"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, 2016

Daily Prompt <3 Hard Travelin' for the Tender Hearted.

29 June 2016

“It’s hard to wake up sometimes and look back at your life with clear eyes, isn’t it? All the Hello’s and Goodbye’s, and all the things said and left unsaid, whether they were timely, or easy, or uncomfortable or boltfree, or jarring, or just plain true, at least for you, in the moment of their saying.And once you’re awake you have to listen to the now, or ignore it and pretend that it’s just not there. Tricky stuff for the strongest of us, and hard travelin’ for the tender hearted. Like pilgrims on some dusty trail, the long line of true believers stretches into nothingness, and the shadows of the don’t fit in’s move along like so much smoke, pungent and ethereal, lingering toward home.”~John Little Bear Eaton

Make art about the don’t fit in’s. 

Bear 2007

John Little Bear Eaton

Call for Submissions Love In My Email This Morning :-)

Doorknobs & BodyPaint
Guidelines & Prompts
Issue 82, May, 2016
Off to Work We Go

Submission deadline:
Opens–March 15, 2015 / Closes–April 17, 2016
Publication date: May 2016

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Call for Submissions

Off to Work We Go.  For many of us work is a daily destination filled with demands on our time and endless routine.  There is little time left for our dreams.  But, we all have them.  And, for a moment, over a cup of coffee or sandwich from home, we imagine what it would be like to do something else.  Something more exciting.  Something with a little adventure in it. Write your story within the limits of our contest guidelines (hoops):

DOORKNOBS Kieron Devlin, editor
1. Maximum length: 250 words.
2. The sub-theme is: discipline.
3. The year is:  2004.
4. Within the story, you must use this text:  sticking to the rules.TAPAS  (tiny morsels) Joanne Faries, editor
1.  Maximum length:  250 words.
2.  The sub-theme is: vacation.
3. Within the story, you must use this bit of text:  an embellished resume.
4. Like seasoning, it is language that makes your story unique. Surprise us.

HAYWARD FAULT LINE (shake us up) Leila Rae, editor 
1. Maximum length: 450 words.
2. The sub-theme is: endurable.
3. The setting is: Milwaukee, WI.
4. Within the story, you must use this bit of text: without yielding.

DORSAL CONTEST:  Bara Swain, editor

In John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, two migrant workers, George and his mentally disabled life-long friend Lennie, have come to a ranch in the Salinas Valley to find work in the middle of the Great Depression. George speaks of saving their stake so that they can one day buy a little place of their own where they can live off the fat of the land. The possibility of realizing their dream dissolves entirely when Curley’s wife makes advances on the bear-like Lennie, and horrible consequences ensue. The tragedy reveals the power of friendship and how even the simplest dream can provide hope in the face of desperation.

George’s hands stopped working with the cards. His voice was growing warmer. “An’ we could have a few pigs. I could build a smoke house like the one gran’pa had, an’ when we kill a pig we can smoke the bacon and the hams, and make sausage an’ all like that. An’ when the salmon run up river we could catch a hundred of ‘em an’ salt ‘em down or smoke ‘em. We could have them for breakfast. They ain’t nothing so nice as smoked salmon. When the fruit come in we could can it—and tomatoes, they’re easy to can. Ever’ Sunday we’d kill a chicken or a rabbit. Maybe we’d have a cow or a goat, and the cream is so God damned thick you got to cut it with a knife and take it out with a spoon.”

Write a 450 word story on the theme of work where a dream provides a way to overcome desolation. (Please note word count correction.)CAIRO ROOM
The Cairo Room contains all non-contest and writer’s pool selections under 450 words. From the exotic to the post-modern to hypertext to first time writers, this room welcomes all writers.

General Guidelines: 
1. Send your submission by email, please include your name, mailing address, email address, and bio at the beginning of each story; paste your story into the body of your email and send it in rich text form.

2. If you send more than one story (four total), send each story as a separate email. 

3. This is important. Put the category DK (Doorknobs), HF (Hayward Fault), DO (Dorsal), TA (Tapas), PB (Planet Betty), CR (Cairo Room), the issue #, and your last name on the subject line. (example: DK, 61, Argure) We use a filter for all email; therefore, if you do not put this information in the subject line, your email will automatically go into trash.

4. Do not send your story in HTML format or as an attachment. If you send your story in HTML format or as an attachment, it will be discarded.

Contest Prizes for each section (Doorknobs, Hayward Fault Line, Dorsal, Tapas):

An opportunity to read at one of Pandemonium Press Presents reading series.
We do not pay money for publishing your work.
The writers retains all copyright to their work.



Daily Prompt <3 On Work

28 June 2016

“if you’re  old enough to read this you know what work is”~Philip Levine

Make art about what work is. 


Daily Prompt <3 Are We Prepared?

27 June 2016 

This morning, keep thinking about, hearing,  a line from a poem by my mentor and friend, the poet Liam Rector, from his poem “This Summer.” 

“Our motto: Fight to live; prepare to go.”~Liam Rector 

Make art about preparation, about being prepared. Or about fighting to live. 


Still listenin, Big Dog. Still miss you. 

You can read the full poem “This Summer” here. 







Monday Must Read! Amy King: The Missing Museum

amy kingThis week’s Monday Must Read is The Missing Museum, winner of the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize, by Amy King.  John Ashbery described Amy’s poems in I Want to Make You Safe (Litmus Press, 2011) as bringing “abstractions to brilliant, jagged life, emerging into rather than out of the busyness of living.” The book was named one of the Boston Globe’s Best Poetry Books of 2011. King is also the author of the poetry collections Slaves To Do These Things(Blazevox, 2009), I’m the Man Who Loves You (Blazevox, 2007), and Antidotes for an Alibi (Blazevox, 2005). Her chapbooks include Kiss Me with the Mouth of Your Country(Dusie Press, 2007), The Good Campaign (2006), The Citizen’s Dilemma (2003), andThe People Instruments (Pavement Saw Press, 2002). Her poems have been nominated for several Pushcart Prizes, and her essays have appeared in Boston ReviewPoetry, andThe Rumpus.

King joins the ranks of Ann Patchett, Eleanor Roosevelt, Rachel Carson, Barbara Bush, and Pearl Buck as the recipient of the 2015 Winner of the WNBA Award (Women’s National Book Association).  She was also honored by The Feminist Press as one of the “40 Under 40: The Future of Feminism” awardees, and she received the 2012 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities.

King serves on the executive board of VIDA: Woman in Literary Arts and is currently co-editing with Heidi Lynn Staples the anthology, Big Energy Poets of the Anthropocene: When Ecopoets Think Climate Change.  She also moderates the Women’s Poetry Listserv (WOMPO) and the Goodreads Poetry! Group. She teaches English and Creative Writing at SUNY Nassau Community College.  Her poems have been nominated for several Pushcart Prizes, and she has been the recipient of a MacArthur Scholarship for Poetry.  Amy King was also the 2007Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere.  Check her latest blog entries at Boston ReviewPoetry Magazine and the Rumpus.

She co-edited Poets for Living Waters with Heidi Lynn Staples,  co-edited the PEN Poetry Series and Esque Magazine with Ana Bozicevic and, for many years, moderated the Poetics List, sponsored by The Electronic Poetry Center (SUNY-Buffalo/University of Pennsylvania).  She has also guest-lectured and conducted workshops at a number of colleges and universities, including Goddard College, Naropa University, RISD (Rhode Island School of Design), San Francisco State University, Slippery Rock University, and, forthcoming this spring, the Center for Women Writers at Salem College.

Buy The Missing Museum!


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Happy Reading!



Call for Submissions Love <3 Sun Star Review

Sun Star Review is currently open for submissions to their Fall 2016 issue.
“We are seeking prose (whether fiction, nonfiction, flash, long, or simply unclassifiable), poetry, visual art, and mixed media work. We love depth and emotional resonance. We appreciate risk taking and ambitiousness—so long as the ambition is earnest. We love work that blends the real and the fantastical. We love experiments with craft. Our journal is also committed to promoting diverse voices and points of view that aren’t well represented in the general literary scene. Thanks for your interest, and we look forward to reading your work!”
To submit, please visit sunstarlit.com

Daily Prompt <3 What Will We Leave Behind?


26 June 2016

“I leave to you a curious loom,
That I have wrought my dreams upon;
I beg you lay your hand to it
and weave a pattern when I’m gone.”

~James Lovell

Make art about legacy.

woman weaving

Daily Prompt Love <3 Country Traffic Jam


25 June 2016

Encountered a little slow down on the road yesterday 🙂 Three calves had broken out and were gleefully chasing around, having a high old time 🙂

Make art about unexpected obstacles. 🙂 Or about unexpected freedom 🙂

cows in the road



Daily Prompt <3 See You Later, Arrivederci, Au Revoir, Auf Wiedersehen, Slán, Adiós

24 June 2016


Make art about choosing to leave, even when the choice leaves the future completely uncertain. 

great briitain leaves european union metaphor

united kingdom exit from europe relative image

Call for Submissions Love! Common Ground

Road trip tomorrow, so here’s some Call for Submissions Love before I go 🙂 

COMMON GROUND REVIEW seeks engaging, well-crafted poems that surprise and illuminate, amuse and inform. Creative non-fiction and short stories must be no more than 12 pages, double-spaced. Two publications a year (Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter), no reading fees. We accept year-round submissions at our website; see submission guidelines, use the Submittable link, or send snail mail. Excite us!

Common Ground Website

Submissions Guidelines


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