It's Almost April! It's Spring! It's Almost National Poetry Month! And it's the Big Poetry Giveaway 2014!
I am a Rust Belt writer who lives in northwestern Pennsylvania. Mainly a poet, I have recently started exploring the world of prose, both fiction and literary nonfiction. I teach right across the state border at Jamestown Community College in Jamestown, New York.
I fell in love with the poetry of Erin Ganaway when I first read her work in Town Creek Poetry. Take a look here and I am sure you will love her poems as much as I do!
Ganaway's first collection of poetry, The Waiting Girl, is a lyrical journey between two worlds: the land of the Appalachian South and the coast of Cape Cod. Deeply rooted in place, Ganaway's poetry explores the interconnections between what it means to be human in landscapes that both bind us and push us away.
Winner of the Texas Review Breakthrough Prize, The Waiting Girl will not disappoint! You can read more about Erin Ganaway's work and her collection on her website.
And now for my second poetry giveaway....it's a Chapbook Grab Bag! Yes, I will include a copy of Wearing Heels in the Rust Belt (Winner of Main Street Rag's 2011 Chapbook Contest), but I will also be including at least nine other chapbooks, including collections by Karen Dietrich, Charles Jensen, Roy Seeger, and Joseph O. Legaspi. The winner will be guaranteed a wide range of voices and publishers!
Please leave your name and contact information below (such as an email). And if you want more information about the annual Big Poetry Giveaway, take a look at Kelli Russell Agodon's blog listed here!
Every small town in America had them: those girls who were up to no good. They wore their clothes too tight, teased their hair too high. They hung out where they weren't supposed to, did things like smoke and drink and swear. They most certainly had sex. Even as a child, I was fascinated by those girls -- so fascinated that they appear again and again in my poems. I call them The Pool Hall Girls.
I am thinking about my Pool Hall Girls today because my review of Alexis Ivy's Romance with Small-Time Crooks appears in the latest edition of Prick of the Spindle! Take a look here.
And in case you want to know more about what I have been reading (And I have been doing a lot of reading, here. Spring has not yet come to rural Pennsylvania. It's way too cold and damp to venture outside to do yardwork), take a look at my latest poetry pick, The Rusted City by Rochelle Hurt listed under my Book Picks.
I am a poet and professor from rural Pennsylvania. This page is dedicated to my publishing news and events; for book reviews published online go to the Reviews tab above. For my own personal reviews, explore the Book Picks tab.