Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Bloghopping + A Recommendation

The Smoking Poet is full of interesting work, including a poem, "Tarnish," by Jim Valvis that I very much like for its simplicity and subtlety. The issue includes a good interview with poet Derek Burleson and reviews of both poetry and prose books. They also have a unique feature "A Good Cause" in which they showcase a charitable project. This warms my fundraiser's heart!

I've had two of my poetry manuscripts edited, the first time I've done this. I'm really glad I did. Not only did it improve the manuscripts (and make me decide to put one on the back burner, needing further work), but it has already improved the responses I typically get from editors on both individual poems and the manuscript as a whole. Economical and well worth it if you consider the cost of contest fees.

Red C Services provides business and literary editing, as well as editing for students. Check it out. If you decide to try an editor, tell Bryan I sent you.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Corium Magazine

I'm happy to have my poem "Genesis" in the new issue of Corium Magazine, The second issue of this exciting new zine just published today. Corium is the venture of Lauren Becker, Editor-in-Chief, Poetry Editor Heather Fowler, and Associate Editor Greg Gerke. It publishes poetry, fiction, and very short fiction, as well as art work. It's named for the under-layer of the skin, as described in their mission statement:

The corium is the dense inner layer of skin beneath the epidermis, made up of connective tissue, blood and an elaborate sensory nerve network. Corium aims to showcase work that touches on nerves and lingers. That evokes and awakens. That leaves an imprint that sticks around for awhile ...

A good-looking, good read! Take a look, submit.