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Thanks and Praise for San Pedro River Review

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The latest issue of San Pedro River Review includes a poem of mine.  More on that below.  It’s an all poetry journal which fits some sixty poets into an issue.  Some of the names are familiar to me from their submissions to Sin Fronteras/Writers Without Borders, which makes me feel that there is indeed a community of poets.

And I like the fact that they don’t print the poems in order by the poets’ last names (being a Young, this has often bothered me) but take the time to arrange the poems in an interesting sequence.  This is something I’ve recently learned to do as an editor of Sin Fronteras.

The poem they’ve printed is, for me, a longer one called “Crossing the Heartland,” It draws on over a decade, now past, of driving from New Mexico to Maine and back every year.  It attempts to combine the routine of such travel with the ruminations of the mind as one drives.

Wind hits the car as an old
eighteen-wheeler without deflector passes.
Shielded in metal and glass we drive
for hours between corn fields and bean fields,

Here is my view of two familiar highways:

U.S. Highways, sensible and straight
in the west, trick us: Highway 54,
so lean and lovely through Kansas,
winds into Missouri hills, the main street
of bustling lakeside resorts.  Highway 50,
broad and smooth into West Virginia,
turns Appalachian, weary, worn
and ragged as the homes it passes.

San Pedro River Review is edited by Jeffrey and Tobi Alfier.  It comes out twice a year.  More information can be found at http://www.bluehorsepress.com

Sin Fronteras Journal Issue #23 is Out

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SF 23 coverSin Fronteras/Writers Without Borders Issue #23 has just arrived from the printer.  It features the work of 48 contributors, mostly poets.  Six are from southern New Mexico, seven from other parts of the state, a few more from the greater southwest.  Others are from all over the country, from Washington State to Massachusetts to Florida, and three live beyond our nation’s borders.

Some poems speak directly to southern border issues.  Others focus on different kinds of borders: between people, their communication and miscommunication, or between people and wildlife, or people and their pasts.  The editors were pleased to have a rich mix to draw from.

The cover art is by Deret Roberts, local artist and gallery owner.  You can learn more about his gallery at www.artobscuragallery,com.

If you’d like to obtain a copy of this issue, or submit for the next annual issue, go to the Journal’s own website: http://www.sinfronterasjournal.com.  Be sure to check the guidelines and notice that submissions sent to the email address before April 1 will not be read.

 

 

 

 

Celebrating the Kerf

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scan0001I have a poem in the current issue of the Kerf, a small journal out of College of the Redwoods in northern California.  This journal is part of the Del Norte Center for Writing of that college, which is located in Crescent City.

I want to spread the word about this journal because there is a lot I like about it, beginning with the fact that they have chosen a very nice selection of poems in this issue, mostly – but not all – by people I’ve never heard of.  Other features I like:

  • They only do poetry. They take formal as well as free verse poems, and two page poems as well as short ones.
  • They don’t organize the poems in alphabetical order by the poet’s last name; they make creative juxtapositions. (As a poet whose last name begins with Y, I really appreciate finding my poem on page 12.)
  • They often include more than one poem by an author, but put them in separate places.
  • They advertise an interest in “humanity and environmental consciousness” which turns out to have a wide scope.

And they operate without a website or email submissions.  This is one reason I want to spread the word about them.  They advertise annually in Poets & Writers, but they’re hard to find elsewhere.

My poem, Human/Nature, explores some of the contact points between humans and the rest of nature, especially as found here in the rapidly growing city of Las Cruces.  My favorite part, if it is possible to have a favorite part in one’s own poem, is

A puma is sighted near
the new subdivision.
As in a child’s puzzle, which
of these things does not belong?
The puma does not go willingly.

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The reading period for the Kerf is about to begin.  Unsolicited manuscripts are accepted between January 15 and March 31. Include name and address on all manuscripts, enclose an SASE and send to:

the Kerf
College of the Redwoods
883 West Washington Blvd.
Crescent City, CA 95531-8361

A copy of the journal is available for $5.00, a good price for 54 pages of varied and stimulating poems.

New Poetry Editor for Sin Fronteras Journal

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Frank Varela reading in 2015  Photo by Jill Somoze

After the loss of poetry editor Terry Hertzler this spring, we are delighted to have poet Frank Varela step in to help with Sin Fronteras Journal.  Brooklyn born, Frank is the author of four books of poetry, Serpent Underfoot, Bitter Coffee, Caleb’s Exile and, most recently, Diaspora.  His children’s stories have been published by Riverside Publishing Company and Arte Publico Press.  He worked as a librarian in Chicago, where he was named Hispanic Librarian of the Year by the Illinois Secretary of State in 1997.  He now lives in Las Cruces, and is joining Joanne Townsend, former poet laureate of Alaska, and Ellen Young, who does useful things like sending out announcements and downloading the emails, to complete the trio of poetry editors for issue #23.

Submissions to the Journal (poetry or prose) are welcome until June 30.  Go to http://www.sinfronterasjournal.com/submissions and follow the directions.

Sin Fronteras Journal Issue #22 is Out

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SF22 coverSin Fronteras/Writers Without Borders #22 is out.  It’s hard to believe that this is my seventh year as one of the editors, as other personnel have changed.

Our cover artist for this issue is local artist and poet, Katie McLane.

We have a number of bi-lingual poems and one poem presented complete in both English and Spanish. This is something I have had a major interest in expanding, since a border is, among other things, about language.  We’ve made some progress in this.

Poems about rivers, mountains and desert are included, as are poems about family and about loneliness. There are poems commenting on our own southern border, but also poems about September 11 and current troubles in the Middle East.

If you’d like to submit for Issue #23, consider this: this year’s editors will return next year, so it will give you a sense of what we like if you read a copy of Issue #22.

Submissions open April 1.  More information is available at http://www.sinfronterasjournal.com

Last Chance to Submit

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The submissions period for our 2018 issue of Sin Fronteras Journal (#22) ends in one week, on Friday, June 30 (by 12:00 midnight, mountain time, to our email, or postmarked on June 30 for snail mail.

If you’ve been thinking about sending us something now is the time to act.

See the Submissions page at http://www.sinfronterasjournal.com for instructions on what and how.  We’ve seen some good material coming in, but we are eager for more.

Sin Fronteras Issue #21 is Out

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As one of the poetry editors for Sin Fronteras/Writers Without Borders Journal, I am very happy to report that this year’s issue is now out.

sf 210001The cover art is by Tom Holland (www.tomhollandsouthwestart.com)

This issue includes poetry by:
Michael Berton, Zoë Bird, Terry Blanchard, Janet Cannon, Blair Cooper, Beth Copeland, Erin Cummiskey, Ruth Deming, Claudette Franzoy , Grace Marie Grafton, Richard Green, Kenneth Gurney, Lois Marie Harrod, Lisa Hase-Jackson, Terry Hertzler, Diane Kendig, Sandra Kolankiewicz, Jane Lipman, Nadine Lockhart, Eileen Malone, John Mannone, Jayne Marek, Carolyn Martin, Angela McCabe, LeeAnn Meadows, Mary Oertel-Kirschner, Marilyn O’Leary, Simon Perchik, Claire Scott, Michael G. Smith, Joseph Somoza, Joanne Townsend, Frank Varela, Phyllis Wax, Sarah Brown Weitzman, Michelle Wing, and Matt Zambito

And prose by Reuben Sanchez, Robert Joe Stout and Bill Vernon.

We think we’ve got some good writing here.  To find out more, go to http://www.sinfronterasjournal.com.

Journal Deadline Approaching

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Submissions for Sin Fronteras/Writers Without Borders Journal annual issue #19 are due by June 30 (postmark date).  Send to:

Sin Fronteras Journal
c/o DAAC
PO Box 1721
Las Cruces, NM 88004

Full guidelines are at:  http://sinfronterasjournal.com/submissions/

We use mostly poetry but we always include some prose.  And you do not need to limit your subject matter to New Mexico.  Other borders count too.

Sin Fronteras Journal Accepting Submissions for Issue #18

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Sin Fronteras/Writers Without Borders Journal now has its own website.  The Journal is now accepting submissions for next spring’s issue, #18.  The details can be found at: http://sinfronterasjournal.com/submissions/

Sin Fronteras Journal is published in Las Cruces, New Mexico, forty miles from the border and very much within a border mentality.  While we are interested in featuring border writers and writing about the border, we are not limited to that concept.  Send some of your best work according to the instructions at the site listed above.

Yes, we are still asking for snail mail submissions.  With seventeen years of tradition behind us we are moving into the twenty-first century one step at a time.

 

Sin Fronteras Journal now accepting submissions

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Sin Fronteras/Writers Without Borders Journal is an annual journal published in Southern New Mexico by Sin Fronteras/Writers Without Borders, a non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage a community of writers, develop an audience for those writers, and give voice to those whose voices may not be heard.  Issue #16 has just been published; the cover art is by Helen Stork.

 

 

 

Sin Fronteras is now accepting poems, short stories, essays or short plays for issue # 17.  Submissions must be unpublished but are not limited to writers of the Southwest, and “borders” can be interpreted broadly.  Send 3-5 poems or one short prose piece to:

Sin Fronteras/Writers Without Borders
c/o DAAC
PO Box 1721
Las Cruces, NM  88004

Deadline is June 30, 2012

Copies of Issue No. 16 are available from the address above for $8 plus $2 postage; prior issues are available for $5 each plus $2 postage.

Dick Thomas and Ellen Roberts Young are co-editors of the Journal.  Other readers include Joan Glickler, Duncan Hayse and Michelle Holland.  Michael Mandel is manager of the organization, which also sponsors open readings at Palacio Bar in Mesilla, New Mexico, on the third Tuesday of the month. You can also find Sin Fronteras/Writers Without Borders on Facebook.