Archive for Awards

….And Autumn Moves On…

Somehow in the past week, in the chaos of Hurricane Sandy and local Halloween happenings, November has fingered her way through.  Since we live in Western Pennsylvania, we did not see the damage from the Hurricane that my neighbors to the East did; however, we did experience plenty of rain and wind.  My thoughts go out to those on the East Coast.  As I write this post, the clean up continues.

In other news…well, there isn’t a lot of other news.  In the last month, I received four rejections.  However, I also found out that my poem “Landscape with Starving Deer” won an honorable mention in the Muriel Craft Bailey Contest sponsored by the Comstock Review.  The judge was Dorianne Laux — one of my favorite poets! 

Next week, I hope to be back to regular posting.  But this weekend is dedicated to raking the lawn (we had neat piles before the arrival of Hurricane Sandy) and eating all the leftover Halloween candy!


The Best of the Net!

Since the wonderful editors at Glass: A Journal of Poetry have posted the news, I can too!  My poem, “The Summer I Stopped Catching Bees” has been picked for the 2011 Best of the Net Anthology by Sundress Press!

Thanks to Holly and Anthony, editors of Glass, for nominating my poem, and thanks to judge Mary Biddinger, for picking my poem.

The anthology should be online by the end of February!

Rain & Some Good News

It has rained straight since Friday morning, and the forecast doesn’t call for that to change.  In some ways, our beautiful Autumn October has been ruined.  When I look outside, all I see is a child’s drippy watercolor painting where all the bright hues have run together.  And it’s damp.  And it’s cold. 

Still, I got some good news yesterday.  Holly Burnside and Anthony Frame, editors of Glass: A Journal of Poetry, dropped me a note to say that they nominated my poem, “The Summer I Stopped Catching Bees” for Sundress Publications 2011 Best of the Net Anthology.   Here’s the announcement here, and you can read my poem here.  Thanks Holly and Anthony!

Wearing Heels in the Rust Belt

I am excited, excited, excited to announce that my second chapbook, Wearing Heels in the Rust Belt, has won Main Street Rag’s annual chapbook contest.   I will keep everyone posted on publication dates, but for now, I just want to say thank you, my blogging poetry universe, for your support of my past work and your comments and questions here on my blog!

SUNY Chancellor’s Award

I hate to be in the limelight, and I hate to promote my own work.  Yes, I do know that I post links to my poems, but it still feels awkward to me.  So, I almost didn’t post this recognition, mostly because, well, it sounds a bit self-serving.  Yet, I wanted to thank those who support my work.  So, here it goes.
In May, at a special faculty recognition meeting, I received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities.  I’m only now posting this bit of great news because JCC just published the official news release.  I found out about the nomination back in December and I was stunned.  While my creative work is valued at JCC, I’m not in a publish or perish college, and indeed, teaching creative writing is only a very small part of my courseload.   I can’t say that I didn’t think my colleagues paid attention to my work — many of them purchased Stealing Dust and were always eager to hear my stories of readings — but I didn’t think they would take the time (it is a long process) to nominate me.
In a world where many writers (especially poets) feel undervalued, I feel very lucky to have a job where my colleagues and students appreciate my work.  I also feel very lucky for the support I have outside my little college community.  When I was nominated for the award, I was asked to find poets and scholars outside JCC to speak and write brief letters on my behalf.  So at this time, I would to thank poets Todd Davis, Jeannine Hall Gailey, Sandy Longhorn, Jerry Wemple, and Gabriel Welsch for taking time out of their busy schedules to write a few kind words about my work.
I feel lucky and grateful to be part of such a supporting network of writers — both at JCC and in the poetry world at large.  Although I am uncertain about what my future will be in the writing community, I know that I have found a readership that is important to me.