Saturday, July 04, 2009

New Literary Journals Prove Interest in Poetry Alive

I am always excited when I have a poem published in an anthology, especially one in a literary journal associated with a university. Yeah. It's the prestige. But it's more important that. These journals help creative writers and poets get read and that the editing, publishing and writing of them is a training ground for the future of creative writing.

My pleasure is doubled with this particular publishing because the poem is based on memories of my father, an avid and thoroughly addicted smoker who loved jazz. His time was a different time and "Long Before They Shut the Napster Down" evokes those times, the music and musk of his time . . . and him. My father has been deceased for nearly 20 years and so it seems also to affirm that those we love never really die as long as they are remembered.

The publisher is Dash Literary Journal, sponsored by California State University, Fullerton Creative Writing Club and the Department of English, Comparative Literature and Linguistics.

One more thing. Dash is a new journal! That may be evidence that fine writing and poetry are thriving, don't you think!?

On their Web site, Dash is calling for submissions: http://www.dashliteraryjournal.com/


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Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of This Is the Place; Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered; Tracings, a chapbook of poetry; and two how to books for writers, The Frugal Book Promoter: How To Do What Your Publisher Won't and The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success. Her FRUGAL book for retailers is A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques. She is also the author of the Amazon Short, "The Great First Impression Book Proposal". Some of her other blogs are TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com, a blog where authors can recycle their favorite reviews. She also blogs at all things editing, grammar, formatting and more at The Frugal, Smart and Tuned-In Editor blog.

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