Monday, December 26, 2011

Jane's Stories Press update

From FLAC Member Jane's Stories Press:
This year we've had the honor of announcing the winners of two contests, once again retreated in the mild climes of St. Augustine, connected with authors for Talk Shoe BookChats about their publications and their thoughts on writing, and published our own works like JSPF's chapbook Bridges and Borders: voices of immigrant women, Susanna Lang's Two by Two, and Georgia Ann Banks-Martin's Rhapsody for Lessons Learned or Remembered. More info: http://www.janesstories.org/index.html

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

YellowJacket Press Annual Chapbook Contest

Tampa, FL--- YellowJacket Press announces the Eighth Annual Chapbook Contest for Florida Poets. All entrants must be permanent adult residents of Florida. Poetry manuscripts should be no longer than 24 pages, including title page, table of contents and acknowledgments. Include a brief bio, date you became a Florida resident, and SASE, along with $10 reading fee (check or money order made payable to Gianna Russo). Include notice of previous publications of specific poems, if applicable.

Postmark deadline is December 1, 2011. Manuscripts will not be returned. The winner(s) will be announced by March 15, 2011 and will receive $100 and 30 copies. All entrants receive a copy of the winning book.

Send submissions to: Yellow Jacket Press Chapbook Competition, c/o Gianna Russo
1410 E. Paris Street, Tampa, Fl. 33604. No e-mail submissions.

Previous winners of the contest include: A Tiny Hunger, by Laura Sobbott Ross of Sorrento (2010); My Grandfather Singing by Jesse Millner of Fort Myers (2009); Better Accidents, by Kate Sweeney of Tampa (2008); Our Keen Blue House, by Michael Trammell of Tallahassee (2007); Many Loves, by Michael Hettich of Miami (2006); Message on a Branch, by Sharon Scholl of Jacksonville (2006); Night Windows, by Susan Lilley of Orlando (2005); Music in Arabic, by Mary Jane Ryals of Tallahassee (2005); Florida Straits, by Gregory Byrd of Clearwater (2004). To purchase one of the above, send an additional $6.50 along with your submission.

YellowJacket Press is a non-profit, independent literary press. The mission of YellowJacket Press is to support emerging and established poets in Florida with an annual chapbook contest, chapbook publications, and public readings. YellowJacket Press creates a means for poets to share and promote their work, and nurtures a sense of community among poets and audiences across the state.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Special Thanks, Kudos, and Praise!

Special Thanks, Kudos, and Praise!

Based on all the early indications and surveys, this year’s Other Words Conference was a thoroughgoing success. Thanks to all of you for attending! You gave memorable, inspiring readings. Your panels brought fresh ideas and insights. You made us glad to be there and to be part of such a strong, creative independent literary community.

Special thanks are due to Jim Wilson, Tamara Wilson, and the great group of Flagler College students, who were generous and gracious hosts. They made us feel welcome and at ease. The time and attention they devoted to pre-conference planning and arrangements, as well as the nonstop work they did during the time we were on campus kept everything running smoothly. Rick Campbell also earns our thanks for putting together an outstanding schedule. His “Renga” Reading concept opened up the Friday night festival event to fresh new expressions of “Other Words.” The creative writing workshop faculty—Mark Powell, Ira Sukruangruang, and Terri Witek—reminded us of the imagination and craftsmanship at the heart of our work. This year’s workshops had record enrollments, and continue as sources for conversation and influence afterwards.

In short, let’s share a final round of applause and compliments for all concerned—and extend sincere appreciation to Flagler College for the use of their wonderful campus in the heart of the nation’s oldest city.

Over the next few weeks, we hope to post some notes and comments from students—and from any of you who would like to share your thoughts on Other Words 2011.

With thanks and Happy Thanksgiving to all on behalf of all the FLAC Board Members . . .

Richard

Help Contemporary Literature at USF

A message from FLAC Member the University of South Florida:

Dear Friends,

Since 2006, the University of South Florida has been celebrating National Poetry Month by sponsoring poetry readings, workshops, craft talks, seminars, Q&A sessions, lectures and panel discussions that have featured some of the finest poets in the world including Louise Gl├╝ck, Robert Pinsky, Billy Collins, Galway Kinnell, Natasha Trethewey, Carol Frost, Michael Waters and Dana Levin. And we in USF’s new MFA program are already hard at work making sure that the celebrations for National Poetry Month 2012 (April 1-30, 2012) will be the biggest and best ever. NPM@USF 2012 will feature readings and workshops by Erica Dawson, Helen Wallace, James Kimbrell, Jennifer Clarvoe and Sasenarine Persaud as well as a Spoken Word Showcase, a Best-of-the-Bay Showcase, a poetry movie night and a one-of-a-kind event (“The Future is Sustainable: Art & Food”) to be held in USF’s new Poetry Garden.

But we need your help.

It costs money to make great contemporary literature and the artists who created it available not only to USF students, but also to those living in and around the Tampa Bay area. Sadly, due to the devastating budget cuts the University of South Florida has sustained in recent years, we don’t have any. The members of the all-star lineup we have scheduled for National Poetry Month 2012 have all agreed to visit USF and provide their services free of charge (not one honorarium will be paid); even so, we still have their expenses to cover (gas for those who will be driving, airfare for those flying in, hotels, food, etc.), the venues to rent, the advertising and promotional materials to produce. Organizations like the Florida Book Awards, the University of South Florida Humanities Institute and the University of South Florida English Department have all pledged to help as much as they can, but we still need people like you—people who value the literary arts—to get involved.

In short: we need you to donate money. And now, making a donation to support USF’s National Poetry Month celebrations is easier than ever. All you have to do is:

1. Go to: https://usfweb2.usf.edu/foundation/asp/ssl/adfdn/funds.asp?dept=HUI&group=TA

2. Select “420019 Humanities Institute Fund” and click “continue”3.

Fill out the brief form and next to “This gift is made in memory/honor of,” type: This Gift is For National Poetry MonthAnd that’s it; follow the prompts and you’re done. If you would like to verify that your gift has been received and is correctly earmarked, you can drop Elizabeth Kicak a line at ekicak@usf.edu.

And if you don’t have a lot of extra cash lying around, don’t worry about it. No one does, not these days. If you want to give thousands of dollars, please do; but your donation can be as little as $1.00. In these economic times, there is no such thing as a small donation. Every little bit helps; in fact, I just made a $25.00 donation!

Finally, I ask that you forward this email to as many people as you can and please ask them to forward it to their friends, family members and colleagues. If you have a website, please post this email to your website. If you have a blog, please post this email to your blog. If you have a Facebook account, please post this email to your Facebook account.

Please, we need your help. Help us make NPM@USF 2012 a reality. You can make a difference.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jay Hopler
Associate Professor
Department of English
University of South Florida

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Conference Schedule and Bios Posted

Check it out: the (almost completed draft of) the 2011 Other Words Conference and Bios has been posted online:

http://floridarts.org/other-words-conference/new-2011-other-words-draft-schedule-and-bios/

Saturday, October 22, 2011

FLAC Member Anhinga Press Announcement

Anhinga Press Announces the Release of the Book of Lamenting by Lory Bedikian


Winner of the Philip Levine Prize for Poetry

Selected by Brian Turner, author of Here Bullet and Phantom Noise

Anhinga Press is pleased to announce the release of Lory Bedikian’s prize winning collection, The Book of Lamenting. Lory Bedikian received her BA from UCLA with an emphasis in Creative Writing, Poetry where she was twice nominated for the Ina Coolbrith Memorial Prize in Poetry. She earned her MFA in Poetry from the University of Oregon, where she was awarded the Dan Kimble First Year Teaching Award for Poetry. Her poems have been published in the Connecticut Review, Portland Review, Poetry International, Poet Lore and Heliotrope among other journals and have been included in Blue Arc West: An Anthology of California Poets. She teaches poetry workshops in Los Angeles.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Support the Tuscaloosa Community at Other Words

Writers from Slash Pine Press read their work in support of the victims of the April 27 storm in Tuscaloosa, in which an EF4 tornado 3/4 of a mile wide cut a 5.9 mile swath through the city. Thousands of homes and businesses were destroyed, schools and city services were flattened, and the city's tree canopy was torn out. Donations for Temporary Emergency Services, Tuscaloosa's central agency for tornado relief, will be accepted. Slash Pine Press is part of the Department of English at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa; the press publishes two chapbooks per year, stages a variety of creative writing events, including the Poetry Hike and the Slash Pine Writers Festival, and engages in undergraduate writers exchanges with universities and colleges in the south and midwest.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Other Words adds another Conference Hotel

Good news! We've filled the Monterrey Inn Motel.
We've added the Marion Motor Lodge as a conference hotel.
Info: 120 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine, FL 32084, (904) 829-2261, (800) 258-2261
Rates for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday: $98 each night.
Be sure to ask for the "Other Words Conference" rate.
Within walking distance of Flagler College, the bayfront, and downtown St. Augustine. For more information about the location: http://marionmotorlodge.com/

YellowJacket Press Chapbook Contest

YellowJacket Press (FLAC Member) announces the Eighth Annual Chapbook Contest for Florida Poets. All entrants must be permanent adult residents of Florida. Poetry manuscripts should be no longer than 24 pages, including title page, table of contents and acknowledgments. Include a brief bio, date you became a Florida resident, and SASE, along with $10 reading fee (check or money order made paya...ble to Gianna Russo). Include notice of previous publications of specific poems, if applicable. Postmark deadline is December 1, 2011. Manuscripts will not be returned. The winner(s) will be announced by March 15, 2011 and will receive $100 and 30 copies. All entrants receive a copy of the winning book.
Send submissions to: Yellow Jacket Press Chapbook Competition, c/o Gianna Russo
1410 E. Paris Street, Tampa, Fl. 33604. No e-mail submissions

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Autumn House Press Publishes The Water Books

Anne Waldman raves poet Judith Vollmer’s newest book The Water Books is “a remarkable achievement for its tough wit and shimmering beauties”. Vollmer’s essays and reviews are included in The Cambridge Companion to Baudelaire and elsewhere. She teaches at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg and in the Drew University MFA Program in Poetry and Poetry in Translation, and is a founding editor of the literary journal 5 AM.

Autumn House Press is participaing in the Other Words Conference in November.

http://www.autumnhouse.org/the-water-books-by-judith-vollmer/

Yellow Jacket Press Event

YellowJacket Press (YJP) presents the 4th Annual Florida Poets Happy Hour and Prime Time Show, a very special evening that will spotlight the Poets Laureate of Tampa Bay. The show will take place on Friday, September 23, 2011 from 6:30-9pm at Hillsborough Community College Ybor Campus.

The event will feature James Tokley, whose book The Epic of the Sandwiche Cubano will be debuted, along with Peter Meinke, whose book Lassing Park was published by YJP in April. Both poets will read from their books and other work. They will be joined by acclaimed local poets Erica Dawson, Enid Shomer, Pamela Hill Epps, Gregory Byrd, Cole Bellamy, and Kirsten Holt. Suggested donation is $5.00

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

FLAC Member Terri Witek Featured on Frequency

Terri Witek reads her poem “See You Tomorrow Night” on PBS Newshour. Terri Witek is the Art & Melissa Sullivan Chair in Creative Writing at Stetson University. She is the author of "The Shipwreck Dress," (2008, Florida Book Award Winner), "Carnal World" (2006), "Fools and Crows" (2003), and "Courting Couples" (2000 Center for Book Arts Prize). http://www.frequency.com/video/weekly-poem-see-you-tomorrow-night-by/16831484

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Other Words Panelist: Chattahoochee Review Turns 31

Now celebrating its 31st year in print, The Chattahoochee Review is under all new editorship: Editor Anna Schachner, Managing Editor Lydia Ship, Fiction Editor Andy Rogers, Nonfiction Editor Louise McKinney, Poetry Editor Michael Diebert; Art Editor Claire Paul, and Social Media Editor Michael Rowley.

Managing Editor Lydia Ship writes: "Although our roots are in the South, and we publish important writers such as William Gay, George Singleton, and Natasha Trethewey, we also publish writers from other regions of the U.S. and other countries such as Denmark, Mexico, Romania, and England. We are committed to exploring literature in translation and to writers who transgress borders, cultural and otherwise. While the Review features poetry, fiction, nonfiction, interviews, reviews, and occasional graphic work, we are also open to nontraditional forms. We value established writers but take great pride in discovering new voices. Work from The Chattahoochee Review is regularly featured in nationally published anthologies and books."

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Conference Poetry Writing Workshop

Conference Non-Fiction Writing Workshop with Ira Sukrungruang:

How to Make Your Life Matter

Annie Dillard says that memoirists are minor historians. As a memoirist, not only are we responsible in telling our story, but also the story of our culture. Why do our lives matter? Why does the writing of our lives matter? In this time period of political and social upheaval, how can the story of the lives of people elevate the social consciousness of our culture? Participants of this workshop will discuss the pitfalls and beauty of the contemporary memoir, and also locate themselves not only in the life of their stories but the mind of their stories.

Ira Sukrungruang is the author of the memoir Talk Thai: The Adventures of Buddhist Boy. His work has appeared many literary journals, including Post Road, The Sun, and Creative Nonfiction. He is the editor of Sweet: A Literary Confection (sweetlit.com), and teaches in the MFA program at University of South Florida. For more information about him, please visit: www.sukrungruang.com.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Conference Poetry Writing Workshop

Conference Writing Workshop with Terri Witek (Stetson University Sullivan Chair in Creative Writing): "Poetry in the Gallery"--the workshop will meet in the Crisp Ellert Art Museum and writers will generate new work inspired by/based on/ that space. Registration forms will be posted on the floridarts.org website soon.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Florida Literary Community Loses Iconic Author Stetson Kennedy


Stetson Kennedy, Florida's last living link to the WPA Federal Writers' Project, died Saturday, August 27, at the age of 94. He had studied at the University of Florida in a class taught by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and served the Roosevelt-era project as writer and editor of Florida: A Guide to the Southernmost State, still regarded as a milestone portrait of the state. At the age of 21, Kennedy was hired as director of the folklore division, in which role he "supervised" and collaborated with Zora Neale Hurston, another unemployed and little-known writer who had just published Their Eyes Were Watching God.

He later continued to write and publish work as a Florida folklorist and civil rights activist. His books included Palmetto Country, published in the American Folklore Series edited by Erskine Cladwell in 1942, and the important civil rights book I Rode with the Ku Klux Klan (also re-published as The Klan Unmasked) in 1954.

He was inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame in 2005.

Stetson Kennedy photo by Ivy Bigbee courtesy of Florida Artists Hall of Fame website, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs.





Monday, August 22, 2011

Reviewed: “I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of a Girl”


Kelle Groom's (FLAC member) memoir was reviewed in the New York Times Sunday Book Review

Other Words Special Guest

Julie Lequin is a French Canadian artist currently based in Quebec. She received a B.F.A. from Concordia University, Montreal, PQ in 2001 and an M.F.A. from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA in 2005. Julie's multidisciplinary practice interweaves personal history with fictionalized events and circumstances in a manner that constantly blurs the line between the artist as individual and the artist as self-consciously constructed persona. She has exhibited at the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum in California, La Centrale Powerhouse in Montreal, White Columns in New York City and was most recently included in Between Document and Fiction at MausHabitos in Oporto, Portugual. Lequin was recently honored with the Joseph S. Stauffer Award from the Canada Council for the Arts and has completed residencies at Yaddo, Art Omi, Macdowell Colony and Les Recollets in Paris. 2nd Cannons Publications published her first book and DVD project in 2007.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Conference Evening Reader: Carol Frost

Carol Frost, director of is the author of eleven books of poems. The Queen's Desertion, I Will Say Beauty, Love and Scorn: New and Selected Poems, all from Northwestern University Press, are recent volumes. The Florida Book Awards named her latest poetry collection Honeycomb the gold medal winner in poetry for 2010. Her poems have appeared in four Pushcart Prize anthologies, and she has been a recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. The Poets’ Prize and Elliston Award committees have also honored her work.

Carol Frost is the Theodore Bruce and Barbara Lawrence Alfond Chair at Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida, where she is professor of English and the Director of Winter with the Writers, A Festival of the Literary Arts. She is also a fore faculty member of the New England College Master of Fine Arts Program in Poetry. She spends time and writes each spring on Florida's "Nature Coast" in Cedar Key.

For more information visit:
http://www.poetryfoundation.org/uploads/authors/carol-frost/448x/carol-frost.jpg

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/carol-frost

Watch our website for scheduling information.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Florida Writer's Circuit

This year's FLAC Florida Writer's Circuit (amazing!):
Peter Trachtenberg--October 2011
Erika Meitner--November 2011
Gerry LaFemina--November 2011
Tim Seibles--February 2012
John Blair--April 2012

Thanks to Gianmarc, Rick, and Richard for all their work!

visit http://www.floridarts.org/flor​ida-writer-s-circuit/ for more info

Friday, July 29, 2011

"Marketing Your Work by Marketing Yourself"

Planned Conference Workshop: "Marketing Your Work by Marketing Yourself"
by M. Scott Douglass of the Main Street Rag Publishing Company

There is little doubt about the correlation between how well and author reads his or her work in front of an audience and whether the audience buys that work afterward. In this workshop, participants will have an opportunity to discuss and identify strengths and weaknesses within their own approach to public reading as well as techniques and suggestions that may enhance whatever skill level they already have. Participants should come prepared to read something.

www.floridarts.org/other-words-conference

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Peter Trachtenberg will be on the Florida Writer's Circuit this fall. He is the author of The Book of Calamities: Five Questions About Suffering and Its Meaning (Little, Brown 2008), a book that combines reportage, memoir, and moral philosophy to explore suffering and its narratives, which won the 2009 Phi Beta Kappa Ralph Waldo Emerson Award for works that contribute significantly to interpretations of the intellectual and cultural condition of humanity. In 1997, his debut book, Seven Tattoos: A Memoir in the Flesh (Crown) was published. Of this book, the Montreal Gazette wrote, “Seven Tattoos is like a Lou Reed record: off-key and on the mark at the same time….A reminder that the memoir, when it’s revealing and reflective, can go where the best literature has always sought to go—straight to the human heart.”

For dates and locations visit: www.floridart.org/calendar

Monday, July 25, 2011

Planned Conference Panel

"Collaboration: A Dialogue" with Michael Kemp, Lawrence Hetrick, Sean Sexton, and Patricia Waters. This collaboration takes place between four artists/writers who work and travel readily between the literary, visual and tactile arts in their daily work. This is an ongoing series which began at the Other Words Conference in 2009. The panel will include discussion, visual resources and exposition of book projects that have evolved from the four artists association with one another over the years.

Some of the presses coming to the Other Words Conference (and their readers)

Anhinga Press (Gerry LaFamina and others)
Autumn House Press (Philip Terman, Connie Hales, Rick Campbell)
All Nations Press (Tom Williams, Bob Kunzinger, Jillian Weise)
University of Tampa Press (TBA)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Proposal Deadline Extended

The deadline for Other Words Conference proposals for panels is now August 1st. Please contact rick@floridarts.org or jim@floridarts.org with panel proposals.

Michael Hettich, winner of Swan Scythe Press Contest

Congratulations FLAC Member Michael Hettich:
2011 SWAN SCYTHE PRESS CHAPBOOK CONTEST WINNER
SACRAMENTO, CA, JULY 10, 2011 –- Swan Scythe Press, one of the U.S.’s most respected poetry publishers, today announced the winner of the 2011 Swan Scythe Press Poetry Chapbook Contest. The winning manuscript is The Measured Breathing by Michael Hettich of Miami Shores, Florida.
Mr. Hettich’s manuscript will be published by Swan Scythe Press in Fall 2011, and he will receive a $200 award for his work. According to Swan Scythe Press’s editor, James DenBoer, his choice of the contest winner was based on “Michael Hettich’s distinct voice; his work stood out immediately from the large number of competent and interesting poets who entered our contest. I was particularly impressed by his ability to write a book of lyric poems without using the word “I” and by his startling images of transformation and transcendence.”
Michael Hettich's poetry has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Cake, Hamilton Stone Review, International Literary Quarterly, Poetry East, and many other literary journals. His most recently-published book of poems is Like Happiness, from Anhinga Press; a new book, The Animals Beyond Us, is forth-coming from New Rivers Press. Born in Brooklyn, NY, he now teaches at Miami Dade College.
Swan Scythe Press was founded in 2000 by poet Sandra McPherson, and is now edited by James DenBoer, also a poet. The Measured Breathing was chosen as the contest winner from among 165 entries, from 34 U.S. states and 4 foreign countries. Mr. DenBoer made the final selection of the winner, with the help of a small group of outside readers. Mr Hettich’s book will be the 32nd book of poetry published by Swan Scythe Press. Its authors have won many awards and prizes, and have distinguished themselves as artists and educators throughout the U.S. and abroad.
For more information on Swan Scythe Press itself, please see the Press’s website at http://www.swanscythe.com, email the editor directly at jimzbookz@yahoo.com, or write to the press at 515 P Street, #804, Sacramento CA 95814.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Conference Hotel Information

When staying in St. Augustine for the conference, save money at the official Conference Hotel, The Monterey Inn and ask for the "Other Words Conference/Florida Literary Arts Coalition" Rate.

Prices:
Thursday $79
Friday $99
Saturday $99

For more information about this location visit: themontereyinn.com

Monday, May 9, 2011

Other Words to be dedicated to the memory of Jeanne Leiby

Jeanne Leiby contributed high professional standards as well as contagious energy and enthusiasm to the early years of the Florida Literary Arts Coalition. She was not only a great source for creative ideas, but a strong supporter of good ideas from others. Although she hailed from Michigan, she worked her way south, earning her MFA at the University of Alabama and then winding up in Florida in 2004 when she became editor of the Florida Review. She embraced Florida, and she enlivened and enriched literary arts in the state while she was here. She will be deeply missed.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Call for Proposals and Book Fair Participation

2011 Other Words Conference
Florida Literary Arts Coalition
St. Augustine, Florida
November 10th-12th, 2011

Call for Proposals and Book Fair Participation
The Other Words conference welcomes proposals for 1:15 minute panels on the theme of "Writing for an Audience" for the 2011 Conference, to be held on the historic Flagler College Campus. The conference is open to all who are interested in the contemporary practice of literary writing, and will offer a mixture of panels, workshops and readings. Additionally, there will be readings of poetry, fiction, or nonfiction.

Please send panel and reading submissions by May 20th, 2011.

Broadly, we see "Writing for an Audience" as panels on themes such as how to determine who your audience is, writing to a community (artists, children, teens, etc.), writing for public readings, writing to get published in literary journals, writing to get an agent's attention, among others. There will also the more pragmatic, nuts and bolts panels about publishing, submitting work, agents, editors, small presses, teaching creative writing, collaboration, and others.

We will offer (for a small additional fee) creative writing workshops in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction and screenplays. Our writing staff (also for an additional fee) will offer individual manuscript consultations or advice for publishing one’s work.

Publishers and journals may sponsor readings by their authors by signing up for a table at the book fair and paying a fee above the cost of a table alone.

This information will be posted on the FLAC/Other Words blogspot, Facebook page, and website. (Please see http://flacnews.blogspot.com/ and http://www.floridarts.org/, and become a fan on Facebook.

Further details about scheduling, participating writers, conference hotels, and more will be posted soon.

Please include:
1. Panel Title
2. Description (up to 300 words)
3. List of up to 4 participants with names, affiliation (for example, which university, museum, press, etc) and complete contact information including e-mail addresses . Please indicate if you are conference sponsors or institutional members of the Florida Literary Arts Coalition when you submit. Indicate too which participant will be the main contact; that person will hear from the conference by mid-summer. Please submit early: we regret that the number of available slots means only the most competitive proposals will be considered.
4. List any AV or other special requests for your panel.

Submit proposals to:

Rick Campbell, FLAC, rc2121@tds.net
Jim Wilson, Flagler College, jmwilson@flagler.edu

Conference dates November 10-12, 2011

Saturday, January 29, 2011

New Poetry Prize from YellowJacket Press

YellowJacket Press announced the establishment of the Peter Meinke Prize for a poetry chapbook. Long considered a Florida treasure, Peter Meinke was the director of the Writing Workshop at Eckerd College for over 20 years and is the author of over a dozen poetry, fiction and nonfiction books, including The Contracted World: New and Selected Poems (University of Pittsburgh Press) and The Shape of Poetry, (The Writer, Inc.). In 2009, Meinke was appointed the first ever Poet Laureate of St. Petersburg. For more information about Peter Meinke, see his website at http://petermeinke.com

Poetry manuscripts for the Peter Meinke Prize should be no longer than 24 pages, including title page, table of contents and acknowledgments. All entrants must be permanent adult residents of Florida. Include a brief bio, date you became a Florida resident, notice of previous publications of specific poems, if applicable, and SASE. The contest is free, but only one manuscript per contestant may be submitted.

Submissions must be postmarked between February 15-25, 2011. Manuscripts will not be returned. The winner(s) will be announced by March 15, 2011, the same date upon which YellowJacket Press will announce the winner of its Annual Chapbook Contest for Florida Poets. The winner of the Peter Meinke Prize will receive 30 copies of his/her book, $100 and will be invited to read with Meinke and other poets during the National Poetry Month reading in April.

Send submissions to: YellowJacket Press, Peter Meinke Prize, c/o Gianna Russo,

1410 E. Paris Street, Tampa, Fl. 33604. No e-mail submissions.