Many of the poets we selected to be a part of our opening launch have upcoming book releases. We will be shining a spotlight on each of these talented writers in the weeks ahead but wanted to give you a little preview of things to come.
I hope you’ll join us tomorrow, August 1, 2016 for our inaugural spotlight feature showcasing Julene T Weaver from Seattle, Washington. What inspired us about Julene is her dedication to a cause. Hear more about the 20 years she spent working in HIV services and the poems she wrote to respond to her experiences tomorrow at featuredpoet.com. Her full size book, “No Father Can Save Her,” was published by Plain View Press in 2011.
Later in the month, we will feature other poets coming out in print. Audrey T. Carroll tells us that her first book, “Queen of Pentacles,” will be published by Choose the Sword Press on August 16, 2016, the same day we will be throwing her in the limelight. Her poetry and prose-poetry often returns to identity narratives, with topics including mental illness, gender, queerness/bisexuality, spirituality as tied to nature, disability, and fibromyalgia. She received her BA in Creative Writing from Susquehanna University, recently graduated with an MFA, and is pursuing her PhD at the University of Rhode Island. Come read more on August 16,2016.
Professor Arturo Pfister is excited to tell us about “A LOVE SUPREME,” being printed later this year by New York Quarterly, Inc. But this isn’t his first book release rodeo. The Professor is the author of “My Name Is New Orleans: 40 years of Poetry & Other Jazz” and recently published a collection of micro fictions titled “JAZZ STORIES: From Katrina to Connecticut.” Coming from my favorite U.S. city, NOLA, the professor is a master of many trades. Come read more about this poet, fiction writer, Spoken Word artist, humorist, educator, performer, editor, monologist, memoirist, speechwriter and recipient of the Asante Award who received a Master of Arts degree in Writing from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. degree in English/Journalism from the State University of New York-College at New Paltz. Be wooed on August 13, 2016.
Megan Merchant is just days away from her newest poetry collection, “Unspeakable Light,” shining down on us. This chapbook published by Throwback Books focused on the journey through her son’s sudden and profound speech loss. Megan has an impressive list of accomplishments, so you won’t want to miss her on August 28, 2016. She is a 2015 Pushcart Prize nominee, and her poem, “Filling Station God” won the Las Vegas Poets Prize, judged by Tony Hoagland. Her second full-length collection,“The Dark’s Humming” was the winner of the 2015 Lyrebird Prize (Glass Lyre Press, 2017). She is also the author of four chapbooks: “Translucent,” sealed (Dancing Girl Press, 2015), “In the Rooms of a Tiny House” (ELJ Publications, October 2016), Unspeakable Light (Throwback Books, August 2016), and “A Thousand Paper Cranes “(Finishing Line Press). “Gravel Ghosts” is her debut full-length poetry collection through Glass Lyre Press. She also has a children’s book forthcoming through Philomel Books.
Somehow, Jen Karetnick manages to maintain her position as Creative Writing Director at Miami Arts Charter School and still find time to be a writing machine. She recently published her second full-length collection of poems “American Sentencing” (Winter Goose Publishing, May 2016) in addition to the four chapbooks she had previously published. But that’s not all, she has a third book, “The Treasures That Prevail,” coming out in September 2016 (Whitepoint Press). You can catch her this fall at the Montana Book festival where she’ll be competing in the Literary Death Match and here, on Featured Poet, on August 26, 2016.
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