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Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

My First Poetry Manuscript

Yes, over the decade or so that I’ve been making poetry an increasing part of my writing practice I’ve selected and sequenced small numbers of poems for chapbook contests and application-related purposes. But now I’m facing something slightly different: shaping a full-length collection. Continue reading ›

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Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Some big news to share today: After nearly three years helping to launch Fig Tree Books LLC (FTB), I will be leaving the Company. My final day with FTB will be Thursday, June 8.

I’ve enjoyed my time as FTB’s Media Editor immensely, and I owe much of that to all of you. So many among you have supported our work at FTB from the start: helping me publicize the Company and its happenings, reviewing its titles, interviewing its authors, and, above all, reading the books! For all of that, I thank you.

I’ll have more to share about what’s coming my way in due course. For now, I’m simply grateful for the past few years and eager to pursue the path ahead. I look forward to sharing the next phase with all of you!

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Tally-Ho!

My blogging time with Poetry Has Value may have reached its end, but that doesn’t mean I can’t continue to share my poetry submission stats with you. So here’s the report for the month of April.

First, a prelude: I’m sorry to say that despite my most noble intentions, National Poetry Month was a generative bust for me. (I think I drafted just two new poems.)

Also, if you’re new to these posts, it may be helpful for you to know that I work very hard to submit my work mainly to paying venues that don’t charge fees for journal/website publication. If you’re similarly looking for paying calls and contests that don’t charge submission fees, you’re always welcome to check my monthly newsletter (and with my weekly “Monday Markets” posts on this blog). And if you’d like to know more about how, generally speaking, I choose where to send my work, this Literary Hub essay remains a good standby.

On with the April report: Continue reading ›

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ICYMI: My Latest Poem

Like legions of fans, I’m grieving the death of Homeland‘s Peter Quinn.

But unlike many of the others (at least to my knowledge), I still have this poem——which I completed before I became aware of Quinn’s demise in Sunday’s season finale—to help comfort me. Continue reading ›

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A Title Is Chosen

Many thanks to the three of you who chimed in here.

I was inclined to agree with you: “The Nameless” was the first draft’s title, but I was already moving toward “The Unnamed” when I posted the poll. Glad that you agreed!

Now, to get the poem submitted, placed, and published!

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A Book is Born

Much of my own past week has been spent focusing on the official release of the latest book from Fig Tree Books LLC: Abigail Pogrebin’s My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew.

Photo credit: Michael Nagle.

Mazal tov to Abby and to everyone who participated in the process of bringing this book into being, in all so many ways.

And Otherwise

Otherwise, my time’s been filled with a number of gatherings with friends; an evening at the theater; a night at a museum; helping out while my sister (a divorced mom of two) was stricken with strep; finishing up Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Refugees; and continuing my delayed binge-consumption of Homeland.

So what’s new with you?

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