HEADS-UP: New York, New York and Greensboro, North Carolina … if you’re tired of all the politicos and talking heads…Salvation!

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The Parkside Lounge
317 E Houston St, New York, New York 10002
Organized by Matt Pasca and Russ Green

RSVP: HERE

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. http://www.mattpasca.com @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

– photo © Matt Pesca

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Triad Poetry Meetup, Greensboro, North Carolina

Organizer Alfred Harrell (“Like” his page)

If you enjoy having knowledge local key local poetry programs and want to support our community programming, please join us and help the continuous transformation of this group in great community of poets and poetry lovers!

What are some perks of members of this group enjoy?

• Free membership!

• Freedom to create and post community events without being a group leader as long as admission to those events are discounted or free for group members

• Poetry writing, poetry oral delivery and critique workshops

• Open mic reading and poetry slam events opportunities in a non coffee-house environment

Details HERE and HERE

– illustration © Alfred Harrell

 

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

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CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS

Opportunity Knocks

GLASS: A JOURNAL OF POETRY, poetry that enacts the artistic and creative purity of glass, was Founded in Toledo, Ohio, the Glass City, by Holly Burnside and Anthony Frame, Glass: A Journal of Poetry (ISSN 1941-4137) was published online twice a year (June and December) from 2008 until 2014 by Glass Poetry Press. Beginning in 2016, it became a weekly online publication. Currently the editors have a call out for submissions for a special feature in response to the June 12 shooting at the Pluse Nightclub in Orland, Florida. Details HERE. Submissions close on July 15.

RALEIGH REVIEW LITERARY & ARTS MAGAZINE  “is a national non-profit magazine of poetry, fiction, and art. We believe that great literature inspires empathy by allowing us to see the world through the eyes of our neighbors, whether across the street or across the globe. Our mission is to foster the creation and availability of accessible yet provocative contemporary literature.[The editors] are looking for poetry, flash fiction, and short fiction that is emotionally and intellectually complex. We read every piece for its intrinsic value, so new/emerging voices are often published along nationally recognized, award-winning authors. Details HERE.

INDIANOLA REVIEW has a reading period from April 15 – December 15. It accepts fiction, nonfiction and  poetry: 3 – 5 pieces in one Word Document. We want our poetry to matter. We want to invest ourselves in the voice of the narrator. We welcome all forms, but generally speaking: if you make it a point to impress us with your format alone without investing yourself in the content, we’ll know. Of course, if you can break these rules and break them elegantly, we want your work.” Details HERE.

CREATIVE NONFICTION, True Stories, Well Told says: “Unlike many magazines, Creative Nonfiction draws heavily from unsolicited submissions. Our editors believe that providing a platform for emerging writers and helping them find readers is an essential role of literary magazines, and it’s been our privilege to work with many fine writers early in their careers. A typical issue of CNF contains at least one essay by a previously unpublished writer.” Details HERE.

BRAIN MILL PRESS “is a small, innovative publisher actively dedicated to producing a catalog of human experiences of love — all kinds of love — with a story-first approach in multiple genres. We have open submission calls a few times a year, and we host the Driftless Unsolicited novella contest in the late spring. At other times, submission is via invitation only. We are particularly interested in submissions from people of color, LGBTQIA+ writers, and women.” DETAILS HERE

Brian Mill Press was founded  “in 2014 by two bestselling authors with over twenty years’ experience in the publishing industry, Brain Mill Press is a midsize independent publisher of “love books for humans.” Our goal is to build a catalog of radically authentic stories and poetry about all facets of the human experience with love, understood as broadly as possible.”

BLUE LYRA REVIEW, A Literary Journal of Diverse Voices publishes “poetry (short, longish, free, narrative, lyric or prose), creative nonfiction, translations, art, fiction, and book reviews. Second, what we are looking for is simple: something that burns us, moves us, and makes us want to reread it. However, we are not looking for horror or erotica or western or something that will be offensive (use your judgment!). Every editor says it but this should be your goal: leave us desiring more. Send us your very best!” Details HERE. Pay attention to their reading periods and submission deadlines. Details HERE.

HEEB MAGAZINE has a sense of humor and is a Jewish magazine born in Brooklyn, NY with straight forward, no fuss guidelines. It’s editors welcome “your submissions, but we can’t promise to love everything. For best results: Keep it short and sweet. Aim for 500. The MAX is 1000 words! Your submissions should fit into one of these categories: News, Culture, Israel, Food, Urban Kvetch, Shtick Write for the universal reader. Heeb is to Jews, as ketchup is to hot dogs. We’re not interested in feeding hot dog(ma) to anyone. Don’t upload photos you don’t have the rights to. If you’re using a Creative Commons image, make sure to provide us with the photographer’s name and the original source. Thanks!”  View and Submit HERE.

AMERICA MAGAZINE, The National Catholic Review accepts submissions including poetryDetails HERE.

THE BeZINE, a publication of The Bardo Group Bequines is currently reviewing submissions – including poetry –  for its July issue.  The theme is “Faith: In things seen and unseen.”  Submission guidelines are HERE.

EVENTS

CLMP, Community of Literary Magazines and Presses announces its “Chinese Food Under the Manhattan Bridge: a fall gala” scheduled for November 2nd.  Details and tickets HERE.

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FIRST SATURDAY POETRY IN BAY SHORE, LI, NY hosted by Matt Pasca and Terri Muuss – food, fun — OPEN MIC — bring your instruments and your poems. Saturday, July 9 at 7 PM – 10 PM Locations: Cyrus Chai & Coffee Company, 1 Railroad Plz, Bay Shore, New York

RESOURCES

POETRY MAGAZINES “contains Poetry Library’s free access non-profit-making online archive of English 20th and 21st century poetry magazines which is part of the library’s ongoing digitisation project funded by the Arts Council England. The Poetry Library launched in 2003. It aims to reach new audiences and preserve the magazines for the future. It already holds more than 6,000 poems published in over 50 different magazines, with work by Fleur Adcock, Jen Hadfield, Seamus Heaney, Michael Horovitz, Jackie Kay, Edwin Morgan, Paul Muldoon, Les Murray, Sheenagh Pugh, Owen Sheers, Fiona Sampson, Penelope Shuttle and many more. The website has been selected by the British Library to be archived by its digital heritage web archiving project, the UK Web Archive.”

THE LONG ISLAND WRITERS HOUSE, established in Huntington in 2014, announced its transition to the Karen Rae Levine Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit. The goal is to foster literacy, creativity and creative writing, and to encourage literary, performing and visual arts. Our concentration will be on the underserved. As an alternative to the a commercial space in Huntington (Long Island, New York), the foundation will connect Long Island’s talented artists with each other and with the community with programs across Long Island and through social media such as a Facebook group, a blog and YouTube productions. If you know of a community in need or if you’re an author or artist with insights to share, email Karen@liwriters.org. Support the arts on Long Island! Membership rates will be announced shortly. Donations can be made on the website or sent by check, payable to Karen Rae Levine Foundation, PO Box 2011, Huntington, NY 11743. Thank you!

Karen writes, “l started the Long Island Writers House on a wing and a prayer. I missed the camaraderie I shared with other writers while going to school in Manhattan for my MFA in Creative Writing. Back home, I recognized that Manhattan was not an easy trek and that was no center on Long Island where writers could learn and network. There were many places for visual and performing artists to congregate, but none for those who created their art with words. I started the Writers House at my home, offering seminars and readings. I combined genres by including performing and visual artists and explored learning methods like Yoga and writing. There were no celebrities and no red pens. My philosophy was and is that we are all in this together. When I saw interest grow, I moved it to a commercial space in Huntington. So many people walked into the space, excited and grateful. But excitement and gratitude couldn’t pay the rent. Meanwhile, I had applied for nonprofit status. With the 501c3 Karen Rae Levine Foundation, I shifted the idea of a physical meeting space to cyberspace. Writers and other artists could still network online, blog, and share their insights on YouTube productions. An as funds grow, I can reach out across this big Island, connecting experts I’ve come to know and respect to aspiring wordsmiths at any level, in their own community.”

BOOK LAUNCH

English Poet Myra Schneider at her 80th Birthday celebration and the launch of her 12th collection

English Poet Myra Schneider at her 80th Birthday celebration and the launch of her 12th collection

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CONGRATULATIONS TO MYRA SCHNEIDER on the publication of her twelfth collection, Persephone in Finsbury Park (Enitharmon Press, 2015). More news to come and apologies that I could only download the back cover.

THE POET BY DAY SUNDAY POESY

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

LATE-BREAKING NEWS: LONG ISLAND, NY … Poetry Street to feature poets from “Grabbing the Apple” and Poets Matt Pasca and Terri Muuss host First Saturday Poetry

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FIRST SATURDAY POETRY EVENT

Poet, Matt Pasca, Raven Wire (Shanti Arts Publishing, 2016)

Poet, Matt Pasca, Raven Wire (Shanti Arts Publishing, 2016)

American She-Poet, Terri Muss

Poet Terri Muss, Over Exposed (JB Stillwater, 2013)

POETRY IN BAY SHORE, LI, NY hosted by Matt Pasca and Terri Muuss – food, fun — OPEN MIC — bring your instruments and your poems.
Saturday, July 9 at 7 PM – 10 PM
Locations: Cyrus Chai & Coffee Company
1 Railroad Plz, Bay Shore, New York

POETRY IN DOWNTOWN BAY SHORE! Join hosts Matt Pasca and Terri Muuss every second Saturday at Cyrus’ for the kind of poetry, coffee, treats and open mic experience you’ve been looking for!!! Our features will move and inspire you with their honesty and scintillating presence. Open mic follows features, so bring your ukulele, cello, double bass, guitar, sonnets, spoken word, villanelles and more!

MAYMAY is the former President of Spit, spoken word poetry club at Hofstra University, and still performs her work passionately and often around the NY area.

BRI ONISHEA is a want-to-be gypsy, ardent lover of words and pursuer of a lifetime of art and learning. More specifically, she is a New York poet, artist, editor, tutor and individual case worker for EPIC. A graduate of SUNY Geneseo, where she co-edited the school’s literary magazine, Bri will be an MSW candidate at Stony Brook University in the fall.

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RELATED FEATURES:
GRABBING THE APPLE … or How a Regional Anthology of Women Poets Was Created and Launched
CELEBRATING AMERICAN SHE-POETS (20): Terri Muuss, Over Exposed
LATE BREAKING NEWS: Grabbing the Apple, An Anthology of New York Women Poets by Poet Terri Muuss and Friends
* Review Raven’s Wire and Interview with Matt Pasca

CELEBRATING AMERICAN SHE-POETS (20): Terri Muuss, Over Exposed

American She-Poet, Terri Muss

American She-Poet, Terri Muss

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SCARLET LETTER

In fifth grade
my father’s secrets
start to breed under my red
confirmation dress—
dig deep in the tunnel of my inner
ear, cling to sentry hairs
on the nape of my neck—

his secrets: black bodies,
glassy eyes, squeeze
beneath my fingernails—
quiet as eggs;
they spin a red thread
that cuts me inside
out.

Over Exposed, the memoir of Terri Muuss, is at once painful and triumphant. It is an examined life that exposes the family of her childhood, the obscenities imposed on her by her father, her numbing with alcohol and drugs and her journey in therapy. All of this and yet she arrives victorious and accomplished with a healthy marriage, healthy sons and a multifaceted career, elements of which reach a hand out to those in trauma.

This is the story of how a child survived and became a woman who found herself and a writer who found her voice. The experiences of a lifetime form a collection of poems and prose vignettes that bespeak the possibilities of redemption and hold out hope and affirmation to those others whose childhoods have left them wounded. I recommend this book to everyone but, most especially, to those who have a history like Terri’s.

Lately, I feel a bull’s eye on me: on the street, the A train, in the fruit market. Men infect me with words, with smiles. Eyes snatch at breasts, tongues pin me to subway walls, mouths like a cold speculum pry open my inner ear. Their words pound, pound me, a worn head of drum. Voices divide and conquer, dividing me from myself—

Emotionally it was not the easiest book to read. I often found myself in tears.It is rewarding though, not only because its subject remains unbeaten but because the writing, pacing and organization have you moving through the pages anxious to gobble up each poem, each story, every nuance. Terri’s switches from child-voice to adult are smooth, her imagery clear and moving, her poetry well-crafted.

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There are two videos in this post. If you are reading this from an email, you will have to click to this site to view the videos.

INTERVIEW

JAMIE: Am I right that your first love was acting? If so, how did you transition – or what inspired – the addition of poetry to your artistic repertoire?

TERRI: Yes, acting, theatre and directing have always been my first loves. I came to acting quite young and naturally. It will always be a huge part of who I am and how I see art in a larger sense. Much of my poetry is born out of a theatricality I possess from being onstage these many years.

That being said, poetry was always sort of waiting in the wings for me. When I was in 10th grade, my best friend Leslie was a beautiful person and poet who I admired greatly. I spent long days at her house after school as I had no inclination to go home to my own dysfunctional house. There, she read and wrote poetry in front of me and it certainly inspired me to use it as an avenue for expression. Later, during senior year, I had a teacher hand me a packet of poems by e.e. cummings, T.S. Eliot, Emily Dickinson and Langston Hughes that she thought I would enjoy. That packet sent me on a journey of reading as many poets as I could. Still, poetry was off to the side while theater took center stage.

It really wasn’t until I was faced with the trauma of my past and of putting myself together that writing became both a therapeutic tool and an artistic passion. To better understand the trauma of being sexually abused as a child, I wrote and wrote and wrote. Mostly poetry but also monologues. At the end, what I’d constructed was a one-woman show skeleton that became Anatomy of a Doll. I performed the show throughout New York City and then the country at conferences and in theaters. Even then, I didn’t identify myself as a writer. I thought of myself as a performer who just happened to use my writing as a script. When Veronica Golos (my friend, mentor and a gorgeous poet who’s won numerous awards) began taking an interest in my work and started editing it in a poetry workshop she led out of her house on the Upper West Side, I started to see myself in the context of being a poet and poetry as a vocation. I think the form of poetry works well to showcase the dissociation that comes with abuse much more than prose does. Veronica is still my editor, having worked on both Anatomy of a Doll and my book, Over Exposed.

But the biggest transition from actor to writer happened during my marriage to poet Matt Pasca. He’s always seen me as a writer and, before I even claimed that identity for myself, always pushed me to go deeper, to write more, to get better, to submit my work. Through our marriage I have grown as a writer and came to see myself as a poet.

JAMIE: It is one thing to write about painful events in life and another to share them publicly. I think you are something of a hero for doing so. Where does this core of courage come from? What is the reaction from friends and relatives?

TERRI: This is a very interesting question that I get often–the question of the courage it takes to reveal my past. Many people have said they’ve seen me as courageous because I share the truth of my childhood sexual abuse, subsequent rapes, addiction and my recovery quite publicly. I have to acknowledge that this is the way it is perceived by other people. For me, however, it’s born out of necessity and so it’s never felt or seemed like courage. I have lived my life according to the 12-step saying, “You’re only as sick as your secrets.” I know that what I keep inside me, what I feel shame about, what I try to hide, will destroy me from the inside. Giving a voice to my pain and shame and grief and mistakes gives me back my power, my joy and my life.

I’ve also grown to see that if I’m hiding the fact that I was sexually abused, I am sending myself and others the message that it was somehow my fault or that there’s something for me to be ashamed of. I’ve come to understand that what happened to me was not anything that I should be ashamed of. I was the victim so why should I be ashamed. I’ve also come to understand that the sexual abuse and the rape and the violence are a part of me but they are not the entirety of me.

Lastly, if I can help someone (with my story) to recover, let go of their shame, and move into survivorhood, then it is all more than worth it. As social worker and researcher Brene Brown states, “If you put shame in a petri dish, it needs three ingredients to grow exponentially: secrecy, silence, and judgment. If you put the same amount of shame in the petri dish and douse it with empathy, it can’t survive.” I choose let go of secrecy and to douse my shame with empathy, and empathy for the world must begin with me.

Friends and relatives have been overwhelmingly supportive, although for some of them, it took a period of adjustment and listening that gave birth to deeper understanding. I surround myself with people who are willing to be empathetic, courageous, vulnerable, and honest with both me and themselves. I consider myself very lucky to have a wide circle of supportive people in my life.

JAMIE: With two parents who are poets, do your children like poetry? Have they started writing themselves? Have they read your poetry?

TERRI: Great question! Yes! We have two boys, Rainer, 10, and Atticus, 7, and they have both had poems published. Rainer is by far the more prolific writer who really loves writing and poetry. Atticus is a drummer who dabbles in writing. They both had poems published in Skipping Stones, a journal for children ages 7-14. Rainer has also been published in Stone Soup, The Louisville Review (when he was 4), and the anthology, Holiday Word Gifts (JB Stillwater, 2011). Some of the things that Rainer writes take my breath away. It’s proof positive that as artists we are always trying to get back to that place where we were as children– where we can take risks and be playful and not worry about being judged.

JAMIE: You seem to have a gift for building a poetry community. What advice do you have for readers who might be trying to do the same?

TERRI: I’m a licensed social worker and the macro version of social work is community organizing. The first rule of community organizing is to listen to the community. Too often, people come into a community with their own expectations and demands. They try to foist onto a community what they want to see the community have. If you’re really trying to build community, through the arts or otherwise, ask questions and be willing to hear the answers. The community might not want the same things you want for them but if community is your ultimate goal, you need to let its members be your guide. Too often in the poetry community, as in other communities, people set up an event that mirrors the kind of poetry THEY want but disregard what the community is really is looking for. Finding the right venue, format and publicity are integral to success.

I would also add that it’s so important to have collaborators in any community venture. Without them, burnout is a real factor. You need to be able to share the workload, bounce ideas off of each other, and laugh together to elevate stress and keep it going!

JAMIE: You put together a lovely trailer for “Over Exposed.” How long did it take to put it together and what kind of tools did you use. Have you found it helpful in getting the word out.

TERRI: Dana Maddox did my trailer. She’s a brilliant filmmaker studying in LA right now. I came in contact with her through the mother of someone I directed in a show. We did the voiceover elements in the studio first and then she came to shoot the video at my house. It took about 10 hours of shooting and about two weeks of intense editing for her to put together the trailer. It’s not something that I could have done alone. Many people have that skill set but that’s not my wheelhouse. I can direct videos but editing is a different thing. She did an amazing job and I’m very proud of it. It certainly helps get the word out about my book. I think social media and online platforms always help books.

JAMIE:  So you have to my knowledge three books out: one on poetry as therapy, the recently published anthology, and “Over Exposed.” What’s next on the agenda?

TERRI: I have two books out currently. Over Exposed is my memoir, told in both poetry and prose. Grabbing the Apple is an anthology of New York women poets that I coedited with M.J. Tenerelli. The other group you mentioned here is the Poets of Well-being (Susan Dingle, Maggie Bloomfield, Nina Yavel and I). We are all social worker-writers who are in long term recovery (we have over 100 years of sobriety between us). I was the last member to join the group and so their chapbook does not include my work. It’s absolutely worth checking out. You can find the group on Facebook. As a group, we travel to conferences and venues to showcase how writing can be a therapeutic tool for helping others overcome addiction and abuse. We facilitated a workshop at AWP in Minnesota, at the Expressive Therapies Conference in NYC and were even invited to the 2016 NASW conference in DC. Susan runs a beautiful poetry event called “Poetry Street” out in Riverhead that is a fine example of great community organizing and art as a healing method.

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A tidbit on the light side and apropos upcoming elections in the U.S.: Atticus and Rainer Muuss on Ellen and at The White House with the First Lady.

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