Sunday, February 27, 2011


Goodbye, February. Good riddance.

The weather is starting to warm up in Toledo and rain is on its way. Hopefully, this will get rid of the ice and snow that has covered Northwest Ohio for the past week. Bring on March, but let's have no lions. Only lambs.

But February hasn't been all bad. In fact, it's been a pretty good month as a writer. I have lots of work in the work, lots forthcoming.

Keep your eyes on Red Lion Sq, which has the incredible tag line "Poetry that speaks." This journal publishes audio recordings of the poems it accepts and earlier this week, they agreed to publish (record) three of my poems.

Also forthcoming is the poem "Toledo in April, 2009 (23°)" in Blue Collar Review, which I'm especially proud of because it was a really difficult poem to write and was my first "exterminator" poem. This is the sister poem to "Toledo in December, 2006 (54°)" which was published in 2009 by Connecticut River Review and I'm very happy both poems will soon be in print.

I learned about a new journal, Adroit, which has as its mission statement, "publish for charity." All of the profits for Adroit go to support Guiding Eyes for the Blind, an organization out of Paterson, New York, which trains helping dogs. A future issue of Adroit will include three of my poems.

Finally, Side B Magazine (which has a crazy-cool website) will publish my poem "A Generation of Insomniacs." This poem has taken me eight years to "get right" and I'm thrilled it will finally be shared with the world. (As a side note, many thanks to dear friend, Dan Nowak, for pointing me toward Side B Magazine. I owe you a beer, bro.)

Here's hoping March brings better weather and more good news.

[Update: 2/28/11]

Apparently, I jumped the gun a bit.

February wasn't finished with me. Stirring just accepted a poem today.

P.S. The politics of February pissed me off to no end. Somehow I doubt the politics of March will make me feel much better.

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