every once in a while it goes the other way too

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Feeling rich with poetry gems right now (which is great cos we’re broke & the world at large is feeling more friable than ever). You write these poems & wonder where they came from & then sometimes they are published in great journals like Vector & Flag+Void who are great to work with, & have consistently been producing interesting work for years. This past week saw the release of my poems in both of those journals simultaneously. Amazing.  (Copies are available at the links provided.)

In other poetry news – after much planning, I’ve gone ahead & started a new reading series for teens and adults at the Library. We will meet every other month & feature a visiting poet, followed by an open mic. While funds are limited, I have a modest budget for paying performers, & am currently seeking grants as well. I’ll be releasing an open call for submissions soon – so please write me if you know a poet that would like to be considered. Here’s a write-up the local paper did of our first reading in the series featuring MK Chavez!

The Poetry Center Chapbook Exchange is also still open for chapbook submissions through August 1st so send some work our way!:

Poetry Center Chapbook Exchange
Open Reading Submission Period: June 1st – August 1st

The Poetry Center invites emerging and established poets to submit work to the Poetry Center Chapbook Exchange. The PCCE is a community-curated chapbook archive created in 2010, by poets recommending other poets using an each one-invite one model. See http://poetrychapbooks.omeka.net
We aim to provide and maintain open access to small-press and out-of-print chapbooks to promote readership of contemporary poetry as well as encourage its value and availability for use as free, educational, teaching resources.
Send us your work that plays, sings, risks, interrogates, provokes, and moves beyond.

Guidelines:
Length: 10-40 pages
Currency: New work (written within the last 5 years); published work that’s fallen out of print.
Aesthetics: seeking a range of forms, approaches, hybrids.
There is no reading fee.
Please email submissions to chapbookexchange@gmail.com.

 

Hope you’re all well & finding some strength in poetry.

 

Since I’m procrastinating putting the finishing touches on my CLA paper for DIYnamic: Librarians in Motion, I thought I’d update my patient & abiding blog, ye olde maw of white space. Hello to you, dear reader.

You may be aware that I recently began my first FTE librarian position with Mendocino County Libraries that required a move up north from the beloved Bay to the small town of Ukiah. Having spent most of my life in big cities (28 years in Brooklyn, 12 in SF) it’s been endlessly fascinating to finally live in a small town where kitties plop themselves in the middle of quiet streets, trucks ride your ass if you slow down to 40 mph on busy ones, and one can know one’s neighbors along with some of their library usage habits. It’s wonderful. How have I not done this sooner? Anyway – since I have one hour until my son releases from the education industrial complex and I do need to finish that paper, I will leave you with a few reports of my library adventures. Much love to you.

Ukiah Library launches new teen group

 Notes from the Teen Room

Branch Lib Report SEPT 2014 – ME