Posts Tagged ‘Weave’

Because Chapbooks Need Love Too…

Weave has a great roundup of chapbook reviews published on their homepage.  Obviously, I am a fan of the chapbook, so I’m always thrilled when chapbooks get a bit of attention too!  Take a look at the reviews.  I just finished one of the chapbooks, I Fall in Love with Strangers by Kelly Scarff. I met Kelly at a recent reading (both of us are graduates of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg) and I love her work.

Lowering the Body at Weave

The lovely editors at Weave have posted my review of Stephen Murabito’s Lowering the Body.  Full Confession: (which I already confessed to the Weave editors) Steve was my professor when I was at Pitt-Greensburg (eons ago) and even then, I remember him working on his writing between classes, grabbing every spare minute he could to get a few words down.  And he didn’t have a lot of spare time.  At this point in his career he was teaching, running the writing center on campus, and overseeing the literary magazine. Plus, and my memory is a bit fuzzy here, I think it was while I was an undergrad that he became a father of twins! I always think of Steve when I complain about not having time to write, because he certainly made time.

I haven’t been in contact with Steve in years, but I have kept up with his writing.  Lowering the Body  is his third full length collection of poems and I think it’s his best.  However, The Oswego Fugues and The Communion of Asiago are also great reads.  All of his books are published by Star Cloud Press.

For a Good Cause or Two…

Weave Magazine is holding a subscription drive this month and they are halfway to their goal — consider helping them out.  Stop by their site and buy a year’s subscription to read great work by a variety of writers including Mary Biddinger, Brent Fisk, Rachel Mallino, Frank DePoole, Mary Alexandra Agner, and others (include two of my own poems in the newest issue!) 

And….

Do you need a reader for some new summer poems?  Are you new to creative nonfiction and need some feedback on some of your work?  Do you have a short story you have been trying to revise but just can’t get a certain scene or character right?  Then, DZANC Books may have a solution (or at least a step in the right direction).  DZANC Books has just started a new program titled the DZANC Creative Writing Sessions which is an online program that allows writers to work with published authors for one-on-one feedback.  Session prices vary (but all are very reasonable).  And the really great news?  The authors in this program are donating 100 percent of their time, for the money goes toward the writing programs that DZANC runs for students in grades 4 – 12.  According to the DZANC’s website, “These additional programs – currently being run nationally by Dzanc – are offered free of charge to students who would not otherwise be able to afford and experience the sort of writing programs Dzanc offers.”  You should check it out!  I can speak from experience.  I just did a two hour session with one of the poets and I got very valuable feedback.  It’s a win-win situation — you get feedback for your work and you donate money for a great cause.

We all know that times are tough right now — but never forget to support the literary arts when you can!

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