Posts Tagged ‘Adanna’

Adanna & The Radium Girls

The newest issue of Adanna features my poem, “Sleeping with the Radium Girls.” In case you don’t know the reference, my poem is examining (in a surreal sort of way) the plight of the Radium Girls, a group of female factory workers who were poisoned when they painted watch dials with glow-in-the-dark paint that contained radium. 

I’ve mentioned before that the Triangle Fire (another important and tragic event in the history of working-class women) is a very prominent subject in contemporary literature including poetry. Yet, I don’t see as much written about the Radium Girls.  I have read two novels that feature the Radium Girls:  Radium Halos by Shelley Stout  and The Death Instinct by Jed Rubenfeld  but not a lot of poetry. Because the world of poetry and even the world of working-class poetry is so big, it’s quite possible that I’ve missed some good work out there about this particular part of women’s history.  If you happen to know something that I have missed, please leave a link!

Finally

My grades for the semester are done, and it looks like I will be teaching a creative writing class this summer.  So, yes, like everyone, my endings aren’t really endings, but starting points for new beginnings — in my case, new classes, new students, and hopefully, some new work. 

In the last week or so, I have managed to draft some new poems.  I’ve also received a rejection or two.  But today, I got the news that Adanna has accepted one of my poems.  I loved Adanna’s debut issue that was published last year, so I’m super excited to be included in this summer’s issue.

In other news, two great poets have chapbooks coming out from Finishing Line Press.  As most of my readers know, my first chapbook, Stealing Dust, was published by Finishing Line Press and I’ve been grateful for the Press’s support of my work.  Thus, I try to support them whenever I can.  Consider preordering Sheila Squillante’s Women Who Pawn Their Jewelry and Laura E. Davis’s Braiding the Storm.  (The links go directly to their blogs where you can learn more about their work!)

Now, I’m off to prepare for my summer course!  With the warm weather and bright sun, it does indeed, feel like summer.

CFS: Adanna

Thanks to Diane for this call!  Adanna is a new literary journal that seeks to publish work that reflects “women’s issues and celebrates womanhood.”  The journal’s submission period will close April 30th, and the first issue is due out this summer.  It looks fantastic!  Please see Diane’s blog for more details.