2% Milk Up at Last

2% Milk logo on tee I got at the launch party. Taken by me. 4 June 2022.

After a fantastic visit to San Francisco, during which my husband and I attended the launch party for 2% Milk, the issue has launched. It looks spectacular, and I’m not just talking about my poetry. Find out what all the fuss is about here

In case you’re still not convinced, check out the trailer for the project:

The trailer was shown at the launch party, where we also enjoyed the superb fare and beer of Pizza Hacker, the company of indefatigable editors Nic, Reed, and Lily, and conversation with fellow contributor Bob Ernst, as well as various other attendees. I also read my poems there, and a selection from The Jesus Wars—all welcomed by the friendly audience.

As I have said before, 2% Milk is full of cool artists in a variety of media. The editors thoughtfully sent their files to all contributors ahead of time, and I have checked most of them out. I feel confident in saying that the issue contains not just something for everyone, but something you really needed, even if you didn’t know it.

And in case you are more philosophically inclined, on June 8th, the editors will put out a round-table discussion with contributors regarding their work, and art in general, in its sociopolitical context. Don’t worry. I’ll remind you about it.

Fun Times at Reading, and Amazing News!

Publicity sheet David L O’Nan made for the reading I participated in.

I had a nice time in Evansville, Indiana, reading with David L O’Nan (Editor of Fevers of the Mind) and friends. I also played Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” on the violin under David’s reading of his poem, “A Hallelujah for a Midnight War.” Met nice people; heard good poetry and an excerpt from Shawna Kay Rodenberg’s memoir, Kin.

Maybe it was a long way to go for a reading, but I’m trying to reach out more. I do hope I will get tips and contacts that might help me market my poetry collection, but I also enjoy traveling to different parts of the country and meeting fellow artists. Now I am looking forward to the 2% Milk launch party in San Francisco (click on link for all the info).

But wait–there was more. When I returned and checked my desktop computer, I found I had been named a featured poet in the erbacce-prize poetry contest! My poetry will be featured in a future issue of the erbacce-journal, and they will be interviewing me. To be named one of the top nine poets out of almost 15,000 is too unreal to contemplate, but highly gratifying nonetheless. Again, thanks to all the judges.

Screen shot of erbacce-prize results. Check out “Featured poets”!

Long-Listed by the Erbacce Prize Again

Sharon Mollerus, The Sun Shines on Weeds Too. 14 Aug. 2008. Wikimedia Commons. CC BY 2.0.

I’m highly gratified to be long-listed again for the Erbacce Prize, or “erbacce-prize,” as the press writes it. “Erbacce,” the press tells us, is Italian for “weed”–hence the picture I selected for this post. Although many people made the long list, it is truly an honor to be selected out of almost 15,000 entrants from all over the world. Also, it is my second time making the long list out of two times I have entered, so there’s that. Thanks to all the judges and everyone who helps facilitate reading and judging all that poetry!

I’m also looking forward to the reading at Bluestocking Social in Evansville, Indiana this Friday evening and the launch party for 2% Milk at Pizza Hacker in San Francisco on Thursday the 26th.

Now, if I could just find the time to organize my novel and write some new poems in this “life filled with incident.”*

*Lady Bracknell disapprovingly describes Cecily’s life this way after hearing her medical history in Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.

Invited to a Reading!

Promotional video: “Meet Matt and Annie Fitzpatrick, the owners of Bluestocking Social. Hear their story of how they met, fell in love, and eventually started Evansville’s newest bookstore!”

In response to this call by David O’Nan, of Fevers of the Mind, I volunteered to participate in a reading, and received a quick acceptance. I am excited to visit Evansville, where I have never been, and plan to share some of my poetry related to social justice, one of the themes featured on Fevers of the Mind. David also asked me to play violin to accompany one of his readings, so even more fun.

If any of you are in the Evansville, Indiana, area, or will be around May 20th after 5 PM Central Time, please come by. It should be an entertaining evening, and I would like to meet you.

“Why the Frogs Sing” Up at Whimsical Poet, and on Its YouTube Channel

Plus, A Review!

My mom and her dad. Unknown photographer. Not sure when this was. 1947? ‘49?

I was pleased to receive word from Editor Sara Altman that she put “Why the Frogs Sing” (the poem about my mother’s death, which I discussed here) up on the Whimsical Poet site and on the Whimsical Poet‘s YouTube channel. You can see and listen to it here on the website, or just listen here.

Editor Altman also complimented my blog and called me “an accomplished and diligent writer.” I appreciate the kind words, though I could be a lot more diligent. I hope all of you are enjoying reading the blog as much as I enjoy writing it.

In case you would enjoy it more with a review, you are in luck because my son was here for the holidays long enough for us to get one together. Here it is.

Review of Ted Lasso, Season 2:

I can’t get this to embed. I’m working on the problem. In the meantime, you can click the link and hop on over.

NOW “The Doctor Dances,” Plus Reading Report

I should have posted “The Empty Child” Review first. I’ve fixed the order now.

Besides getting mixed up about which reviews I’ve posted, I also attended a Zoom reading for Escape Wheel today. I had been seriously worried about my ability to hang with the talented and sophisticated poets of the volume, but everyone was generously appreciative of Elephant in the Room and the other poems I chose to accompany it.

Likewise, I was inspired by the varied talents who made me feel sad and excited and as if I were on a subway or watching an accident or having gay sex with a t-shirt over my face. If you want to feel such feels, check out the reading on Facebook here, or pick up the anthology at the places listed here.

Another Dr. Who Review: “The Empty Child”; Also, a Reading

I shouldn’t have been calling these “podcasts.” I apologize.

Also, at 3 Central Time, I am going to be doing this reading that will be on Facebook because I am in the anthology, Escape Wheel. I will read my poem from there, Elephant in the Room, and a few others. I have gone virtually to two of the other readings celebrating this anthology, and the other poets are very impressive and highly varied. It should be a fun and enriching occasion, so please come.

“The Big Dream” Up on Litro Lab Podcast

Howell Carnegie District Library

I am excited to have my second gender-reversed homage to Raymond Chandler (the first, “Cafe Noir,” is here) up on the Litro (USA) Lab Podcast. A library is involved, hence the picture, above.

I originally recorded my dramatic reading of this noir psychomachia about writer’s block, complete with music clips pulled from Public Domain noir films, for a contest. Only after it went nowhere there did I realize how few potential outlets there are for such work. But I followed my policy of persevering with work I believe in, even submitting it to Litro New York, though I had no idea whether my amateur production would interest a venue of their caliber and sophistication.

When I submitted, “Litro New York,” as it was called at first, had not even been launched, so my piece sat in Submittable for over a year, after which I had lost hope that it would find favor at such a prestigious venue. It was therefore a delightful surprise to find that they did like it. I hope you will, too.

Photo credit: RaboKarbakian. Howell Carnegie District Library in Howell, MI. 27 September 2015. CC BY-SA 1.0.

Fun Times at the Florida Loquat Festival


The Florida Loquat Festival is a celebration of the loquat in all forms, from cultivar to fruit, set in the neighborhood open space of Frances Park. But unlike most such community celebrations, the Florida Loquat Festival includes a literary component.

This year’s Loquat Literary Festival, which I first posted about  here, included a poetry contest with cash prizes. Two of the judges, Ryan Cheng and Annalise Mabe, met my travel companion, the third-prize winner, and me at the festival for a photo op and some poetry chat, and then the reading began, with a song and some enjoyable verse tributes to the loquat from community members. Ryan read the winning poem, by Jan Ball, and introduced first my new acquaintance (who may prefer me not to mention her name) the third-place contestant, who read her poem, and then me, who read mine.

The whole occasion was relaxed. Though unorthodox, the poetry reading seemed a natural and perfect ending to the loquat celebration. Everyone was friendly and congratulatory, and the weather, in accord with the pathetic fallacy, was sunny and pleasantly warm. Thanks to everyone who made it possible, especially Annalise, Ryan, and Dell De Chant. Special thanks to Dell for getting us t-shirts, last year’s Leaves of Loquat chapbook, and a little extra money in light of how far we’d traveled. 

I look forward to the release of this year’s chapbook, so I can see the poems that weren’t read and peruse the winning poems at more leisure. Maybe I will also be able to return to New Port Richey for the occasion. But even if I can’t, I will at least have fond memories of this welcoming, friendly community.


Photo credit: Oldie~commonswiki, Eriobotrya japonica. Wikimedia Commons. GDSL 1.2 or later.