Wednesday, June 1, 2011

riding radio waves & other roller coasters

It’s been a hectic/chaotic spring (now summer?), but it’s about time I get some updating done around here. I have much to share…

I’m honored that the lovely Katerina Stoykova-Klemer interviewed me recently for Accents - A Radio Show for Literature, Art and Culture on WRFL 88.1 FM, Lexington KY. It seems the MP3 recording of the interview is now uploaded and archived online so you can listen for free! Visit Katerina’s log list to hear some incredible interviews with writers like Molly Peacock, Jared Smith, Silas House, and so many wonderful talents; you’ll see my interview listed on March 25, 2011:

While admittedly delayed in reporting this, I’m thrilled to share this lovely interview I did with Karin Gillespie over at the Girlfriends Book Club. Karin asked some really great questions and prodded me to talk a bit more about The Low-Residency MFA Handbook, my poetry, and general writing questions. I hope you’ll check it out.

Hey, did you know I have a poem, “The Boat House,” in New Mirage Journal? Really. It’s right here

While there are a few other bits of news to update as far as magazine articles and publications, I’ll save those for next time. Right now I just want to take a moment to express my appreciation for my regular blog readers and those that pop by even occasionally. As I mentioned, it’s been a crazy past few months and I really didn’t think I’d slip away for such a time but I certainly appreciate you coming back to see what’s new. 

I do have some unfortunate news to share. Sadly, time and resources have come to an indefinite end for me regarding Poets’ Quarterly. I know this poetry review journal has held a special place for many of you and I don’t think I could have had any more dedicated contributors than what came my way with PQ. If you’re a writer who’s been around long enough to submit to a few places, you have undoubtedly encountered it before: a web zine is born with good intentions and a full load of steam, but time/money/resources dry up and it’s so hard to sustain and keep up the momentum, even when you have a dedicated readership.  

I’d like to think Poets’ Quarterly will make a comeback some day. I’d like to think the great contributors PQ worked with will be back on board and that the ever-supportive readers will come back, too. For now, though, I’d like to just express my humble thanks to all who made PQ work for the time it did. I’d also like to encourage you to read and submit to those amazing journals that can keep it happening, issue after issue. Editing and producing a journal is a full-time, often unpaid job. It’s worth it; we do it because we love it and it’s important to play a role in the larger lit community. But, sometimes something just have to give. Sadly. Just be sure to share your love and support for those journals you admire. It may just keep them afloat a little bit longer. 

Until next time… 

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