"This work is unlike any other, in its range of rich, conjuring imagery and its dexterity, its smart voice. Carroll-Hackett doesn’t spare us—but doesn’t save us—she draws a blueprint of power and class with her unflinching pivot: matter-of-fact and tender." —Jan Beatty

Archive for June, 2015

Writing Workshops for the Fall: Writing through the Chakras, Writing the Spiritual Life, and More

Good morning!

I’m beginning to schedule weekend and one-day workshops for the Fall 🙂

Check out my workshop and contact page for details.



If you’re in the Mid-Atlantic area and you’re interested in having me teach a workshop in your area, email me and let’s make your beautiful work even better!

Hope it’s beautiful where you are today!




Pretend It’s Still Friday Call for Submissions: Apogee, Reclaiming the Margins

I was out of town with sick family (good thoughts, good energy, prayer in whatever your fashion appreciated), so we’re gonna pretend it’s still Friday, and get some

Call for Submissions Love!



Apogee is a literary journal specializing in art and literature that engage with issues of identity politics: race, gender, sexuality, class, and hyphenated identities. We currently produce a biannual issue featuring fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art. Our goal is to publish exciting work that interrogates the status quo, providing a platform for unheard voices, including emerging writers of color.

The word “apogee” denotes the point in an object’s orbit that is farthest from the center. Our mission combines literary aesthetic with political activism. We believe that by elevating underrepresented literary voices we can effect real change: change in readers’ attitudes, change in writers’ positions in literature, and broader change in society.”



Submissions for Issue 6 are now open! Issue 6 will be published in print fall/winter 2015. Here are our guidelines:

    • We accept original poetry, short fiction, and nonfiction.
    • Please keep your prose submissions under 6,000 words and send no more than 3 poems for consideration.
    • Send your submissions in either .doc or .docx format.

Apogee Journals dual purpose is to showcase writers from the periphery and to provide a platform for all writers to thoughtfully engage with issues of race, class, and identity. Our goal is to publish exciting work that sits at some distance from the mainstream and to provide a forum where unheard issues and voices can rise to the fore. To get a sense of what we publish, please browse our previous two issues or click here to order a hard copy of our current issue: http://www.apogeejournal.org/issue-three/


Year Round on the Blog

Submissions for our blog Perigee are open year round. We will consider completed interviews, critical and lyrical essays, book reviews and flash fiction for publication.




Monday Must Read! Julie Brooks Barbour, Small Chimes

Monday Must Read!

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This week meet Julie Brooks Barbour, the author of Small Chimes (Aldrich Press, 2014) and two chapbooks: Earth Lust (2014) and Come To Me and Drink (2012), both from Finishing Line Press.

She is a recipient of an Artist Enrichment Grant from Kentucky Foundation for Women and a residency at Sundress Academy for the Arts. Her poems have appeared in Waccamaw, Four Way Review, diode, storySouth, Prime Number Magazine, burntdistrict, The Rumpus, Midwestern Gothic, Blue Lyra Review, and Verse Daily.

She is co-editor of the journal Border Crossing and an Associate Poetry Editor at Connotation Press: An Online Artifact. She teaches composition and creative writing at Lake Superior State University. 


Julie’s website: http://www.juliebrooksbarbour.com


Where to get Julie’s book Small Chimes:



Check out Earth Lust!



Come to Me and Eat



More from Julie online:

At Connotation Press: http://www.connotationpress.com/poetry/1793-julie-brooks-barbour-poetry

At Negative Capability: http://www.negativecapabilitypress.org/blog/2015/3/22/featured-poet-julie-brooks-barbour

At Verse Daily:  http://www.versedaily.org/2012/aboutjuliebrooksbarbour.shtml


A Great Interview with Julie:



Happy Reading!



Special Wednesday Call for Submissions: MIEL: Nonfiction & Poetry Chapbooks

Special Wednesday Call for Submissions

Nonfiction writers! Poets too! Got a chapbook? Send it in!  

Only 1 week left to submit!


“We are looking to add four more chapbooks: two of poetry (of any kind), two of prose (fiction, nonfiction, hybrid, cross-discipline, multigenre).”

“We encourage women writers, non-binary writers, trans writers, and writers of color to send work.

We are looking for work that is experimental or conceptual without a disregard for embodiment.

We are looking for work that is socially aware and alive.

We are looking for work that feels like springtime.

We would love to see work about faith, religion, science, nature, history, power, philosophy, politics, art.”


MIEL was established in 2011 to promote and publish difficult, innovative, intelligent, and deeply felt writing and visual art.

As a small, independent press, we exist because of subscriptions and book sales. You can support us by purchasing books in our shop.

We read manuscript submissions in June via Submittable. We read work for our biannual literary magazine 111O much of the year.


Open reading 2015

We will read work in June for chapbooks to add to our 2016 list. You can send work to us via Submittable. (Note that we are on Belgian time, which means our June 1 may begin before yours, and our June 30 may end before yours.)

For our 2015 reading period, there will be no reading fee. If you would like to make a gesture of support for the press, please take a look at the books in our shop and purchase one. (You can use the code IHEARTMIEL2015 for 30% off from June 1 – 30, Belgian time.) All work will be given consideration regardless of purchase.

Our 2016 list already contains three art chapbooks, two poetry chapbooks, and two nonfiction chapbooks. We are looking to add four more chapbooks: two of poetry (of any kind), two of prose (fiction, nonfiction, hybrid, cross-discipline, multigenre). Reading the work we have already published is the best way to see whether your work would be a good fit for MIEL. There are sample texts in each book page in the shop, as well as many sample poems on our website.

Website: http://miel.ohbara.com/wordpress/

On Submittable: https://111o.submittable.com/submit

Sometimes the Day Is the Poem

One Love, One World ❤ Hope today is beautiful for you.

Special Monday Call for Submissions: HOAX: Counter-Argument to the Commonplace

Special Monday Call for Submissions: HOAX

Only two weeks left to submit for Issue 6!



We strongly encourage submissions from women, PoC, LGBTQIA people, differently-abled people and other underrepresented people and minorities.

HOAX is a counter-argument to the commonplace notion that art and creative writing are mutually exclusive. We champion all creative work that incorporates text in some way. HOAX is an artist-run, printed journal dedicated to publishing creative works incorporating text. Issue 6 will be available in galleries, bookshops and creative spaces across Europe, North America and Asia.

Started in early 2012, HOAX is an independent, artist-led project providing a space in print and online to show all forms of creative work incorporating text alongside each other without prejudice or predefined “rules” about the look, format, content or execution of the work. Our output is the weekly publication of new work to our website, alongside a free-of-charge, one-sheet print edition featuring works by artists/writers throughout the world, of which each issue is curated to be strong, dynamic, interesting and innovative.

We publish new work to our website every Thursday and a new printed issue every 6 months, with side-projects in between.”


Issue 6 submissions deadline Monday 6 July 2015
We are always accepting submissions to the HOAX website.

We are constantly seeking innovative and interesting new submissions for both our website and the publication itself. The website features a new work every Thursday; the printed publication currently comes out bi-annually but is set to increase to quarterly- please bear with us as our reach grows!

Anyone can submit creative work incorporating text for either the publication or the website at any time by emailing it to hoaxpublication@gmail.com, providing the work is previously unpublished and created relatively recently. We strongly encourage submissions from women, PoC, LGBTQIA people, differently-abled people and other underrepresented people and minorities. There are no themes or briefs, however we do recommend that you read our manifesto before submitting work so that you have a good understanding of the project and its intentions.

All submissions for the print publication will be printed only in black ink and must be able to be confined to one side of A5 paper (if your work can’t fit this, please see below). Any work that doesn’t fit the print guidelines for the publication itself (above) will be taken as submissions for the website. Submissions for the website can take the form of images, text, video or sound files. There is no minimum or maximum size.

Image files must be large and of good quality; text files must be properly formatted as you would like them to appear to a viewer- we recommend that you also send a screenshot of the text file so that this can be as accurate as possible; video files are best uploaded to a hosting site (e.g. Youtube) and then the links sent to us.

When submitting work, please include (where possible):

– Your name
– The title of the piece
– A link to your professional website

Please send submissions to hoaxpublication@gmail.com

Due to the volume of submissions we receive, we will only contact you if and when we would like to publish your work, however all submissions will be held onto for possible future publishing as appropriate to the project’s curation. Please do not expect an immediate reply. If you would like to withdraw a submission for any reason please notify us via email.

Thank you!”

Website: hoaxpublication.co.uk

Guidelines: http://goo.gl/11ltc1

Donate towards HOAX at http://goo.gl/0D1xb1

HOAX on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1376281546025771/

Monday Must Read! Annie Finch, Spells

Annie-Finch-author-photo1This week, meet Annie Finch, an American poet, author, playwright, spiritual writer, and entrepreneur, author of six books of poetry, many books and anthologies on poetic form, and numerous verse plays and poetic collaborations with composers, dancers, and artists.

Annie’s most recent books are Spells: New and Selected Poems, Measure for Measure: An Anthology of Poetic Meters, and A Poet’s Craft: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Sharing Your Poetry. Her poetry has appeared in The Paris Review, Poetry, The Norton Anthology of World Poetry, and The Penguin Book of Twentieth-Century American Poetry.

A mesmerizing performer of her work and a beloved poetry teacher, Annie is the founder of PoetcraftCircles.com (on Facebook as Poetcraft Circles), where she loves to hang out, teach, and discuss poetic meter and form.


Annie Finch’s Spells is a pure tone that calls us home to the first impulse of poetry. We link to mystery. We lift off.”~Joy Harjo

About Spells

Spells: New and Selected Poems brings together Annie Finch’s most memorable and important poems written over forty years. Finch’s uniquely mysterious voice moves through the book, revealing insights on the classic themes of love, spirituality, death, nature, and the patterns of time. Finch is celebrated for her extraordinary love and knowledge of poetic craft, and Spells displays her virtuosity in a broad range of genres and forms. The book also includes a number of new and previously unpublished poems.

Annie’s website: http://www.anniefinch.com/

More about Annie’s most recent book Spells:


Annie also writes about feminism and women’s spirituality for The Huffington Post and elsewhere, and is completing a book on her spiritual path called American Witch.

She is the founder of American Witch Community & Marketplace, a craft collective of witchy products and online membership community based in female-centered spirituality.

Learn more about American Witch at www.americanwitch.com, or on Facebook as American Witch.

Magical Tools for Your Inner Goddess https://american-witch.myshopify.com/

More Annie online:

Annie’s Work at The Poetry Foundation: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/annie-finch

Hear Annie read her work: http://www.anniefinch.com/audio/

Annie on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Arcfinch


Happy Reading!



Friday Call for Submissions Bonus: The Grief Diaries

Because it seems right for this sad week.


The Grief Diaries: An Online Magazine Created to Exhibit Art That Speaks to Grief and Loss.


The Grief Diaries was founded by Kristi DiLallo, an MFA candidate in the Graduate Writing Program at Columbia University. She is currently working on a memoir, which is largely a meditation on grief, trauma, and memory. She has struggled with the stigma of writing about personal tragedy, so she chose to create a safe space where grief can be discussed openly through art across all genres and media.


The Grief Diaries is a brand new independent online journal interested in exhibiting writing and other forms of art that center on the concept of grief/mourning/loss. We are open to submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, photography, artwork, etc. that speak to the experience of dealing with loss of any kind. Submission guidelines are flexible: we know that grief looks different to everyone, so we just want our journal to reflect what grief means to you, no matter the form, style, or genre.

Please send relevant submissions by email at griefdiary@gmail.com

We are looking to publish poetry, fiction, nonfiction, photography, and artwork that relates in some way to grief/loss/mourning. The term “grief” is open to interpretation. We are looking for powerful, moving works of art that speak to the incredible journey of living after we have lost.

There are no preferences in terms of formatting or style. The grieving process looks different to everyone, so we want the work in our magazine to reflect that.

We accept submissions on a rolling basis. We have a very small team (one person!) so please be patient. You will receive a response as soon as possible.

Please understand that we cannot pay contributors at this time.

Visit The Grief Diaries at http://www.thegriefdiaries.org/

Friday Call for Submissions Love! Kentucky Review: Good Words & Charity

Friday Call for Submissions Love!

Kentucky Review


All profits of Kentucky Review, including sales of magazine issues and personal donations, are given to charity: Action Against Hunger: http://www.actionagainsthunger.org.

We are proud to be part of FutureCycle Press’s Good Works Projects.

Kentucky Review publishes poetry and flash fiction online and in print. Works accepted for publication appear permanently on this website, and each year’s poems are assembled into a print edition.

You won’t find any lofty mission statements here. We simply want to publish work we consider worthy. We hope you will find an eclectic mix of writing in these pages. We are always open to submissions. No matter where you live in this world, you are welcome to send English-language poetry and flash fiction. See the Submit page for details on how to send your work to us.”


Kentucky Review reads submissions year round and considers poems and flash fiction of all styles and subjects, except pornography. Works accepted for publication appear permanently on this website, and each year’s poems are assembled into a print edition. For previously unpublished work, we acquire First North American rights. After publication in the printed issue, all rights revert to authors. We ask only for an acknowledgment if you reprint work that appeared first inKentucky Review.

Please send work you are proud of, carefully crafted and polished.

We consider simultaneous submissions provided that you notify us immediately if any poems from your submission are accepted elsewhere.

Previously published work is considered only if it has not appeared online and in print within the past 10 years. Please indicate where and when the work was published.

Submit no more than six poems or three works of flash fiction (max 1000 words per story). Please wait until we have responded before submitting again.

Submit all work (poems, stories, or videos) via our online system only. Please note that we do not consider email or snail-mail submissions. We use the Submittable online system (click the Submit button on this page). Files submitted must be in one of the following file formats: Word (DOC or DOCX), WordPerfect (WPD), Rich Text Format (RTF), Open Office (ODT), or Portable Document Format (PDF). Submittable accounts are free, and you can create an account during the submission process, or you can also log in to your current account.”

Kentucky Review’s full detailed guidelines here: http://www.kentuckyreview.org/index.php/itsubmit


Sometime the Day Is the Poem

“All I know, all I know–Love will save the day.” ❤

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