Poetry Book Recommendations

By Juliet Cook

“Eileen recommends: Hell and High Water by outlaw poet Wolfgang Carstens, who is not afraid, Fuck Cancer Poems by Michael Grover, whose work is touching and brave, and Your Black Opium by Katie Doherty of Paper and Ink Literary Zine, who doesn’t hold back.”

Thank you for the recommendations and the creative photo, Eileen Murphy! 🙂

Anyone interested in acquiring their own copy of “Fuck Cancer Poems” by
Michael Grover can get it from the Blood Pudding Press shop HERE – https://www.etsy.com/listing/546767836/new-fuck-cancer-poems-by-michael-grover?ref=shop_home_active_6

Source:: Blood Pudding Press

LoveAwake.com – Site Review

By Writing Knights Press

It’s hard for many people to find someone in their own town, or state, or even country to want to spend time with. Thankfully, the internet opens the world to people who are lonely, bored, or just looking for a bit of connection. Enter

LoveAwake connects people from the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, India, South Africa, and especially the United States and does its best to remove the guess work from knowing if someone you’re talking to is the real deal, or really just trying to get one over on you.

LoveAwake is absolutely free to join, but there are some add-ons with professional advice and tips. Roy Biancalana (CoachingWithRoy.com) is an author and relationship coach who will provide relationship development advice through a high-quality, state-of-the-art eCourse which will address any potential relationship issues.

If you can’t afford the professional coach, no worries. You can wade through the waters of international dating safely with LoveAwake‘s flexible, adjustable security settings as well as anonymous SMS chat. That way you can get to know someone freely without worrying about them getting further into your life than you’re comfortable with. The security function deals with spam bots quickly and easily so there will be fewer elderly Christian Missionary women with dying husbands promising you a fortune if you just send your credit card information.

LoveAwake is a new, easy to navigate site that takes an approach to dating as yet unseen in the world of mobile and quick clicking instinct based services. If your dating life is snooze inducing, choose LoveAwake.

Source:: Writing Knights Press

Stark Soup, Stark Knights, Book Store and More: The Bard Newsletter #15

By Writing Knights Press

So there has been some development in Writing Knights in the past few months. We have some plans in the works.

First and foremost, We’ve just opened up submissions for Chapbooks (with specific submissions for Form Poetry and Slam Poetry), Full Length books and Mixed Media & Visual books. These submissions will be open until December 31st. Everyone who submits something will be sent our Author Guide (as soon as I finish it).

Next, we will be starting up a Free Book Archive to get into WK circulation some of the out of print archives that we don’t want to charge for, but that we want to make available. These will mostly be anthologies, like the 2011 & 2012 Best Ofs (released in the same file) and the Hands, Seasons, Warriors anthologies (again released in the same file). There are a couple others I think. Contact will be made with contributors.

As some of you know, Writing Knights and Skycycle (or Skyified Crochet) have a gallery at Avenue Arts in Downtown Canton. We have taken to the last three months with having an “Add a Line” poem to get people from the community to add to the board. All to often we get rejections. We’ve come up with a solution. Click here to read about it.

Without going into too many details, we are getting really close to a solid set of rules for the Grand Tournament VII: Stage before Page. A bit of a warning, there will be a fee to enter, but we’ll make it worthwhile. More details later.

For Stark County, OH residents, you know about the Stark Knights tour Writing Knights did for three years straight, 2014, 2015 and 2016. We skipped 2017 because we weren’t getting a lot of interest and we were spending more money in preparation than we were making. Since we’ve started asking for donations we’ve noticed we ARE still getting people in the door. So…

We plan to put in an application to the thrice yearly Stark Soup microgrant program in January to get the Stark Knights tour funded in April. Basically, we want to be able to pay our performers at all of our events and in the cases where we perform at libraries, donate the collected money to the libraries themselves. We may even work in some workshops throughout the month.

I bring it up now, because we will need some support and for people to purchase tickets in advance so they can get in the door so they can vote for us if we make it to the presentation round. Keep an eye out for that!

Last, but not least for this newsletter: Writing Knights will be working on starting an actual, really real brick and mortar book store! We got some really great advice from another local book seller. After which we have started acquiring used books to sell at our Gallery, mostly fiction and some home and garden books, but we will be accepting donations of books from people. We need to find a couple shelves to help better organize the books. The eventual goal will be to get our very own brick and mortar store where we will be able to sell new and used books as well as working out consignments with local artists as well as other presses. It’ll be a process, but I think something will really come of this as long as we have you behind us, helping us out.

That’s it for now, thanks for reading!
Azriel Johnson

PS – Don’t forget new opportunities to Write for WK.

Source:: Writing Knights Press

Get TWO 2017 Chapbooks for a lowered price – Cutting Eyes From Ghosts by Ariana. D. Den Bleyker, Thirsty Bones by Sarah. Lilius, Fuck Cancer Poems by Michael Grover

By Juliet Cook

A new listing has been added to the Blood Pudding Press etsy shop, where you can get TWO 2017 chapbooks for a lowered price!
Choose two chapbooks from the three Blood Pudding Press poetry chapbooks published so far this year, for only $10 (plus shipping) – “Cutting Eyes From Ghosts” by Ariana D. Den Bleyker, “Thirsty Bones” by Sarah Lilius, and “Fuck Cancer Poems” by Michael Grover.
See more details HERE –

Source:: Blood Pudding Press

Another New “Fuck Cancer Poems” has found a new home!

By Juliet Cook

Another New “Fuck Cancer Poems” found a new home!
Angel Uriel Perales’ photo of his copy of “Fuck Cancer Poems” by Michael Grover. 🙂
You can acquire your very own copy from the Blood Pudding Press shop here – https://www.etsy.com/listing/560564955/new-fuck-cancer-poems-by-michael-grover?ref=shop_home_feat_4

Source:: Blood Pudding Press

Verily, Did I Do That? — Meme

By Writing Knights Press

Never let a good obscure holiday go to waste I say!
I don’t know what it is with me and Steve Urkel lately.

Remember, remember, the fifth of November…

Source:: Writing Knights Press

In Response to… — Special Edition FourPlays

By Writing Knights Press


Submission Call Duration:
12:05am November 15, 2017 Eastern Time
11:55pm December 15, 2017 Eastern Time
Any submissions before or after this time may be deleted with no notice.
All submissions made during this time will be acknowledged and given notice of acceptance or rejection.

Submissions are Closed.

The Idea:
Writing Knights runs a gallery space at Avenue Arts in Downtown Canton, Ohio and we have three sets of lines across from our gallery where we invite people to write a line of poetry, in an attempt to trigger creativity. We are often faced with dismissings of our invitation. We want to be able to provide concrete, tactile responses.

What we are looking for:
Written responses one or any of the following dismissals…
“I’m not creative/I’m not a poet.”
“I’m good, thanks.”
“I have to think about it/I’ll come back.”
“Someone else is better with words than I am.”

In the form of:
Poems — Up to 5 lines long.
Prose — Up to 50 words.
Cover art — 4.5×7.5 black and white 300 dpi, related to the theme.
We are unsure how many submissions we will get, need or use. If you have something, submit it and we’ll sort it out.

Email Address:
writingknightspress(at)gmail.com, direct all submissions and questions here.

Email Subject:
“In Response to… Special Edition FourPlay – (Pen Name)”

Email Body:
Pen Name – Legal Name;
Email Address;
Your personal/creative/selected URL;
Titles of Piece(s);
& Which response(s) you are addressing.

Email Attachment:
Piece(s) submitted, clearly defined which piece is which.
As many pieces as you want to submit.

DOC, DOCX, TXT, RTF and JPG (300 dpi) files Accepted ONLY – PDF files and Cloud/Drive links NOT accepted.

All separate Poetry/Prose pieces can be in the same document, however please do NOT embed JPG files into Word Documents. Attach them separately.
Note – If there are any issues with the file format, contact Writing Knights before submitting.

Simultaneous Submissions:
Accepted. Author keeps all rights to pieces regardless of their publication before or after.

Length of Publication:
Indeterminate. We may limit the releases to 99 copies like we do with regular FourPlays or we might continue producing indefinitely. It mostly has to do with how effective these are in getting people interested in creative endeavors.

Every accepted submitter will receive an electronic & printable copy of all four FourPlays. We could feasibly send a print copy to you if you paid shipping, but honestly, it would be easier for you to go to the local print shop and print a copy or two AND you could print as many as you want and distribute them locally at your own events to get people interested in writing.

(Please note — we are not charging for these collections. They are meant as free releases to attract attention and to inspire individuals to write/create/etc)

Source:: Writing Knights Press

Stark Urkel – Meme

By Writing Knights Press

A little bit of throwback, combined with the most popular show on television currently, equals… a meme just in time for the season…

Source:: Writing Knights Press

NEW! In Curious Specimens!

By Juliet Cook

Delighted to have two collaborative poems within “Curious Specimens”!
“We’re already dead” by Adam Tedesco and Juliet Cook.
“Fugitive Dive” by j/j hastain and Juliet Cook.
Looking forward to reading lots of other curious specimens too – and so can you…
HERE: http://www.sundresspublications.com/curiousspecimens.pdf

Source:: Blood Pudding Press

Another New “Fuck Cancer Poems” has found a new home…on Halloween!

By Juliet Cook

Tzynya L. Pinchback received her copy of “Fuck Cancer Poems” by Michael Grover on Halloween. Bwahahahaha!

You can acquire your very own copy from the Blood Pudding Press shop here –

“Thrilled this chap from Blood Pudding Press arrived just before bed on Halloween. I sat up reading it well into the night. Today, I will uncoil and read it again. Thanks to Juliet Cook for the kind note and to her press for publishing Michael Grover’s work.”

Tzynya L. Pinchback

Source:: Blood Pudding Press

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