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Archive for October, 2016

Monday Must Read! Gabrielle Brant Freeman, When She Was Bad

gabbyAnd we’re back—with the amazing Gabrielle Brant Freeman, author of the stunning debut collection When She Was Bad. Gabrielle’s poetry has been published in many journals, most recently in Barrelhouse, Hobart, Melancholy Hyperbole, Rappahannock Review, storySouth, and Waxwing. She was nominated twice for the Best of the Net, and she was a 2014 finalist. Gabrielle won the 2015 Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition. Press 53 published her first book, When She Was Bad, in 2016. Gabrielle earned her MFA through Converse College.

Visit Gabrielle’s Website

http://gabriellebrantfreeman.squarespace.com/

Buy Gabrielle’s Beautiful Book! At Press 53!

http://www.press53.com/Gabrielle_Brant_Freeman.html

Praise for When She Was Bad

Lust. Love. Betrayal and loyalty. Temptation and hilarity. Gabrielle Freeman dissects her speakers’ hearts, tenderly, with supreme attention to what it is to be human, female, and fierce. Gabrielle Freeman’s poems are bad–by which I mean badass bold. Michael Jackson bad. Freeman’s bad and you know it. That’s why you read her. When She Was Bad is a smart, compassionate, tightly crafted and explosive debut. — Denise Duhamel

Read More from Gabby Online

http://gabriellebrantfreeman.squarespace.com/poems-1/

http://ciderpressreview.com/tag/gabrielle-freeman/#.WBc8rdUrKM8

http://www.chagrinriverreview.com/gabrielle-freeman.html

Hear Gabby Read!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnC84HvJl94

You don’t want to miss this poet!

Happy Reading!

xo

Mary

 

Friday Call for Submissions Love <3 Aji Mag and Music

Aji Magazine Call for Submissions for Spring 2017

Deadline: After first 500 submissions are received.

 

While Aji publishes poetry, fiction, literary nonfiction, graphic art, and photographs on all subjects in every issue, the theme for our spring 2017 issue is music, the tempo of a city street, the dissonance of a conversation—what are the melodies, the harmonies, and the rhythms of your life? Send us work on music of all types, classical, jazz, experimental, pop, and of course the thundering and whispering of storms, the jangling of traffic, the noise in your head that won’t let you sleep. We’re a small staff—we will close submissions after the first 500 submissions. www.ajimagazine.com

Reading at Longwood this week!

Okay my Virginia lovelies! 

I’m thrilled to be part of the Longwood Authors’ Reading Series, this coming Wednesday! 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 8pm

Wygal Auditorium on Longwood’s campus

Reception (Free food!) to follow. 

I’ll be reading from my newest book, A Little Blood,  A Little Rain, as well as The Night I Heard Everything, both from FutureCycle Press.

And maybe…. we’ll have a lil contest and give away a couple free copies of the new book! 😉 

 

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Daily Prompt Love <3 Reconnecting through Common Ground

10/9/2016

Make art about connections made through food, connections in the present, or to the past. 

food-common-ground

Seems Appropriate Call for Submissions Love <3

For all the storms we’re weathering right now….

STORM CELLAR

1 Sept. – 15 Dec. reading for an issue devoted to authors who are also women.

“(And anyone not currently a monogender dude; we define gender ≠ sex.) Work does not need to be about gender. Send us wild things.”


Storm Cellar is a national literary arts magazine with a special emphasis on the Midwest, appearing in print and ebook editions. We want your prose, poems, chimeras, and ideas penned on envelopes in buses and train cars. The magazine aims to publish amazing work by new and established writers and artists, present a range of styles and approaches, and be as un-boring as it can. If you write one thing to be read while waiting for the all-clear to sound, send it here.”

Complete Guidelines and Submit Here: https://stormcellarquarterly.com/submit/

Daily Prompt Love <3 Dreaming of Pirates

10/8/2016

Been helping my son put together his costume for the Renaissance Faire. He’s reaching back to his roots in the coastal lowlands of eastern North Carolina, and going as a pirate this year, appropriate since he lived the earliest years of his life only twenty miles from where the infamous Edward Teach–Blackbeard–made his home in Bath, NC. In fact, archaeologists from my alma mater, East Carolina University, worked in conjunction with the NC Department of Cultural Resources, to raise Balckbard’s ship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge, from those wild waters on my beloved Outer Banks. (ECU’s mascot is a Pirate 🙂 I am purple and gold forever! 🙂 )

All this work on his costume, plus, I think, the current political situation, probably led to the dream I had last night where I was pouring beer for ruffians in some steampunk version of an 18th century tavern. 

Make art about pirates. Or inspired by the word ‘pirate.’ 

blackbeard1

 

Sometimes the Prompt Is a Place to Take Refuge <3

Daily Prompt Love ❤

Come in,” she said, “I’ll give you shelter from the storm.”~Bob Dylan

Make art about seeking refuge, taking shelter, offering shelter.

Friday Call for Submissions Love <3 Double Call from Hofstra

Hofstra University Has Two Forums for Your Literary Work

Submissions accepted year-round.

 

Submissions for AMP: Always Electric (a digital literary site) are accepted in poetry, short prose, innovative and cross-genre texts, video poems and literary videos. AMP is a project of the Hofstra University Digital Research Center and is co-sponsored by the MFA program and the Department of English. amp.hofstradrc.org 

Windmill: The Hofstra Journal of Literature & Art accepts both print and digital submissions including fiction, creative nonfiction, art and photography, and poetry. Our inaugural issue will be published in January 2017. Windmill is a joint project of Hofstra University’s MFA in Creative Writing and BA in English/Publishing Studies. hofstrawindmill.com

Daily Prompt Catch-Up! Storms, and Shrines, and What We Can Learn <3

10/4/2016

I grew up in Hurricane Alley, eastern North Carolina, so the preparation for these big storms is something I learned early. Hurricane Matthew has ripped through Haiti, and is on his way to the US East Coast. All my provisions are laid in, flashlights and emergency equipment in place and ready, and I’ve battened down as much as I can. But sometimes Mama Nature’s just too big and unpredictable for any kind of preparation.

Make art about preparing the best you can.

hurricane-preparation-checklist

10/5/2016

Thinking a lot today about all the ways people find their way to, or demonstrate faith. Took me immediately to one of my top three favorite songs, The Mountain, by Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer.

Excerpted Lyrics by Dave Carter

Some build temples and some find altars,
some come in tall hats and robes spun fine.
Some in rags, some in gemstone halters,
some push the pegs back in line.

I see the mountain, the mountain comes to me,
I see the mountain and that is all I see.

Make art about temples or altars or shrines, faith in some unexpected way.

 

10/6/2016

Road Angel Andrea at Walmart today told me about her grandmama teaching her to sew, first by making curtains, long straight hems, she said, over and over again, summer curtains, winter curtains with their heavy lining. She said her grandmama was patient but tough, making her tear out crooked stitches, and try again til she got it right. “I learned to take my time,” she said. “I learned to take my time, look ahead of the foot, and how a pair of curtains can make all the difference in a room.”

Make art about curtains. Or about what you learned from an elder.

my-curtains

 

Book Give Away! Enter Now for a Chance to Win My Latest Book, A Little Blood, A Little Rain

Goodreads Give-Away!

Because FutureCycle Press and Diane Kistner rock!!

Enter to win a copy of my latest book A Little Blood, A Little Rain!

 

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