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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Fall for Poetry -- Events, Contests, Festivals

Lots of news to share, poetry gang! Here we go:

Sunday, September 26
Laura & Shirley Brewer at the Baltimore Book Festival
POEMS AND GEMS: LETTING IN THE LIGHT - two luminous poets illuminate the writing craft.

4-5 PM in the CityLit Tent
The pink is in honor of Shirley. She is fabulous as a person and as a poet. We always have a lot of fun together. Join us and you'll have fun too.
Friday, October 1
Clarinda Harriss Poetry Prize and Chapbook Competition 2010
Submit 20-25 pages of poetry (and $25)
Prize is $250 and publication. Final judge is Dick Allen.
My chapbook, Mountain, Log, Salt and Stone won the inaugural Harriss Prize. I had an amazing experience with CityLit Press. Highly recommended!
Tuesday, October 5
Howard County Poetry and Literature Society hosts poet Mark Doty
I'm sad to have to miss this one. Doty is a remarkable poet, but he's also a wonderful speaker. You will leave this evening feeling enriched.
Thanks to HoCoPoLitSo to bringing national voices to Howard County, MD. Info:
Thursday, October 7 - Sunday, October 10
13th Biennial Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival
New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, NJ
If you've never been, do yourself a favor and GO! This is the biggest poetry festival in the nation. It's amazing and Friday is free for teachers. Wow.
Info at
Saturday, October 16 - Sunday, October 17
Women's Poetry Retreat
Harpers Ferry, WV
Three of my favorite local poets are leading the retreat: Shirley Brewer, Barbara Morrison and Christine Stewart of the Maryland State Arts Council. For just $99 including lodging and meals, you can't go wrong.
Info at
Wednesday, October 27
Deadline: Maryland Writers Association Poetry Anthology
The theme is Love, in all its facets.
Members are encouraged to submit 1-3 poems on this theme. Non-members are encouraged to join!
More exciting news on this anthology in a separate post. I'm very excited to be editing the anthology.
Monday, November 1
Deadline: Little Patuxent Review
The next issue's theme is Water.
LPR is a beautiful local journal that consistently supports local poets, essayists and fiction writers.
Anyone would think it's National Poetry Month! Good luck with your submissions. Get out there and hear some poetry.


Toby Speed said...

My head is spinning just reading this! Very good roundup, Laura. The retreat looks incredibly good. If I weren't already going to Kidlit Con the next week, I'd consider it.

Author Amok said...

Hi, Toby. There is a lot going on! I have to miss the retreat too, since I'll be at Dodge the weekend before. But they hope to make the retreat annual, so I'm looking foward to going next year.