Saturday, October 10, 2009

News

I was delighted to have an acceptance of two poems this week. The poems "Squabble" and "Airplane Poem with Mystical Guidance from Starboard Wing Signs." They will appear in Georgetown Review, published by Georgetown College in Kentucky. The poems are from my manuscript collection, Gods of Water and Air.

For those of us in the San Francisco area, it's Litquake time again. There aren't that many multi-day, multi-event poetry festivals around the country, and this is one of the biggest, in terms of the number of events. I'm sorry I had to miss the Litquake Ball, which I'm sure was a very cool bash.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Non-Contest Poetry Publishers - Another Addition

Dream Horse Press has been added to my website page of Non-Contest Poetry Publishers. The press accepts unsolicited queries throughout the year. I hope this is the start of a trend, as the list had become pretty thin last year.

I understand the economics of contests -- understand it all too well -- and the dismal sales of poetry books. But there has to be a better way to sustain small presses than essentially running contests as the only way of generating revenue. For one thing, it comes too close to a gambler's version of vanity publishing. For another, it sustains the closed system of poetry-for-poets and pretty much nobody else paying any attention to it.

Let's see some thinking outside the box. Someone's bound to invent a new way to get poetry out there and published and read! Most of all, read.

Rant over.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Blog to Print + Copper Canyon

It's finally happened -- a new technology to aid you in printing your blog in book-form. Blog2Print from New York custom book-maker SharedBook makes it possible to turn your columns into a print volume. Of course, the average blog book costs $50, so you really have to want to save them, I guess.

In other bloghopping news, I got an email from Copper Canyon Press to let me know that they should be on my resource page, Non-Contest Poetry Publishers. Silly me, how could I have missed one of the big poetry publishers? Thanks, CCP, for letting me know. Consider it done.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Bloghopping & The Cultural Impact of Zines

Just read the new issue of Switched-On Gutenberg - still going strong after fifteen years. That kind of long life as a litmag demonstrates that online literary magazines may have more staying power than much that's in print.

For example, my poem, A Pot of Humuhumunukunukuapua'a, appeared in the journal's fourth year, the Hunger issue. It's still in the archives, as you can see from the link. I wonder if anyone reads the archives, but the poem certainly stands a chance of having a longer life than many in the dusty print journals I keep in boxes in my garage. Bravo, Jana Harris, Linda Malnack, and Roberta Feins, for SOG's longevity and consistently good quality of work!

Grantmakers who fund literary arts should pay more attention to what's happening online. The paradigm shift is giving zines a better shot at having a greater impact on our literary culture, and thus the larger culture, than print. There. I said it. Now don't throw dingbats!

Funding for poets, poetry, and the arts

I am both a poet and a fundraiser and grants consultant. I have often found the two worlds as far apart as different planets, though both involve writing. But recently I began to research grants for arts organizations and artists, both for myself and my own ventures in poetry, and for poetry organizations with which I'm connected.

Digging into the possibility of finding funding for the arts during the most severe economic downturn I've ever experienced during my career as a fundraiser has been an -- are you ready? -- encouraging experience. From the National Endowment for the Arts down to local governments, there is a resurgence of the idea that arts are central in our lives and our communities, and must not be casualties of the general diminishment of funding for a healthy and equitable society.

I will be preparing a resource page on my website for poets and writers to seek individual grants. But I think now I will also include sources of funding for literary organizations and ventures. We have to think like entrepreneurs. Perhaps by finding ways to give poetry, literature, and art to our communities, we can support our individual work as well. Stay tuned.