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“Only Poetry Can Save You Now” Writing Knights T-shirts

By Writing Knights Press

Writing Knights T-shirts…
great models… lame graphics!

Perfect for
standing
pensively

Post battle standing

Sword holding
while looking
off into
the distance

Red Shirts
SIZE — PRICE
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Great for defending against wood swords

Shirts help
keep battle
stances

Poetry can
protect you
like swords

Post battle
smiling sessions

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Shirts… Great for showing poetry spirit!

For standing
guard over
the words

Praising the gods
of poetry!

Stoicism and style

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Form Poetry – Chapbook Submissions 2018

By Writing Knights Press

(Domestic/International)

Submission Call Duration:
12:05am (0:00) November 1, 2017 Eastern Daylight Time
to 11:55pm (23:55) December 31, 2017 Eastern Standard Time
Any submissions before or after this will be deleted with no guaranteed notice.

Submissions are Currently Closed!


Submission Goal:

This call is specifically for form poetry. If you are not a Slam Poet or Freestyle poet click either of the links.
We will publish any and all accepted submissions. We are hoping to get at least 12. That does not mean if we only get 11 subs we will publish them all, they still have to be quality. If we get 24 brilliant submissions, we’ll publish them all.
Basically… send your best possible work…

Email Address:
writingknightspress(at)gmail.com

Email Subject:
“Form Poetry – Chapbook Submission – Pen Name”

Email Body:
Pen Name – Legal Name; Email Address; Titles of Pieces.
Also please answer these questions:
1. Have you read a Writing Knights Press book before? Which book(s)? What did you think of the aesthetic, the content?
Note – Honest answers are encouraged. You do not have to like the book you read to be accepted to Writing Knights Press.
2. What lead you to submit to Writing Knights Press?
Note – Please provide a website or a contact person.
3. What is your intended promotion strategy?
Note – Also, for your intended promotion strategy, please have something more than just “I’ll post it on my Facebook/Twitter.” Yes, do this, but plan to do some readings. We know it’s hard, but if you don’t believe in your work enough to take that step, why should we?
4. If you are rejected, do you want a critique or just the rejection?
Note – Critiques will not be extensive, we will probably just tell you things we liked about your submission in general, less what we didn’t like unless it was glaringly repugnant.

Email Attachment:
Manuscript – .DOC (97-2003) files Accepted ONLY – PDF files NOT accepted, .JPG (300 dpi) image files.
8.5″x11″ with 1″ margins.
Chapbooks may be poetry, prose, fiction, nonfiction and/or black and white photography.
Up to 25 page sample: any combination of Poetry, Fiction & Nonfiction.
Note – If there are any issues with the file format, contact Writing Knights before submitting.

Simultaneous and Multiple Submissions:
Accepted, but let us know if the piece(s) are accepted elsewhere when they are submitted.
Submit multiple submissions in separate emails.

After Sample Acceptance:
Writing Knights is currently working to compile a new author’s guide which will tell you everything we need and expect from you as an author.

Length of Publication:

The book will be in print indefinitely with a Kindle E-book released concurrently.



Contracts:
We do not have contracts yet, we’re working on that. For now we deal with a good faith agreement.

Compensation:

10 author copies.
Royalties to be discussed privately.

Author Copies:
Cost + $1.00 + Shipping
(Shipping per book reduces as additional books are purchased).

Source:: Writing Knights Press

Poetry Spoken Here, Episode #48 Juliet Cook and Paterson Light and Shadow Reviewed

By Juliet Cook

You can listen to Juliet Cook talk about poetry and creative flow and brain wave quirks AND hear her read 5 of her poems – and then listen to Paterson Light and Shadow Reviewed.
Thank you very much to Charlie Rossiter for Poetry Spoken Here.
https://soundcloud.com/poetry-spoken-here/episode-48-juliet-cook-and-paterson-light-and-shadow-reviewed

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SLAM Style – Chapbook Submissions – 2018

By Writing Knights Press

(Domestic/International)

Submission Call Duration:
12:05am (0:00) November 1, 2017 Eastern Daylight Time
to 11:55pm (23:55) December 31, 2017 Eastern Standard Time
Any submissions before or after this will be deleted with no guaranteed notice.

Submissions are Currently Closed!


Submission Goal:

This call is specifically for SLAM style poetry. If you are a Form poet or a Freestyle poet, click either of the links for specific calls.
We will publish any and all accepted submissions. We are hoping to get at least 12. That does not mean if we only get 11 subs we will publish them all, they still have to be quality. If we get 24 brilliant submissions, we’ll publish them all.
Basically… send your best possible work…

Email Address:
writingknightspress(at)gmail.com

Email Subject:
“SLAM Style – Chapbook Submission – Pen Name”

Email Body:
Pen Name – Legal Name; Email Address; Titles of Pieces.
Also please answer these questions:
1. Have you read a Writing Knights Press book before? Which book(s)? What did you think of the aesthetic, the content?
Note – Honest answers are encouraged. You do not have to like the book you read to be accepted to Writing Knights Press.
2. What lead you to submit to Writing Knights Press?
Note – Please provide a website or a contact person.
3. What is your intended promotion strategy?
Note – Also, for your intended promotion strategy, please have something more than just “I’ll post it on my Facebook/Twitter.” Yes, do this, but plan to do some readings. We know it’s hard, but if you don’t believe in your work enough to take that step, why should we?
4. If you are rejected, do you want a critique or just the rejection?
Note – Critiques will not be extensive, we will probably just tell you things we liked about your submission in general, less what we didn’t like unless it was glaringly repugnant.

Email Attachment:
Manuscript – .DOC (97-2003) files Accepted ONLY – PDF files NOT accepted, .JPG (300 dpi) image files.
8.5″x11″ with 1″ margins.
Chapbooks may be poetry, prose, fiction, nonfiction and/or black and white photography.
Up to 25 page sample of Poetry.
Also send video of you performing 3-5 pieces in your intended MS.
Note – If there are any issues with the file format, contact Writing Knights before submitting.

Simultaneous and Multiple Submissions:
Accepted, but let us know if the piece(s) are accepted elsewhere when they are submitted.
Submit multiple submissions in separate emails.

After Sample Acceptance:
Writing Knights is currently working to compile a new author’s guide which will tell you everything we need and expect from you as an author.

Length of Publication:

The book will be in print indefinitely with a Kindle E-book released concurrently.

Contracts:
We do not have contracts yet, we’re working on that. For now we deal with a good faith agreement.

Compensation:
10 author copies.
Royalties to be discussed privately.

Author Copies:
Cost + $1.00 + Shipping
(Shipping per book reduces as additional books are purchased).

Source:: Writing Knights Press

Diary of a Feminist Thug, Volume I: His[tories] of Her Land – by Lyz Bly (CC#92)

By John Burroughs

Crisis Chronicles Press is ecstatic to team up with Guide to Kulchur Books to present a new Lyz Bly masterwork, Diary of a Feminist Thug, Volume I: His[tories] of Her Land.

Diary of a Feminist Thug is a poetically written narrative that is replete with stream-of-consciousness thoughts and original journal images of a white GenX grrrl-woman, growing up in rust belt America in the late 20th century. Bly‘s text is memoir meets deposition, revealing the subtle and explicit ways in which patriarchy, misogyny, and toxic masculinity crush the psyches and abuse the bodies of women, even white, heterosexual, cisgender middle-class women of Generations X and Y, who grew up amid the promises of the 1960s and 70s social “revolutions” for gender and racial rights and equality.

The 2016 election of trump reminded women how much they are despised, yet tolerated for their role as progenitors of racial identity and paternal “family” names. Bly‘s Diary of a Feminist Thug reveals the insidious psychosis at the heart of heterosexual relationships and white middle-class families and the emotional and physical toll those they take on women who appear to be “just fine.” While there are obvious privileges connected to whiteness and heterosexuality, these privileges still come with a cost; Valerie Solanas once said, “He who won’t slit your throat will torture you to death slowly, often with diamonds.”

Bly‘s generational cohorts will relish her writing style, which varies from erratic to bitingly ironic, as well as her cultural references to GenX icons and defining historical moments. Millennials will get a glimpse into what may lie ahead for even the most privileged among them in these trump-era apocalyptic times.

Where Do You Want It?
United States $10.00 USDElsewhere $13.00 USD
Diary of a Feminist Thug by Lyz Bly is 70 pp, perfect bound. Design by Maggie Halm. Printing by Guide to Kulchur. Dimensions: approximately 5.5″ x 10″. ISBN: 978-0-998-1104-9-3. Available in July 2017 for $10 at the Guide to Kulchur Grand Re-Opening (July 8th in Cleveland) or from Crisis Chronicles Press, 3431 George Avenue, Parma, Ohio 44134. Please add $2 for shipping in the US (plus $3 more for overseas orders).

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What Does Paul Koniecki Do “After Working Hours”?

By Dianne Borsenik

Happy Independence Day!
NightBallet Press is very excited to announce the publication of
After Working Hours (a salute to poets i admire)
by Paul Koniecki!

We first met Paul Koniecki of Dallas, Texas, in Kansas City at the 2016 Throwdown. His dynamic performances left us hungry for more, and After Working Hours delivers with a punch!

This collection of poems is individually dedicated to poets Koniecki admires, including William Taylor Jr., Reverie Evolving, John Dorsey, Chloe Honum, Josh Weir, Jeanette Powers, Ezhno Martin, Jason Ryberg, Anne Hollander, Stevie Edwards, Courtney Marie, Jack Micheline, Saskia Stehouwer, John W. Sexton, Mishka Hoosen-Lewis, Frankie Metro, Lindsey Thomas, Nate Maxon, Rafael Andrade Garza, Michael Clay, Matthew Haines, Tom Ferris, Tomaž Šalamun, Johnny Olson, and Joe Milazzo. In his foreward, Koniecki writes:

“After Working Hours is a tribute to artists who must find ways to navigate the adult working world, much like Bukowski and his post-office. Many artists must ingest the poison of soul-raping day jobs, yet still find ways to funnel inspiration from the slavery of keeping-the-lights-on into the ability to be sensitive again, to be moved again to be creative again. Art needs pain for relevance. You don’t get to bear the scar of art if you haven’t suffered the pain of the cut.”

After Working Hours contains 44 pages of 21 poems, printed on brilliant white paper. The cover is a thick textured white, with a deep blue backing. The cardstock insert is a textured periwinkle/soft denim blue. The cover photo was taken at Mahall’s Bowling in Lakewood, Ohio. This, my friends, is a poetry book with balls!


Paul Koniecki hosts the Pandora’s Box Poetry Showcase at Deep Vellum Books in Dallas, Texas. His chapbook, Reject Convention, was published by Kleft Jaw Press and his poems have appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies since 1985. Richard Bailey’s film, One of the Rough, contains several of Koniecki’s poems, and was shown at the Berlin Experimental Film Festival in December of 2016. He has featured at the Fermoy International Poetry Festival in Ireland, and at the Kansas City Poetry Throwdown in Kansas City, Missouri. He was chosen for the Ashbery Home School Residency in Hudson, New York. He and Reverie Evolving currently facilitate Stone Soup Poetry workshops for the Writer’s Garret of Dallas.

Koniecki will be performing his poetry in Portland, Oregon, at Contronym (A Fugue in E Minor), presented by Kleft Jaw and TRUST Art Collective, July 14, 15, and 16, 2017. ANd YES, he will have After Working Hours with him! Don’t miss this remarkable poet! (Bonus: John Burroughs and Joe Arcangelini, two other NBP poets, will be reading there, as well!)

I can’t think of a more fitting book release to celebrate the Fourth of July than Koniecki’s After Working Hours! It ignites, explodes, and thunders with words that soar, sizzle, and glitter!

You can obtain a copy of After Working Hours for only $10 plus $4 shipping, right here on this website! Just click the button “Buy Now,” and have a debit or credit card handy. You don’t have to have a PayPal account to purchase! (U.S. customers only; out-of-country buyers, please contact the publisher at nightballetpress@gmail.com for shipping costs.) Please note: due to the holiday, shipping on orders will not be before July 11, 2017.

Source:: NightBallet Press

Grand Tournament VI: The Bard Newsletter #14

By Writing Knights Press

The time has come to announce the Grand Tournament Finalists for 2017 (don’t click away after the finalists have been announced, we have one more quick announcement to make).

We had a solid group of contestants and once again, I’m glad I didn’t have to judge this contest.

For those of you not in the know, the Grand Tournament will be held July 29, 2017 at the Kathleen Howland Theatre at Avenue Arts in 324 Cleveland Avenue NW, Canton, Ohio. The show will start as promptly as possible at 7pm. Admission is $5.

The Wayward Sword Litmag Vol. 1, Issue 3: #RESIST will be available for purchase and will showcase the finalists and judges, plus submissions from our National Poetry Month Call “Contronyms”. The Litmag will be $15.

First, let’s congratulate all the competitors this year, many are new to the Grand Tournament format and we appreciate you giving your all. We look forward to seeing you again next year when we subvert the paradigm, just a bit.

Without further ado, our runners up, in alphabetical order:

Daria Quinn — Hollie Neil
Jonathan Thorn — Liz Senn
Michael Bernstein — Scott Thomas Outlar

Let’s give these folks a round of applause.

We will have brand new shirts available in Red and Blue with “Only Poetry Can Save You Now” on the back with the Writing Knights Logo on the front. Our Black shirts will be equally branded.

Next, our Alternates… These people will fill in for our Poetry Category finalists, in the event that they cannot attend the Tournament.

1st Alternate: Keely Aaliyah
2nd Alternate: Deborah Dalton
3rd Alternate: Sy Castells

Next, our Music Finalists. Music Category was a new addition this year and we hope it gets bigger next year!

Anita Keys — Chelan Riebe

Next, our Storytelling Finalists. Again, Storytelling was a new category this year and we are hoping for more entrants.

Marcus Calvert — Rory Stone Mehlman

Last, but not least, our Poetry Competition Finalists.
We have an exciting development… instead of only 5 finalists… we actually had a tie for the 5th spot, bringing 6 finalists into the Performance Round!
In alphabetical order:

Alexis-Rueal — Casey Krysztofik
Peter D. Marra — One Single Rose
Quartez Harris — Zach Ashley

Congratulate these fine poets if you see them on the street!

Our last announcement is, if we get at least three people to participate, we will have a Haiku Joust this year at the tournament. The winner of the Haiku Joust will earn a chapbook deal with Writing Knights. Past winners, this year’s competitors (including finalists), random members of the audience can all compete. If you want to preregister for the Haiku Joust, send an email of intent to writingknights@live.com subject line: “Haiku Joust”. No preregistration is necessary, it’s just nice to know before hand, if possible.

Thank you for sticking with us, and we’ll see you July 29th!

The Writing Knights Team

Source:: Writing Knights Press

It’s a PATCH JOB by Chuck Salmons!

By Dianne Borsenik

NightBallet Press is enormously pleased to announce the publication of Patch Job by Columbus poetand Ohio Poetry Association’s PresidentChuck Salmons!


Patch Job is a collection of poems by Salmons that, in Cathryn Essinger’s words, “are a homage to the men who shaped him, the machinists, mechanics, and carpenters, who taught him how to use spackle, to toss horseshoes, and to do a day’s work, even when he knew that his job was to not be like my father.”

From “Patch Job” (excerpt)

When he and Mom argued,
Dad punched holes in our walls.
His fist pierced the drywall
like Yeager through the sound barrier.
Hand-sized holes every few months,
as if bumps and bruises
where our house had fallen again.

to “Sycamores” (excerpt)

Mother always taught me to jump
into summer’s first swim.
To rip off a Band-Aid,
quickly, as if it were a leech.
To move headlong through life,
the way she faced cancer.

Salmons offers glimpses of a life spackled with hardship and humor, a life filling with “Glory,” “Cold,” “Luck,” “Whiteout,” and “Slump Block.” Other poems in Patch Job find that “God Wakes Up with a Hangover on New Year’s Day,” stroll “Lakeside at the Pentwater Yacht Club, Michigan,” go “Creekin’,” and wake up in a “Bed and Breakfast.”

Steve Abbott says “In poems both wistful and realistic, Patch Job reveals a poet comfortable with science as well as soul. Chuck Salmons invites us to walk with him and embrace the wisdom of the natural world, the joy and pathos of memory, and a series of brisk metaphors that discover the infinite in the mundane.”

Native Columbus resident Chuck Salmons is the current President of Ohio Poetry Association (OPA). His work has appeared in various journals and anthologies, including Pudding Magazine, Evening Street Review, Paradigm, Red Thread Gold Thread, The Fib Review, and Appleseeds. He won the 2011 William Redding Memorial Poetry Contest, sponsored by The Poetry Forum of Columbus, and regularly gives readings throughout the state of Ohio. Salmons earns a living as Publications Editor for the Ohio Geological Survey.


Patch Job contains 36 pages of 25 poems. The white, linen-textured, cardstock cover features a beautiful primitive art piece, “Ask Again Later,” by Kevin Eberhardt. A rib-textured, deep blue, cardstock insert complements the cover. The text is printed on brilliant-white paper.

You can order your very own copy starting today, July 1st, 2017, for only $10, right here on this website through PayPal! All you need is a debit or credit card. Shipping is $4 (US customers only; out-of-country customers please contact the editor for shipping costs (nightballetpress@gmail.com). Please note: shipping on orders will begin July 11, due to the holiday.

Source:: NightBallet Press

NEW in The Rising Phoenix Review – Trap

By Juliet Cook

“I want to rip off all my hair and flush it down.
I want to get rid of these breasts.
Purge them out with scissors
and then cover up the holes.”

from the poem “Trap” by Juliet Cook, now up at The Rising Phoenix Review
read more HERE – https://therisingphoenixreview.com/2017/06/29/trap-by-juliet-cook/

Source:: Blood Pudding Press