Sunday, September 04, 2016

Literary Arts Review publishes review of my book Shining from a Different Firmament!

Many thanks to the editors of The Literary Arts Review for their two-page book review of my chapbook Shining from a Different Firmament!!  They are among the few journals that review poetry chapbooks!  I was expecting a few paragraphs but they went far beyond that; their thoughtful, thorough review highlighted the most unique and relevant aspects of my book.

I read this debut issue from cover to cover with great enjoyment and interest; I especially liked the short story “Bach’s Last Composition: A Fantasy” by Lenny Cavallari and the article “From the Restorationists to the Romantics: Rochester and Byron” by Alexander Larman!  I am doubly glad for my book to be mentioned in this magazine because it appeals to readers like me--with literary interests and intellectual curiosity.  Cavallari's story reminded me of what I liked about Jorge Luis Borges' short fiction.  Larman's article made me want to read all his books!

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

The Copperfield Review publishes three of my historical persona poems!

The Copperfield Review, a journal which features historical fiction, poetry and great interviews of authors of historical fiction like Mary Doria Russell, Jean M. Auel, Jeff Shaara and John Jakes, has published three of my historical persona poems in their latest online issue: Maid Joan’s Gethsemane (about Joan of Arc), Genesis, 1880 (about the first electrically lit city in the world–it’s not the one you think!) and The Lost Colony (about Virginia Dare, the first child born in the Roanoke colony.)

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Spark: A Creative Anthology will publish my poem The Fourth Brontë Sister

Spark: A Creative Anthology, a paying market, just accepted my poem, The Fourth Brontë Sister, for publication in a future volume.

This persona poem is about two Emilys:  Emily Dickinson and Emily Brontë.  Dickinson was known to be a great admirer of the Brontës.  She was such a fan that an associate of hers commented that she should be called the fourth Brontë sister!  (Hence the poem's title!)  
And she (anecdotally) asked that her favorite of Emily's poems be read at her own funeral.


Shabda Press reveals the cover art for its Nuclear Impact anthology

Shabda Press recently announced its forthcoming poetry anthology (which will include one of my poems) Nuclear Impact: Broken Atoms in Our Hands will feature cover art by John Sokol!

Friday, April 08, 2016

Celebrating National Poetry Month

This year I decided to put up a Juvenile poetry display (since the adult display area was already taken up with my FIU faculty authors display, to coincide with the reception) instead.  We had a great Shakespeare bust to make use of, and the juvenile poetry books are colorful and imaginative!  There are poetry books on every theme imaginable, including Big Foot!

FIU Provost office and Barnes & Noble bookstore honor faculty authors

Jim's cd Reaching for the Stars and my poetry chapbook Shining from a Different Firmament are now both on sale at FIU's Barnes & Noble bookstore!  The Provost's office and the bookstore had a reception honoring faculty authors with recent publications and the Dean of Libraries mentioned in her speech that we might be the first husband and wife team to have publications come out the same year!

Jim has an ebook textbook coming out later this year and I hope to get my 2nd chapbook published at some point, so hopefully we will repeat the feat at next year's event!  I also put together a display of FIU faculty authors' books at the Green library in the new books area.

Green Library display of Faculty authors' books (I left my own out of this display)

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Poet Lidy Wilks' guest post, chapbook cover reveal and giveaways!

Fellow Scribber, poet and blogger Lidy Wilks is on a blog tour for her chapbook Can You Catch My Flow?  Lidy is my first guest blogger!

Thanks for having me today Beatriz!

Why Do I Write Poetry?

Robert Graves once said, “There’s no money in poetry, but there’s no poetry in money either.” Well he’s right. Poetry is not a genre that will bring you fame and money. But of course one doesn’t write poetry for fame and money either.

So why do I write poetry?

It’d be too easy to say how can I not. But the reason really is a simple one. I write poetry to say what I can not. To write what I hold inside. Poetry is my creative outlet that delves much deeper into my heart and mind than any of my other writing. Through a poem, I question my own and the world’s preconceived notions. It and everything around me becomes a little darker. Or a little brighter. A little greyer. And a little more colorful.

Poetry exposes and reinvents. It is the journal of narrative into the deepest recesses of my mind and heart. And through it, I become more aware of all of the beauty and ugliness, the truth and lies found within and without. Giving birth to a hope that people, views, opinions and this world can change. That even I, as set in my ways at times, can change.

I write poetry to know and be true to myself. To know you and the world we live in.

 ~ Lidy Wilks

About Lidy:

Ever since she was young, Lidy Wilks was often found completely submerged in the worlds of Dickens, Louisa May Alcott, Sweet Valley High and Nancy Drew. She later went on to earn a Bachelor degree in English with a concentration in Creative Writing, from Franklin Pierce University. Where she spent the next four years knee deep in fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction workshops.

Lidy is the author of Can You Catch My Flow? a poetry chapbook and is a member of Write by the Rails. She currently resides in Virginia with her husband and two children. And an anime, book and manga library, she’s looking to expand, one day adding an Asian drama DVD collection. Lidy continues her pursuit in writing more poetry collections and fantasy novels. All the while eating milk chocolate and sipping a glass of Cabernet. Or Riesling wine.

Here is a closeup of the beautiful new cover of Can You Catch My Flow?

Lidy is also hosting a giveaway of five autographed copies of her chapbook on Goodreads and a Rafflecopter giveaway of four possible prizes:

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Nuclear Impact: Broken Atoms in Our Hands anthology will include my poem "Point of No Return"

Shabda Press's anthology "Nuclear Impact: Broken Atoms in Our Hands" will include my sonnet dedicated to Harry K. Daghlian, the first American (peacetime) casualty of the Atomic Age: "Point of No Return."

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Street Voice will publish three of my poems!

Andreas Weiland of the international, multilingual online journal Street Voice has accepted three of my poems:

Poem for my father (previously published at Label Me Latina/o),  
In the shadow of the Miami Metrorail overpass,
and Departures,

for publication in a future issue.  Street Voice's themed issues feature poetry, translations of poems, and articles from poets all over the world.

Mr. Weiland also edits an online art journal: Art in Society and he would like to encourage those writing on Latino/Latina art and theater to send pertinent articles for a future issue.  He also accepts
poems in Spanish, with an English translation

March 6th marks the anniversary of my father's death many years ago, so I'm very happy this poetical tribute to him will once more appear online. In the shadow is based on an encounter in downtown Miami with an unforgettable homeless man.  Departures is a poem about the internal and external voyage immigrants make and honors my matriarchal ancestors, beginning with my great-grandmother Rosa, to my mother, Luisa.