HEADS-UP MY FELLOW CALIFORNIANS: PEN America Emerging Voices Fellowships L.A.


“Arts and culture are inextricably linked to our humanity,” said Nashormeh Lindo, California Arts Council Chair. “They serve as a universal touchpoint for understanding and addressing our societal issues—dismantling inequity, healing trauma, reframing justice, inspiring truth and shaping futures.”

This week the California Arts Council announced a grant award of $18,000 to PEN America LA to support its Emerging Voices Fellowships offering literary mentorship to new writers isolated from the literary establishment.

“Emerging Voices is grateful to receive support from the California Arts Council, allowing us to continue our decades-long mission to enrich and diversify the literary community in Los Angeles and beyond at a critical time for writers and their stories,” Michelle Franke, Executive Director of PEN America LA.

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Local Impact supports community-driven arts projects for small and mid-sized arts organizations to foster equity, access, and opportunity in historically marginalized communities. The program centers the arts as a vehicle for building strong, healthy, vibrant, and resilient communities. Historically marginalized communities may include but are not limited to African and African American; Arab; Asian and Asian American; Latinx; Middle Eastern; Native American and Indigenous Californian; Pacific Islander; lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender and gender-variant people; people with disabilities; women; low-income, rural, or immigrant and refugee communities.

PEN America LA is one of 190 grantees chosen for the Local Impact program. The award was featured as part of a larger announcement from the California Arts Council, with grant funds totaling a projected $24,508,541 for 2018-19, the highest investment in statewide arts programming since the 2000-01 fiscal year.

“Arts and culture are inextricably linked to our humanity,” said Nashormeh Lindo, California Arts Council Chair. “They serve as a universal touchpoint for understanding and addressing our societal issues—dismantling inequity, healing trauma, reframing justice, inspiring truth and shaping futures.”

The mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the arts and creativity. The Council is committed to building public will and resources for the arts; fostering accessible arts initiatives that reflect contributions from all of California’s diverse populations; serving as a thought leader and champion for the arts; and providing effective and relevant programs and services.

Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Nashormeh Lindo, Vice Chair Larry Baza, Juan Devis, Jodie Evans, Kathleen Gallegos, Jaime Galli, Donn K. Harris, and Louise McGuinness. Learn more at www.arts.ca.gov.


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PEN America has joined forces with the former PEN Center USA in California as one nationwide organization united under the PEN America banner. Now with 7,000 members coast-to-coast, PEN is an even stronger force to defend against looming threats to open discourse and a free press, to stand with writers and creators who face persecution, and to celebrate literary excellence both established and emerging. The PEN America Los Angeles office, led by Executive Director Michelle Franke, remains a vital hub for carrying on established programs and expanding advocacy in defense of free expression worldwide and other new initiatives.

This post courtesy of PEN America and the California Arts Council.  Illustrations are in the public domain.


Recent in digital publications: 
* Four poemsI Am Not a Silent Poet
* Remembering Mom, HerStry
* Three poems, Levure littéraire
Upcoming in digital publications:
“Over His Morning Coffee,” Front Porch Review

A homebound writer, poet, and former columnist and associate editor of a regional employment newspaper, my work has been featured widely in print and digital publications including: Ramingo’s Porch, Vita Brevis Literature, Connotation Press, The Bar None Group, Salamander Cove, I Am Not a Silent Poet, The Compass Rose and California Woman. I run The Poet by Day, an info hub for poets and writers and am the founding/managing editor of The BeZine.

“Every pair of eyes facing you has probably experienced something you could not endure.”  Lucille Clifton


SUNDAY ANNOUNCEMENTS: Calls for Submissions, Contests and Other News and Information

“I think it pisses God off when you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.” The character Shug Avery in The Color Purple by Alice Walker


Opportunity Knocks

THE BLACK WARRIOR REVIEW  (BRW) “is named for the river that borders the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Established in 1974 by graduate students in the MFA Program in Creative Writing, BWR is the oldest continuously published literary journal produced by graduate students in the United States.” This biannual publication includes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, graphic writing, comics, and art and is published twice yearly. Black Warrior Review is reading submissions through September 1. Submission guidelines are HERE.  

CLEAVER MAGAZINE, Philadelphia’s International Literary Magazine reads submissions year round on a rolling basis for its quarterly lit mag, for Life As Activism, and for Radio Plays as well as Craft Essays, Travel Essays, Book Reviews, Letters to June Cleaver, and poetry.  Submission fees to cover the cost of the magazine’s Submittable subscription vary depending on whether or not you want an “expedited” response.  Details HERE.

CRAFT. publishes flash fiction, short fiction, craft essays, interviews and book reviews year-round. This is a paying market. Details HERE.

GRIST JOURNAL, University of Tennessee at Knoxville seeks poetry, fiction and nonfiction (craft essay, The Writing Life, reviews) through September 15. Reading/submission fee: $4, which is waved for subscribers. This is a paying market. Details HERE.

THE LAMPLIGHT MAGAZINE, A Quarterly Magazine of Dark Fiction is open for submissions of short stories and flash fiction and will consider previously published work through 15 November for 2019 issues. This is a paying market. Details HERE.

SAVANT BOOKS AND PUBLICATIONS seeks submissions of poem for it’s 2019 Savant Poetry Anthology through 31 December 2018. No submission fee. No royalties or complementary copies. Details HERE.

ZYZZYVA, A San Francisco Journal of Arts and Letters founded in 2011 offers readers a curated view of contempoary fiction, nonfiction and poetry “with a distinctly San Francisco perpsective.” Submission guidelines HERE.


The BeZine

Call for submissions for the September issue.

THE BeZINE, Be Inspired, Be Creative, Be Peace, Be. Submissions for the September issue – themed Social Justice – close on August 10 at 11:59 p.m. PDT .

NEW NOTATION: There will be a subsection themed Be the Peace. Submissions are invited to that section as well and you can submit to both sections.

Please send text in the body of the email not as an attachment. Send photographs or illustrations as attachments. No google docs or Dropbox or other such. No rich text. Send submissions to bardogroup@gmail.com.

Publication is September 15th. Poetry, essays, fiction and creative nonfiction, art and photography, music (videos or essays), and whatever lends itself to online presentation is welcome for consideration.

No demographic restrictions.

Please read at least one issue. We DO NOT publish anything that promotes hate, divisiveness or violence or that is scornful or in any way dismissive of “other” peoples. 

  • September 2018 issue, Deadline August 10th, Theme: Human Rights/Social Justice
  • December 2018 issue, Deadline November 10th, Theme: A Life of the Spirit

The BeZine is an entirely volunteer effort, a mission. It is not a paying market but neither does it charge submission or subscription fees.

Previously published work may be submitted IF you hold the copyright. Submissions from beginning and emerging artists as well as pro are encouraged and we have a special interest in getting more submissions of short stores, feature articles, music videos and art for consideration. 

The Poet by Day



Response deadline is Monday, August 6, at 8 p.m. Pacific.  Poems are on theme are published on this site on Tuesday, the August 7. Details HERE.


Opportunity Knocks

BRITTINGHAMAND POLLAK POETRY PRIZE, University of Wisconsin Press, is open for submissions through September 15. Entry fee: $28. Cash award. Details HERE.

THE NATIONAL POETRY SOCIETY (U.K.) is open for submission  from anyone 17+ years at the time of entry. The competition is open internationally but poems must be in English. Submission fee. Cash awards. Deadline 31 October 2018. Details HERE.

THE MOTH POETRY PRIZE [The Moth Magazine] for an unpublished poem is open for entries through 31 December 2018. Entry fee: 12 € per poem. Cash awards. Details HERE.

THE GREGORY O’DONOGHUE INTERNATIONAL POETRY COMPETITION is open for submissions from poets of any nationality through 30 November 2018 at midnight. Entry fee: €5 per poem or €20 for a batch of five. Cash awards and publication. Details HERE.

THE 2018 PLOUGH INTERNATIONAL POETRY PRIZE is open for entries to its Open Poetry Competition 2018 and for The Ronald Duncan Short Poem Competition 2018 through 31 October 2018. Entry fee for both competitions: £5 per poem. Cash awards. Details HERE.


AMERICAN POETRY REVIEW/HONICKMAN FIRST BOOK PRIZE is open for submissions through October 31, 2018. Sharon Olds is judge. $25 entry fee. Cash award: $3,000. Details HERE.

For translations:

FRENCH-AMERICAN FOUNDATION PRIZE FOR TRANSLATION for best translation from French to English opens for submission in October 2018 for their 2019 award. The prizes are for fiction and nonfiction.  Details HERE.



GRANADA UNESCO CITY OF LITERATURE and THE UNIVERSITY OF GRANADA RESIDENCY PROGRAMME for emerging writers in any country and language.  Application deadline: September 2018. The residency will be for two writer and one month – 1 November and 1 December 2018.  Deadline: 20 September 2018. Details HERE.

ANN SPENCER FELLOWSHIP, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts inaugural fellowship will provide a residency to an African-American writer. Application deadline: September 15. Details HERE.


Accessible anytime from anywhere in the world:

The Poet by Day always available online with poems, poets and writers, news and information.

The Poet by Day, Wednesday Writing Prompt, online every week (except for vacation) and all are invited to take part no matter the stage of career or status. Poems related to the challenge of the week (always theme based not form based) will be published here on the following Tuesday.

The Poet by Day, Sunday Announcements. Every week (except for vacation) opportunity knocks for poets and writers. Due to other Sunday commitments, this post will often go up late in the day.

THE BeZINE, Be Inspired, Be Creative, Be Peace, Be – always online HERE.  

Beguine Again, daily inspiration and spiritual practice  – always online HERE.  Beguine Again is the sister site to The BeZine.

YOUR SUNDAY ANNOUNCEMENTS may be emailed to thepoetbyday@gmail.com. Please do so at least a week in advance.

If you would like me to consider reviewing your book, chapbook, magazine or film, here are some general guidelines:

  • send PDF to jamiededes@gmail.com (Note: I have a backlog of six or seven months, so at this writing I suggest you wait until June 2018 to forward anything.Thank you!)
  • nothing that foments hate or misunderstanding
  • nothing violent or encouraging of violence
  • English only, though Spanish is okay if accompanied by translation
  • your book or other product  should be easy for readers to find through your site or other venues.



PLEASE do not mix the communications between the two emails.

Often information is just thatinformation– and not necessarily recommendation. I haven’t worked with all the publications or other organizations featured in my regular Sunday Announcements or other announcements shared on this site. Awards and contests are often (generally) a means to generate income, publicity and marketing mailing lists for the host organizations, some of which are more reputable than others. I rarely attend events anymore. Caveat Emptor: Please be sure to verify information for yourself before submitting work, buying products, paying fees or attending events et al.






Poet and writer, I was once columnist and associate editor of a regional employment publication. I currently run this site, The Poet by Day, an information hub for poets and writers. I am the managing editor of The BeZine published by The Bardo Group Beguines (originally The Bardo Group), a virtual arts collective I founded.  I am a weekly contributor to Beguine Again, a site showcasing spiritual writers. My work is featured in a variety of publications and on sites, including: Levure littéraure, Ramingo’s PorchVita Brevis Literature,Compass Rose, Connotation PressThe Bar None GroupSalamander CoveSecond LightI Am Not a Silent PoetMeta / Phor(e) /Play, and California Woman. My poetry was recently read by Northern California actor Richard Lingua for Poetry Woodshed, Belfast Community Radio. I was featured in a lengthy interview on the Creative Nexus Radio Show where I was dubbed “Poetry Champion.”

* The BeZine: Waging the Peace, An Interfaith Exploration featuring Fr. Daniel Sormani, Rev. Benjamin Meyers, and the Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi among others

“Every pair of eyes facing you has probably experienced something you could not endure.” Lucille Clifton

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



Opportunity Knocks

The deadline is 5 p.m. EST, September 30th, 2016 for application submissions. “The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers is an international fellowship program open to people whose work will benefit directly from access to the collections at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building—including academics, independent scholars, and creative writers (novelists, playwrights, poets). The Center appoints 15 Fellows a year for a nine-month term at the Library, from September through May. In addition to working on their own projects, the Fellows engage in an ongoing exchange of ideas within the Center and in public forums throughout the Library.” Details HERE

THE POETRY PROJECT‘s Fellowship Program: Call for 2016-17 Application submissions deadline is Sunday, September 11, 2016 at 11:59 pm. Three 2016-17 ESB Fellows will be announced in mid-October. Details HERE.


Opportunity Knocks

THE MISSOURI REVIEW “The editors invite submissions of poetry, fiction and nonfiction of general interest (no literary criticism). Please clearly mark the outer envelope as fiction, poetry or essay. Do not mix genres in the same submission. Payment rate is $40 per printed page.” Details HERE.

THE BRIAR CLIFF REVIEW accepts submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art and photography. Deadline November 1, 2016 for the next issue. Details HERE.

THE GUGGENHEIM FOUNDATION is accepting applications for fellowships to assist reasearch and artistic creation (U.S. and Canada). Deadline Monday, September 19, 2016. Details HERE.


Opportunity Knocks

THE MISSOURI REVIEW “sponsors the annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize Contest in fiction, poetry, and essay, with a winner and three finalists named in each category. Length restrictions are 25 pages for fiction and essay, 10 pages for poetry. Winners will be published in the following spring issue plus each will receive a cash prize: $5,000 each for fiction, poetry, and essay. Postmark deadline is October 1. A $25 fee per submission includes a one-year subscription. Details HERE. Scroll down.

THE BRIAR CLIFF REVIEW announces its “21st Annual Fiction, Poetry and Creative Nonfiction contest. First-place winners will receive $1,000 in each of the three categories and will be published in the 2017 edition of The Briar Cliff Review. The contest will run from Aug. 1 to Nov. 1, 2016.” Details HERE.

THE AMERICAN POETRY REVIEW publishes original poetry, literary criticism, interviews, and essays. Details HERE.


ALBANY POETS WEEK Monday, August 29 – Friday, September 2 Details HERE.

CowPoets Cover 2008.indd28TH ANNUAL COWBOY CHRISTMAS POETRY GATHERING is December 2-3, 2016, Friday and Saturday, sponsored by The Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce (Arizona) “We invite you to visit our western community for this special heritage event. The Cowboy Reception is on Friday, December 2th and includes beer/wine and appetizers at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum, located at 21 North Frontier Street. Several of our featured cowboy poets & entertainers will be performing to give you a small taste of what will be featured at the Saturday Night show. Limited tickets are available for the reception @$10 per person advance/ $20 at the door. The featured cowboy poet’s performance scheduled on Saturday, December 3, 7:00 p.m. at the Wickenburg Community Center, 160 N. Valentine Street. Admission: $15 advance tickets – $25 at the door. Tickets for the Gathering are available from The Chamber – 928-684-5479”

14051764_937555199686407_2398345223503328904_nHEADS-UP BROOKLYN, NEW YORK – Poetry in your neighborhood Take a break from the politicos and war mongers and join with Terri Muuss and friends for an evening of poetry … Thursday, September 8 at 7 PM – 10 PM in EDT
Pacific Standard 82 4th Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11217
The book and poets: “Grabbing the Apple” (JB Stillwater Publishing, 2016) is an anthology of poems by New York Women Writers. Readers will be Terri Muuss and Mary Jane Tenerelli (editors), Gabriella Belfiglio, Teri Coyne, Nancy Keating, Jane Le Croy, Liv Mammone and Stella Padnos. Books will be on hand for $14.00.


Helene Cardona announced the Life in Suspension (Salmon Poetry, 2016) won the Pinnacle Book Award for Best Bilingual Book in Poetry.


Church Going by Phillip Larkin and read by him in this video

If you are reading this post in email, you will likely have to link through to view the video.


Submit your event, book launch and other announcements at least fourteen days in advance to thepoetbyday@gmail.com. Publication is subject to editorial discretion.

FYI: Fellowships and Poetry Prizes for Young Poets

The Nine Muses
The Nine Muses


The Poetry Foundation is pleased to announce a $1.2 million gift from the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Fund to support the work of aspiring young poets. The Memorial Fund has awarded the prestigious “Dorothy Prizes” to young poets since 2004, and the Poetry Foundation has offered the Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowships to young poets since 1989. With this new endowment, the current $15,000 Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship prize will nearly double, thereby giving five young poets a more auspicious start to their careers. The newly enhanced prize will be named the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowships, honoring two extraordinary women and their commitment to poetry. The first of these new fellowships will be announced and awarded in 2014.

“The Poetry Foundation is thrilled to begin this important fellowship program with a poetry organization that shares our dedication to and support of promising young poets,” said John Barr, president of the Poetry Foundation. “Some of our most noted poets writing today are Lilly Fellowship recipients who have benefited from being given the time to work and the confidence that this prize engenders.”

The Dorothy Prizes—officially the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Annual Poetry Prizes—were established by Dorothy’s husband, Marvin Rosenberg, playwright and acclaimed Shakespeare scholar, in memory of his wife, herself a published poet. Over the past nine years more than 350 prizes, ranging from to $1,000 to $10,000, have been awarded to fine young writers under the age of 40. Entries for this year’s upcoming contest are due on or before October 5.

“Now it is time for the balance of Marvin’s bequest to be deployed in a long-lasting way for the benefit of young poets,” said Barr Rosenberg, Marvin and Dorothy’s son and trustee of the Memorial Fund. “We are delighted to make this gift on Marvin’s behalf to the Poetry Foundation, so that the funds can continue to be dedicated to Marvin’s long-held dream of giving encouragement and substantial financial support to promising young writers. This is exactly what Marvin would have wished.”

“This gift adds another dimension to Ruth Lilly’s legacy of encouraging young writers at a crucial time in their careers,” said Don Share, editor of Poetry magazine. “It will provide more support for each poet and help to sustain a more diverse spectrum of writers.”

The Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowships have encouraged the further writing and study of poetry among such esteemed poets and Fellowship recipients as Katherine Larson, Roger Reeves and Christian Wiman. The first Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship winner, Saskia Hamilton, has gone on to author several books of poetry and was named a Guggenheim Fellow in 2009. She now edits the journal Literary Imagination.

The success of the Dorothy Prizes can be seen in the consistently high quality of the lyric poetry submitted. Names of honorees, their winning work and a selection of Dorothy’s own poems can be viewed online. This year’s contest will be the last administered by the Rosenbergs, but they hope that the Dorothy Prizes may continue to flourish in the future. Individuals or organizations interested in taking over the administration of the Dorothy Prizes in 2014 are invited to be in contact with proposals via the Dorothy Prizes website.

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About the Poetry Foundation
The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience. The Poetry Foundation seeks to be a leader in shaping a receptive climate for poetry by developing new audiences, creating new avenues for delivery, and encouraging new kinds of poetry through innovative literary prizes and programs. For more information, please visit poetryfoundation.org.

About Poetry Magazine
Founded in Chicago by Harriet Monroe in 1912, Poetry is the oldest monthly devoted to verse in the English-speaking world. Monroe’s “Open Door” policy, set forth in Volume 1 of the magazine, remains the most succinct statement of Poetry’s mission: to print the best poetry written today, in whatever style, genre or approach. The magazine established its reputation early by publishing the first important poems of T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Marianne Moore, Wallace Stevens, H.D., William Carlos Williams, Carl Sandburg and other now-classic authors. In succeeding decades it has presented—often for the first time—works by virtually every major contemporary poet.

– Poetry Foundation

Photo credit ~ Photographer unknown. The Muses Sarcophagus, which depicts the nine muses and their attributes. It was carved in marble around the first haf of the second century and by the Via Ostiense. The photograph is in the public domain. The sarcophagus in house at the Louvre Museum in the Department of Greek, Etruscan and Roman antiquities, Denon wing, ground floor, room 25