Poetry

Poetry Sunday: Anna Swir’s ‘The Same Inside’

Sometimes we find kinship in unexpected places. Poet Anna Swir’s poem “The Same Inside” captures the meeting of twin souls perfectly. Anna Swir (or Anna Świrszczyńska)(1909-1984) was a Polish poet who wrote about WWII, love, and the experience of women in post-war Europe. When Nazis occupied Poland, she joined the resistance movement, serving as a military… Continue reading Poetry Sunday: Anna Swir’s ‘The Same Inside’

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Poetry Sunday: Marianne Moore’s ‘Roses Only’

Sometimes the greatest thing about a person isn’t her beauty and grace. It isn’t her sweetness and softness. Sometimes a person’s strength is in the parts of her that are the sharpest. In her poem “Roses Only”, Marianne Moore captures that idea perfectly. Marianne Moore (1887-1972) was an American poet who explored the human experience… Continue reading Poetry Sunday: Marianne Moore’s ‘Roses Only’

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Poetry Sunday: Vesna Parun’s ‘You Whose Hands Are More Innocent Than Mine’

  Love stories do not always have a happy ending. With its yearning, pain, and affection, Vesna Parun’s poem ‘You Whose Hands Are More Innocent Than Mine’ highlights the ways that old loves can haunt us even after one or more of the parties has moved on from the relationship. Vesna Parun (1922-2010) was a… Continue reading Poetry Sunday: Vesna Parun’s ‘You Whose Hands Are More Innocent Than Mine’

Publishing · writing

Poetry Contest: Emily Dickinson First Book Award, $10,000

The Poetry Foundation recently announced that it will once again be holding its Emily Dickinson First Book Award. Though the contest is held infrequently, it is a wonderful opportunity for poets. It also has several unusual restrictions. The award seeks to recognize an American poet who is at least 40 years old and who has… Continue reading Poetry Contest: Emily Dickinson First Book Award, $10,000

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Writing Contest: Philadelphia Stories, Poetry, $1000 Prize

  Philadelphia Stories, a print and online art and literature magazine, is holding the Sandy Crimmins National Prize for Poetry. Entries can consist of up to 5 pages of previously unpublished poetry. The winning poet will receive $1000, publication, and an invitation to an awards event in Philadelphia. Runners up will also receive publication as… Continue reading Writing Contest: Philadelphia Stories, Poetry, $1000 Prize

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Publishing Opportunity: Poetry, Art, and Prose

My recent foray into the Diversity Baseline Survey made me realize that I could do a bit better about these things as well. With that in mind, I want to highlight an exciting publishing opportunity. The Deaf Poets Society, an online journal not restricted to poets or members of the deaf community, is holding open submissions for works… Continue reading Publishing Opportunity: Poetry, Art, and Prose

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Writing Contest: Tethered by Letters, $1000 Prize

Though I’m sure many of you already have busy weekends planned, I want to share another great writing contest. Tethered by Letters, a nonprofit literary group out of Denver, Colorado, is hosting its F(r)iction Fall Literary Competition. Participants can submit works to the short story, flash fiction, or poetry categories, and judges are Matt Gallagher, Sari… Continue reading Writing Contest: Tethered by Letters, $1000 Prize

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Writing Contest: Sequestrum’s New Writer Awards

I’ve found another great writing contest for aspiring authors. Sequestrum, an online literature and art magazine run out of Iowa State University and the University of Iowa, is currently holding its New Writer Awards. Participants can enter one of two categories: fiction & nonfiction and poetry. The fiction and nonfiction category includes options for both long… Continue reading Writing Contest: Sequestrum’s New Writer Awards

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Words, Numbers, and Fun Facts about Famous Literature.

Did you know that of the 14 kisses found in Jane Austen’s novels, only 3 involve lip contact between a man and a woman, and 1 involves a man kissing a severed lock of hair? I certainly didn’t. This week’s post about Alan Moore’s Jerusalem made me curious about the quirks and oddities of renowned literature. Though plenty… Continue reading Words, Numbers, and Fun Facts about Famous Literature.