UPCOMING POETRY READINGS/WORKSHOPS
June 15 (Monday, 2-4pm), June 17 (Wednesday, 10am-noon), June 19 (Friday, 1pm-3pm) – Forms & Features Online: Haibun, led by Maggie Queeney. In this session, we explore the haibun, an ancient Japanese form that fuses prose and haiku. The group will explore a wide variety of poems and conclude with a guided creative writing workshop, where participants will compose an original haibun. Free; registration required; space is limited. To register, email email@example.com with the date and time of the session you would like to attend.
June 19 (Friday) @ noon-12:15pm – Poets House presents artist & poet Rachel Eliza Griffiths reading from her forthcoming book Seeing the Body (W. W. Norton, 2020) from her home in New York. Rachel Eliza Griffiths is a multi-media artist, poet, and writer. She received the MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and is the recipient of numerous fellowships including Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, Kimbilio, Cave Canem Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, Millay Colony, and Yaddo. Free to listen.
June 22 (Monday) @ 6:30pm – #SpreadTheWord: Views from a Crisis is a digital poetry event amplifying Injustice Watch’s reporting and community. Five Illinois artists perform original spoken word art inspired by our coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic and criminal justice. Poets include Kwyn Townsend-Riley, Luis “Logan Lu” Tubens, Lonnie Smith and Ayinde Cartman. This event will take place via Facebook Live, and is affiliated with the Poetry Foundation. Free event, registration required.
June 26 (Friday) @ noon-12:15pm – Poets House presents Xandria Phillips reading from their debut collection HULL (Nightboat Books, 2019), which won the Judith A. Markowitz Award and 2020 Lambda Literary Award. Xandria Phillips is a poet and visual artist from rural Ohio. Xandria has received fellowships from Oberlin College, Cave Canem, Callaloo, and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, where they are the First Wave Poetry Fellow. Free to listen.
June 27 (Saturday) @ noon-6pm – The Poets, Writers, & Storytellers Stage of The Norwalk Art Festival (online), hosted by Jerry Johnson. It’s an all-day streaming event, with notable local poets reading throughout the day – email Jerry at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the link to the online event. Come and go as you please to listen to your favorite poets and find a few new ones. Some members of the Poets’ Salon who will be reading include: Mary Keating, Mary Grace Dembeck, Alison McBain, Ed Ahern, and Bill Hayden.
June 29 (Monday, 2-4pm), July 1 (Wednesday, 10am-noon), July 2 (Thursday, 6pm-8pm) – Forms & Features Online: Prose Poetry, led by Maggie Queeney. This workshop focuses on the prose poem, a hybrid composition that takes the appearance of prose while assuming the devices, and name, of poetry. Together, we will read and discuss a wide variety of poems and conclude with a guided creative writing workshop, where participants will compose original prose poems. Free; registration required; space is limited. To register, email email@example.com with the date and time of the session you would like to attend.
July 2 (Thursday) @ 7pm-8:30pm – Phoenix Books FireWorks Verse Open Mic, hosted by Bianca Amira Zanella. You are invited to a poetry pick-me-up performance with pop! People want poems more than ever during this uncertain time, so Phoenix Books welcomes you to RSVP for another virtual pandemic poetry party. We will find comfort in each other's words, release our stress and emotional weight, and celebrate connection and gratitude. Bring your best metaphoric firework of a verse to share, or just come to listen to the show! Those interested in reading can sign up at the beginning of the meeting, via the Zoom Chat Box feature.
July 10 (Friday) @ 6pm-8pm – Virtual Poet’s Corner led by Bonafide Rojas. The Poet’s Corner is a free workshop for teens and adults meant to empower participants in writing creatively with different styles of poetry and structures. This program aims to create a nurturing space for emerging poets and writers to document their own stories and emotions. Writers create unique pieces at every workshop and are encouraged to participate in an open mic session that same evening to share their creation. For ages 13 & up. Free event, registration required.
PLACES TO SUBMIT YOUR POETRY
Publisher: Winning Writers
The North Street Book Prize for Self-Published Books. $5,000 to the grand prize winner, with six category winners each receiving $1,000. All seven top winners will receive additional benefits from our co-sponsors, BookBaby and Carolyn Howard-Johnson, to help market their books. Everyone who enters will receive a free digital copy of Ms. Howard-Johnson's handy guide, How To Get Great Book Reviews Frugally & Ethically. Entry fee $65.
Publisher: Chestnut Review (for stubborn artists)
2020 Stubborn Writers Contest: Enter up to 5 poems of less than 60 lines – blind submission (no names). First Prize: $500, Second Prize: $250, Third Prize: $125; all winners will be featured in the January 2021 issue of Chestnut Review. Submission fee is $20, but the fee is waived on June 15th (limited to the first 500 submissions received on this day).
Publisher: carte blanche
They welcome poems of any form. Submit up to 3 poems per submission round (per year). Theme for Issue 39 is Anxiety. Prior to COVID-19, worldwide climate anxiety was already on the rise, as well as anxiety relating to politics, mental health, poverty; this list could go on and on. With this new global pandemic affecting our daily lives, we are now living in a period of even greater anxiety than before. As artists in this precarious time, how does the concept of “anxiety” affect and resonate with you?
Submit up to three poems for their summer poetry contest. $10 entry fee for up to three poems. Winner receives $500 dollars and publication in the 11th issue this winter.
Deadline: Open submissions.
Submit 1 poem of 500 words or under. Payment: $5 upon publication.
Publisher: Black Telephone Magazine
Deadline: Open submissions.
Looking for dark literary work along the themes of memory, love, death, lust, spiritualism, and loss. Submit up to 3 poems. Published both online & in print. Poets receive $25 and a contributor’s copy.
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.