program hears from Achebe’s youngest daughter, Nwando Achebe.”

Refugee Mother and Child Poem

No Madonna and Child could touch
that picture of a mother’s tenderness
for a son she soon would have to forget.
The air was heavy with odours

of diarrhoea of unwashed children
with washed-out ribs and dried-up
bottoms struggling in laboured
steps behind blown empty bellies. Most

mothers there had long ceased
to care but not this one; she held
a ghost smile between her teeth
and in her eyes the ghost of a mother’s
pride as she combed the rust-coloured
hair left on his skull and then –

singing in her eyes – began carefully
to part it… In another life this
would have been a little daily
act of no consequence before his
breakfast and school; now she

did it like putting flowers
on a tiny grave.

– Chinua Achebe, Collected Poems

“Charity . . . is the opium of the privileged.”  Chinua Achebe, Anthills of the Savannah


Africa’s Voice, Nigeria’s Conscience, New York Times
The Sacrificial Egg, The Atlantic

I ♥ The Beat Museum

Our long-term vision for 580 Green includes an additional two floors, an expanded Beat Museum, a cafe, and a Beat Hotel. (Concept drawing by Michael Palumbo) (c) The Beat Museum/Michael Palumbo
The Long-term vision for 580 Green includes an additional two floors, an expanded Beat Museum, a cafe, and a Beat Hotel. (Concept drawing by Michael Palumbo)
(c) The Beat Museum/Michael Palumbo


by Jerry Cimino who recently told us …

how difficult things are for so many these days in San Francisco. Like many small organizations and non-profits, The Beat Museum is feeling the squeeze as rents continue to skyrocket and corporate interests take over.

The brutal truth is this: while you’re renting in San Francisco, you’re at the mercy of others. The only way to know you are truly safe is to own the property you occupy.

So, to safeguard the future of The Beat Museum, and to keep The Beat Generation and its values as the beating heart of North Beach, we intend to buy our own building.

Yes this is a large undertaking, but I feel we really have no other option. And if we don’t do it soon I believe it is likely we will wake up one day – possibly sooner rather than later – and find that we’re homeless.

Obviously, buying a building is going to be expensive. But, I am not asking you for cash you don’t have. Instead, there are four things that anyone and everyone can do to help us secure The Beat Museum’s future.

Click HERE to see sketches of a new Beat Museum. Nice!


We need to show that the North Beach community, as well as Beat fans around the world, are behind this campaign. So please write in to let us know a bit about you – and why you care about the survival of the Beat Museum. You can either drop us an email or use the form in the link above.

We’re pitching this endeavor as “Good for North Beach, Good for San Francisco and Good for Beat Generation fans around the world.” I’d love for our campaign to go viral. So if you are on Facebook or Twitter please tell your followers about our fight to stay in North Beach. We’re using the hashtag #SaveTheBeatMuseum.

Also please contact TV people, radio, print and blogs. Maybe they’re here in San Francisco or somewhere else in the country or even around the world. I’m available for interviews as to why this is vital for the soul of our great city.

Please forward to your friends and any celebrities you might know who dig the Beats. Please ask them for a testimonial as well. I’m firmly convinced this dream can become a reality if we can get some momentum behind us – and celebrities can help us get the word out to a much larger audience.

Please forward to anyone you know who can write a big check. We have a few philanthropists lined up but we still need more. Wouldn’t it be great if we could make a public announcement soon that we have secured some major pledges? Imagine the additional support we could garner if we saw a headline like this:


Imagine how big that announcement would be! The Friends of The Beat Museum is a non-profit 501(c)3 so all donations are eligible for a tax deduction to the fullest extent of the law. I know there are a lot of extremely wealthy individuals who love The Beats. We need your help in ensuring these folks know there is a Beat Museum in San Francisco that celebrates the spirit of The Beat Generation and we’re trying to buy a permanent home to cement that legacy.

Donors can remain anonymous, of course, and I welcome a phone call or email from people in this regard. I truly believe we can build a coalition of extremely wealthy supporters, but these folks need to know what we’re trying to accomplish in order to make that happen.


Please don’t put this off until tomorrow or next week. The perfect building for the future of The Beat Museum is currently on the market right now two blocks away at the corner of Stockton & Green and if we miss this chance, we may not find another.

Believe me, since my last email, the buzz about our intention for a new building in North Beach has been palpable. I know what we’re trying to accomplish is an outrageous undertaking. And our friends and neighbors in North Beach are telling us they love the sheer audacity of our plan. Can you now help us spread the buzz and make it even louder?

With your help I really do believe we can not only save the Beat Museum – but help save the soul of San Francisco.

And, if you DO want to make a donation, you may do so HERE:
Thank you very much for your consideration.
Jerry Cimino
The Beat Museum
540 Broadway
San Francisco, CA 94133

The Beat Museum


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A LOOK BACK TONIGHT: To the first Woman and first Black to run for the U.S. presidential nomination of the Democratic Party

Shirley Chishom, 1925-2005
Shirley Chisholm, 1925-2005

Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm (November 30, 1924 – January 1, 2005) was an American politician, educator, and author. In 1968, she became the first African-American woman elected to the United States Congress, and represented New York’s 12th Congressional District for seven terms from 1969 to 1983. In 1972, she became the first major-party black candidate for President of the United States, and the first woman to run for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination.

In 2015, Chisholm was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

In Memory

Brooklyn Girls Rock!