58767c3c06230622f04e715c65fab690Rev. Ben Meyers, minister of the Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo (UUSM), announced today that UUSM members will stand in solidarity for peace, sustainability and social justice on Inauguration Day, January 20th. He invited the greater Peninsula community to join in a peaceful protest from noon – 1 p.m. along the El Camino Real (ECR) from San Francisco to San Jose. “If you too are concerned about the rhetoric and proposed policies of the incoming administration,” Rev. Meyers said, “you are encouraged to come out and show that as a community we will stand our ground and fight for tolerance, decency, economic justice and democracy in our country.”

Protesters are invited to come individually or in groups and to carry their organization’s banner or signs indicating their primary concerns. “Be direct,” counsels Rev. Meyers,
“but PLEASE, no hateful or violent language. Don’t block driveways, doorways, street crossings or traffic. We will gather at noon and disperse peacefully and promptly at 1 p.m.” Further details at ECR Protest.  There’s a Group page set up so that you can meet-up with others near you. Ask to join or message Jamie’s personal FB G J Dedes.

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THE POETRY PROJECT is a non-judgmental venue for women to express their personal stories and observations through poetry to promote social change. MORE Rolling submissions. Guidelines HERE.

GRIS-GRIS is an online journal of literature, culture and the arts published twice a year. The editors invite submissions of poetry, fiction and nonfiction. Open all year for submissions. There is a two dollar processing fee for online submissions or you may mail your work in.  Details HERE.

VINE LEAVES LITERARY JOURNAL seeks vignettes only (their focus – i.e. “something that can be written on a vine leaf”), which may be poetry, prose or script. Photographs and art submissions are also welcome. This journal is published biannually online and the deadline or the fall issue is February 28, 2017.  The dates on the submission page are from 2015, but I think someone has just neglected to update the page. There is a submission fee. Guidelines are HERE. Note this 19th issue will be their last and the editors have annunced that it is to be published as a coffee table book. There is also a book publishing arm.

IN BETWEEN HANGOVER, We Are the Underground is an online (blog-type) publication that seeks “well crafted poems. 6 Max to inbetweenhangovers@yahoo.com No previously published and no simultaneous submissions. Include photo and SHORT bio. Expect a timely response. Work published on a rolling basis.” Link to site HERE.

SOCIAL JUSTICE POETRY, original poems promoting social justice is blog-type site. Submission guidelines HERE.

THE BeZINE, Be Inspired, Be Creative, Be Peace, Be is the publication of an arts collective created to foster proximity and understanding through a shared love of the arts and humanities and all things spirited and to make – however modest – a contribution toward personal healing and deference for the diverse ways people try to make moral, spiritual and intellectual sense of a world in which illness, violence, despair, loneliness and death are as prevalent as hope, friendship, reason and birth. The theme for January is “Resist” and submissions are accepted up to and including the 10th of the month. The range of forms include: poetry, short fiction, essays, creative nonfiction, videos (i.e.music, spoken word) art and anything that may be included in an online publication. Please read the Intro/Mission Statement and Submission Guidelines and check out the latest issue before submitting.  Submission should be sent to bardogroup@gmail.com

ROOM, Literature, Art and Feminism Since 1975 publishes original work for women “including trans persons, gender-variant and two-spirit women, and women of non-binary sexual orientations.  It publishes short stories, poems, creative nonfiction and art. The deadline for the upcoming issue is January 31 and the theme is “Migration.”  Details HERE.

PLENTITUDE, your queer literary magazine seeks “literary fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, reviews, interviews, and novel excerpts at this time” or online publication.  Details HERE.

THE MALAHAT REVIEW Essential Poetry * Fiction *  Creative Nonfiction is a Canadian literary journal published quarterly that featurse both Canadian and international writers, established and emerging. Submission guidelines HERE.

ARC POETRY has published for thirty years and invites submissions from both established and emerging writers. Unsolicited poetry submissions are accepted until May 31, 2017.  Details HERE.


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WARE POETS OPEN POETRY COMPETITION: Prizes: £600 (1st), £300 (2nd), £150 (3rd), & the Ware Sonnet Prize £150 Fees: £4/1, £12/4 + £3 thereafter for each poem in the same submission For previously unpublished poems that have not been awarded a prize in any other competition. Details and Entry Form

ROOM, Literature, Art, and Feminism Since 1975 holds several contests each year. Two have upcoming deadlines: Short forms by January 15 and creative nonfiction by March 8. Fiction and poetry will open on April 15 and art sometime in September. So watch the site if you’re interested in any of these.  Details HERE.

PLENTITUDE, your queer literary magazine announce their first “Cornucopia Literary Prize for fiction, which is open for submissions until February 15, 2017. The prize is for the best work of fiction by a LGBTTQI writer. The editors welcome submissions from writers of any nationality. Details HERE.

ARC POETRY Annual Poet of the Year Contest is open until February 1, 2017 and submissions are welcome from Canada, the United States and elsewhere.  Details HERE.


MARCH 2017 (U.S.) Poetry Organizations from Across the U.S. Join Together to Form Historic Coalition & Launch March 2017 Programs on Migration. “Twenty nonprofit poetry organizations from across the United States have formed a historic coalition dedicated to working together to promote the value poets bring to our culture and communities, and the important contribution poetry makes in the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds … As its first public offering, throughout the month of March 2017, Poetry Coalition members will present multiple programs on the theme: Because We Come From Everything: Poetry & Migration, which borrows a line from U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera’s poem, Borderbus.”  MORE


  • BILL MOYERS shares Starting with Black a poem by Jim Haba, poet and founding director of the Geraldine R. Dodge Festival. The poem “encapsulates 2016” and the “urgent political and moral crisis that we currently face. HERE
  • ANTHONY CRONIN, Irish poet, novelist, biographer, cultural commentator, died.  HERE
  • A FEW QUESTIONS ON POETRY, Critic’s Take, Daniel Halpern  The New York Times HERE
  • PATERSON .. new movie about a poet and the myth of the solitary artist, Richard Brody, The New Yorker HERE
  • THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH, a poet  (Joseph Hutchison) squeezes the presidential election into a clown car, Mary Jo Brooks, PBS


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