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Poetry, Community, Opportunity

Back in July I wrote a post titled “Actions Speak Louder, and Words.” Essentially I want whatever increased visibility I acquired by winning the Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award to go toward helping out a fellow Washington state poet. If you’re an emerging poet (no previous book publications) who belongs to a traditionally underrepresented group, this is for you.

I plan on paying for at least one poet’s contest entry for the Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award (Deadline March 1st, 2016) Not only that but I will also offer a full editorial critique of the chapbook the poet(s) plans on submitting. This way I not only continue supporting a press I admire but can also encourage local, emerging poets while advocating for diversity in literature.

If you have a chapbook you feel is ready and you want to submit to Floating Bridge Press (or have in the past), let’s connect! By December 15th send me via email (mschmeltzer01@gmail.com):

1) a page or two maximum from your chapbook

2) some information about yourself (ultimately I want to read something that will make me want to root for you)

I wish I could fund/help everyone but since my resources are limited I’m probably going to have to make decisions among several poets. My ideal is that we can work together and not just strengthen your chapbook but stimulate conversation and community.

So are you in? I can’t wait to hear from you!

Elegy/Elk River

After a lovely reading at the Hugo House here in Seattle, my chapbook “Elegy/Elk River” has been officially released in the wild! For more information on the book you can head over to Goodreads, Floating Bridge Press, or here on my website where you can order directly from me.

Thank you to everyone who has shown me support and encouragement!

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Actions Speak Louder, and Words

Publication, more often than not, is a measure of longevity with talent as the understudy. We shouldn’t confuse approval with publication, publication with success. But there is of course sweetness in publication, to see your words in print or online. To know someone read it and said ‘yes.’

About two months ago I received a phone call from Floating Bridge Press, a Washington State press that focuses on local writers. After many years of submitting I am thrilled to say I have my own yes; I am honored to be the winner of the Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award. My first book of poems, “Elegy/Elk River,” will be published in October 2015!

As excited as I am for this next step, I am equally excited for whatever increased visibility I can bring to traditionally underrepresented poets. This is where you come in. (more…)