Tuesday, June 30, 2015

For the birds

Local steel sculptor Tony Armeni loves animals, and he calls his series of original, sculpted bird baths For the Birds.

Lit Youngstown is raffling this sweet piece of art and we’ll split the proceeds with Tony. To buy a ticket ($3.00 for one, $5.00 for two), visit us at the July 1 reading in our First Wednesday Reading Series featuring Larry Smith and Paul Gentile.

Larry Smith, editor of Bottom Dog Press, will accompany himself on guitar as he reads new work, and also poems from his collection Lake Winds. Larry Smith is an Ohio institution, and we’re lucky to have him. 

Bottom Dog Press published several books this year, including one by our second featured reader Paul Gentile. Salvatore and Maria: Finding Paradise is a well-researched working-class immigrant family story. 

The readings will be followed with an open mic, emceed by Youngstown author Carmen Leone.

We will draw the winning raffle ticket the afternoon of Sun. July 12 at the Summer Festival of the Arts at our Lit Youngstown booth, where you’ll find the winning poem of our ekphrasis contest (writing from art!), “Disco,” by Cleveland poet Dianne Borsenik. We’ve printed Dianne’s gorgeous poem on a reusable tote and will give them away at our booth. We will also have writing activities and readings. It will all be amazing. Hope to see you there! For more information, visit Lit Youngstown.

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Thank you, editors

I’ve long admired these journals, so I’m particularly pleased to have my work included. 

Diode Poetry Journal, edited by the amazing Patty Paine, accepted these five poems for the anniversary issue. This is my third time in Diode, and I’m a big admirer of the spare layout and the aesthetic range. I also like the way I can scroll down and read multiple poems by the same poet. Bob Hickock also has several poems in this issue, and while I’m blown down by any one, the force of all of them in one reading is tremendous.

I’m a big fan of Waccamaw, and grateful my poem “Code Violations” found a good home.

My first creative non-fiction came out in PoetsArtists. I’ve lived in many places and was messing around with a list one day, and realized I’ve defined much of my experience in living with animals. Thanks to guest editor Nin Andrews.

And my first short story was published by Ragazine, a terrific journal produced by talented editors in Binghamton, NY. I like writing fiction—all that space!—and plan to do more of it, so I appreciate the encouragement that comes with seeing this story in print, or e-print, so to speak.