News and Updates …

“A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.” W.H. Auden, The Complete Works of W.H. Auden: Prose, Volume II: 1939-1948


You are invited to join us at The BeZine Arts and Humanities Group where you are welcome to share your artwork of any kind and to announce your successes/publication/showings/reading et al. Come out to play … and welcome Michael Dickel as my new co-admin there.

FRONTIER POETRYdeadline for entries to the 2019 Chapbook Contest will close on May 15. Cash award and publication. Entry fee. Details HERE.


Antisemitism has been on the rise, so ASYMPTOTE JOURNAL decided to launch a Special Feature call for translated Yiddish Poetry in solidarity. Submission guidelines HERE. This journal publishes poetry, fiction, drama, nonfiction, visual arts, criticism, feature articles and interviews.



I just spent an exhausting three days focused on getting portable supplemental oxygen tanks delivered. Although I have a stationary oxygen concentrator for use in my apartment, the portables are necessary as back-up in an emergency. I’m supposed to have eight in reserve – among other things, this is earthquake country  – and I was down to two. Other tanks are for getting to and from doctor appointments or for an occasional outing. (Among my health challenges: respiratory failure.) Fortunately despite my compromised situation, I am still able to fight for myself. My family is with me on this and would take over the project if I was unable to handle it. On day four, I finally got cleared for delivery and got the much needed tanks but only after threatening to get my lawyer involved.

This experience makes me wonder about the poor folks who are unable speak for themselves and have no one to go to bat for or with them. Apparently this struggle for timely and sufficient supplemental 02 is a challenge with durable medical suppliers nation wide (U.S.) and hospital critical care/pulmonology professionals are working hard to get better service for us. I’m doing some research now with an eye toward the possibility of a feature article on this problem. I hope to bring some larger awareness to the issue.

If you have something to add to the conversation as a patient, caretaker, or service provider, please email me at I’m interested in your thoughts and experience with obtaining prescribed supplemental oxygen. Thank you! / J.D.


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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