Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Arte Latino NOW 2022!

Very gratified to be included in the virtual exhibit Arte Latino NOW 2022. which includes my poem in two parts--"Native."

Beatriz F. Fernandez: Writer - ARTE LATINO NOW 2022 Virtual Exhibition, Performance and Readings (dropmark.com)

This poem was inspired by a class I attended in the Fall, 2021 with Presidential Inaugural poet Richard Blanco, and by his new book, How to Love a Country.  

Celebrating National Poetry Month 2022 with two publications!


A little late, but now announcing two of my historical poems were published during National Poetry Month in a new Copperfield Review anthology, Made by History: An Anthology of Historical Fiction!

"Nova's Voice" a feminist, persona poem published in MER (Mom Egg Review) 20!

Inspired by the iconic final scene in the original The Planet of the Apes film, "Nova's Voice" was published in Mom Egg Review's Mother Figures issue--just in time for Mother's Day!  I sent my Mom a copy--she's 99 years young!  She always encouraged me to write and kept everything I ever wrote from Kindergarten verses on.

Monday, February 01, 2021

Poetry Publication: "Departures" in Anacua Literary Arts Journal

 Very happy and honored to have a new poem published in the new issue of the Anacua Literary Arts Journal!  


Many thanks to editors Odilia Galván Rodríguez, Prickly Pear Publishing


Edward Vidaurre, FlowerSong Press

"We go into neighborhoods and areas where high school students and community members have not normally had the opportunity or been empowered to tell or write their own stories or do other kinds of creative writing such as poetry, creative non-fiction, memoir, or fiction. By offering no or low cost creative writing workshops either on a one time basis or preferably in a week long project, we are able to work magic. "

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Palm Beach Poetry Festival 2021

 Last week I attended an online Palm Beach Poetry Festival 2021 workshop:

It was a wonderful experience!  

We were asked to provide a recording of one of our own poems.

Strange Horizons Podcast of My Poem "The Time Tourist" in a Bilingual Edition!

Many thanks to Strange Horizons magazine and Poetry editor A.J. Odasso who chose my poem to feature in both English and Spanish!  Thanks also to Poetry Editors Romie Stott and Ciro Faienza for their help!

Podcast: The Time Tourist | El Turista del Tiempo

Print version of The Time Tourist

Strange Horizons is "a speculative fiction magazine, available free online, with a record of finding and supporting exciting new voices in SFF."  They "support speculative fiction—science fiction, fantasy, horror, and all sorts of crossed genres between them—as an open, global tradition. In the last few years, we have published specials on Nigerian SFF, SFF from the Arab League community and diaspora, trans and nonbinary writing and experiences, as well as pieces on race, resistance, and disability."

Friday, December 18, 2020

Sonnet shortlisted in the Better than Starbucks 2020 contest!

My previously published sonnet "Point of No Return" was shortlisted for the Better than Starbucks! 2020 sonnet contest. 

Better Than Starbucks 2020 Sonnet Contest


              Winning poets receive:

              First Place $350.

              Second Place $100.

              Third Place $50.


Out of more than 900 blind-read entries, a short list of 45 sonnets were chosen. From these, three winners and seven runner-up sonnets will be published.  So we all have close to a 1 in 4 chance! 

Good luck, fellow competitors! 

Sonnet For Her Husband by Max Gutmann

I Dreamt of a Broken Bird by Ciarán Parkes

The Rule by Michael Stalcup

Last Call by Kit Rohrbach

To the Person Who will be the Last to Speak My Name by David Rosenthal

In Living Color by John Beaton

A sackful of heads by Mercedes Webb-Pullman

James Holman by Timothy Sandefur
The Miller’s Daughter Gives an Exclusive on Rumpelstiltskin by Melissa Balmain

The Palace of Forty Pillars by Armen Davoudian

Disremembered by Lee Nash

Forms and Forming by Richard Wakefield

Drystone by Jane Boxall

Onset by Max Gutmann

The Point of No Return by Beatriz F. Fernandez

Forms and Forming by Richard Wakefield

Something That Was Once Lovely by Carlene M. Gadapee

Saturday morning by Mercedes Webb-Pullman

Obviously by Hibah Shabkhez

Made of Gauze by Donald Zirilli

Museum of a Former Marriage by Jennifer Davis Michael

Release by Tim Taylor

After Mom, Pop, and Older Sis Left the Circus by Devon Balwit

Ornithology and its Discontents by Enriqueta Carrington

Asylum for Joshua by Maroula Blades

The Assumption (Mary speaks) by Conor Kelly

Paper Town by Midge Goldberg

Viparinama by Terence Culleton

Street Dreams by Linda Banks

The end by Steve Lang

Salvage by Catherine Chandler

Sonnet for a 25th Wedding Anniversary by Carolyn Martin

For Trevion in the Local News byBarbara Loots

Vampire by Daniel Ranson

Metal on Metal by Elizabeth Faris

Sonnet for a Homeless Woman Named Beth by Debbie Hall

Winning by Daniel Ranson

Erasure Sonnet by Martin Cossio

Winter Ravens by Matthew King

Pigeon by Catherine Edmunds

Using Our Words by Brett Mertins

On a Theme From Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz by Mark J. Mitchell

Shoes by Andrew Kuck

Tree by John W. Steele

Bones by Mark McDonnell

Another Love Poem by Melissa Balmain

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Feminine Rising contributors read poems on YouTube.

Feminine Rising Anthology, Cynren Press, (and 2019 Foreword INDIES Finalist!) editors Andrea Fekete and Lara Lillibridge are posting contributors' readings of their poems on YouTube and various social media outlets.  Here is my reading of my poem "Reunion."  Each poet's reading is preceded by an introduction which includes biographical information about the poet and of course information about the book.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

The Best Late News--Pushcart Nomination 2020!

I just found out (having been out of touch in social media lately) that the Editors of Fiolet & Wing: An Anthology of Domestic Fabulist Poetry, nominated my poem "A Modern Day Amazon Visits the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston" for a 2020 Pushcart Prize back in November (along with four other poets published in that volume.)  Thank you, Stacey Balkun and Catherine Moore!

This honor came at a good time for me, since I haven't been writing or submitting much lately and I needed a good kick in the pants!

This is my 3rd Pushcart nomination:  2014, 2017 and now 2020!  I hope it's a good portent for the year to come!