Monday, February 22, 2010

Review: Deena Metzger’s Ruin and Beauty

I am pleased to share my review of Ruin and Beauty by Deena Metzger (Red Hen Press).

The full review is at, but here’s a teaser of what I had to say:

“Metzger offers us an abundance of necessarily heavy subject matter bundled with passion between these pages of love, rage, and hope.”

Read the full review on


I also want to share news about The American Poetry Journal book prize, which I read about earlier this week:

The American Poetry Journal Book Prize
Guidelines & Information for 2010

The postmark deadline for entries to the 2010 The American Poetry Journal book prize is February 28, 2010.

To enter, submit 50-65 paginated pages of poetry, table of contents, acknowledgments, bio, email address for results, No SASE (manuscripts will be recycled), and a $25.00 reading fee for each manuscript entered. The winner will receive $1000 and 20 copies. All entries will be considered for publication. Both free and formal verse styles are welcome. Multiple submissions are acceptable. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but if your manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere you must notify The American Poetry Journal and/or Dream Horse Press immediately. Fees are non-refundable.

Writers' names should not appear anywhere on the manuscript. Please include your name and biographical information in a separate cover letter. Please be sure to include your email address. The winner is chosen by the editor of The American Poetry Journal, J.P. Dancing Bear. Close Friends, Students (former or present), and Relatives of the editor are NOT eligible for the contest and their entry fee will be refunded.

The American Poetry Journal book prize entries may be sent, following the guidelines above, to:

The American Poetry Journal book prize
P. O. Box 2080
Felton, California 95001-2080

Please make checks payable to: Dream Horse Press.

Or you can now save yourself the cost of postage, paper, envelopes and a trip to the post office and email your manuscript and pay online at:


Thanks for visiting the blog today. I hope you'll come back on Wednesday for my Q&A with author Tim King.

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