UPCOMING POETRY READINGS/WORKSHOPS
Online all the time – “Some of the best of online poetry, as read by actual poets.” Includes recorded videos of poetry read by Sharon Olds, Sonia Sanchez, Ocean Vuong, E.E. Cummings, Sandra Cisneros, Kay Ryan, Allen Ginsberg, and Gwendolyn Brooks.
May 13 (Wednesday) @ noon – Poets House Presents: Nicole Wallace. Nicole Wallace reads from her chapbook WAASAMOWIN (Imp, 2019) and new poetry from an upcoming work, from her home in Lenapehoking (Brooklyn, NY).
May 19 (Tuesday) @ 7pm-8:45pm – Read your work in a casual open-mic Zoom meetup. Monthly meeting on the 3rd Tuesday of every month where you can read your work aloud and receive gentle feedback. Welcomes writers of all stripes, from non-fiction to fiction to poetry.
May 21 (Thursday) @ 5pm – Poets House Presents: Poetry, Protest & Climiate Change Activism with Ed Roberson, Joan Kane & Brian Teare. Each will read recent work considering the role of poetry alongside pedagogy and protest in the global movement for climate action.
June 4 (first Thursday of every month) @ 12:30-2pm – Monthly Zoom meeting for poetry, hosted by the Bigelow Center. Each month is a new theme (May was sonnets). Hosted by local poet Emerson Gilmore. Ask Ed if you’d like to know more.
PLACES TO SUBMIT YOUR POETRY
Publisher: Broadsided Press
Deadline: May 15, 2020
Broadsided Press has created special prompts to inspire creative work during coronavirus. Submit what you make as a result to “Responses: A Sense of Home.” The press has also curated a broadsides focused on solace.
Publisher: Fearsome Critters
Deadline: May 23, 2020
Fearsome Critters has opened submissions for The Quaranzine: Poetry in the Time of COVID-19. Editors are calling for up to three poems directly related to life under quarantine during COVID-19.
Pubisher: Please See Me
Deadline: June 1, 2020
Although the theme for its Summer 2020 issue is “Heroes,” editors at Please See Me are seeking any health-related work (short stories, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, essays, poetry, and art) inlight of the COVID-19 crisis.
Publisher: Sky Island Journal
Deadline: June 30, 2020
For Issue 13, Sky Island Journal is seeking poetry, flash fiction, and creative nonfiction from around the world that provides culturally diverse perspectives on, and experiences with, the COVID-19 pandemic.
Publisher: Junk Books
Deadline: July 1, 2020
Junk Books is looking for poets who are unique and original for a new poetry collection PUNCH DRUNK. No restrictions on poetic theme or form. They accept online submissions via email. Please send no more than 5 poems; simultaneous submissions okay.
Publisher: Able Muse
Deadline: July 15, 2020
Looking for metrical poetry and poetry translation, including ekphrastic poems. All forms of formal poetry acceptable. Send 1-5 poems at a time. Response time between 2-12 weeks. No simultaneous submissions.
Publisher: Las Laguna Gallery
Deadline: September 31, 2020
In response to COVID-19, Las Laguna Gallery has launched its first online exhibition of art in all media, “a light in the darkness.” All submissions will be accepted and posted in an online gallery.
Publisher: COVID-19 Creative Calls for Submission list
Publisher: Indolent Books
For its poem-a-day “What Rough Beast—COVID-19 Edition,” Indolent Books is seeking verse written in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Editors are seeking three poems or up to three pages of writing.
Publisher: Let it Ripple
Let it Ripple is calling for people around the world interested in being part of its new global film project. Read all or part of the poem “Lockdown,” and answer a few questions to get involved.
Pangyrus has launched an online series with quick turnaround: “In Sickness & In Health: Life in the Pandemic and Beyond.” Editors are seeking well-crafted, thought-provoking writing and multimedia storytelling in every genre.
Since 2014, Rattle has been publishing weekly poems about current events. Editors have been publishing several per week lately in response to COVID-19 with a live streamed open mic every Sunday morning, where all poets are welcome to share their responses.
The Poets' Salon is an all-inclusive group that gets together the second Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m in the Memorial Room at the Fairfield Public Library. We read our poetry aloud, politely critique each others' work (upon request), highlight publishing opportunities, and also talk about local poetry readings.