03-27-17 - Alok Mishra, Editor of Ashvamegh, a journal published in Biharsharif, Nalanda, Bihar, India, publishes two sets of interviews with the author today online. The links are: http://authorinterviews.net/conversations/wally-swist/ and
03-21-17 - Dennis Haritou, Editor of Litbreak Magazine, an online journal, accepts three recent poems for publication: "The Day after the 2016 Election," regarding the travesty of Trump being elected "president;" "New Paint on Worn Walls," which offers guidance to a friend whose relationship has failed; and "Thirteen Ways of Remembering Lonnie Black," an elegy for Hartford poet and co-founder of the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival. The link for this aesthetically-accomplished web zine is: http://www.litbreak.com/.
03-15-17 - Gabriel Sawicki, Editor of Wild Plum, accepts "mirrored yet mirrorless . . . " for the Fall/Winter 2017 issue of this international journal from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Their link is: https://wildplumhaiku.wordpress.com.
03-13-17 - Angelica Gonzalez, Editorial Assistant at The Woven Tale Press: Cybersphere's Premier Literary and Fine Arts Magazine, informs the author that the recent poem, written last spring, "Cinema," a personal and cultural history of the memorable best in film over the last sixty years, will be featured in the next issue. This well-respected magazine whose editorial board reflects a connection with Emerson College and the prestigious journal, Ploughshares, and that is self-described as a "literary magazine" that "showcases literary and artistic talent across the creative Web," has a link at: http://www.thewoventalepress.net/.
03-01-17 - "These Foolish Things," a poem regarding a conversation the author had the privilege of having with the late Jack Gilbert some twenty-five years ago is published in the spring issue of Many Hands: A Magazine for Holistic Health. The link for this quarterly magazine of health and healing is: https://manyhands.com/.
02-17-17 - Michael Organ, Editor of Tuck: A Magazine for Discerning Voices, publishes three new and recent poems online this morning. They are: "Western Civilization and Wild Horses," originally written in early September 2016 and only revised yesterday afternoon; and two poems written last summer, "Hatred" and "Stinging Nettles." The link for this magazine which is self-described as "a political, lit, and music journal" is: http://tuckmagazine.com/2017/02/17/poetry-732/.
02-16-17 - The ever-gracious Robin White, Editor of Akitsu Quarterly, published out of Deerfield, New Hampshire, accepts three haiku for the summer issue of this new and vibrant journal devoted to haiku, tanka, and related genres. The haiku, newly written, include: "deepening my aloneness," "encased in icy ledges--," and "the orchard." The link to this quarterly print journal. and the corresponding annual Wild Graces Festival, in which this poet is this year's featured reader, is: http://www.wildgraces.com/Akitsu-Quarterly.html.
02-11-17 - Karen Wilson, Managing Editor of Blueline: A Literary Magazine Dedicated to the Spirit of the Adirondacks, accepts "Skiers," a poem written last winter, for publication in the next issue of this well respected journal published out of SUNY Potsdam. The link for Blueline is: http://www.bluelinemagadk.com.
02-10-17 - The Editors of The Ashvamegh International Journal & Literary Magazine, located in Biharsharif, Nalanda,
Bihar, India accepts four poems for their February 2017 issue. The poems were written in the late spring and summer of 2016 and are included in the forthcoming book, The View of the River (Hemet, CA: Kelsay Books, 2017), due in September. The poems include "The Enchanted Tailor," "Heart's Essence," "Sundarbans," and "The White Stag," all two- and three-page poems. The link to this international hub of contemporary literature and forward thought is: http://www.ashvamegh.net. The Editors of the journal have also selected to represent the work accepted under their rubric of "Featured Poet," which is both a lovely and significant honor.
01-27-17 - Michael Organ, Art and Poetry Editor of Tuck: A Magazine for Discerning Readers, a Canadian online magazine, publishes three recent poems, "Giraffes," "Lloyd," and "Porcupine." The link to the current issue is: http://tuckmagazine.com/2017/01/27/poetry-702/.
01-24-17 - John Winkelman, Editor in Chief of The 3288 Review, accepts four new poems poems, written in the autumn of 2016, for publication in the February 2017 issue: "Anita," "Brook Run," "Meeting Amichai," and "Present Tme." The link for this quarterly journal whose purpose is "focused on discovering and showcasing artistic talent from West Michigan and beyond" is: http://www.3288review.com.
01-22-17 - Esther Cameron and Mindy Aber Barad, Co-Editors of The Deronda Review, accept three recent and new poems for their next issue, "Grand Wizard," "Gambol," and "Prayer for Yoram Rannan." The link to this journal "which aims at promoting a literature of human dignity and a meaningful cultural" interchange is: www.derondareview.org/.
01-20-17 - Andrew Elsakr, Editor-in-Chief of Out of Many Magazine: A Multi-cultural Literary Magazine, accepts two new poems for publication. "Eulogy," for Jerry Gafio Watts, one of my oldest friends, whom I met at Yale in 1975, has been published online in this magazine that is issued from Vanderbilt University. Jerry died in November 2015, and the poem written to commemorate him was composed in May 2016. "Thirteen Ways of Remembering Lonnie Black" is another homage, written after the death of my friend Lonnie Black from Hartford, Connecticut who passed in August 2016. "Thirteen Ways" will appear in the next issue of Out of Many's print journal. Both poems have found a bountiful home in Out of Many, and I am grateful for their publication there. Both Jerry and Lonnie were friends who affected my life in ways in which augmented me forever. The link for this significant journal is: http://www.outofmanymag.com.
01-19-17 - Steve Pfarrer, versatile and gifted arts reporter and editor of "The Book Bag," a weekly column of book reviews published in the Friday magazine, Hampshire Life, which appears as a supplement to The Daily Hampshire Gazette, reviews the newly published The Windbreak Pine. In the review he writes, "In “The Windbreak Pine,” there’s a sense both of time passing but also the timelessness of nature, and the peace that can come from being in the moment — the latter a reflection of the poet’s study of Eastern religion and philosophy. The 116 haiku in the collection are arranged to reflect the passage of the seasons and the impressions each leaves behind." For the full review, the link is: http://www.gazettenet.com/Book-Bag-7454927.aspx.
01-16-17 - The editors of Frogpond accept "October wind" for issue 40.1. The link to their website is: www.hsa-haiku.org/frogpond/submissions.html.
01-03-17 - What becomes a bridge from 2016 to 2017 is the publication of The Windbreak Pine: New and Uncollected Haiku, 1985-2015, that bears a 2016 copyright date but which the author only received copies just today. A rather elegantly produced volume, designed with folding French flaps on front and back covers, the collection was edited and published by John Barlow, of Snapshot Press, of Ormskirk, United Kingdom. Its 96pp. includes a publisher's introduction and an author's preface, as well as 116 haiku, which were parqueted together so remarkably by John Barlow that their resonance is both unique and inimitable. The link to the book is: www.snapshotpress.co.uk/books/the_windbreak_pine.htm.
12-31-16 - 2016 closes with the publication of The Windbreak Pine: New and Uncollected Haiku, 1985-2015, from Snapshot Press, of Ormskirk, U.K. The volume was more than two years in the making and was meticulously edited by publisher John Barlow. What is significant about John's editing is that he scrupulously parqueted the 116 haiku into a seamless whole, as a text--thirty years of haiku woven into a single year, from spring through summer, autumn, and winter. From Publisher's Introduction, John Barlow writes, ‘The Windbreak Pine: New and Uncollected Haiku 1985–2015 is Wally Swist’s eleventh collection of haiku, and his first since the publication of The Silence Between Us: Selected Haiku of Wally Swist in 2005. Featuring 116 previously uncollected haiku, it is at once both a unique retrospective and a celebration of new work from one of the most significant English-language nature haiku poets of the last thirty years.’ The link to the book's publication is: http://www.snapshotpress.co.uk/books/the_windbreak_pine.htm.
12-30-16 - Philip Rowland, Editor and Publisher of NOON: journal of the short poem, accepts "emerging from" for the March 2017 issue of this publication which appears both online and in a hand-sewn edition. Rowland is also the co-editor of Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years (New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Co., 2013). The link to this scrupulously-edited and lovingly-produced little magazine is: https://noonpoetry.com/.
12-26-16 - Charlotte Digregorio reprints the haiku, "having to mop/the kitchen floor . . . / comforting my aging dog," on her blog from Modern Haiku, Vol. XXVI, No. 1, Winter-Spring, 1995. The link to her blog is: http://www.charlottedigregorio.wordpress.com/.
12-13-26 - Parkman Howe, the Poetry Editor of Appalachia, the mouthpiece for the Appalachia Mountain Club (AMC), accepts two recently revised and new poems "Deer Park" and "Fox" for future issues of the journal. The link to this longest-running journal of mountaineering and conservation, that has encouraged "a tradition of inspired writing since 1876," is: https://www.outdoors.org/trip-ideas-tips-resources/appalachia.
12-11-16 - Lynne DeSilva-Johnson, Editor of The Operating System, "an ongoing experiment in resilient creative practice" and not a journal but a website which promotes innovation, accepts his manuscript of essays and short prose, entitled Singing for Nothing: Selected Nonfiction as Literary Memoir. He is made very happy by this. The book is planned to be published by the press sometime in mid-2018. A significant part of the writing was composed in the final weeks of 2016 and early 2017 after this entry was originally written. The work presses the boundaries of scholarly essay and literary memoir, with the help of the muse. The link to this website and book publisher who is interested in proactively "shifting [the] cultural landscape" is: http://www.theoperatingsystem.org/.
12-01-16 - "Skiers" is published in the winter issue of Many Hands: A Magazine for Holistic Health. The link for this quarterly magazine of health and healing is: http://manyhands.com/.
11-29-16 - Joe Ferrari, Editor of Third Wednesday: A Literary and Arts Journal, accepts two recent poems, "Deer Park," a translation of the famous poem by Wang Wei, written after having read Eliot Weinberger's 19 Ways of Looking at Wang Wei: How to Translate a Chinese Poem, in which I thought I would try my own hand at achieving a distinctly different version than anyone else had; and "Ode to Presence," a poem written in praise of making a winter soup, as well as honoring the ever-present moment. The link to Third Wednesday is: http://thirdwednesday.org/.
11-24-16 - Michael Organ, Editor of Tuck: A Magazine for Discerning Voices, publishes two recent poems, "Entitled" and "Distance" in today's online edition of this journal dedicated to politics and art. The link for the current
issue is: http://tuckmagazine.com/2016/11/24/poetry-624/
11-21-16 - Ian Storr, Editor of Haiku Presence, known as "Britain's leading independent haiku journal," accepts several new haiku for issue #57: “field of dew-spattered squash—, “record heat—,” and “wings folded back.” It is always an honor and a pleasure to contribute work to this fine international journal, with a distinct English flair, whose link is: http://www.haikupresence.org/home/.
11-19-16 - Robin White, Editor of Akitsu Quarterly, accepts two haiku for publication in the Spring 2017 issue, "its sereness" and "below zero--." The link to Akitsu Quarterly and its annual Haiku Gathering, Wild Graces, is: www.wildgraces.com/Akitsu-Quarterly.html.
10-28-16 - Christine Cote, Publisher of Shanti Arts LLC, as well as Still Point Arts Quarterly, announces that Candling the Eggs, a collection of 65 poems, written between 2013 and 2015, that paginates at approximately 112pp., is accepted for publication by this esteemed press, which makes a practice of "honoring the connection between the arts, nature, and spirit." Shanti Arts LLC, whose offices are located in Brunswick, Maine, can be referenced online at: https://www.shantiarts.co/. A distinguished list of their books are included there.
10-18-16- The gracious and esteemable Carl Sharpe, Editor of the online poetry venue, Versewrights, publishes eleven new and recent haiku in today's installment. The haiku include: "at the riverbank's edge," "cool June night . . . ," "beside the river," "above blowing meadow grass--," "the harbingers of autumn," "sailing among," "drought summer--," "parched September earth--," "rippling," "scrub meadow," and "September meadow." The link to the current issue is: www.versewrights.com/.
10-17-16 - Michael Organ, Art and Poetry Editor of Tuck: A Magazine for Discerning Readers, a Canadian online magazine, accepts five new and recent poems, "Distance," "Entitled," "Giraffes," "Lloyd," and "Porcupine." The poems will be published in at least two separate issues. The link for this progressive international journal of politics and art is: http://tuckmagazine.com/2016/03/24/poetry-290/.
10-15-16 - Cindy Hochman, Editor of First Literary Review--East, accepts the recent poem, entitled "The Spiritual Life," for the March 2017 issue of the journal, which celebrates the short poem, and whose link is: www.rulrul.4mg.com.
10-07-16 - The editors of Frogpond, the mouthpiece of the Haiku Society of America, accept a book review of Not Asking what if: Haiku—Selected and New by Adele Kenny and a recent haiku, "the lotus in each lily . . . " for publication in FG,Issue 39.3. The link to this traditionally representative journal of contemporary North American and world haiku and related forms is: www.hsa-haiku.org/frogpond/.
10-05-16 - Although posted on YouTube on December 3, 2015, this video link was only just discovered, and is worthy of mentioning here. REJOINDRE LE SENS - I. DELICATESSES | Introduction au haïku de monde runs for 6:06 minutes. The actual link is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqoVNBjUvrU, and is upoloaded by VivreLivre. At 01:35 - Wally Swist (Etats-Unis) - a French translation of "that one bird/ with a hinge in its voice/ creaks in the wind" is read in French ("cet oseau/ avec un gond dans la voix/ grince dans le vent"). This particular translation is exceprted from Haiku sans frontieres, une anthologie mondiale, Les Editions David, 1998.The entire reading in French of haiku written by poets all over the world is accompanied by a tasteful selection of new age music.
09-20-16 - Journalist David Dupont, writing for Bowling Green Independent News, publishes a feature article on Professor Elainie Lillios, of Bowling Green University, regarding her being a recipient of the prestigious Barlow Endowment Commission for Music for her composition of "Hazy Moonlight," based on five "moon haiku" by Wally Swist, which will premiere in a performance by Bent Frequency (saxophonist Jan Baker and percussionist Stuart Gerber). The link for the article, which is quite well-written, is: http://bgindependentmedia.org/poetry-art-all-have-part-in-composer-elain.... The five "moon haiku" include: "thistledown seeds the falls/ a full moon shatters/ into stars," "slipping through moonlight/ a water thrush rushes/ rock to rock," "cloud wisps across the moon/ gusts of rain patter/ among piles of fallen leaves," "bracing the chill/ moonlight rushes/ in the icy river," and "mountain laurel blossoms/ a luminous moth ascends/ into moonlight."
09-05-16 - Robin White, Editor of Akitsu Quarterly, published out of Deerfield, New Hampshire, accepts three newly written haiku, only composed this past Sunday on a walk through the Silvio Conte Nature Reserve, in Hadley, Massachusetts, one of the poet's newly found sources for inspiration. The haiku accepted for the winter issue of this highly regarded and relatively new haiku journal include: "its aloneness," "dried deadwood bog," and "a flycatcher dips." The link to Akitsu Quarterly and its annual Haiku Gathering, Wild Graces, is: www.wildgraces.com/Akitsu-Quarterly.html.
09-03-16 - Gabriel Sawicki, Editor of Wild Plum: A Haiku Journal, accepts "lightning flashes through driving rain" for the Spring & Summer 2017 issue. The link to this respectable contemporary haiku journal that accepts both modern and traditional haiku, as well as haiga, is: https://wildplumhaiku.wordpress.com/.
09-01-16 - "The Autumnal" is published in the autumn issue of Many Hands: A Magazine for Holistic Health. The link for this quarterly magazine of health and healing is: http://manyhands.com/.
08-20-16 - Karen Kelsay, award-winning poet who runs Kelsay Books/White Violet Press, out of Hemet, California, accepts the book-length manuscript, The View of the River, which collects poems largely written from January through August 2016. The book is scheduled to be published in September 2017. State of Connecticut Poet Laureate, Rennie McQuilkin, writes of both the author of and the poems in The View of the River as: “Wally Swist is a poet of the transcendent. What appears in his lines is incandescent, and always between and within those lines, divinity is implicit—sometimes human, sometimes creaturely—as in ‘Green Herons,’ where one brilliant Green mingles ‘with all of its brethren // whom we did not see but who were ardently / peering at us through their veil of viridescence.’” The link to this press which publishes "beautiful books in a timely manner" is: www.kelsaybooks.com/.
08-17-16 - Ian Storr, Editor of Haiku Presence, known as "Britain's leading independent haiku journal," accepts four new and recent haiku for issue #56: "the sound of its leaves," "a flock of sparrows," "frozen deadwood bog--," and "after the woodpecker." It is always an honor and a pleasure to contribute work to this fine international journal, with a distinct English flair, whose link is: http://www.haikupresence.org/home/.
07-28-16 - David Dragone, Editor of Crosswinds Poetry Journal, located in Middletown, Rhode Island accepts three recent poems for publication in their next issue, "Reynard," a poem which regards a red fox seen on the farmland last winter; "Snowy Owl," which addresses a sighting of this magisterial bird and hearing the mewling of its voice several early winter mornings resonating in the dark; and "The Streaming," a poem that regards a mystical connection experienced with the quality of November light observed one autumn morning. The link for Crosswinds Poetry Journal is: www.crosswindspoetry.com/.
07-18-16 - Art Goodtimes, longstanding friend whom I first met as an ecopoetic and spiritual emissary from San Francisco when he was visiting New Haven for some months in 1973 and 1974, accepts two poems for his brainchild, "with deep Colorado roots," Sage Green Journal, which he also co-edits with Lito Tejada-Flores. The two poems both find their sense of place in the west: "Incident at Eel River" addresses an unknown animal nuzzling the author when he camped on the banks of the Eel River, near Eureka, California in the summer of 1975; and "Flowering" is an homage to the beautiful young woman and the powerful sense of mythology she evoked whom Art, the late Steve Clark, and I saw sunbathing in her boots during our hike in Big Sur in April 1978. Both poems are being reprinted from the recent book, Invocation, (Beaumont, TX: Lamar University Literary Press, 2015). Also, both poems were written decades after the tableaus they reference, sometime during 2013 and 2014. Sage Green Journal is self-described as an: "environmental activist posse, always exchanging poems, sometimes across continents, between hemispheres, always celebrating the land, always looking west, and looking at the West, right here, under our feet." The link to this journal devoted to poetry honoring ecopoetics and the western landscape is: http://www.sagegreenjournal.org/
06-19-16 - The Editors of The Galway Review publish a recent one-act play by the author, entitled "The Torn Shirt." The play regards bullying and takes place in a middle school. Although it is based on the author's own experience, the time is updated by a reference to the conflict in Afghanistan. Although the characters do resemble perennial middle school students, there is a rise in bullying in school, in the workplace, and in the political arena, and this is what sparked the author to write the play. The link to the work is: https://thegalwayreview.com/2016/06/19/wally-swist-the-torn-shirt/.
06-04-16 - The Editorial Team of The RavensPerch accepts two new and recent poems for publication. These include "Tzu-jan, a poem that relays an experience in nature of being one with the universal center; and "Wandering, Mazily," a poem that offers a kind of Whitmanesque approach to communing with a broader spirituality in just paying attention to what is around them. The link to this new literary journal, whose sub-title is: Adding Breath to Words, is: www.theravensperch.com/.
06-01-16 - The poem "Mary Oliver" is published in the summer issue of Many Hands: A Magazine for Holistic Health. The link for this quarterly magazine of health and healing is: http://manyhands.com/.
05-26-16 - Steven Schroeder, Editor of all roads will lead you home, an online journal, published on an annual basis, that is affiliated with Virtual Artists Collective, a publishing collective of artists, musicians, and writers, based in Chicago, Illinois, accepts three poems for the issue to be made available online in July 2016: "Deer, in Three Movements;" a long three-page poem regarding various incidents that author has experienced with deer in the wild, from the transcendent to the humorous; "The Chakras, as Flower Essences," which is a poem that makes use of the flower essences to portray the energies of the seven chakras, written in seven verses of seven lines each; and "The Wood," a poem that pays tribute and homage to Ted Esposito, who befriended the author in New Haven in the 1970s and who portrayed to the author the true meaning of Zen. The link to this significant online annual, which is worth waiting for every year, is: http://www.vacpoetry.org/journal/.
05-25-16 - Arielle Anema, Project Coordinator of PEN Writers Funds, informs the author that the PEN Writers Fund Committee has approved grant funding for him, of which he is sincerely grateful. This philanthropic organization is located at 588 Broadway, Suite 303, in New York City, and a link to their website is: www.pen.org.
05-23-16 - Barbara Magalnick, Trustee of the Carnegie Fund for Authors, a Charitable Foundation, of New York City, announces in a letter to the author that The Trustees have reviewed his application for a grant and that they are delighted in relaying that it was, indeed, approved, of which he is absolutely and positively thrilled.
05-11-16 - Margaret Morehouse, Administrator at The Haven Foundation, of Brewer, Maine notifies the author that he has been awarded a Haven Award. The award is given to a writer who has actively made their living as a freelance artist and who has recently experienced financial challenges. The Haven Foundation makes it quite clear that the recipients of these awards are indeed freelance writers and artists who have made their living through their writing and art. The link to this philanthropic organization, created by the eminent fiction writer Stephen King, is: www.thehavenfdn.org/faq.
05-07-16 - Ndrek Gjini, the Managing Editor of The Galway Review: A Literary Magazine Committed to the Excellence of the Written Word, announces the online publication of four new and recent poems: "These Foolish Things;" which recalls a conversation with the late Jack Gilbert; "Ode to Hesitancy," although not at all a love poem, that addresses what conflict and uncertainty can do to sabotage a relationship; "In the Cold with Henry Purcell," a poem in which the author speculates about sitting with Henry Purcell after his stepmother locked him out of the house; and "Dark Bozo," that portrays the ominous character that the inflatable toy of the 1950s possessed and its power to haunt those that remember it decades later. The author is always delighted by the publication of his poems in The Galway Review. The link to this international literary magazine, which reports to have an online readership of some 237,433 readers, and counting, is: https://thegalwayreview.com/2016/05/07/wally-swist-four-poems-3/.
04-30-16 - Christine Cote, Editor and Publisher of Still Point Arts Quarterly, announces she is holding several new and recent poems by the author, including "Chestnut-sided Warbler," "To Where I Live," and "The Chakras, as Flower Essences," for publication in the journal over the next two years. Links to this vibrant and aesthetically-focused national arts journal, found in the magazine sections of many bookstores, are: www.stillpointartgallery.com/ and www.newpages.com/literary-magazines/still-point-arts-quarterly.
04-29-16 - M. E. Silverman, Editor of Blue Lyra Review, accepts the recent poem, "Black Bear," for publication in the October 2016 online issue of this well-respected literary magazine. The link is: http://www.bluelyrareview.com/.
04-19-16 -Elainie Lillios, Professor of Music at Bowling Green University in Ohio, announces that the premiere of her composition based on the poem, "After Long Drought," will be performed on Thursday, June 23rd, at 7:30 p.m., in Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory of Music, in Boston, by percussionist Scott Deal. The poem and its title were revised from the original poem "August," which appeared in Winding Paths Worn through Grass (Chicago, IL: Virtual Artists Collective, 2012) and provided inspiration for Professor Lillios for her composition for vibraphone and electroaccoustical music. It will be the second performance of a composition by Elainie Lillios at Jordan Hall based on one of the author's poems. In June 2014, Scott Deal performed a piece based on the poem, "The Rush of the Brook Stills the Mind." Professor Lillios has been consistently creating electroacoustical compositions based on the author's work now for what has been nearly a decade. The creative synergy between Elainie Lillios and the author has been an extraordinary artistic connection which has been a perennial beneficence. The link to the musical programs at The Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (SICPP) is: http://sicpp.org/concerts/. A link to Part 2 of the 2014 Jordan Hall performance by percussionist Scott Deal is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdPKO-ZrkC4.
04-12-16 - The Operating System, edited by the ever-gracious and proactive Lynne DeSilva-Johnson, publishes an essay the author wrote regarding the work of the former late State of Connecticut Poet Laureate, Leo Connellan. The link is: http://www.theoperatingsystem.org/5th-annual-napomo-303030-day-12-wally-....
04-11-16 - Father Gabriel Cooper Rochelle, a priest of the Eastern Orthodoxy, and a former campus minister at Yale, whom the author would meet with once a week for discussions about spirituality and life itself, over forty years ago, from the early to late 1970s, invited him to provide a foreword to a new book, entitled A Staff to the Pilgrim: Meditations on the Way with Nine Celtic Saints. The book will be published sometime this year. The nearly 1500 word foreword was not only a distinct and distinguished honor to have written but it was an absolute delight, with the piece titled, "Healing Ourselves and the Coldness of Others: A Foreword to A Staff to the Pilgrim: Meditations on the Way with Nine Celtic Saints." Nancy Sayre, Editor of Golden Alley Press, along with her husband, Michael, will be editing the foreword. Father Gabriel currently resides in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The link to Golden Alley Press, from Emmaus, Pennsylvania is: http://goldenalleypress.com/.
04-10-16- Paul Ferrari, Editor of Third Wednesday Magazine, accepts the 48-line poem, "The Hallway," which regards the childhood memory of the author's grandmother keening over the ghost of his deceased grandfather, which was originally written a couple of years ago and just recently revised. Persistence, persistence. The link to the website of this journal is: http://www.thirdwednesday.org/.
04-09-16 - Paul Miller, Editor of Modern Haiku, accepts "beside" for publication in Issue 47:3. The website for this seminal North American haiku journal is: http://www.modernhaiku.org.
04-02-16 - Ndrek Gjini, the Managing Editor of The Galway Review: A Literary Magazine Committed to the Excellence of the Written Word, announces the online publication of three recent poems: "Black Bear;" which recounts several encounters with the species; "The Chakras, as Flower Essences," that explores the seven chakras through the motif of the seven flower essences; and "Thrown Stones," a poem which recalls an encounter with a rabid raccoon. The author is quite delighted by the publication of these particular poem since they needed to be taken through a number of drafts over the last two years of composition. The link for this international literary magazine, which reports to have an online readership of some 225,125 readers, is: http://thegalwayreview.com/2016/04/02/wally-swist-three-poems-2/.
03-31-16 - John Barlow, distinguished Editor and Publisher of Snapshot Press, of Ormskirk, United Kingdom announces the haiku selected for The 2017 Haiku Calendar, which is published by the press. Of the 1,115 entries, "between thunderstorms--" is selected as one of the forty runners-up for this year's edition of the calendar, as opposed to the twelve designated haiku honoring each of the months of the year. So, the total of 52 haiku adjudicated for inclusion in the calendar, essentially, offers one haiku for each week. Links to the results for the 2016 edition, information on how to obtain copies of the calendar, and how to submit are to be found at: http://www.snapshotpress.co.uk/contests/thcc/results.htm; http://www.snapshotpress.co.uk/calendars.htm; and http://www.snapshotpress.co.uk/contests/thcc/entry_guidelines.htm.
03-24-16 - Michael Organ, Art and Poetry Editor of Tuck: A Magazine for Discerning Readers, an online magazine now located in Canada, accepts three new poems, "Abhorrence," "A Dream of Lions," and "Grand Wizard." The author is grateful to Michael Organ for also posting news of the publication of his poems on LinkedIn, where the two originally were introduced to each other. The link for this progressive international journal of politics and art is: http://tuckmagazine.com/2016/03/24/poetry-290/.
03-17-16 - Lucy Abbott, Program Coordinator at the Emily Dickinson Museum, invites the author to be a featured reader at the Museum on Thursday, May 5th. The Museum is located at 280 Main Street, Amherst, Massachusetts, and the link is: https://www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org.
03-15-16 - Cynthia Harbeson, Curator of Special Collections of the Jones Library, 43 Amity Street, Amherst, Massachusetts, confirms an invitation extended to the author to give a talk regarding three poems by the late Amherst poet, Robert Francis, who was his mentor in the early to mid 1980s. He will be discussing three poems by Francis: "The House Remembers, " "The Sound I Listened For," and "Like Ghosts of Eagles." The title of the event is: "What the House Remembers: An Interactive Discussion of Three Poems by Robert Francis," which will be held at the Jones Library on Thursday, May 12th, at 7:00. The event is co-sponsored by both the Jones Library Special Collections and in conjunction with the Common Threads Program sponsored by Mass Poetry. The link for the Jones Library is: www.joneslibrary.org/.
03-10-16 - Artist Janet Winston invites the author to read at a gallery opening of paintings of both Winston's and her colleague, artist, Rochelle Shicoff's, at Gallery A3 located at Amherst Cinema Center, 28 Amity Street, Amherst, Massachusetts. The opening is scheduled from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 19th. The link for Gallery A3 is: www.gallerya3.com/.
03-01-16 - "The Knave of Wands," a poem dedicated to Paris Finley, is published in the winter issue of Many Hands: A Magazine for Holistic Health. The link for this quarterly magazine of health and healing is: http://manyhands.com/.
02-15-16 - Although a formal announcement and PR will follow, the author will be reading with the perennially lovely Pat Motolla at White Square Books & Fine Art, 86 Cottage Street, Easthampton, Massachusetts, on Sunday April 3rd, at 2:00 p.m. Ms. Mottola, besides being a friend, is the distinguished Editor of Connecticut River Review; a professor in the English Department at Southern Connecticut State University, in New Haven; and the author of her newly published book, Under the Red Dress (Five Oaks Press, 2016). Pat will be reading from her new book and the author will read from new poems that are a part of his newest book-length manuscript, entitled Interstices, for which he is looking for a publisher. The link to White Square Books & Fine Art is: www.whitesquarebooks.com/.
02-14-16 - Paul Miller, Editor of Modern Haiku, both felicitously and providently accepts "afternoon snow beginning . . ." for publication in Issue 47:2. The website for this seminal North American haiku journal is: http://www.modernhaiku.org.
02-13-16 - The eminent Poetry Editor of Appalachia, Parkman Howe, who the author has often had the joy and the significant experience of working with for nearly the past twenty years, accepts the recent poem, "Milk Snake," for the December 2016 of this journal, which serves as the mouthpiece for the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC). The link for what is the oldest mountaineering and conservation journal in America, having been continuously published since 1876, is: https://www.outdoors.org/.../appalachia/.
02-11-16 - Esther Cameron, Editor and Publisher of The Deronda Review, accepts two recent poems, "The Blowing Swale," regarding the gratitude of not having stepped on what very well may have been a venemous snake at Quabbin, in Petersham, Massachusetts, and "Harmony," which is inhabited by an overwintering bluebird who thrilled the author into a poetic ecstasy by hovering beside him on the other side of the window glass where he was sitting one winter afternoon. The link to The Deronda Review, and to information about the issue these poems will appear in, which is a special issue dedicatde to "Coincidence, Synchronicity, and Providence," is: www.derondareview.org/.
02-10-16 - The ever-lovely and perennially-able Pat Mottola, Editor of Connecticut River Review, accepts the poem entitled "Salutation," which is dedicated to the poet Carl Sharpe, for the annual late summer issue, due in August 2016. The link to this journal of accomplished writing, which receives an abundance of submissions from the advertisement for it in Poets & Writers, and which doubles as the official journal of the Connecticut Poetry Society, is: www.ctpoetry.net/publications.html.
02-09-16 - Lynne De Silva-Johnson, Managing Editor of The Operating System, relays that the essay regarding the poetry of the late Maine poet, and former State of Connecticut Poet Laureate, Leo Connellan, will be used in their Poetry Month series, known as 30-on-30-in-30, this April. The essay is entitled "The Art and Necessity of Festschrift: The Poetry of Leo Connellan," and was ostensibly written in November 2015, although some of the essay also includes a lengthy back cover blurb the author used for the festschrift published regarding Connellan's work, Fair Warning: Leo Connellan and His Poetry (Printed Matter, 2011), as well as a revised feature article the author originally wrote for The New Haven Advocate, some years ago. The result of the essay being published online should possibly revivify interest in reading Connellan's poetry, which is worthy of a wider readership. This gives reason for the author to smile appreciatively since he remembers Leo Connellan mentioning to him nearly 40 years ago that some time after he was gone, and the author was in his 60s, he just might find it within him to write something that would do just service to the poet's work. Instances such as this never cease to precipitate wonder and a sense of amazement. The link to The Operating System, and the fine work they do, is: www.theoperatingsystem.org/.
01-20-16 - Dennis Haritou, Managing Editor of Litbreak Magazine, a new online literary journal celebrating its upcoming launch, accepts three new and recent poems, the initial one just written yesterday afternoon: "Offering Guidance;" a poem written for my good friend Karen Olander; "Centipede," a poem regarding the arthropod, with its six pairs of legs per body segment; and the eponymous poem, "The Swist." The acceptance was quite a felicitous one, and the author is quite appreciative of not only this but in the publication that is possibly scheduled for early next week, on Tuesday. The link for this up and coming magazine is: http://www.litbreak.com/about/.
01-18-16 - Paul Miller, Editor of Modern Haiku, accepts "record highs--" for publication in Issue 47:2. The website for this seminal North American haiku journal is: http://www.modernhaiku.org.
01-13-16 - The always gracious Carl Sharpe, Editor of Versewrights, an online poetry website which supports the work of more than a couple of hundred poets in espousing their work and publishing it for the world to see, publishes the eponymous poem entitled "McClure," celebrating a meeting with the famous beat poet when the author was only in his early twenties and working in his first bookstore, Book World, on Chapel Street in New Haven, the memory of which has stayed with him for more than forty years. The link to the poem and the website is: www.versewrights.com/.
01-04-16 - The first acceptance of work for the New Year is from Editor Stuart Quine, of Haiku Presence, whose subtitle is Britain's leading independent haiku journal. Stuart took two new haiku for publication in the journal's next issue that were written in the late autumn, "even through muffled warmth--" and "bundled bales of hay," which incorporates an image of an "empty hayrick," hence, in my mind, evoking the work of the great English poet and novelist Thomas Hardy. The link to this fine globally relevant haiku journal is: http://www.haikupresence.org/home. Happy New Year!
12-30-15 - Steve Pfarrer, ace reporter and Editor of "The Bag Book" for The Daily Hampshire Gazette writes a rather stellar review of the newly published Things I Know I Love: Odes to Food. The review appears in full, as follows: "Amherst poet Wally Swist has had a productive 2015. Among his work published this year was a new translation (done with two other poets) of The Daodejing, an ancient Chinese philosophical text believed to have been written sometime around the 6th century B.C. In October, he also released Invocation, a collection of 71 new poems about nature, spirituality, love and other topics. In his newest work, a chapbook published by Finish Line Press of Georgetown, Kentucky, Swist writes of a basic subject that’s at the heart of everyday existence. “Things I Know I Love: Odes to Food” offers poems about not just the joy of different tastes but the larger issue of good food as a vital part of the human experience. Swist writes also of the relation of food to literature and his own memories. In “Ray’s Sandwich Shop,” he recalls the tasty, inexpensive lunches he used to get in a small New York City deli where some well-known actors stopped by: “I remember often standing beside Sigourney / Weaver, who would have walked across / the street from the Art & Architecture building, where she would be among the tallest in line ... and, on occasion, Meryl Streep, as luminous as / a Botticelli, blonde tresses flying . . . ” Then there’s the bagel carefully stacked with onion, chopped liver, hard-boiled egg and various condiments, the “bulky literary bagel” that’s known for its “expert narrative” — the one that’s the subject of Swist’s “The Bernard Malamud Lock, Stock, and Magic Barrel.” In another work, Swist gives a nod to the expatriate British travel writer and novelist Lawrence Durrell with a poem that’s part verse and part recipe for a chilled Mediterranean salad. It’s all part of a meal and overall experience, he writes, that “Restores / The body and the mind and reinvigorates / The spirit, like the mild but steady wind / Off the ocean at dusk — pungent with that / Piquant kiss of salt in the air that seasons / Each of us to the depth of our very soul.” The Valley’s own sweet corn and tomato crop gets its due as well, and Swist links certain meals with the changing seasons. In “Ode to the End of Summer,” the narrator enjoys a repast of leftover lobster, grape leaves and a garden salad drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. As he writes, “To celebrate the relinquishing of summer / only makes room for more appreciation / of what was savored and the harvest to come.”
12-26-15 - Ndrek Gjini, Managing Editor of The Galway Review, whose subtitle is A literary magazine committed to the excellence of the extraordinary art of the written word, publishes four of my new poems written during the autumn of 2015, including "Chestnut-sided Warbler," "Somnambulant Rain," "Ode to My New Shoes," and "Suicide Vest." The link to this international journal of poetry, whose Editor-in-Chief, Maire Holmes, is also Writer in Residence of Kerry Co. Council, can be opened at: http://thegalwayreview.com/2015/12/26/wally-swist-four-poems-2/.
12-24-15 - Michael Organ, Art and Poetry Editor of Tuck: A Magazine for Discerning Readers, an online magazine in the United Kingdom, accepts two new poems, "The Olive Trees" and "The Uncivilized Species Itself." The poems will appear online the week after Christmas and before the turn of the New Year. The link for this international journal of politics and art is: http://tuckmagazine.com/2015/12/27/poetry-173/.
12-23-15 - Illinois poet David Gross refers to Invocation (Lamar University Literary Press, 2015) in his Amazon.com review of the book as "more solid poetry" and writes, "Imagine walking up to a campfire on the shore of a spring fed stream after a fine day of fishing and encountering Thoreau, Whitman, Frost, Francis, Basho and Issa sharing stories. Another choice collection of poetry by Swist. Seek out as much as you can by this fine poet. You'll be thankful you did."
12-23-15 - The editors of Pulchritude accept the poem "Composing" for their next issue of this new online journal. The link to their site is: http://www.pulchritudepress.org/.
12-21-15 - Finishing Line Press publishes Things I Know I Love: Odes to Food. This themed-chapbook collects fifteen poems concerning cuisine from "The Alexander Durrell Alexandria Quartet Cold Plate Dinner Special (which orinally appeared in Alimentum: The Literature of Food) to "The Dante Alighieri Summer Paradiso Al Fresco" (which initially appeared in Poerty Salzburg). The link to Finishing Line Press and to this volume is: https://finishinglinepress.com/product_info.php?products_id=2448.
12-14-15 - David Dragone, Editor of Crosswinds Poetry Journal, located in Middletown, Rhode Island accepts the poem, "Rapture," which was originally written two summers ago after the author hiked Mount Toby. The poem recounts observing an active wasp's nest among the branches of some hobblebush. The author and his hiking companion were grateful that they did not decide to bushwhack the trail at that particular point. The link for Crosswinds Poetry Journal is: www.crosswindspoetry.com/.
12-09-15 - Susan Pieters, Co-editor of Pulp Literature, a journal based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, announces that "What Is Essential," a poem that appeared in Issue 7, is nominated for a Pushcart Prize. The link for this qualitatively strong and exciting flat-spined journal and for its nominations for 2015 is: http://pulpliterature.com/pushcart-picks/.
12-08-15 - Angela Mrozinski, the Outreach and Events Coordinator at Connecticut River Watershed Council, reprints the poem, "Dry Ledges," published in Winding Paths Worn through Grass (Chicago, IL: Virtual Artists Collective, 2012), in the organization's quarterly newsletter, Currents & Eddies (Volume 64, Number 3, Fall 2015). The author is grateful to be able to contribute to the CRWC newsletter and to offer support to this proactive ecological agency's cause of furthering the cleanliness of the Connecticut River and the health of all of its denizens, both in its waters and among its banks. The link to this issue is: www.ctriver.org/.../CRWC_CE_fall...
12-05-15 - Illinois Poet David Gross, whom the author had the privilege of meeting when he opened the 2012 Devil's Kitchen Literary Festival in the library auditorium at Southern Illinois University in late October of that year, writes a rather stellar Amazon.com review of Huang Po and the Dimensions of Love, which is quoted in full here: "Another excellent offering from one of our best poets. Wally Swist's poetry has been a part of my life ever since I came across a few of his haiku sometime in the early eighties. Over time, I came to realize that Swist's haiku were among the best being written today. A few years after my introduction to his shorter work I ran across two longer poems of his in Snowy Egret and they blew me away. Over the years, I've sought out poems and collections by this author, purchasing as many as I could get my hands on. Huang Po and the Dimensions of Love was chosen by Yusef Komunyakaa as the 2011 winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry-Open Competition Award and compared to many of the competition's previous winners this book stands far above. Swist writes of "the simple life" from a place that Thoreau quite often inhabited. These are poems imbued with a deep sense of spirituality, perhaps tempered by Swist's early practice of zazen, though they transcend most "zen-inspired" poetry by opening up into broader and more varied territories. This is a man immersed in nature whose observations are informed by the realization that "enlightenment" can be experienced by simply opening our eyes and souls to what is around us. Buy this book and search out any others by this fine and original poet."
12-01-15 - "Silhouette" is published in the winter issue of Many Hands: A Magazine for Holistic Health. The link for this quarterly magazine of health and healing is: http://manyhands.com/.
11-30-15 - Isabel Howe, Executive Director of The Authors League Fund, established by The Authors League of America, Inc., of 31 East 32nd Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10016, informs the author that The Authors League Committee approved a grant of financial assistance to him, which will provide support from at least year's end through the early part of 2016. The author is deeply grateful to everyone at The Authors League Fund for this generous gift, which will provide nourishment in more ways than can possibly be counted. The link to this beneficent organization that offers financial assistance to writers who are in need is:www.authorsleaguefund.org/contact/.
11-30-15 - Editor Christen Kincaid, Editor of Finishing Line Press, of Georgetown, Kentucky, informs the author that Leah Maines, the Press Director, has nominated the poem, entitled “A Holiday Menu: Respite and Cheer,” from the forthcoming chapbook they are publishing, Things I Know I Love: Odes to Food, for a Pushcart Prize. The link for Finishing Line Press is: https://finishinglinepress.com/.
11-30-15 - Jill Jepson, Editor of The Whirlwind Review, announces the acceptance of the poem "Long Mountain" for her Poem-a-Week Event, during the week of March 21-27, 2016. The link for this online journal that explores "the connections between writing and spirituality" is: www.writingthewhirlwind.net.
11-30-15 - The preeminent poet Patricia Fargnoli, Editor of the World Enough Writers Ice Cream Anthology, accepts the poem "Upon Request" for inclusion in the book, which is being published as a perfectbound paperback as well as an eBook. World Enough Writers is an imprint of Concrete Wolf. Although there is no due date mentioned, as of this writing, the anthology might very well see print in the new year. The link for this publishing enterprise is: www.worldenoughwriters.com/.
11-29-15 - Robert S. King, Editor and Publisher of Kentucky Review, accepts a new poem, "An Act of Love," written in November 2015 for Lisa Rappoport, fine printer and Publisher of Littoral Press of Richmond, California, upon the occasion of her publishing a lovely fine letterpress broadside of one of the author's poems in a limited edition. Robert S. King is also the Good Works Co-editor of FutureCycle Press. The link for Kentucky Review is: www.kentuckyreview.net/.
11-19-15 - Michael Medeiros, Public Relations Coordinator of the Emily Dickinson Museum, located at 280 Main Street in Amherst, Massachusetts announces that "Starburst," a 51-line poem written upon invitation to compose poetry in the home of the 19th century Amherst poet, is included in the forthcoming anthology, A Mighty Room: A Collection of Poems Written in Emily Dickinson's Bedroom. Michael Medeiros serves as Editor for the collection of 25 poems by 25 poets. An introduction by Jane Wald, Executive Director of the Emily Dickinson Museum is also included. The anthology is debuting and being made available on the 185th birthday of Emily Dickinson on December 12, 2015 at the Museum. A link to the Emily Dickinson Museum is: https://www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/.
11-15-15 - Eileen Corbeil, owner and proprietor of White Square Books & Fine Art, on 88 Cottage Street in Easthampton, Massachusetts hosts the author in celebration of the publication of Invocation (Lamar University Literary Press, 2015) as well as a new letterpress limited edition broadside of the poem "Heirloom" (Littoral Press, 2015) in a reading from the work. The event was scheduled at 2:00 p.m. on a Sunday in mid-November, which was a fine occasion for both those who attended to hear the reading and the author. White Square Books is western Massachusetts's 84 Charring Cross Road. The link to White Square Books, and its scrupulously assembled inventory of both new and antiquarian books and fine art, is: www.whitesquarebooks.com/.
11-11-15 -Paul Miller, Editor of Modern Haiku, accepts "sunlit October day--" for publication in Issue 47:2. The website for this seminal North American haiku journal is: http://www.modernhaiku.org.
11-10-15 - Lisa Rappoport, publisher and fine press printer of Littoral Press, of Richmond, California, publishes a beautiful letterpress broadside of the poem, "Heirloom," regarding heirloom roses that grow on the farmland on which the author lives. The broadside is printed in a limited edition of 100 copies on heavy Fabriano Tirziano (light brown) paper and is printed with dark red ink. Besides making use of this stuning juxtaposition of color, Lisa Rappoport also makes use of a fashionable ribbon as a printer's device on the page which adds a distinctive flourish to the broadside. She also makes use of a blind-stamped rose beneath the poem's title and the author's name, which is rather intricate and succeeds in capturing the essence of the soul of the poem itself. The link for Littoral Press is: www.littoralpress.com/.
10-30-15 - Carl Sharpe, generous and valued friend, and Editor of VerseWrights, an online journal of poetry, who has previously offered several invitations to submit work, publishes two additional poems in today's edition of the website, "The Secret Cabin" and "A Distant View of Kinryuzan Temple and Azuma Bridge," as a feature. Carl even found a reprint of Hiroshige's woodblock and used it in accompanying the poem. The website address for this journal, whose editor refreshingly promotes the poetry of so many poets, is: www.versewrights.com/.
10-25-15 - A review of Huang Po and the Dimensions of Love, (Southern Illinois University Press, 2012) appears in the October 25, 2015 online issue of Rhizometic Ideas by Zoetic Press. It is written by Timothy Leyrson, a poet, essayist, and Durwood fellow in the University of Missouri-Kansas City MFA Creative Writing & Mass Media program. Of the many superlatives Timothy Leyrson attributes the poetry in the book, he writes: " Throughout his twentieth collection of poetry (including his chapbook publications) Swist uses the couplet with the finesse of a fencer wielding a rapier and dagger. Each line expresses sound, rhythm, and emotion which bring the reader into Swist’s world, hiking alongside him; yet, the partnering line balances the reader, parrying their progression, slowing the pace, forcing one to truly examine the scenery Swist presents." The link to this journal's website is: www.rhizomaticideas.com.
10-20-15 - A reading from the newly published book, Invocation, as well as from selected recent work written or finished earlier this year, is given at the Jones Library Special Collections, 43 Amity Street, Amherst, Massachusetts, at 6:30 p.m. The reading was arranged through the invitation of Curator, Cynthia Harbeson whose suggestion of celebrating the publication of Invocation was as thoughtful as it was kind. The author and Special Collections have a longstanding affiliation that spans from 1987 through to the present, when then-Curator, Daniel Lombardo began archiving the author's work with the letterpress limited edition, Waking Up the Ducks. The author's collection grew with each subsequent book title and anthology, set of journal publications and fine press broadsides, and papers and ephemera, such as musical scores accompanying the author's poetry, under the direction of Curator, Tevis Kimball, during her lengthy tenure in Special Collections. The author is quite grateful to each and every Curator of Special Collections at the Jones Library for adding books and other items to the collection there over the last 28 years, and is especially appreciative to Ms. Harbeson for her invitation to celebrate the publication of the author's new book, Invocation, for which he is duly honored and delighted by. A link to the reading is: www.amherstdowntown.com/.../invocation-a-poetry-reading-by-wally-s...
10-16-15 - Steve Pfarrer, veteran journalist and writer par excellence, includes a capsule review of Invocation in his Book Bag column in today's Hampshire Life, the arts and entertainment magazine of The Daily Hampshire Gazette. The link to this post is: www.gazettenet.com/.../hampshirelife/.
10-14-15 - Michael Organ, Art and Poetry Editor of Tuck: A Magazine for Discerning Readers, an online magazine in the United Kingdom, publishes two new poems, "Trump" and "After Cecil." The link for this international journal of politics and art, and for these specific poems, is: http://tuckmagazine.com/2015/10/14/poetry-112/.
10-14-15 - Kayla Naab, an Editor of the new online literary journal, Pulchritude, meaning "beautiful," accepts a new poem written in the late summer/early autumn, entitled "Blue Sapphire," which regards presence. The link to the site of Pulchritude is: http://pulchritudepress.org.
10-12-15 - Jill Hoffman, the distinguished Editor and Founder of Mudfish, a frontline New York City literary magazine that can be found on the racks of many indie bookstores, announces that the author's submission for The Mudfish Poetry Prize was selected as one of twenty-one finalists which are being forwarded for adjudication to this year's judge, Edward Hirsch. Links for Mudfish include www.mudfish.org/news/poetry_prize/ and www.mudfish.org/.
09-24-15 - Rattle republishes the poem, "Nautilus Shell," on their website, with an audio recording of the author reading the poem. The link is: www.rattle.com/. The poem originally appeared in their print issue, #48, Summer 2015.
09-20-15 - Lorin Ford, Editor of A Hundred Gourds, a prominent haiku publication, accepts "its song eases my mind--" and "between thunderstorms--" for their December 2015 issue, 5.1. A Hundred Gourds, the journal's name, is taken from a haiku by Chiyo-ni (1703–1775), who is widely regarded as one of the greatest haiku poets of the Edo period, which reads: "a hundred gourds/ from the heart/ of one vine." The link to this quarterly journal is: http://ahundredgourds.com/index_submissions14.html.
09-18-15 - Editors Lori Cayer and Alison Calder of Contemporary Verse 2, also known as CV2, of Winnapeg, Manitoba, Canada accept two poems for their next issue. The poems are entitled "El Angel Oscuro Habla," originally written by the author in Spanish, after awakening from a dream this past spring, and the poem's translation into English, entitled "The Dark Angel Speaks." The original Spanish poem and its English translation are dedicated to the Spanish poet and Nobel Prize laureate, Juan Ramon Jimenez , whose poetry the author has read and valued throughout his entire lifetime. This marks the first time the author has written a poem in another language, except for some very early translations of Jacques Prevert, when he was a young man in his early twenties. The website link for this outstanding Canadian literary journal of international scope, which was founded in 1975 by the legendary Canadian poet Dorothy Livesay, is: www.contemporaryverse2.ca/en/.
09-16-15 - Lisa Rappoport, publisher and fine press printer of Littoral Press, of Berkeley, California, announces that a recent poem, written, on the cusp of this summer's roses, in May and June, entitled "Heirloom," was selected by Anita Barrows, judge of the annual broadside contest. Anita Barrows, among many other things, is the co-translator, along with Joanna Macy, of Rainer Maria Rilke's Love Poems to God, that were written by the German poet when he was in his early 20s. The link for Littoral Press is: www.littoralpress.com/, just click on the New(s) and Noteworthy link to read the winning poems.
09-14-15 - Jessica Greenbaum, both a preeminent poet and the Poetry Editor of upstreet, a Berkshire-based literary magazine of national consequence that self-describes itself as "an award-winning literary annual containing the best new fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction available," accepts the new poem, entitled "The Mice of Fort Juniper," just written in June. The poem portrays an event that moved the author in his experience with a resident mouse at the Robert Francis homestead a dozen years ago when the author was resident there himself. The link for this prominent literary annual, whose next issue is #12, is: http://upstreet-mag.org/welcome_layers.html.
09-09-15 - Invocation, a collection of 71 poems, which paginates at 133pp., is published by Lamar University Literary Press, of Beaumont, Texas, in trade paperback, under the direction of Editor Jerry Craven. The book is the one of the poet's most accomplished collections with respect to craft, as well as breadth and depth of subjects and themes. One of the more salient blurbs for the book rather adequately captures the essence of the poetry collected here, "In this remarkable collection, Wally Swist deftly fuses the sensual—in food, in nature, in art—with the intellectual and spiritual. Swist’s poetry pulls us magnetically from one image to the next, from the “lush purple flowers of hepatica” to the horrors of the battlefield, from the setting of a breakfast table and a cat’s meow to the pleasures of love-making, from apples and cheese on a plate to religious faith. Each transition, each merging of physical sensation with spiritual insight, is at once delicate and powerful, startling and perfect. With its technical virtuosity, intelligence, and depth, Swist’s poetry lingers in the ear, the mind, and the heart long after the page is closed," Jill Jepson, Author of Writing as a Sacred Path: A Practical Guide to Writing with Passion & Purpose (Celestial Arts) and Writing a Sacred Path Blog; Editor of The Whirlwind Review. The link for Lamar University Literary Press is: www.lamaruniversitypress.org/.
09-04-15 - With more thanks to Kayla and the editorial team of Pulchritude, several more poems, thanks to her invitation, will be included in the premier issue of this new online literary magazine. These include: "Neighbors," a poem regarding a neighborhood red-tailed hawk; "Seamless Glass," a poem of the same title after the 19th-century Polish poet, Adam Mickiewicz, that actually is a modern translation of mine from a much earlier translation written in a more prosaic style from the mid-20th-century; and "McClure," a poem regarding my having met the iconic San Francisco poet, rather briefly, and in an ostensibly charming fashion, back in the early 70s when I worked as a floor clerk and book buyer for the poetry section in Book World, next to Yale Art and Architecture Building, in the golden years of post-60s New Haven. Additionally, Kayla and company accepted a rare foray for this author in entering into short fiction, with a piece of poetic and imagistic prose, entitled "The Glen," written last autumn. Again, the link for the site of this new online magazine is: http://pulchritudepress.org. The author relays nothing but providence in their launching themselves and their journal into the literary world.
09-04-15 - Paul Miller, Editor of Modern Haiku, accepts "record summer heat--" for publication in Issue 47:1. The website for this seminal North American haiku journal is: http://www.modernhaiku.org.
09-03-15 - Kayla Naab, one of the Editors of the new online literary journal, Pulchritude, which means "beautiful," accepts three recent poems, written over the last two years, are accepted for their inaugural issue: "Distant View of Kinryuzan Temple and Azuma Bridge," written after the woodblock print of the same title by Hiroshige; "Salutation," written for the editor and poet, Carl Sharpe; and "The Jar, the Rope, and the Snake," a poem that regards the spiritual philosophy of Franklin Merrell-Wolff and the intersection of the transcendent wisdom of Shankara. The link to the site of Pulchritude, that goes up after the coming Labor Day weekend, is: http://pulchritudepress.org.
09-01-15 - "Finding the Center" is published in the autumn issue of Many Hands: A Magazine for Holistic Health. The link for this quarterly magazine of health and healing is: http://manyhands.com.
08-20-15 - Tracy Ruckman, Publisher of Imaginate, confirms acceptance of the recent poem, "Composing," which was also read recently on the air, in part, by Cheryl Willoughby, host of NEPR's Sunday Classical. The poem is to appear in the September 2015 issue this fine new journal. Be sure to like their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ImaginateMagazine) and check the website (www.ImaginateZone.com) for the latest updates. As part of their marketing, they tweet about the magazine, so follow them on Twitter and help spread the word: https://twitter.com/tracyruckman.
08-18-15 - Editor Francine Banwarth and Associate Editor Michele Root-Bernstein of Frogpond announce the acceptance of "a flicker's hammering" for their Autumn 2015 Issue, which is number 38:3. The website link for the mouthpiece for the Haiku Society of America is: www.hsa-haiku.org/frogpond/.
08-14-15 - Paul Miller, Editor of Modern Haiku, accepts "a goldfinch alights" for publication in Issue 47:1. The website for this seminal North American haiku journal is: http://www.modernhaiku.org.
08-13-15 - Carl Sharpe, the proactive and supportive editor of VerseWrights, an online poetry journal aimed at providing many writers flying under the radar a home for their writing, publishes the eponymous poem, "The Swist," in today's edition of the publication. The link to this lively and absolutely invigorating online magazine is: http://www.versewrights.com/.
08-09-15 - The distinguished and perennially affable classical music host of NEPR's Sunday Classical, Cheryl Willoughby, on 88.5 FM, that airs from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., celebrates her one-year anniversary as the musical guide of this richly layered radio program, and in so doing, invited the author to offer a request to play on the air. The piece of choice was Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet Overture, which inspired the author to write a recent poem, entitled "Composing," of which Cheryl Willoughby read a portion of on the air. Tuning in to this supremely fine weekly musical extravaganza, which is an experience that can be described as eminently sublime, is highly recommended. Of the many possible links to Sunday Classical, as well as other similar programming, make reference to: http://www.nepr.net/classical.
08-08-15 - The All Roads Will Lead You Home Editorial Committee accepts an essay/book review, written by the author, entitled "Poetic Alchemy: Wislawa Symborska's Map: Collected and Last Poems." The book was translated by Claire Cavanaugh and published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. The essay/review will be included in this annual online journal's second issue, due in September 2015. The link for this cosmopolitan journal, which is affiliated with the former Virtual Artists Collective, based in Chicago, Illinois, and whose artists and writers include jazz singers, painters, philosophers, and translators, is: http://www.vacpoetry.org/journal/.
08-04-15 - Stuart Quine, the Editor of Presence, "Britain's leading independent haiku journal," accepts three haiku for this bi-annual journal of international significance, for its next issue: "high summer . . . ," "glistening morning--," and "soaking the last." Links for this fine journal, formerly edited by the late Martin Lucas, a contemporary master of the genre, is: http://haikupresence.tumblr.com and http://www.haiku-presence.50webs.com.
07-31-15 - Máire Holmes, the Editor-in-Chief of The Galway Review: A Literary Magazine Committed to the Excellence of the Written Word, as well as having recently been appointed as Writer in Residence with Kerry County Council, in her native Irish and English for 2015, accepts seven more new poems, either written since the spring or within the last year or so, for publication in this significant international journal. These poems include: "Revisiting Haskins's Flats," "Panegyric," "Rogue Robin," "On the Wings of Angels," "A Mystical Unfoldment," "In Memory of Galway Kinnell," and "My Better Angels." The link for this specific issue of The Galway Review is:http://thegalwayreview.com/2015/07/30/wally-swist-seven-poems-3/.
07-14-15 - An brief Q&A interview, a link to a 2013 reading at Sacred Heart University, an audio clip of a reading of several poems on Sound Cloud, the author's preface to The Daodejing: An Interpretation, and the poem, "Rilkean Dream" were all included in a feature, "Getting to Know Wally Swist and his new book, Daodejing," that appeared today on the Mass Poetry website. The link to Mass Poetry is: www.masspoetry.org.
07-09-15 - Susan Antolin, Editor of Acorn: A Journal of Contemporary Haiku, accepts "windy afternoon--" for publication in the next issue of this biannual journal that is based in Walnut Creek, California and whose website is: http://www.acornhaiku.com.
06-28-15 - Tim Green, Editor of the well-respected national literary journal Rattle announces that he will be featuring all of the poets for a day on his website whose work appeared in the current issue, #48. The poem, entitled "Nautilus Shell," which appeared in that issue will be honored in such a fashion on September 24th by its appearance online, as well as the audio of the poem, which was recorded by the poet at the end of June. The link to referencing the poem in late September is: www.rattle.com/poetry/2012/06/nautilus-shell-by-Wally-Swist/.
06-27-15 - Associate Editor of The Heron's Nest, Billie Wilson, accepts "holding twilight into dusk . . . " for the September 2015 issue of this prominent online haiku journal. The link to website of Heron's Nest, that is in its sixteenth year of publication, is http://www.theheronsnest.com/.
06-15-15 - Mary Jane Bell, Administrative Assistant for The Country Hen, of Hubbardston, Massahusetts, the producer of Omega-3, free range, organic, cage free eggs, passed on that the poem, "Ode to the Omelette," will be placed on their blog and Facebook page, as well as tweeted on their Twitter account. Additionally, the poem will be printed on their insert, which is included in each of their egg boxes containing 6 Country Hen eggs. A folded 3x3 copy of Farm News accompanies each half dozen Country Hen eggs, and is often printed maroon on white. The felicitous relationship of commerce and poetry is an astonishing accomplishment. More can be found out about this terrifically eco-responsible business and their delicious eggs, which never run and are always flavorful, at: www.countryhen.com.
06-15-15 - Michael Organ, Art and Poetry Editor of Tuck Magazine: A Magazine for Discerning Readers, an online journal in the United Kingdom, publishes two more new poems, written within the last week, "Future History Books" and "The Republican Provision Barring the Enforcement of the Migratory Bird Treaty." The link for this international journal of politics and art, and for these specific poems, is: http://tuckmagazine.com/2015/06/15/poetry-47/.
06-01-15 - Dr. Wolfgang Gortschacher and Dr. Andreas Schachermayr, Editors of Poetry Salzburg Review, published from the University of Salzburg, Department of English and American Studies, in Salzburg, Austria, accept the recent poem, "Autumn: Ansonia, 1962," for issue No. 28 (Autumn 2015). The link to this prestigious international literary journal is www.poetrysalzburg.com/psr.
06-01-15 - "Wild Ponies and Where the River Goes," is published in the summer issue of Many Hands: A Magazine for Holistic Health. The poem is dedicated to Allan Burns, who is the Editor of Where the River Goes: The Nature Tradition in English-Language Haiku, published by Snapshot Press, of Ormskirk, U.K., in 2013. The poem makes reference to the last haiku in this volume, which regard "ibis" and is the source of the title for Where the River Goes. This haiku is not only written by Allan but it is also dedicated to the author. The poem also makes reference to another haiku of Allan's, with the first line of "bridleway twilight," upon which the whole poem, "Wild Ponies," pivots on, and addresses within itself. The link is: http://manyhands.com.
05-23-15 - Tracy Ruckman, Publisher of Imaginate, accepts the recent poem, "Composing," for the September issue of this digital literary magazine. The link to the call for submissions is: http://imaginatezone.blogspot.com/.../poetry-sought-for-september-issue.....
05-14-15 - Ken Schweda, Editor of SPANK the CARP, accepts the recent poem, "Reawakening," written at the Peace Pagoda, in Leverett, Massachusetts. The poem regards the author's observations of the sizable resident water snake sunning on one of the Koi pond's flat rocks. "Reawakening" is scheduled for publication for a forthcoming issue of the journal. The link to the website of SPANK the CARP is: www.spankthecarp.com.
05-13-15 - Steven Schroeder, of Chicago, and Wally Swist, of South Amherst, read and signed copies of The Daodejing: A New Interpretation, at The Broadside Bookshop, 247 Main Street, Northampton, Massachusetts on Wednesday, 13 May 2015, at 7:00 p.m. The event was a book launching for the publication. David Breeden, of Minneapolis, also a co-contributor of the book, was unable to attend due to a member of his family who was hospitalized and scheduled for an operation during this week in Minnesota, but was certainly present in spirit, especially as indicated by his fine contributions of his own adaptations of Laozi published in the book. Special thanks goes to Roxie Mack, longtime bookseller and co-owner of The Broadside Bookshop, for supporting the book, who led the introductions, and who welcomed the audience with her inimitable grace and charm. The link to the website of this leading New England independent bookstore is: www.broadsidebooks.com/.
05-09-15 - Allan Burns, Editor of muttering thunder: an annual of fine haiku & art, accepts "January thaw--" for publication in this haiku annual's second issue, scheduled for publication in November 2015. The link to the exciting new journal dedicated to publishing the best nature haiku written today, and whose name is taken from a haiku of the late haiku master, Robert Spiess ("Muttering thunder/ the bottom of the river/ scattered with clams"), is: http://mutteringthunder.weebly.com/.
05-09-15 - Paul Miller, Editor of Modern Haiku, accepts "Nepal Earthquake--" for publication in Issue 46:3. The website for this seminal North American haiku journal is: http://www.modernhaiku.org.
05-05-15 - Laurence W. Thomas, Editor of Third Wednesday, accepts the poem entitled "The Leper" for their Spring 2015 issue. The journal is staffed by a number of literary veterans and it is based out of Ypsilanti, Michigan. The link to their website is: http://www.thirdwednesday.org.
05-01-15 - Editor Francine Banwarth and Associate Editor Michele Root-Bernstein of Frogpond announce the acceptance of "December rain:" for their Spring/Summer 2015 Issue, which is number 38:2. The website link for the mouthpiece for the Haiku Society of America is: www.hsa-haiku.org/frogpond/.
04-27-15 - Robert S. King, Co-Editor of FutureCycle Press, now located in Lexington, Kentucky, announces that two poems, "Amputee, Miami, 1959" and "In the Shade of a Cave" are selected for publication in an anthology to be published by the press in their Good Works Series, entitled Weatherings. The anthology collects poems regarding homelessness, the dislocation and disrespectful treatment of the aged and the elderly, and the industrialization of the environment and of the irrefutable loss of the American landscape. The anthology is slated to appear in the near future. The link to the handsome website of this significant American independent press is: www.futurecycle.org.
04-26-15 - Paul Miller, Editor of Modern Haiku, accepts "spring snow--" for publication in Issue 46:3. The acceptance arrives, quite felicitously, on the poet's 62nd birthday anniversary, which may auger for another year of inspired creativity and success in inculcating the numinous with the commonplace, of which his express wish is to benefit others as well as himself. The website for this seminal North American haiku journal is: http://www.modernhaiku.org.
04-16-15 - Carl Sharpe, gracious Editor of VerseWrights, more of a continuous online poetry site than a traditional journal, features the poem "November Light." Carl Sharpe, who is as much poetic guardian as Editor of his Versewrights site, perennially keeps in touch with many writers, unlike many, if not most, editors, and, more significantly, offers his inimitable felicity and support of their writing. The link for this touchstone of a poetry site, where there is no hubris or solipsism, is: www.versewrights.com/.
04-11-15 - Máire Holmes, the Editor-in-Chief of The Galway Review: A Literary Magazine Committed to the Excellence of the Written Word, as well as having recently been appointed as Writer in Residence with Kerry County Council, in her native Irish and English for 2015, accepts seven more new poems, written within the last few weeks and early months of this year, for publication in this significant international journal. These poems include: "A Holiday Menu: Respite and Cheer;" "Lunch Poem," written in the memory of Frank O'Hara; "Atavistic;" "Shrapnel;" "The Mourning Dove;" "Malediction;" and "The Poison Well." The link for this specific issue of The Galway Review is:http://thegalwayreview.com/2015/04/11/wally-swist-seven-poems-2/.
04-07-15 - Margaret Morrissey, the Library Director at the Jacob Edwards Library, 263 Main Street, Southbridge, Massachusetts, invites the author to give a reading of his new work on Thursday, April 19th, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m in honor of National Poetry Month. The link to the library is: www.jacobedwardslibrary.org/.
04-06-15 - Managing Editor, Chalsley Taylor, of the Montreal literary journal, carte blanche, announces that a new poem, "Autumn: Ansonia, 1962," written late last year, is accepted for publication in this eminent Canadian literary magazine. The link for this fine publication is: www.carteblanche.org/.
04-06-15 - Susan Pieters, Editor-in-Chief of Pulp Literature, a cutting-edge flat-spined journal from British Columbia, Canada, announces that Poetry Editor Daniel Cowper accepts a recent poem, "What Is Essential," written in March 2014, for their next issue. The link to this significant Canadian literary journal is: www.pulpliterature.com/.
04-02-15 - John Barlow, distinguished Editor and Publisher of Snapshot Press, of Ormskirk, United Kingdom announces the haiku selected for The 2016 Haiku Calendar, which is published by the press. Of the 1,110 entries, "cooling shade--" is selected as one of the forty runners-up for this year's edition of the calendar, as opposed to the twelve designated haiku honoring each of the months of the year. So, the total, of 52 haiku adjudicated for inclusion in the calendar, essentially, offers one haiku for each week. Links to the results for the 2016 edition, information on how to obtain copies of the calendar, and how to submit can be found at: http://www.snapshotpress.co.uk/contests/thcc/results.htm; http://www.snapshotpress.co.uk/calendars.htm; and http://www.snapshotpress.co.uk/contests/thcc/entry_guidelines.htm.
03-24-15 - Associate Editor of The Heron's Nest, Billie Wilson, accepts "November morning--" for the June 2015 issue of this prominent online haiku journal. The link to website of Heron's Nest, that is entering its sixteenth year of publication, is http://www.theheronsnest.com/.
03-19-15 - Editor, Christen Kincaid and Publisher, Leah Maines accept a 12-poem chapbook-themed collection of poetry culinaire, entitled Things I Know I Love: Odes to Food, for publication with their Finishing Line Press, a qualitatively eminent publisher of elegantly designed chapbooks, located in Georgetown, Kentucky. The chapbooks they issue are distinguished by a colored-ribbon bookmark in each copy. The link to the website of this longstanding and salient national poetry press, which is exemplary of core small press values, is: https://finishinglinepress.com/.
03-06-15 - Christopher Petter, Associate Editor of Dappled Things: A Quarterly of Ideas, Art, and Faith, accepts a revised version of the poem "Interstices." The poem will appear in their forthcoming issue. This journal promoting art, ideas, and poetry is what makes the best of literary magazines exciting and noteworthy: a qualitative blend of aesthetics, purpose, and vision. The link to this lovely journal, whose illustrations are worth a subscription alone, is: www.dappledthings.org/.
03-05-15 - Angela Mrozinski, Outreach and Events Director of the Connecticut River Watershed Council, located in Greenfield, Massachusetts, announces that the organization will be publishing several poems of the author's beginning in their spring newsletter. The two selected for the spring are "Salmon Brook" and "Dry Ledges," both poems having appeared in Winding Paths Worn through Grass (Chicago, IL: Virtual Artists Collective, 2012). The link for this inestimably worthy organization devoted to the preservation of the Connecticut River basin and surrounding areas is: www.ctriver.org.
03-04-15 - Jerry Craven, Press Director and Editor of Lamar University Press, located in Beaumont, Texas, announces the acceptance of the book-length manuscript, Invocation. The manuscript collects 71 poems and paginates at 120+ pages. The poetry that the book will include was primarily written during the years circa 2011 through 2014, and contains some of the author's most accomplished and most mature work to date. To have this book published by this press is a triumph for the work as well as for the author. The link to Lamar University Press is: www.lamaruniversitypress.org.
03-03-15 - An article written by proactive veteran journalist Steve Pfarrer, "Soldiering along in the Creative Economy: Three Valley Artists Talk about How They Make Ends Meet While Pursuing their Muse," is published on the top left of the front page of today's Daily Hampshire Gazette. The piece highlights painter and independent curator Kim Carlino, of Easthampton; folk musician Jim Henry, of Wendell; and poet and writer Wally Swist, of South Amherst in their ongoing challenges in forging their livelihoods as working artists. The link for the article is: Soldiering along in creative economy Three Valley artists ... www.gazettenet.com/.../soldiering-along-in-crea...
03-02-15 - The ever-lovely Patricia Mottola, Editor of Connecticut River Review, accepts the poem "Ode to the Iris," written in the spring of 2014, two seasons before the record cold and several feet of snow that the winter of 2014-2015 has borne upon us here in western Massachusetts, and elsewhere in New England. The poem is scheduled for publication in this annual of poetry and reviews, due in August. The link for this robustly qualitative regional journal, whose contributors range nationwide, is: www.ctpoetry.net.
03-01-15 - A recent poem, "Sacred Day," is published in Many Hands: A Magazine for Holistic Health. Also, journalist Steve Pfarrer's review of The Daodejing is reprinted from its initial appearance in his Book Bag column in Hampshire Life. The link is: http://manyhands.com.
02-24-15 - Michael Organ, Art and Poetry Editor of Tuck Magazine: A Magazine for Discerning Readers, an online journal in the United Kingdom, publishes two more recent poems, "The Melting of the Poles" and "Manifest Destiny," both written in the autumn of 2014 and recently revised in the winter of 2015. The link for this international journal of politics and art, and for these specific poems, is: http://tuckmagazine.com/2015/02/24/poetry-32/.
02-23-15 - The Staff of The Valley Advocate selects The Daodejing: An Interpretation as one of five books by local authors to highlight in their February 23, 2015 issue. The total mention reads: "Amherst poet Swist has joined with two literary colleagues to write “Daodejing: An interpretation.” The book features three takes on the seminal Chinese philosophical text by Lao Tzu. The Daodejing is the foundation for the Taoist religion, which is focused on living in harmony with the “Tao.” What the Tao is, is open to interpretation, too, but for many people it is simply “the way.” The reboot by Swist and company updates Tzu’s words for today’s audience without losing their original meaning." The link to this article is: Local Books Worth a Look: Check out these five new books with ...
02-19-15 - Editor-in-Chief and Publisher, Anne James and the Editors of Zymbol: The Magazine of Symbolism & Surrealism accept two new and recent poems, "Dream Time" and "Angels of the Night." The poems are scheduled for publication in the Summer 2015 issue of this national magazine, whose depth and tone is that of an international literary journal, can be found on the racks of many bookstores across the country. The link for Zymbol is: www.zymbol.org/.
02-19-15 - With both honor and delight, the author announces that Maire Holmes, the Editor-in-Chief of The Galway Review, who is as well the recently Writer in Residence with Kerry County Council, in her native Irish and English for 2015, accepts seven new and recent poems for publication in this fine online international journal. The poems include: "The Gate Left Open," "The Female Cardinal," "Sooey," "Two Lives," "For All to Savor," "Presence," and "Coalescence." The link to the website of this Irish journal that is A Literary Magazine Committed to Excellence in the Extraordinary Art of the Written Word, and to these specific poems, is: http://thegalwayreview.com/2015/02/19/wally-swist-seven-poems/.
02-09-15 - Michael Organ, Art and Poetry Editor of Tuck Magazine: A Magazine for Discerning Readers, an online journal in the United Kingdom, publishes the recent poem, "Imminence," in memory of Jerzy Kosinski. The link for this international journal of politics and art, and for this specific poem, is: http://tuckmagazine.com/2015/02/09/poetry-28/.
02-06-15 - Steve Pfarrer, Staff Writer for The Daily Hampshire Gazette, publishes a review of The Daodejing: A New Interpretation (Beautmont, TX: Lamar University Press, 2015) in Hampshire Life, the newspaper's Friday magazine supplement. Known for his journalistic skills and talents, Steve Pfarrer's insight and deft handling of the historical and aesthetic aspects of the book in what is essentially a short review for his Book Bag column is quite well done. The link for the review is: http://www.gazettenet.com/artsentertainment/hampshirelife/15466593-95/bo....
02-04-15 - Oonah Joslin, Editor of The Linnet's Wings, accepts the recent poem, "Candling the Eggs," for their spring 2015 issue. As it is written on their website "The Linnet's Wings was founded, in Edgeworthstown, in the Irish Republic, in 2007. Her title was taken from the William Butler Yeats poem, 'The Lake Isle of Innisfree: ' 'Where midnights all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow/And an evening full of the linnet's wings.' She is supported by an international team of editors who are based in: Ireland, UK, Canada, US, and Spain. 'Our aim is to showcase writers and artists whose work stimulates and challenges the sensibility and imagination of our readers, and to provide a seedbed of inspiration for writer/artists and readers both, just as was done by the voices of the past.'" The website address for this lovely world class journal is: www.thelinnetswings.org/.
02-04-15 - Carl Sharpe, Editor of VerseWrights, an online journal of poetry, who has previously offered an invitation to submit work, publishes an additional poem, entitled "Portrait," as a feature. The website address for this journal, whose editor refreshingly promotes the poetry of so many poets, is: www.versewrights.com/.
01-29-15 - 01-31-15 - Fullbright-winning electroacoustical composer, Elainie Lillios, Ph.D., who teaches at Bowling Green University, has the honor of one of her compositions based on one of the author's poems, "The Rush of the Brook Stills the Mind," performed at the 2015 Florida State University Festival of New Music. The author is grateful to Ms. Lillios for her collegiality and friendship, and for having written several compositions inspired by the author's poetry and haiku over the last half dozen years--all of which have been performed at various colleges and universities across the United States over this period of time. The FSU FNM 2015 website, containing a cameo biography of Elainie Lillios, as well as a full copy of the poem, and the entire program of all of the other composers and musicians, can be Googled at www.fsufnm.github.io/.
01-18-15 - "cleaning the perk coffee pot" is accepted for publication by Paul Miller, Editor of Modern Haiku, for issue 46:2. The website for this seminal North American haiku journal is: http://www.modernhaiku.org.
01-16-15 - The author just happens to come to the knowledge that Robert Epstein uses Wally Swist's haiku "in prayer beside the brook . . . / morning sun breaks above/ the ridge of pines," one of a sequence of haiku dedicated to the late haiku master Robert Spiess, which originally appeared in Modern Haiku, Volume 42.2, Summer 2011. The book The Sacred in Contemporary Haiku, was published by the independent publisher CreateSpace in December 2014. The haiku referenced above appears on page 213 of this book. More of a description of this volume can be found at www.amazon.com › ... › Poetry › Japanese & Haiku.
01-12-15 - The ever-wonderful and most felicitous Carl Sharpe, Editor of VerseWrights, includes a promotion of the soon-to-be published Daodejing, from Lamar University Press, of Beaumont, Texas, in his newsletter update today. The link for this is: www.versewrights.tumblr.com/.
01-09-15 - The Haiku Foundation website, edited by Jim Kacian, features a reprint from an article in their Bookstories blog, initially published in The Hartford Courant, in April 2000, regarding the author and his early literary influences, as well as a thumbnail history of Gallows Hill Bookstore, at Trinity College, in Hartford, Connecticut, which the author managed from October 1998 to March 2002. The article was penned by Connecticut journalist Jane Gordon. Although the bookstore has long since closed, the article gives a glimpse of the author as the old fashioned social bookstore manager and bookperson that he once was. The link to this installment of Bookstories is: www.thehaikufoundation.org/.../bookstories-7-wally-swists-a-life-in-wor...
01-07-15 - Jerry Craven, Press Director of Lamar University Press, announces that the release date for The Daodejing: A New Interpreation by David Breeden, Steven Schroeder, and Wally Swist is set for Thursday, January 15th, 2015. The link to the Lamar University Press website, for more information about the publication of the book, including some dates for readings being given by the authors, is: http://www.lamaruniversitypress.org/coming-soon.php. The Daodejing will be available from Powell's, whose website is: www.powells.com, and Indie Bound at: http://www.indiebound.org. The book will also be available through Lightning Source, at: http://www.lightningsource.com. Paginating at some 170pp., and published as a handsome trade paperback, it is illustrated with black and white photographs by Mary Ann O'Donnell and watercolors by Steven Schroeder. Also making this beautiful edition aesthetically distinct is the sure hand and eye in the book's design by bibliomaven Regina Schroeder, the artist and translator's daughter, who is the Publisher of Timberline Press, a fine letterpress publisher of some note, in Charlestown, Massachusetts. The book also contains an in-depth introduction written by Chinese scholars Mary Ann O'Donnell and Yang Qian, who live and teach in Shenzhen, China, regarding the history of the various translations of The Daodejing, which illuminates the path the authors have needed to take, despite not actually commenting on the interpretation at hand, to produce a version of this Eastern spiritual classic that is fresh and unique. Additionally, the volume contains a short preface by each author, all of which indicate, quite individually, that the fruition of this project was tantamount to the realization of a life influenced by their old teacher, Laozi, and to have fashioned a new interpretation of his words and vision was veritably a dream come true. Almost as an afterthought, noting that the cost of the book is only $18.95, and that it is quite reasonably priced, may be the only rhetorical comment made here regarding this volume.
01-03-15 - Marci Rae Johnson, Poetry Editor of The Cresset: A Review of Literature, the Arts, and Public Affairs, accepts a poem written last spring, "Green and Wet Is the Grass," for an issue of the magazine this year. The link for this respected national journal published out of Valparaiso University "explores ideas and trends in contemporary culture from a perspective grounded in the Lutheran tradition of scholarship, freedom, and faith while [being] informed by the wisdom of the broader Christian community." Their link is: http://thecresset.org.
01-02-15 - Associate Editor of The Heron's Nest, Billie Wilson, accepts "leaving their echoes ringing" for the March 2015 issue of this prominent online haiku journal. The link to website of Heron's Nest, that is entering its sixteenth year of publication, is http://www.theheronsnest.com/.
12-29-14 - Michael Organ, Art and Poetry Editor of Tuck Magazine: A Magazine for Discerning Readers, an online journal in the United Kingdom, publishes two poems: one new poem, "They," and one recent poem, "Migraines." The link for this international journal of politics and art, and for these specific poems, is: http://tuckmagazine.com/2014/12/29/poetry-24/.
12-20-14 - Máire Holmes, Editor-in-Chief of The Galway Review: A Literary Magazine Committed to the Excellence in the Extraordinary Art of the Written Word, publishes four more recent poems: "Cry of the Hawk," "The Day after the Boston Marathon Bombings," "November Light," and "Portrait." It never ceases to be an honor and a delight to have my work appear with the Irish poets in this fine online international literary journal. I take my colloquial hat off to Máire Holmes and her staff at The Galway Review in gratitude for their support of my work. The link to the web page of poetry is: http://thegalwayreview.com/2014/12/20/wally-swist-four-poems/.
12-15-14 - Timothy Green, Editor of Rattle, the distinguished national literary magazine, whose editorial offices are located in Studio City, California, accepts the poem entitled "Nautilus Shell," which was written on Christmas Day 2013, for Issue #48, due in June 2015--all in all, what a lovely Christmas gift. Editor Timothy Green wrote of the poem, in his acceptance, "Such a graceful and memorable poem; we all loved it. " The website for this significant journal is: http://www.rattle.com.
12-06-14 - "silently" is accepted for publication by Paul Miller, Editor of Modern Haiku, for issue 46:2. The website for this seminal North American haiku journal is: http://www.modernhaiku.org.
12-01-14 - "Prescience" is published in Many Hands. The link is: http://manyhands.com.
11-25-14 - Carl Sharpe, Editor of VerseWrights, an online journal of poetry, who has previously offered an invitation to submit work, publishes an additional poem, entitled "Marquee," as a feature. The poem regards a childhood memory, similar to that of Francois Truffaut, in first seeing a film as a boy, and having to face the consequences of skipping out to see it, as well as how it augmented the child forever by opening the door to the freeing magic of the cinema. The website address for this journal, whose editor refreshingly promotes the poetry of so many poets, is: www.versewrights.com/.
11-17-14 - Jillian M. Phillips and Matthew E. Silverman, Editors of Parts of the Whole: Poems about the Body, an anthology to be published by Blue Lyra Review announces that the poem, "What Is Familiar," which is included in Huang Po and the Dimensions of Love (Southern Illinois University Press, 2012), is accepted for inclusion in the book. The link to the website of Blue Lyra Review: A Literary Journal of Diverse Voices is: http://bluelyrareview.com/.
11-16-14 - Máire Holmes, Editor-in-Chief of The Galway Review: A Literary Magazine Committed to the Excellence in the Extraordinary Art of the Written Word, publishes three recent poems: "The Blind," "Finding the Center," and "The Kiss." What a delight it is to rub shoulders with the Irish poets in this fine online international literary journal. The link to the web page of poetry is: http://thegalwayreview.com/2014/11/16/wally-swist-three-poems/.
11-14-14 - "Rilkean Dream" is published in the November 14, 2014 issue of Commonweal. The link to this national magazine's website, whose regular contributors include the progressive thinker and political commentator E. J. Dionne, Jr., is: http://www.commonwealmagazine.com. Contributors of poetry in recent issues include the former editor of Poetry, Christian Wiman.
11-11-14 - Patricia Mottola, the Editor of Connecticut River Review, the mouthpiece of the Connecticut Poetry Society, informs the author that she has nominated the poem, "The Snail," that appeared in the 2014 annual publication of the journal, for the Pushcart Prize. The link to the website of both the Society and the journal is: http://www.ct-poetry-society.org/publications.htm.
11-11-14 - Bunnie Finklestein, of Judd's Hill Winery, operating for more than thirty years in Napa, California, announces that the winner of the Judd Hill's Winery 2014 Poetry Contest is the author for a suite of three poems, out of which was selected the poem "Montepulciano and Caravaggio." The poems will be posted on the Judd's Hill Winery website at www.juddshill.com, under the rubric "Recipes: Poetry and Video." Additionally, the prize of the contest is a 3-litre bottle of Judd's Hill Winery Cabernet, which the author intends to share with extended family over a holiday meal at Thanksgiving, and complimenting several meals after that.
11-08-14 - Editors Allan Burns and Ron C. Moss release their inaugural issue of muttering thunder: an annual of fine haiku and art, an online journal of nature haiku, prose relating to the genre, and interviews with poets. The link for this superbly conceived and crisply presented publication is: http://mutteringthunder.weebly.com/downloads.html, which contains both some work by the author and an interview regarding his craft and his life.
11-07-14 - Karen Wilson, Managing Editor of the literary journal, Blueline: A Literary Magazine Dedicated to the Spirit of the Adirondacks, accepts the poem "Interstices," written in June 2014. The website for this significant publication, that not only espouses the Adirondack region of upper New York state, but also the natural world at large, is: www.bluelinemagadk.com/.
11-02-14 - Grey Held, Wendy Drexler, and Wendy Mnookin, all poets and writers of distinction themselves, selflessly worked for more than a hundred hours on The Edmands Poetry in the Park Project in Newton, Massachusetts. The result is 14 poems by 14 poets transferred on various stones in the park, including the poem "Wild Falling." The stones were first primed with an epoxy, then the letters of the words of the poems applied to the stones through dry heat transfer. The inaugural celebration honoring the poems, selected from some 200 entries, and the poets, mostly from Massachusetts, but some from afar as Oregon, will take place on Sunday, November 2nd, at 3:00 p.m., the first full day of Daylight Savings Time. The festivities will include a reading of the poems by the poets, followed by refreshments. The labor of the organizers and the written words of the poets offer a true vision for the presentation of contemporary nature writing in a natural realm, especially that of a preserved urban park, and the presentation on stone certainly reveals both an inner and outer shine: the gleam of the epoxy and the words set on each stone reflected in the eyes of the reader. A link to the event, should you care to save the date and attend, is: www.bostonlitdistrict.org/event/dedication-poetry-edmands-park/.
10-28-14 - Arielle Anema, Writer's Fund Coordinator for PEN America Center, announces the award of a grant from the PEN Writer's Fund Committee to the author. The beneficence and support of this literary and humanitarian organization is highly esteemed and much appreciated to working writers who experience expressed financial need. The website for this stellar and actively significant writers' organization is: http://www.pen.org/writers-emergency-fund.
10-18-14 - "shimmering in the meadow" and "succulent peaches" are accepted for publication by Paul Miller, Editor of Modern Haiku, for issue 46:1. The website for this seminal North American haiku journal is: http://www.modernhaiku.org.
10-17-14 - Matthew E. Silverman, Founder, Managing Editor, and Publisher, of Blue Lyra Review: A Literary Journal of Diverse Voices, an online literary publication, known for the qualitative selection of writing that they publish, announces that a poem, "Dinner with Camus," which appeared online, will be included in their annual print issue for 2014, sometime in early 2015. The link to the website of this fine publication is: http://bluelyrareview.com/.
09-30-14 - Associate Editor of The Heron's Nest, Billie Wilson, accepts "cooling shade--" for the December 2014 issue of this prominent online haiku journal. The link to website of Heron's Nest, that is entering its fifteenth year of publication, is http://www.theheronsnest.com/.
09-27-14 - Paulette Licitra, Editor of Alimentum: The Literature of Food, a classy literary niche for all things gustatory and pertaining to the vector of distinguished writing and those who consider themselves a gastronomique, accepts a new poem, "Ode to End of Summer," that is scheduled to appear in this online journal (that also included their first thirteen numbers both in print and online) in their October 2014 issue. The website link for this colorful and delectable literary treat is: www.alimentumjournal.com/.
09-22-14 - Isabel Howe, Director of The Authors League Fund, acknowledges that, on behalf of the committee, funding is approved to the author, upon his request in early September. In response, the author expressed, "To write to you that I am appreciative is not quite adequate; however, to attempt to relay the depth of my gratitude is of substantive worth. Your graciousness and kindness are nonpareil. Kindly please pass on my response to your colleagues." The website for this esteemed organization which is emblematic of the humanitarian and the literary is: http://www.authorsleaguefund.org/.
09-21-14 - A reading is given in The Amherst Poetry Festival, from 11:20 to 11:40 a.m., at the Emily Dickinson Museum, during which the picnic planned for the front lawn was rained out, although there were some two dozen stalwart fans of poetry that braved the downpour, which echoed on the tent roof, to listen to poets Lori Desrosiers who read before, and Dina Stadler, who read afterwards. Websites for the weekend event of September 19-21, which includes many poets and presses, are: http://amherstpoetfest.tumblr.com/ and www.amherstdowntown.com/events/amherst-poetry-festival/.
09-19-14 - Jon Tribble, Managing Editor, and Allison Joseph, Editor and Poetry Editor, of Crab Orchard Review, published out of Southern Illinois University, accepts the poem entitled "The Treadle and the Light" for publication in the Volume 20, Number 1 issue, due in February 2015. The web address for this well-respected national literary journal is: http://www.craborchardreview.siu.edu/.
09-16-14 - Jim Kacian, co-founder of the World Haiku Association, announces that a feature article, published in The Hartford Courant, entitled "A Life in Words," on April 30, 2000, will be reprinted in Troutswirl, the blog for the Haiku Society of America, eponymous for a salient image in one of the haiku of John Wills, a modern master of the form. The website address for the blog is: http://haikuproject.wordpress.com/category/names/troutswirl/. The piece will appear on Bookstories, a feature of Troutswirl that highlights various backstories of significant poets, on January 9, 2015.
09-16-14 - Carl Sharpe, Editor of VerseWrights, an online journal of poetry, offers an invitation to submit work and accepts a number of poems for publication. The website address for this journal, whose editor refreshingly promotes the poetry of so many poets, is: www.versewrights.com/.
09-01-14 - "Apples" is published in Many Hands. The link is: http://manyhands.com.
08-31-14 - "a flock of starlings" and "glistening dew--" are accepted for publication by Paul Miller, Editor of Modern Haiku, for issue 46:1. The website for this seminal North American haiku journal is: http://www.modernhaiku.org.
08-08-14 - Jill Jepson, Editor of The Whirlwind Review: Writing a Sacred Path, accepts a new poem written this summer, entitled "Quintessence," for Issue 7 of this online journal, whose theme is Animals & Spirituality. The address for the website is: http://writingthewhirlwind.net/.
07-30-14 - Anuraag Sharma, Editor of the international literary journal, Prosopisia, announces the publication of the poems "Prescience" and "Etched," both recent poems, to be published in the summer number of the magazine, due in late August 2014. The concept of Prosopisia, as described on their webpage reads: "Prosopisia, from which the name of the proposed Journal is derived, is the State-tree of Rajasthan and has a mushroom growth on the foothills of the Aravali Ranges. The tree has succeeded in withstanding the odds by requiring considerable drought hardiness. It is above all, a legume and it improves soil fertility. There is a popular saying in Rajasthan that death will not visit a man even at the time of a famine, if he has a Prosopis, a goat and a camel, since the three together would sustain him under the most trying conditions." A link to their website is: http://www.arawlii.com/prosopisia.htm.
07-24-14 - Angela Moore-Swafford, Permissions Manager of Southern Illinois University Press, relays that Garrison Keillor will read the poem, entitled "Radiance," from Huang Po and the Dimensions of Love, on Writer's Almanac, his nationally-aired public radio program on Tuesday, July 29th. The link to the website of this longstanding and acclaimed radio program sponsoring what is resonant and significant in literature is: http://writersalmanac.publicradio.org/.
07-18-14 - Annabelle Moseley, Editor and Founder of String Poet, accepts two new poems, "Homage to W. S. Merwin" and "Sooey" for publication in a future issue of this online journal. The website address is: http://www.stringpoet.com. It is "the journal where poetry and music meet."
06-28-14 - Associate Editor of Heron's Nest, Billie Wilson, accepts "this greening mist . . . " for the September 2014 issue of the journal. The haiku is dedicated to the memory of the eminent English haiku poet, the late Martin Lucas, who tragically passed this last winter. The link to website of Heron's Nest, that is entering its fifteenth year of publication, is http://www.theheronsnest.com/.
06-25-14 - "Aunt Joan," a new poem written in the spring, and "Satori, a recent poem written within the last couple of years, have been accepted for publication by Jonas Zdanys, Editor of the anthology, Pushing the Envelope: Epistolary Poems, that is forthcoming from Lamar University Press, of Beaumont, Texas. Their website address is: http://www.lamaruniversitypress.org/coming-soon.php.
06-23-14 - "all day sparrow chicks--" is accepted for publication by Paul Miller, Editor of Modern Haiku, for issue 45:3. The address for this seminal North American haiku journal is: http://www.modernhaiku.org.
06-04-14 - Matthew Paul, Editor of Presence, known as Britain's leading independent haiku journal, accepts "its aromatic herbal" and "concomitantly," a haiku after the late American master, Raymond Roseliep, for Issue #50, due out this year. Their website address is: http://haiku-presence.50webs.com.
06-01-14 - "The Snake" is published in Many Hands. The link is: http://manyhands.com.
05-08-14 - Allan Burns, Editor of muttering thunder: an annual of fine haiku & art, accepts "between thunderstorms . . . " and "the woodsmoke," the latter dedicated to the late poet anne mckay, of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, for publication in the inaugural issue of what heralds to be quite a significant journal devoted to nature haiku and art celebrating the natural world. Also contributing on an editorial basis, Ron C. Moss will be supplying art for the journal. Additionally, Allan Burns has extended an invitation to the author of publishing an interview with him in conjunction with his contributions to both the haiku genre, as well as lyric poetry, and their connection to him in his own writing, and spiritual, practice. The link to the exciting launching of this new journal, whose name is taken from a haiku of the late haiku master, Robert Spiess ("Muttering thunder/ the bottom of the river/ scattered with clams"), is: http://mutteringthunder.weebly.com/.
04-27-14 - Solo reading given at Darien Library, selected by Library Journal as one of the nation's Five-Star Libraries, introduced by host Janet Davis, transpires at 2:00 p.m., in which many new, as well as recent and previously published, poems were read by the poet on the day after the poet's 61st birthday anniversary. This premier Connecticut library is consistently ranked in the top ten of its category, regarding the HAPLR (Hennen's American Public Library Ratings) Index of Libraries. See either www.darienlibrary.org or www.darienlibrary.org/category/darien-library/events with respect to PR about the event.
04-04-14 - Parkman Howe, longtime Poetry Editor of Appalachia, America's oldest mountaineering and conservation journal, since 1876, accepts two recent poems for publication, "A Way of Seeing," whose subject is the vanishing Monarch butterfly, will appear in the June 2015 issue; and "Daylilies" will appear in the December 2015 issue. The website for this remarkable nature journal, whose commitment to deep ecology is evident in the articles published within its pages, from the return of the gray wolf to hiking the White Mountains in New Hampshire to the Alaskan grizzly, is: www.outdoors.org/publications/appalachia/. Ostensibly, Appalachia also serves as the mouthpiece for the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC). Of the eight to ten poems that appear in this biannual eco-journal, embedded among its offering of several lengthy articles and essays, the work of such poets as Mary Oliver are regularly showcased.
04-04-14 - The editors of The Tule Review: The Publication of the Sacramento Poetry Center, accept the poem "Flowering," which is actually set against the backdrop of Big Sur. The poem will appear in the November 2014 Issue of this California literary journal that "publishes poetry that moves the reader." The link to their website is: www.sacramentopoetrycenter.com/publications/the-tule-review/.
04-01-14 - John Barlow, Editor and Publisher of Snapshot Press, of Ormskirk, U.K., announced the adjudication of the entries in the 2015 Haiku Calendar Contest. Out of the 891 entries from 14 countries, 5 continents, and by 147 poets, 52 haiku by 43 poets were selected for publication in the 2015 Haiku Calendar. From this selection, "a vase of dried hydrangea" was selected as the featured haiku for the month of September 2015. For more information regarding this annual publishing contest and publishing event, please see the following links: http://www.snapshotpress.co.uk/contests/thcc/results.htm, http://www.snapshotpress.co.uk/calendars.htm, http://www.snapshotpress.co.uk/contests/thcc/entry_guidelines.htm.
03-30-14 - Associate Editor of Heron's Nest, Billie Wilson, accepts "digging out after the blizzard" for the June 2014 issue of the journal. The link to website of Heron's Nest, that is entering its fifteenth year of publication, is www.theheronsnest.com/.
03-25-14 - Meredith Wise, Editor-in-Chief of Dappled Things: A Quarterly of Ideas, Art, & Faith, accepts two recent poems, "Green Olives" and "Mint" for the Easter 2014 issue of this aesthetically handsome magazine, based in New Hope, Kentucky. Their website address is: www.dappledthings.org/.
03-22-14 - Although this has just come to be made known, Pleaides published a review of Huang Po and the Dimensions of Love in their Summer Issue, 34.1. A portion of the review was reprinted in the Southern Illinois University Press catalog, and reads as follows, "In Huang Po and the Dimensions of Love, Wally Swist invites us to contextualize his exquisite eco-poetry within a subtly Buddhist life philosophy, weaving personal landscapes into natural ones. Although Swist’s poems arrive at countless reminiscences of a lover who is gone, his speaker nonetheless succeeds in being present in each moment and quietly teaches us how individual persons are always present, perhaps, as facets of Huang Po’s conception of a transcendent, all-encompassing Mind." The review was written by Julie Ann Brandt, whose insight and adept prose the author offers his gratitude to. The link to the website for this issue of Pleiades is: www.ucmo.edu/pleiades/current_issue/.
03-20-14 - "Wild Falling" was selected as one of 14 poems to be preserved for posterity on 14 rectangular granite columns in Edmands Park in Newtown, Massachusetts. The process used for transferring the words of the poems to the stone surfaces is that of heat transfer, with a plasticized protective covering. Their will be an opening ceremony in the spring to honor the poetry-on-stone. Some backstory regarding the project can be found at: www.newtonma.gov/civicax/filebank/documents/54045.
03-16-14 - Julie Parent, Editor of Clockhouse Review, accepts "The Victrola on the Label" for the next issue of this magazine that is published by the Clockhouse Writer's Conference in partnership with Goddard College. The website address for this journal that is a fine showcase for poets and writers is: www.clockhouse.net.
03-05-14 - With great humility and an active sense of gratitude, the announcement of Lamar University Press publishing "a new unique translation by 3 poets/scholars" of The Daodejing, of Laozi, by David Breeden, Steven Schroeder, and Wally Swist is rather splendid news. The website for the Lamar University Press forthcoming titles list is: http://www.lamaruniversitypress.org/coming-soon.php.
03-01-14 - "The Scent" is published in Many Hands. The link is: http://manyhands.com.
03-01-14 - Christopher Buckley, Editor of Miramar, published in Santa Barbara, California, accepts a new poem, "Nostalgia," for publication in Issue #3 of this prestigious national journal. The website for Miramar, is: http://miramarmagazine.org.
02-03-14 - Vuong Quoc Vu, Editor of Tourane Poetry Press and the Publisher of Perfume River Poetry Review, of Cupertino, California, accepts a recent poem, written in 2013, entitled "Summer Rain," for its "Ars Erotica" Issue, due in 2014. The address for its website is: www.touranepoetrypress.wordpress.com/about-4/.
01-19-14 - "roar of the wind in the pines . . . " is accepted for publication in the spring issue of The Aurorean, a journal with an admirable national reputation, based in Farmington, Maine.
01-03-14 - Associate Editor of Heron's Nest, Billie Wilson, accepts "in one, then another" and "streaked morning sunlight--" for the March 2014 issue of the journal. The link to website of Heron's Nest, that is entering its fifteenth year of publication, is www.theheronsnest.com/.
12-23-13 - Anuraag Sharma, Editor of the international literary journal, Prosopisia, named after a species of tree, that resembles the American juniper in that it is nearly impossible to destroy it, accepts several poems for the Summer 2014 issue. Yes, the Amherst poet, Robert Francis, who named his cottage, "Fort Juniper," would have loved the idea of this journal being named as it is, after an indestructible aspect of the natural world. Specifically, Prosopisia is "the State-tree of Rajasthan and has a mushroom growth on the foothills of the Aravali Ranges," as stated in the journal's website. The link for this publication of global poetry and fiction, issued from Ajmer, India, is: www.arawlii.com/prosopisia2.htm.
12-01-13 - "Windhorse" is published in Many Hands. The link is: http://manyhands.com.
11-27-13 - Christine Cote, Editor of Still Point Arts Quarterly, accepts the recent poem, entitled "Glass," for publication in this well-respected journal that features contemporary art and literature. The website for this periodical located in Brunswick, Maine is: www.newpages.com/literary-magazines/still_point_arts_quarterly.htm.
11-14-13 - The poem, entitled "Neruda," is featured on Every Day Poems. "Neruda" is collected in Luminous Dream (Cave Springs, GA: FutureCycle Press, 2010). The website address for Every Day Poems is: http://us2.forward-to-friend.com/forward/preview?u=9e5e4dd4731a9649c1dd1....
11-12-13 - Leslie M. Browning, Senior Editor of The Wayfarer: A Journal of Contemplative Literature, accepts the poem "Savoring the Other" for publication in their December 2013 issue, due on the 21st of the month. The website for this important literary journal that is devoted to active spirituality is: http://www.homeboundpublications.com/the-wayfarer-journal/about-the-jour.... The editors seek work, simply, that exhibits characteristics of "a wayfarer" who "is one who chooses to take up a long journey on foot."
11-11-11 - Esteemed haiku poet, Michael McClintock, selects my haiku, "my problems forgotten--/ a path through the pines/ up the mountain," as Per Diem Editor for The Haiku Foundation website, featuring the theme, "Thirty-one Ways of Looking at a Mountain." The haiku is one that the author forgot having written as well as having published. So, the acceptance is an honor which has more than just a touch of the miraculous to it.
10-14-13 - "a vase of dried hydrangea--" is accepted for publication by Paul Miller, Editor of Modern Haiku, for issue 45:1. The address for this seminal North American haiku journal is: http://www.modernhaiku.org.
10-05-13 - "sun glare above the trail," is accepted for publication by Paul Miller, Editor of Modern Haiku, for Issue 45:1. The website address for this seminal journal devoted to the haiku genre is: http://www.modernhaiku.org.
10-02-13 - Leo Hwang-Carlos, Dean of Humanities at Greenfield Community College, hosts Wally Swist in the Humanities Studio, N250, to a small, but attentive audience, comprised mostly of faculty of the school. The reading was given from noon to just a few minutes before 1:00 p.m., and the poems read were primarily from a newly completed manuscript of poems, entitled The Treadle and the Light. The website address for GCC events is: http://calendar.gcc.mass.edu/EventList.aspx?...EventDetails&eventidn...
09-22-13 - Jeremy Schraffenberger, Associate Professor of English at University of Northern Iowa, and Associate Editor of North American Review, the oldest and one of the most respected literary journals in America, founded in 1815, confirms that the poem "The Knowing" is accepted for publication. The website address for NAR is: http://www.northamericanreview.org.
09-14-13 - Max Verhart, Editor of the international haiku journal Whirligig: A Multilingual Haiku Journal, based in the Netherlands, accepts four haiku for Volume IV/2, November 2013: "the length of the day," "November morning," "stiff November wind," and "winter thunderstorm." The work in the journal appears in Dutch and in English. The link to their website is: http://www.haikuschrijverke.nl.
09-07-13 - Esteemed Poetry Editor Rosemary Deen, of the nationally respected journal Commonweal, accepts the poem "Rilkean Dream" for a future issue. The link to the website is: http://www.commonwealmagazine.org.
09-05-13 - Wally Swist's review of Michael Miller's Darkening the Grass is published in Connecticut River Review. The website line is: http://ct-poetry-society.org/publications.htm.
09-02-13 - "beside the weaving shed," a haiku written "after William Carlos Williams," is accepted for publication by Paul Miller, Editor of Modern Haiku, for Issue 45:1. The website address for what is considered to be the best periodical devoted to the haiku genre in North America is: http://www.modernhaiku.org.
09-01-13 - "Ode to Russian Kale" is published in Many Hands. The link is: http://manyhands.com.
08-29-13 - Editors Wolfgang Gorstchacher and Andreas Schachermayr accept the poems "Asking" and "The Dante Alighieri Summer Paradiso al Fresco" for their international journal Poetry Salzburg Review, published in the Department of English and American Studies at the University of Salzburg in Austria. The poems will appear in Issue No. 25, Spring 2014. The link to their website is: www.poetrysalzburg.com/psr.
07-21-13 - Paul Miller, who has recently been passed the reigns as Editor of Modern Haiku, accepts “unaware of nobility” and “stillness after the rain” for issue 44:3. Their link is: http://www.modernhaiku.org.
07-09-13 - M. E. Silverman, Editor of Blue Lyra Review, accepts "Dinner with Camus" for publication in February 2014. The website address is: https://www.facebook,com/BlueLyraReview.
06-20-13 - A score composed by electroacoustic composer Elainie Lillios, based on "The Rush of the Brook Stills the Mind," a poem collected in Huang Po and the Dimensions of Love, is performed by percussionist Scott Deal in Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. It is only one of several venues across the country where the composition is scheduled to be performed. Elainie Lillios is Professor of Composition at Bowling Green State University.
06-01-13 - Velocity, a collection of sixty-eight poems, is published as a trade paperback by Virtual Artists Collective, of Chicago, Illinois, with a cover design fashioned by Regina Schroeder, multi-talented artist of the book. The link for Virtual Artists Collective specific to the new book is: http://vacpoetry.org/velocity/.
06-01-13 - "Incident at Eel River" is published in Many Hands.
05-26-13 - The ever-lovely Patricia Mottola, Editor of Connecticut River Review, accepts "Visitation" for their annual issue for next year, due in the autumn of 2014. In addition, the review of Michael Miller's accomplished collection of poetry, Darkening the Grass, has been accepted for publication in the 2013 issue of the journal, due in the autumn of 2013. The website address for this journal that also serves as the mouthpiece for the Connecticut Poetry Society is: http://ct-poetry-society.org/publications.htm.
05-08-13 - The editors of Third Wednesday accept the poem "Sunshower" for publication in an upcoming issue.
04-30-12 - John Barlow, Editor and Publisher of Snapshot Press, in Ormskirk, U.K., at http://www.snapshotpress.co.uk, announces that the manuscript, re-titled as The Windbreak Pine, has been selected as the winning entry in the 2013 Snapshot Press Book Awards, and that the manuscript will be published by the press as a full-length book. The publication date is scheduled for November 2013.
04-26-13 - Read "In the Shade of a Cave," a poem written for Robert "Bob" Winne, a close friend of the poet. The event unfortunately fell on the occasion of his 60th birthday anniversary. Bob passed from this life on Monday, April 22nd, at the age of 87. The poem was read by the poet at the bequest of the Winne family, and most specifically his wife, Pat Holland, at a gravesite service at 1:00 p.m. in Wildwood Cemetery in Amherst, Massachusetts. The poem was written last April, in 2012, and previously published, earlier in the year, by Empirical Magazine, and is included in the currently unpublished book-length manuscript, Dinner with Camus, that is being circulated by the poet, who is actively engaged in the process of finding a publisher for it.
04-25-13 - Read with Brad Davis, Editor of Sunken Garden Poetry, 1992-2011, and fellow contributor Jeffery Harrison, at Southbridge Public Library in Southbridge, Massachusetts, in support of the anthology published by Wesleyan University Press. The event was hosted by Margaret Morrissey, the Library Director, who was charming and solicitous.
04-18-13 - Tara Grover Smith, Publisher of Empirical Magazine, accepts "Dream of Judita Vaiciunaite," "The Snake," and "The Young Woman" for publication of forthcoming issues of this national journal of politics and the arts in 2014. Their website address is: www.empiricalmagazine.com.
04-17-13 - Jake's Restaurant, in Northampton, Massachusetts (next to the Calvin Theatre on King Street), selects "Ode to the Omelette" to display for the last two weeks of April, National Poetry Month, in conjunction with Northampton Poet Laureate Rich Michelson's proactive poetry project of local restaurants displaying the work of area writers. The link for Jake's Restaurant is: www.jakesnorthampton.com/menu. They advertise having "Great food, cozy atmosphere, local and organic ingredients -- no pretense or compromise. Open 7 Days a Week • 7am-3pm."
04-16-13 - Read with Steve Schroeder, poet and Director of Virtual Artists Collective (VAC), at Sacred Heart University, in Fairfield, Connecticut, and co-taught an advanced poetry/creative writing class at the school. The reading and the Q & A session, held in the Ryan Matura Library, was filmed for the purpose of inclusion in the library archives, and the event was quite well-attended, with some fifty students and faculty. The event was hosted and organized by poet, translator, and poetry and creative writing instructor, Jonas Zdanys, whose graciousness and erudition set a gold standard.
04-12-13 - Monique Berry, Editor of the Canadian journal, Halcyon, accepts the haiku "glimmer of the heron's stillness . . ." for the spring issue of the publication and the poem "Apples" for the autumn issue.
04-11-13 - Susan Swartwout, Editor of the long-distinguished Southeast-Missouri State University Press publication, The Cape Rock, one of the most established college or university-affiliated journals in the United States, accepts "In Memory of Jack Gilbert" for their Fall/Winter 2013 issue.
04-07-13 - Parkman Howe, Poetry Editor of Appalachia, the mouthpiece of the Appalachian Mountain Club, announces that he and Chris Woodside, the Editor-in-Chief Chair of this publication, America's Longest-Running Journal of Mountaineering & Conservation, have accepted the two-page poem entitled "Vixen" for their December 2013 issue. My dear fox will enjoy the forests and meadows of this journal's pages to roam and prosper in.
04-06-13 - Managing Editor, Beatrice Lazarus, invites Wally Swist to read as a Guest Poet at the New England Poetry and Art Gala to be held on June 6, from 6:00 -9:00 p.m., at the historic Providence Public Library. The evening of poetry, art, and music will honor the contributors of The Loft Anthology: New Poetry and Art. (Foreword and Introduction written by Mairead Byrne, professor of poetry at RISD, and Barbara K. Fisher, author of Museum Meditations: Reframing Ekphrasis in Contemporary American Poetry.). Websites for this forthcoming anthology include: http://www.theloftanthology.com and http://www.thepoetryloft.org.
04-04-13 - Maurice Oliver, former Editor of Eye Socket Journal, accepts "Great Blue," "Moving the Woodpile," and "Whitetails" for an audio anthology, his new monthly online publication, that will air on the first of each month, Lip-Service Journal. The website for this new audio journal is: http://lipservicejournal.tumblr.com/. It is already up and running. Take a listen!
04-01-13 - Jon Barlow, Editor and Publisher of Snapshot Press of the U.K. announces the adjudication of The 2014 Haiku Calendar competition, of which the following haiku were selected as runners-up for the months of January, May, and June, respectively: "heavy winter rain," "dusk along the ridge," and "soaking June rain."
03-25-13 - Max Verhart, Editor and Publisher of Whirligig, an international journal of haiku published in the original Dutch and translated into English, that is located in the Netherlands, announces that the spring issue of the journal will feature the work of Wally Swist, by invitation, including a brief biography and several haiku that will appear in the issue in both Dutch and English, of which Max Verhart will be translating into Dutch.
03-22-13 - Jim and Jean Anton, editors of Muse Press, accept three poems for their forthcoming multimedia anthology, Bliss: "Cinnamon and Honey," "For Walt Whitman," and "Satori." There also may be a print edition of the anthology published.
03-08-13 - Invited to read and sign at AWP Boston by Jon Tribble, Series Editor of the Crab Orchard Series Open Poetry Competition and Crab Orchard Review, with Southern Illinois University Press authors and colleagues Cynthia Huntington, Moira Linehan, and Tyler Mills.
03-01-13 - "Satori" is published in Many Hands.
02-15-13 - Jill Hoffman, Editor of Mudfish, accepts "Left Unsaid" for the forthcoming issue of this seminal magazine, due sometime in 2013.
01-30-13 - Isabel Howe, Executive Director of The Authors League Fund, of New York City, announces that this distinguished literary funding agency awards Wally Swist a second grant of financial assistance, of which the recipient is nothing less than immensely appreciative and grateful. The funds will provide the means of support from the mid-winter to the early spring.
01-16-13 - Read at Boswell's Books in Shelburne Falls, MA.
01-05-13 - Steve Schroeder, Director of Virtual Artists Collective (VAC), of Chicago, IL, accepts Velocity, a full-length manuscript of sixty-six poems for publication by the press in 2013.
01-05-13 - Publisher Tara Grover Smith accepts "Homage to Ed Ricketts" and "Mink" for the March and May 2013 issues, respectively, of Empirical Magazine.
01-02-13 - The editors of The Loft Anthology: New England Poetry and Art accept "Nymphs and Satyr" for publication sometime in 2013.
12-16-12 - Publisher Tara Grover Smith accepts "In the Shade of a Cave" for the February 2013 issue of "Empirical Magazine." The February
issue of this new national publication, with a focus of qualitative liteary content complimented with current events, will be on the
magazine stands by the 29th of January 2013. The Facebook page for "Empirical Magazine" is:
12-01-12 - "Natal Chart and Transits" is published in Many Hands. The web address is: www.manyhands.com.
11-30-12 - Karen Wilson, Managing Editor of Blueline, the literary journal affiliated with SUNY Potsdam, accepts the final version
of "Blue Chicory" for publication in their spring 2013 issue. The web address for this reputable literary magazine is: www.pw.org/content/blueline.
11-20-12 - Parkman Howe, longtime Editor of Appalachia, the publishing arm of the Appalachian Mountain Club, has scheduled the poem "Wild Falling," originally entitled "Incandescence," for publication in the December 2013 issue of perhaps what is the best mountaineering and wilderness journal in the country.
11-18-12 - The Editors of Noctua Review, the official journal of the English Department of Southern Connecticut State University, in New Haven, accepts "Rock and Meadow" for a future issue. Noctua Review just instituted being open to reading submissions from writers on a national basis. Previously, the journal had specifically acted as a mouthpiece for the SCSU graduate writing program.
11-10-12 - Susan Swartwout, Editor of The Cape Rock, from Southeast Missouri State University, in Cape Girardeau, Missouri,
accepts the poem, "Experiencing the Light," for an upcoming issue of this fine literary journal.
11-08-12 - A SENSE OF PLACE, with David Brule, John Currie, Bill Danielson & Wally Swist; Thursday, November 8, 7:00- 9:00 p.m.;
Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, Deerfield, Massachusetts.
In a celebration of the land, history, and life of the local towns of the Pioneer Valley, these four authors and performers participated in
an evening of songs, stories, and poetry, inspired by the natural world, past and present. The event was free of charge.
David Brule, teacher, linguist, time-traveler, a native of the Connecticut River Valley, with roots going back eleven generations, is a
storyteller who knows how to see what really exists in the bend of the river, and in the tracks in the woods. He read from his collection of
essays West Along the River.
John Currie, award-winning singer/songwriter, peformed songs that evoke a deeply lyrical and personal relationship with the Valley, the
surrounding hills, and its people. He presented songs from his CD What Are You Waiting For?
Bill Danielson, science teacher, professional nature writer and photographer, who has written over eight hundred newspaper columns about
the birds and natural life in our valley, read from his book of essays, Speaking of Nature.
Wally Swist, award-winning poet and essayist, read from his latest collection of poetry published from Southern Illinois University Press, Huang Po and the Dimensions of Love, and from his new full-length manuscript, Dinner with Camus. His focus of the reading was to offer several poems regarding animals and birds that either reside in the Pioneer Valley or that are seen in the flyway above it, such as mink and vixen, snow geese and great blue heron.
10-22-12 through 10-26-12 - Participated in the Devil's Kitchen Literary Festival in Carbondale, IL. As a Visiting Writer, I was
graciously invited to teach an undergraduate poetry class; to give a public reading in the library auditorium, with Whiting Award-winning fiction writer and novelist Scott Blackwood; and along with three rather fine nationally-acclaimed poets, including Katie Chaple, Daniel Nathan Terry, and Marcus Wicker--actively engaged in discussion with students and faculty on a poetry panel.
10-17-12 - Poets Michael Miller and Wally Swist read their poems at the launcing for their new books, the former's Darkening the Grass, and the latter's Huang Po and the Dimensions of Love, at the Broadside Bookshop in Northampton, Massachusetts to an attentive and appreciative audience. The folding chairs were filled with attendees and even some folks, who came in after the reading had begun, had to find a spot to sit on the floor.
10-17-12 - Brad Davis, Editor of Theodate, the online journal of the Hill-Stead Museum, in Farmington, Connecticut, that was
originally designed and built by Theodate Pope Riddle, a survivor of the Titanic, among other events, accecpts "Blue Chicory" for publication.
10-14-12 - The Best Seller List generated by the Poetry Foundation, for the week of October 14, 2012, lists Huang Po and the Dimensions of Love, published by Southern Illinois University Press, as being tied, among several other titles, for number 23 on a list of 30-plus books of contemporary poetry.
10-06-12 - "My Death," a poem collected in Huang Po and the Dimensions of Love, and published by Southern Illinois University Press, is featured on Verse Daily.
09-28-12 - Mark Sickman, Editor of Baseball Bard, accepts "Nine Innings," a new poem written in September 2012, for publication in his lively online poetry journal dedicated to the art of poetry and the sport of baseball.
09-20-12 - Taught in Mrs. MaryAnne Deer's 8th grade classses at Putney Central School in conjunction with an electroacoustical
performance of the ensemble Due East, whose members include percussionist Greg Beyer and flutist Erin Lesser. The performance at a school-wide assembly included the composition entitled "Fireflies," composed by Elainie Lillios, Assistant Profesor of Music at Bowling Green University, who also introduced the composition, that is based on the haiku, "dense with fireflies/ the field flickers/ through the fog." The project is affiliated with The Yellow Barn Music Center in Putney, Vermont. There will be two more meetings, in conjunction with this specific project, at Putnery Central School, in December 2012 and April 2013, of Due East, composer Elainie Lillios, and myself, with the augering of more projects and performances to take place in the future.
09-17-12 - Diane Boller, of Poetry Daily, announces that "Huang Po and the Dimensions of Love," the title poem of the book
recently published by Southern Illinois University Press, has been honored in being selected as the feature poem on Tuesday, September
09-01-12 - "Practicing Mindfulness" is published in Many Hands. The web address is: www.manyhands.com.
08-22-12 - "New Haven," a poem dedicated to the late Leo Connellan, the second Poet Laureate of the State of Connecticut, is published in
the final issue of Puckerbrush Review, at least the last issue under the inspired editorship and literary guidannce of Sandy Phippen, a
soon-to-be Professor Emeritus in the English Department at University of Maine, Orono. The poem was taken for publication for this issue
right before it went to the printer, as it was emailed to the editor in the spirit of felicity and not an official submission, per se. The work itself is written, with short poems assembled in six sections, in honor of Leo Connellan, especially his well-known book-length poem, Crossing America. The author knew Leo from the mid-1970s until the late poet's death in 2001.
08-04-12 - Parkman Howe, Poetry Editor of Appalachia accepts a revised and finished version of "Black-eyed Susan" for publication in the June 2013 issue of the journal, which is the mouthpiece for the Appalachian Mountain Club.
07-13-12 - Jim Kacian, Editor of the forthcoming anthology Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years, forthcoming from W. W. Norton & Company in early 2013, announces that 6 haiku by Wally Swist will be included in the publication. They include: "dewy morning," "heat lightning," "walking farther into it," "deep bend of the brook," "mourning dove," and "shadow after shadow." Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years is a volume that is expected to serve as the definitive anthology of English-language haiku for many years to come. As Kacian writes in his letter of invitation to publish: "Haiku in English will be published by W. W. Norton & Company in the early part of 2013, and inclusion in this collection puts you in very distinguished company, 190 poets and nearly 800 poems from the early 20th century to the present. The book is a result of more than 8 years of work and consideration of hundreds of thousands of poems, and will appear in time to celebrate the centennial of the first great haiku written in English, Ezra Pound’s “In a Station of the Metro,” as well as the 50th anniversary of the founding of the first journal dedicated to haiku in English, American Haiku." Allan Burns and Phillip Rowland are Co-Editors for the anthology. Former US Poet Laureate Billy Collins has provided the introduction to the volume.
07-06-12 - "The Stone" is accepted for publication by Lisa Mangini, Editor of Paper Nautilus. The poem will appear in the autumn issue of the journal. The address for its website is: www.readpapernautilus.wordpress.com/about/.
06-25-12 - "Dream of Judita Vaiciunaite," a new poem, is believed to be scheduled for publication--in Lithuanian--in Literature ir menas, which is the major weekly literary and cultural journal in that country. It is also the official weekly publication of the Lithuanian
Writers Union. The poem is being translated by Kornelijus Platelis, a former Poet Laureate of Lithuania. The website for Literature ir menas is: http://www.culture.lt/lmenas/. The late Judita Vaiciunaite (1937-2001) is considered as one of pioneering women poets of the 20th and early 21st centuries, whose lyric poems have been translated by Jonas Zdanys in his book Five Lithuanian Women Poets, (VAGA Publications: Vilnius, Lithuania, 2002). The poem, "Dream of Judita Vaiciuunaite" is dedicated to Jonas Zdanys.
06-25-12 - Jasmine Davey, Writers' Fund Coordinator of PEN American Center of New York City, announces that the Wrirters' Fund Committee of PEN American Center has approved a grant for funding. The website address for this eminent "association of writers and editors working to advance literature to defend free expression, and to foster international literary fellowship" is: www.pen.org/.
06-25-12 - Patricia Mottola, Editor of Connecticut River Review, a national literary journal and the official publication of the Connecticut Poetry Society, accepts a review of The Kingfisher's Reign, a book of 80 prose poems by Jonas Zdanys, published by Virtual Artitsts Collective in 2012. The review is scheduled for publication in the forthcoming issue of CCR. Their website address is: www.ct-poetry-society.org/publications.htm.
06-22-12 - Steven Schoeder, Editor of Virtual Artists Collective, of Chicago, Illinois, announces the publication of Winding Paths Worn through Grass. The official publication date is set as July 6th, 2012, with the major online booksellers, such as Barnes & Noble, announcing their carrying copies of the book within a matter of days. The book collects 65 poems, and paginates at 80pp. The link for Virtual Artists Collective is: http://vacpoetry.org.
06-20-12 - Mark Sickman, Editor of Baseball Bard, an online literary magazine, accepts "Conceit," a poem written in the spirit of
and in honor of the influential San Franciso poet Jack Spicer. The poem was immediately publishhed online. The link to their poetry inspired
by baseball is: www.baseballbard.com/.
06-12-12 - Jon Tribble, Co-editor of Crab Orchard Reviewaccepts "Black-eyed Susan" for a special issue of this journal, and is
slated to appear in Volume 17, Number 2, entitled "Due North." The issue is scheduled to appear in September 2012. The link to this
frontline national literary journal is: title="www.craborchardreview.siu.edu/">www.craborchardreview.siu.edu/.
06-07-12 - Marie Gauthier, Director of the Collected Poets Series, invited Wally Swist to read with Alexandria Peary on Thursday, 7 June
2012 at 7:00 p.m. at Mocha Maya's Coffeehouse at 47 Main Street in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts. For more information regarding the
series itself, and the history of the series, please do reference the Collected Poets Series website at www.collectedpoets.com or
06-04-12 - With yet even more immense gratitude, as with the award from Poets in Need of a Philip Whalen Memorial Grant, mention is made here that Isabel Howe, Executive Director of The Author's League Fund, of New York City, announces they are making an award of financial aid. The assistance is provided by The Emergency Relief Program of the Authors Guild Foundation, Inc., which was first established by The Author's League of America, Inc., in 1917. The website address for this humanitarian and literary organization is:
06-03-12 - Lee Hope, Editor-in-Chief of Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices, announces that the poetry editors of the journal "have accepted with enthusiasm" the poem "The Hinge of the Year" for the Fall/Winter 2012 issue. One of the best online literary journals, at least in this author's critical appraisal, it is highly recommended that reference should be made to both current and back issues at: www.solsticelitmag.org.
06-02-12 - Naomi Mahala Farr, Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Adventum Magazine, accepts two haiku for publication in this fine online and print journal. The journal offers mostly first rate non-fiction wilderness writing; however, the editors do publish poetry, yet only haiku poetry. One of the haiku accepted is dedicated to haiku poet Allan Burns, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, "mist lifts above the marsh--," with the other being entitled "buttercupped by sun--." They will both appear in Issue III, due in July 2012. Their website espouses that Adventum is a publication that "welcomes the finest contemporary outdoor adventure writing from new and established writers. It also accepts seasonal haiku and high quality digital photography." The link for "Adventum" is: www.adventummagazine.com/.
06-01-12 - 03-01-12 - "Ode to the Mockingbird" is published in Many Hands. The website address is: www.manyhands.com.
05-25-12 - With immense gratitude, mention here must be made of the organization Poets in Need, of Berkeley, California, for awarding a
Philip Whalen Memorial Grant to me. I thank all the members of the Board of Directors, and to Lyn Hejinian, Treasurer, for this timely financial support that is nothing less than beneficent, and of which nothing less than full appreciation is offered in return for this financial support.
05-21-12 - Jenn MacCormack, Editor of Written River: A Journal of Eco-Poetics, accepts "Blessing" and "Great Blue" for publication in their Summer 2012 issue. Their website address is: www.hiraethpress.com/written-river/.
05-15-12 - Janet Bowdan, Editor of Common Ground Review, the official literary journal of Western New England University in
Springfield, Massachusetts, accepts "Aubade" for their spring issue, due in May 2012. The website for the journal is: www.cgreview.org/.
05-12-12 - Robert S. King, Editor-in-Chief of FutureCycle Press, announces that he and, anthology Co-editor, David Chorlton accept "The
City of Nails" and "Outside the Box" for their forthcoming anthology, American Society: What Poets See, due in August 2012. This anthology proves to be a perspicacious and powerful testament of current politcal and sociological trends in America by poets of national distinction. The website address for FutureCycle Press is: www.futurecycle.org/.
05-10-12 - The Daily Hampshire Gazette reprints the article, "Wally Swist's World," that originally appeared in its sister newspaper, The Amherst Bulletin, in February 2012. The article, written by veteran staff writer Steve Pfarrer, includes updated information that the earlier article did not contain, most saliently the news of current and forthcoming publications. The website address is: www.gazettenet.com/amherstbulletin.
05-06-12 - Steven Schroeder announces that the Editorial Board of Virtual Artists Collective, of Chicago, Illinois, has accepted Winding Paths Worn through Grass, a collection of over 60 poems, for publication by the press. The Editorial Board of Virtual Artists Collective is composed of a group of practicing artists, musicians, and writers of aesthetic and literary achievement based in Chicago, and across the United States, as well as abroad, including co-founder Steven Schroeder, who teaches philosophy at the University of Chicago. Their website is: http://vacpoetry.org. Winding Paths Worn through Grass, which primarily contains nature poems that celebrate the fauna and flora of New England, is scheduled for publication in early 2013.
04-26-12 - Jason Brown, producer of Berkshire Media Arts, also known as 'Audio for the Refined Ear,' releases an audiobook of poet Wally
Swist reading 65 poems largely regarding the fauna and flora of New England. Open Meadow: Odes to Nature, a 79-minute recording is also distinct in that it contains nearly a dozen poems which are accompanied with the musical compositions of Claude Debussy, Gabriel
Faure, and Ralph Vaughn Williams. The music was performed by Sarah Edelstein at BMA Studios. The website for Berkshire Media Arts (BMA) is: www.bmaaudio.com/.
04-19-12 - The editors of Riverrun, the literary journal of Quincy University, of Quincy, Illinoiis, accept "Winter Dawn" for
publication in their spring 2012 issue.
04-18-12 - Fine printer Regina Schroeder, of Timberline Press, located in Charlestown, Massachusetts, publishes a letterpress limited
edition broadside of the poem "Tone Poem for Summer Solstice." The broadside, reminiscent of the lush letterpress work of Walter Hamady,
whose Perishable Press imprint is well-known by bibliophiles and fine press connoisseurs, is published in a press run of 1 of 25 numbered
copies on handmade paper, at $30 each; and a trade edition of 1 of 95 numbered copies on commercial paper, at $5 each.
04-01-12 - John Barlow, editor of Snapshot Press, the most salient publisher of haiku in the United Kingdom, and certainly one of the
most significant haiku publishers of quality worldwide, has selected "brilliant morning" as the winner for the month of February in The Haiku
Calendar Competition 2012.p>
03-18-12 - Andrew McGowan, President of the William Butler Yeats Society of New York City, announces that the poem "The Grace of It" was awarded second prize by the 2012 judge, Bill Zavatsky. The poem since its being entered into the contest has been retitled as "Velocity," and this finished version will be published in the W. B. Yeats Society of New York City newsletter announcing this year's winners. A check for
$250, a certificate, and a two-year honorary membership in the society will be presented at a ceremony at the Barnes & Noble located at
Union Square, 33 East 17 Street in New York City Monday, April 2, beginning at 6:30 p.m. That will be followed by a dinner at the National
Arts Club, at which the judge, the 1st and 2nd prize winners, and the three honorable mention designees will be guests of the society. The
link for the W. B. Yeats Society is: www.yeatssociety.org/.
03-12-12 - Wendy Galgan, editor of Assisi: An Online Journal, accepts "The Other Side of the Glass" for the Fall 2011/Spring 2012 issue, due at the end of March. Their website is: www.sfc.edu/academics/Publications/assisi.
03-05-12 - "The Hinge of the Year" is accepted for publication by the editors of Wisconsin Review. The poem is scheduled to appear in Volume 46, Issue 2 of this journal of national repute. Their website is: www.uwosh.edu/wisconsinreview.
03-01-12 - "Dream of a Holy City" is published in Many Hands. The illustrations, sometimes photographs and sometimes art work, as the latter is in this case, that accompany the poems published in "Many Hands," are absolutely exquisite, but none moreso than in the current issue. The brown overlay of this poem against a backdrop of brown and silver mountain ridges, with the typeface of the poem in a white reversal against these alluring earth tones of the horizon, designed by Lucy Pickett, of "The Daily Hampshire Gazette," makes the entire page frameable within itself. Ms. Pickett has been providing aesthetic accompaniment to the poems over the last six years now, but this time
she truly outdid all of her previous efforts. In such a rewarding fashion she augments the poetic experience for each reader. The website
address is: www.manyhands.com.
02-25-12 - Jason Barber, editor of Buddhist Poetry Review, accepts the poem "Satori" for publication in the September 2012 issue of this online journal. Their link is: www.buddhistpoetryreview.com/.
02-03-12 - Well-respected journalist Steve Pfarrer publishes a feature article in the Friday, February 3, 2012 (Vol. 46, No. 11) issue
of the Amherst Bulletin, entitled "A Visit to Wally Swist's World: Award-winning poet inspired by nature, spirituality." The website address is: www.gazettenet.com/amherstbulletin.
02-02-12 - Vivian Shipley, Co-Editor of Connecticut Review, accepts "A Man Walks with You," 'a poem after Pablo Neruda,' for a
future issue of this frontline literary journal. Their website address is: www.ct.edu/ctreview/.
01-28-12 - The Ashland Poetry Press, located at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio, announces that the book-length manuscript, My Friends, the Bees, was selected as one of seven finalists in the 2011 competition, out of a field of four hundred eight manuscripts submitted. This is the third time that a manuscript of mine has been selected as a finalist in this compettion, with the other finalist distinctions coming from a completely different manuscript.
01-09-12 - New Issues Press announces that Gratitude: New and Selected Poems is selected as a finalist for the 2012 Green Rose Prize. Although the manuscript was not chosen as the winner of this year's prize, it is of notable distinction to have a manuscript selected as a finalist in the competition. New Issues Press is affiliated with Western Michigan University, located in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
01-07-12 - Jason Barber, editor of Buddhist Poetry Review, accepts three more poems. "For the Dance" (a poem written for the late Canadian poet anne mckay), "Spring Letter to a Friend," and "Practicing Mindfulness" will be published in the March 2012 issue of this online journal. Their link is: www.buddhistpoetryreview.com/.
12-15-11 - Sandy Phippen, Editor of "Puckerbrush Review," now the official University of Maine, Orono literary magazine, accepts "The
Grace of It" for publication in the forthcoming winter issue of this longstanding small press publication, founded by the late Constance
Hunting in the late 1960s with the monetary assistance from proceeds from her own first book of poems that appeared under the Scribner
12-01-11 - "Franklin Merrell-Wolff" is published in "Many Hands." Their website address is: www.manyhands.com.
11-28-11 - "a cricket's rasp" and "snow tunnel" were accepted for publication in "The 2012 Haiku Calendar," published by John Barlow's
Snapshot Press in the U.K. http://www.snapshotpress.co.uk/calendars/the_haiku_calendar/2012.htm and at http://www.snapshotpress.co.uk/contests/thcc/results.htm.
11-16-11 - Matthew Clark, an art student of master printer Jim Lee at the University of Hartford, announces that he will be desinging and
printing a limited edition letterpress broadside of the poem "The Other Side of the Glass."
11-16-11 - The Editors of FutureCycle Press nominate the poem "Recogition" for a Pushcart Prize. "Recognition" was initially published online by FutureCycle and will also appear in their annual print anthology, due in November 2011. The link for FutureCycle Press is:
11-15-11 - Jason Barber, editor of "Buddhist Poetry Review," accepts "Gyoto Monks" and "Winter Dawn" for publication in the December 2011 issue of this online journal. Their link is: www.buddhistpoetryreview.com/.
11-10-11 - Although there has not been any offical announcement made as of yet, after an invitation, and initial discussion, Berkshire Media Arts (BMA), out of Great Barrington, Massachusetts, will be recording an audio book of the poetry of Wally Swist, largely of his nature poems, for national distribution. The link to BMA, "Listening for the Refined Ear," is: www.bmaaudio.com/.
11-08-11 - Naomi Judd, the editor of "Adventum," a new online and print literary journal, accepts "the frosted spirals" for publication in
issue II. Their website espouses that "Adventum" is a publication that "welcomes the finest contemporary outdoor adventure writing from new and established writers. It also accepts seasonal haiku and high quality digital photography." The link for "Adventum" is:
10-27-11 - Janet Bowdan, Editor of "Common Ground Review," accepts the poem "The Bernard Malamud Lock, Stock, and Magic Barrel" for the Fall/Winter Issue of the journal, due in November. www.cgreview.org/.
10-07-11 - John Hoppenthaler, Poetry Editor of "Connotation Press: An Online Archive," A Poetry Congeries, invited Wally Swist to submit
work, of which two poems were accepted for publication, "Cinnamon and Honey" and "Nymphs and Satyr," in their forthcoming issue in November or December 2011. http://connotationpress.com/.
09-01-11 - "Cinnamon and Honey" is published in "Many Hands." Their website address is: www.manyhands.com.
08-26-11 - "Guardian Angel" is selected for inclusion in the print edition of the 20th anniversary celebration anthology of the Sunken
Garden Poetry Festival. The volume will be published by Wesleyan University Press, and be made available in June 2012 at the opening of
the Festival's 21st year. Three other poems from the August 2003 solo reading Wally Swist gave in the Sunken Garden will be made available on
the Festival website, including "Heron," "The Red Fox," and "Great Blue."
08-11-11 - "A Field of Sunflowers" is accepted for publication in "Wild River Review," whom the editors of "Utne Reader" named as "one of
the great online magazines.” Two of their links include: www.wildriverreview.com/ and www.wildriverreview.com/contributors.
07-24-11 - Carolyn Hall, editor of "Acorn," accepts "the deepening blush" for publication in the journal's autumn 2011 issue.
07-17-11 - "Pole Star" is accepted for publication in "Theodate."
06-29-11 - Brad Davis, Editor of "Theodate," a journal honoring the founder of the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, CT, as well as honoring the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, announces that Wesleyan University Press will be publishing an anthology to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Festival in the summer of 2012. Four poems will be posted by each poet who read in the series on the Festival website, with one poem from each author to appear in the printed anthology itself. Some of the poets who have read in the Sunken Gardern Poetry Festival, and who will be published in the anthology, include Billy Collins, Jane Hirschfield, Galway Kinnell, Yusef Komunyakaa, Maxine Kumin, Stanley Kunitz, Grace Paley, Sonya Sanchez, Richard Wilbur, and far too many writers to mention in this brief note, including Wally Swist. The link for the Hill-Stead Museum and the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival is: www.hillstead.org/activities/poetry.html.
06-27-11 - Editors Robert S. King and Diane Kistner accept "Recognition" for the forthcoming issue of "FutureCycle Poetry." Their
website is: www.futurecycle.org.
06-21-11 - Paulette Licitra, Editor of "Alimentum: The Literature of Food," accepts "The Lawrence Durrell 'Alexandria Quartet' Mediterranean Cold Plate Special" for publication in a future issue. Do reference this journal's website at:
www.alimentumjournal.com. This publication is recommended reading for anyone who places a significant value on either food or literature. Ditto for both.
06-01-11 - "Tone Poem for Solstice" published in "Many Hands." The poem is "after Robert Francis," who invented the form of the tone poem in American poetry, in which common nouns are laid like dry stone masonry throughout the poem to create a tonal effect regarding a single theme. See, for example, the poem by Robert Francis, entitled "Blue." Do see the "Many Hands" website at: www.manyhands.com.
05-09-11 - Naomi Judd, the editor of "Adventum," a new online literary journal, accepts "the dry wind simmers--" for publication in
their inaugural issue, due on July 1, 2011. Their website espouses that "Adventum" is a publication that "welcomes the finest contemporary
outdoor adventure writing from new and established writers. It also accepts seasonal haiku and high quality digital photography." The link
for "Adventum" is: www.adventummagazine.com/.
04-30-11 - Elainie Lillios, musician, composer, and Assistant Professor of Music at Bowling Green University, in Indiana, will
premiere her new piece "November Twilight," based on a haiku of Wally Swist's, for trumpet and live, interactive electroacoustics, at the
University of Oregon on April 30.
04-14-11 - Steven Schroeder, Editor of the Virtual Artist's Collective (VAC) and the new Co-Editor of Timberline Press, of Chicago,
Illinois, with his daughter, Regina Schroeder, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, has accepted a chapbook manuscript of twenty-four poems,
"Blessing and Homage," to be published by the press in a letterpress limited edition.
04-12-11 - Larry O'Brien, Editor of "Common Ground Review," accepts "Chinese Paper Lanterns," for publication in the Spring/Summer 2011 issue of the journal, that is published through Western New England College in Springfield, Massachusetts.
04-06-11 - Steven Schroeder, Editor of Virtual Artists Collective (VAC), of Chicago, and Timberline Press (the transition was recently
made from Timberline Press Founder, Clarence Wolfshohl to Steven Schroeder), has invited Wally Swist to read at the University of
Massachusetts, Boston on Wednesday, December 7th, 2011, at 1 p.m., as a co-reader, or co-presenter, along with Steve; Regina Schoeder, a member of The Boston Paper Collective; and Jonas Zdanys, a Connecticut poet. Regina Schoeder will deliver a short presentation/demonstration on paper making and printing (perhaps with one of her colleagues at the Boston Paper Collective), and the others will read their work for a period of fifteen to twenty minutes a piece.
03-24-11 - George Swede, Editor of "Frogpond," accepts "first morning of summer" for Volume 34, Number 2, the Spring-Summer Issue of the journal.
03-16-11 - After an official announcement has been mailed to the participants, it is now prudent to put up this news here on the website
that Yusef Komunyakaa selected the manuscript "Huang Po and the Dimensions of Love" as co-winner in the Crab Orchard Series Open Poetry
Competition, and that Southern Illinois University Press will publish the book in the spring of 2012.
03-16-11 - Seth Jani, editor of "EarthSpeak," accepts "Dream of a Holy City" and "The Pendulum" for the winter issue of this online
journal, due to be published at the end of March. http://www.earthspeakmagazine.com/issue6.htm.
03-14-11 - "March Wind" is published in the anthology, "Solace in So Many Words" (Glenview, IL: Hourglass Books/Weighed Words), edited by Ellen Wade Beals. The link for this important and fine anthology, that features work from such poets and writers as Antler, Ellen Bass, T. C.
Boyle, and Philip Levine, is: www.solaceinabook.com.
03-14-11 - WMUA Radio Host Daisy Mathias invites Wally Swist to read poems on "Poetry a la Carte" from a variety of sources, including newly finished poems; from his recent book "Luminous Dream," a finalist in the 2010 FutureCycle Poetry Book Prize; and from a forthcoming collection. WMUA is the student and community radio station of UMass, Amherst, also serving the Five College Community and beyond, located at 91.1 FM. The program had the distinction, this specific Monday, of running for a full hour, whereas, normally it would have only been a half hour program. This was due to the serendipity of some last minute scheduling changes at the station, which resulted in the felicity of doubling the time for reading and discussion.
03-10-11 - Julie Ann, the editor of "The Guidebook," out of Oxford, MS, conducts an hour-long telephone interview with Wally Swist for the purposes of publishing it online in conjunction with the inaugural issue of the printed journal, due in the spring. The link is:
03-04-11 - Maurice Oliver, editor of "Concelebratory Shoehorn Review," now newly titled as "Eye Socket Journal," an online journal
based in Portland, OR, accepts four poems, upon invitation to Wally Swist to be the featured poet in the May 2011 issue of the ESJ. The
poems accepted include "As We Slept," "Crushed Velvet Cranberry Gown," "Chinese Paper Lanterns, " and "The Pablo Neruda."
03-02-11 - "Blessing" and "To Go On" are published in "Blood and Honey Review," whose website is: http://bloodandhoneyreview.com/blessing.
03-01-11 - "Dogwood" published in "Many Hands." Do see the website at: www.manyhands.com.
02-28-11 - Carolyn Hall, editor of "Acorn," based in Santa Rosa, CA, accepts "toward sunset . . ." for her spring issue of the journal, due
in April. The piece, being a haiku, is dedicated to the late Peggy Willis Lyles, who is considered by some to be a modern haiku master.
02-23-11 - "Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices" accepts two poems, "All Men Want You" and "Because," for their Winter/Spring 2011
issue. The link is: www.solsticelitmag.org.
02-23-11 - Master printer Jim Lee, publisher of Blue Moon Press, issues the broadside, "Ode to Elizabeth Park," a poem by Wally Swist
that was oringially published in the inaugural issue of "Lady Jane's Miscellany," in their online edition. The broadside is lavishly enhanced by Jim Lee's woodblock prints: one of the Elizabeth Park rose arbors, to the left of the printed poem; and one of a single rose that appears beneath the text of the poem itself. The broadside is printed on Rives Heavyweight, with the woodblocks carved out of birch blocks cut by the printer, and printed in an edition of just fifty copies. The handset types are Gill Sans, Goudy Old Style, and Perpetua. Jim Lee took each of the broadsides through nine printings to achieve the nuances of color that makes this work a significant achievement in woodblock art and letterpress printing. The cost of the broadside is one hundred dollars ($100), and is available only through Blue Moon Press.
02-16-11 - Jill Chan, Editor of "Numinous: Spiritual Poetry," an online journal based in New Zealand, accepts the poem "The Pendulum" for
their January-March 2011 issue. The link for "Numinous: Spiritual Poetry" is: http://numinousmagazine.wordpress.com.
01-28-11 - Charles Trumbull, Editor of "Modern Haiku," accepts a four page-essay, estimated at just under 1,800 words, entitled "A
Reminiscence of Robert Spiess: The Tao of Compassion and a Level Gaze," for the summer 2011 issue of the journal, along with three recent haiku. In addition, six more haiku were accepted for the autumn 2011 issue that were much revised, in the autumn of 2010, from their original
publicaiton in "New Haven Poems" (Hamden, CT: Connecticut Fireside Press, 1977). Although the six haiku appeared in the volume cited, this
will be their initial publication in a journal, and especially one of note, such as "Modern Haiku."
01-15-11 - Liu Xiangyang, a noted translator in China, announces that he will translate a number of poems by Wally Swist into Chinese for
publication in the People's Republic in the spring of 2011.
01-01-11 - Seth Jani, the editor of the online journal "EarthSpeak," nominates "Backlit in a Wash of Light," that appeared in their inaugural
issue, for a Pushcart Prize, and possible inclusion in "The Pushcart Prizes: The Best of the Small Presses," which is published annually.
12-01-10 - "Destinations" published in "Many Hands."
11-30-10 - "Blessing" and "To Go On" are accepted for publication in the inaugural issue of "Blood and Honey Review," published by American University of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The journal is scheduled for publication in January 2011, and will appear both in online and print editions. The poems will appear in English, with Bosnian translations.
11-28-10 - "Montepulciano and Caravaggio," "Ode to February," "Summer Palette," and "Thistle Seed Starring the Air" are accepted for
publication in the inaugural issue of "The Guidebook," scheduled for its debut in spring 2011. The poems were chosen after the editor of the
journal, Julie Ann, made an invitiation to the author to submit work.
11-12-10 - "Dry Ledges" is accepeted for publication in "Slant," published out of the University of Central Arkansas, and scheduled for
the May 2011 issue.
11-01-10 - "For Walt Whitman," an early poem, originally from Swist's first published volume, "New Haven Poems" (Hamden, CT: Connecticut Fireside Press, 1977), is accepted for publication by master printer, Clarence Wolfshohl, publisher of Timberline Press (Fulton, MO), for the purpose of his issuing the poem from his press as a limited edition letterpress broadside. The poem, previously unpublished in a literary journal or magazine, was extensively revised, remolded, and revamped by Wally Swist at the end of October, and, ostensibly, this is the initial publication of this version of "For Walt Whitman," which is scheduled to appear sometime by the end of 2010.
10-07-10 - Wally Swist's new book of poetry, entitled "Luminous Dream," that was chosen as a Finalist in the 2010 FutureCycle Poetry
Book Prize, is honored by a book launching, sponsored by Booklink Booksellers, located in Thorne's Markeplace on Main Street in
Northampton, MA, on Thursday, 7 October, at 7:00 p.m.
10-04-10 - WMUA Radio Host Daisy Mathias invites Wally Swist to read poems on "Poetry a la Carte" from his recent book "Luminous Dream," a finalist in the 2010 FutureCycle Poetry Book Prize. WMUA is the student and community radio station of UMass, Amherst, also serving the University of Massachusetts, the Five College community, and the environs. It is located at 91.1 FM on the radio dial. Daisy Mathias has
hosted "Poetry a la Carte" on WMUA since 2006. Her focus has been to awaken area listeners to poetry from the English romantics to contemporary world literature. She has also been quite an avid proponent of writers who reside and write in the Pioneer Valley, and whose voices
and publications echo beyond its borders.
09-29-10 - Selected as one of twenty finalists (out of 374 entries) for the 2010 Richard Snyder Publication Prize (The Ashland Poetry Press)
for the full-length manuscript "Huang Po and the Dimensions of Love."
09-24-10 - "Luminous Dream" is nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry.
09-08-10 - "The Ascent" accepted for publication in the Fall/Winter 2010 issue of "Common Ground Review."
09-05-10 - Accepted an invitation offered by Robert S. King, Editor-in-Chief, to become an Associate Editor of FutureCycle Press.
09-01-10 - "Desire" published in "Many Hands."
08-12-10 - "Luminous Dream" is published by FutureCycle Press. The link for publication information on the FutureCycle Press webpage
regarding the book is: http://www.futurecycle.org/LuminousDream.aspx. The link for orders on CreateSpace is: https://www.createspace.com/3473004. Copies of "Luminous Dream" are also listed as being available for purchase on Amazon.com, as well as with other online booksellers. The book retails at $14.95.
07-30-10 - Native West Press, of Prescott, AZ, accepts "The Geese" for their forthcoming anthology, entitled What's Nature Got to Do with Me?: Staying Wildly Sane in a Mad World. The estimated publication date is October 2011.
06-27-10 - The book-length manuscript "Luminous Dream" is chosen as a finalist for the 2010 FutureCycle Poetry Book Prize. "Luminous Dream," a collection of fifty-one love poems, to be published by FutureCycle Press, is scheduled to be issued sometime over the course of the summer.
06-18-10 - "After Having Stacked the Cord the Day Before" and "The Language of Our Hands" are accepted for publication in the Summer 2010 issue of "River Poets Journal," due in September.
06-02-10 - Where the River Goes: The Nature Tradition in English-Language Haiku, forthcoming from Snapshot Press (Ormskirk, UK), possibly in November 2010, published by John Barlow and Edited by Allan Burns, who also has written the text for the volume, including the introductions to each of the forty poets represented in the book, is scheduled to include several haiku by Wally Swist.
06-01-10 - "Guardian Angel" published in "Many Hands."
05-25-10 - Elainie Lillios, Assistant Professor of Music (Composition), at Bowling Green State University, announces that the haiku, from The Silence Between Us: The Selected Haiku (Decatur, IL: Brooks Books, 2005), which also serves as the title for the collection, with the first line "illuminating" (page 103), the inspiration for a composition for English horn, bassoon, and electronics, entitled Fireflies, is scheduled to premiere on June 22, 2010 at Oklahoma University (Norman, OK) at the International Double Reed Society Conference, as well as to be performed at other venues. Please reference the website of Professor Lillios at http://www.elillios.com for further details.
04-01-10- SPD (Small Press Distribution), of Berkeley, CA, announces its "Top 100+ List of Best-Sellers of 20th Century Poetry" ("Bestselling Backstock") for April 2010 Poetry Month, of which The New Life (West Hartford, CT: Plinth Books, 1998) was listed as #33.
03-30-10 - John Barlow, editor and publisher of Snapshot Press (United Kingdom), announces the winners and runners-up whose work will
be included in the "2011 Haiku Calendar," which will be ready in July 2010. "mourning dove" will be the featured haiku for the month of April
2011 and "farther into it" was chosen as a runner-up to be published elsewhere in the caldendar. For any other queries please contact
Snapshot Press at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by post at: Snapshot Press, Orchard House, High Lane, Ormskirk, L40 7SL, UK.
02-18-10 - "Lady Jane's Miscellany," published by San Francisco Bay Press, accepts "Ode to Elizabeth Park" and "The Shower" for the online
extension of their inaugural edition.
02-15-10- "EarthSpeak" accepts poems by Wally Swist for both online publication and in an EBook edition for their March 2010 issue.
02-12-10 - "The Basilica Review" accepts "Backlit in a Wash of Light" for publication in the Spring/Summer 2010 issue.
02-02-10 - "Spiritus: A Journal of Christian Spirituality," published by The Johns Hopkins University Press, accepts "Leaving" for publication in the April 2010 issue.
01-26-10 - Three poems ("Bloodroot Open Before Trillium," "Sacred Fire," and "Take Two") accepted for publication in "Foliate Oak," a
journal issued from the University of Arkansas, Monticello.
01-17-10 - Screening of "In Praise of the Earth: The Poetry of Wally Swist" in the Distinguished Lecture Series, Lenox Library, Lenox,
Massachusetts, hosted by Jeremy Yudkin, followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Elizabeth Wilda and Wally Swist, and a reading of new and
recent work by Wally Swist.
12-20-09 - Editor Ellen Wade Beals announces the publication of the anthology, "Solace in So Many Words," to be issued by Hourglass Books sometime in 2010. The anthology will include a poem by Wally Swist, entitled "March Wind."
12-15-09 - "Double Rainbow" published in "FutureCycle Poetry" (Print Version) (Online Version: September 2009).
12-02-09 - "Rats in the Barn" and "To Psyche" accepted for Publication for the Winter issue (14.2) of "2River View."
12-01-09 - "Ode to Squash Soup" published in "Many Hands."
11-19-09 - Screening of "In Praise of the Earth: The Poetry of Wally Swist" at Wintonbury Library, Bloomfield, CT, followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Elizabeth Wilda and Wally Swist, and a reading of new and recent work by Wally Swist.
11-13-09 - Selected as one of ten finalists (out of 440 entries) for the 2009 Richard Snyder Publication Prize (The Ashland Poetry Press) for
the full-length manuscript "Huang Po and the Dimensions of Love."
11-12-09 - Publication of "The Friendship of Two New England Poets, Robert Frost and Robert Francis: A Lecture Presented at the Robert Frost Farm in Derry, New Hampshire," a scholarly monograph (Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2009, 88pp.).
11-01-09 - "My Friends, the Bees" published in "The Literary Bohemian" (esky Krumlov, Czech Republic).
10-24-09 - Screening of "In Praise of the Earth: The Poetry of Wally Swist" at Wistariahurst Museum, Holyoke, Massachusetts.
10-15-09 - "Gift" published in "The Light in Ordinary Things" (Berkeley: Fearless Books, 2009).
10-02-09 - Reading of the poem "Taking It Back with Me" at the 20th Anniversary of Western Massachusetts Recycling, sponsored by the
Massachusetts DEP, Springfield, Massachusetts. The reading opened the program that featured keynote speaker Senator Stan Roserberg, and was followed by speakers Congressman Richard Neal and Springfield Mayor Dominic Sarno.
09-01-09 - "Moving the Woodpile" published in "Many Hands."
08-09-09 - Solo Reading at the William Cullen Bryant Homestead, Cummington, Massachusetts, sponsored by The Trustees of Reservations (TTOR).
07-24-09 - "Kitchen Table" published in the column "Hear a Poet, There a Poet" in "The Daily Hampshire Gazette."
07-07-09 - "Poetry a la Carte" Live Broadcast Interview and Reading airs with Host Daisy Mathias on WMUA (91.1 FM).
06-30-09 - "Sharp-shinned Hawk" published in "Appalachia."
06-25-09 - (Thursday) Wally Swist reading selections from Mount Toby Poems 6 p.m. at Julia De Burgos Park in Willimantic, Connecticut (corner Jackson St. & Terry Ave.)
06-07-09 - A Canadian distributor of short biographical documentary and educational films will distribute In Praise of the Earth worldwide.
06-01-09 - "Hummingbird and Star" published in "Many Hands."
05-04-09 - The New Life makes Small Press Distribution's Poetry Best-sellers top 20 list.
04-26-09 - Benefit Screening of "In Praise of the Earth" for Clara Gardner at the Pleasant Street Theater, 27 Pleasant Street, Northampton,
Massachusetts, with Emmy nominee-filmmaker Elizabeth Wilda, at 6:00 p.m.
04-24-09 - "Mount Toby Poems" published by Timberline Press, of Fulton, Missouri, in a letterpress limited edition (35 pages, flat
spine, hand-sewn in wraps). Master fine printer Clarence Wolfshohl marks the closing of Timberline Press with the publication of this
volume after his prestigious thirty-four year publishing history.
04-20-09 - "The Tide" and "The Locomotive" published in "Lalitamba," Number. 3.
04-07-09 - Reading at the Hitchcock Center for the Environment at 7:00 p.m.
04-03-09 - Distinguished as a Finalist in the Summer Literary Seminars (SLS)-2009 Unified Fiction and Poetry Contest.
04-01-09 - "In Praise of the Earth: The Poetry of Wally Swist" (WildArts, 2008) is registered with and listed on IMBd (The Internet
03-27-09 - A selection of poems published in the 30th Anniversary Issue of "Puckerbrush Review."
03-25-09 - Reading and Screening at UConn Co-op Bookstore in Storrs, Connecticut at 4:00 p.m.
03-23-09 - "Cinnamon Sticks" accepted for publication in "Alimentum: The Literature of Food."
03-21-09 - "Queen Anne's Lace" published in "Ruminate: A Magazine of Faith in Literature and Art."
03-15-09 - "Finding the Names of the Wildflowers Gone Past" accepted for publication in "Angel Face."
03-09-09 - "Poetry a la Carte" Live Broadcast Interview and Reading airs with Host Daisy Mathias on WMUA (91.1 FM).
03-01-09 - "Huang Po and the Dimensions of Love" published in "Many Hands."
02-27-09 - A Reading by Poets Living in New England (Creative Session), Ballroom B, Hyatt Regency, 40th Anniversary Northeast Modern
Language Association (NeMLA) Convention in Boston from 4:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.
02-12-09 - Reading in Green Street Cafe Poetry Series, with Susan Gage Tyler, 64 Green Street, Northampton, Massachusetts at 7:00 p.m.
02-05-09 - First Amherst Screening of "In Praise of the Earth," with Emmy nominee-filmmaker Elizabeth Wilda, at the Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 525 South Pleasant Street at 7:00 p.m.
02-02-09 - "Writer's Voice" Broadcast Interview and Reading airs with Host Francesca Rheannon on WMUA (91.1 FM).
01-30-09 - "Snow Geese" published in "Appalachia."
12-01-08 - "Visiting Jack Gilbert at Fort Juniper" published in "Many Hands."
10-12-08 - Premiere Screening of "In Praise of the Earth," with Emmy nominee-filmmaker Elizabeth Wilda, at the West Hartford Art League, Red Schoolhouse Building, 37 Buena Vista Road, West Hartford, Connecticut at 7:00 p.m.
09-22-08 - Wally Swist and six other regional poets to read from their works at the upcoming Northeast Modern Language Association Conference. NeMLA 2009 Convention: February 26-March 1; Boston, MA at the Boston Hyatt. Additional details forthcoming.
09-10-08 - Featured Reading at Wesleyan University Bookstore in Middletown, Connecticut at 7:00 p.m.
09-01-08 - "After Having Stacked the Cord the Day Before" in Many Hands
06-01-08 - "Zebras" in Many Hands
04-16-08 - Art Nights at the West Hartford Art League - 7 p.m., "In Praise of the Earth" at the Clubhouse Gallery (Right click and save a
copy of the poster to your desktop.) 37 Buena Vista Rd, West Hartford Connecticut -|- (860) 521-3732 www.whal.org
04-01-08 - "In Praise of the Earth: The Poetry of Wally Swist" (WildArts, 2008), a short biographical documentary film released from
Emmy nominee filmmaker Elizabeth Wilda.
03-30-08 - "The Fire," "Snow Geese" (in an earlier version), and "What Remains" published in "Puckerbrush Review."
01-30-08 - "In the Silence" published in "Appalachia."
01-01-08 - "To Psyche" published as a broadside by Drive-By Poets.
12-03-07 - "The New Life" in Many Hands
12-01-07 - "Small Miracles" published in "From the Other World: Poems in Memory of James Wright" (Lost Hills Books, 2008).
11-02-07 - Luna Press Reading at Jamaica Way Books and Gifts, 676 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts at 8:00 p.m. Luna Press
celebrates its 32nd year of producing the Grandmother of all Goddess calendars: the 2008 Luna Calendar. A touchstone and an icon of the
women’s spirituality movement, the Lunar Calendar is unlike traditional calendars based on the Gregorian grid of the seven-day week. This year
continues the long tradition of combining beauty with a wealth of information: the lunar months in all their glory with original artwork and juried poems. The '08 edition features fresh work from 26 artists, poets, and writers, full astronomical and astrological data, the lunar year-at-a-glance, complete instructions, and an excellent bibliography. Each month is depicted as an elliptical spiral of 28 moons, each in its distinct phase and position in apogee or perigee from the earth. Aside from being just beautiful, this calendar is an education, and a true 'lunatic' inspiration." Editor Nancy Passmore will host and read in addition to calendar poets Sarah Fuhro, Ada Sepulveda (Spanish), Richard Cambridge and Wally Swist.
11-01-07 - "Pause" (an earlier version of "In the Silence") published in "Common Ground Review."
09-03-07 - "Walking Stick" in Many Hands
08-30-07 - "Among Fireflies" published in The 2008 Lunar Calendar (Boston: Luna Press, 2007).
08-01-07 - "Juncos" and "What Is Familiar" published in "Puckerbrush Review."
07-05-07 - Photographic Exhibit at the Burnett Gallery at the Jones Library, 43 Amity Street, Amherst, Massachusetts. Ten poems regarding birds hung among several dozen photographs of birds taken by Van De Graaff. The exhibit lasts for the entire month of July.
06-01-07 - "Ode To Open Meadow" in Many Hands
05-01-07 - "Breaking Open Garlic" published and reprinted in "Common Ground Review."
04-15-07 - Presentation, Reading, and Discussion, with photographer John Van De Graaff, at Central Connecticut State College, New Britain, Connecticut co-sponsored by the Biology and English Departments.
03-30-07 - "A Deeper Quiet, Then Silence" published and reprinted in "Redbud."
03-01-07 - "The Way Up the Mountain" published in Many Hands
01-15-07 - "Breaking Open Garlic," "If It Is Meant to Be," "Kingdom of Heaven," and "Mystery" published both online and later in the print
journal "Arabesques Review."
12-01-06 - "The Angel" published in Many Hands
11-18-06 - Presentation, Reading, and Discussion, with photographer John Van De Graaff, at the Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 525 South Pleasant Street, Amherst, Massachusetts at 7:00 p.m.
11-15-06 - "Poetry a la Carte" Live Broadcast Interview and Reading airs with Host Daisy Mathias on WMUA (91.1 FM).
11-07-06 - Poetry Panelist in "Write Angles Conference #21" sponsored by the National Writer's Union at Mount Holyoke College in South
11-01-06 - "Kingdom of Heaven" published in "Common Ground Review."
09-30-06 - "A Sprig of Wild Roses" published in "Puckerbrush Review" (Constance Hunting Memorial Issue).
09-01-06 - "Mystery" published in Many Hands
07-01-06 - "The Annunciation" published in the online journal "The Apple Valley Review."
06-01-06 - "Among Fireflies" published in Many Hands
05-01-06 - "A Deeper Quiet, Then Silence" published in "Common Ground Review."
04-15-06 - Featured reading sponsored by the English Department at Western New England College in honor of National Poetry Month.
03-30-06 - "Living in the Moment" published in "New England Watershed Magazine."
03-15-06 - "Threshold" published in "Angel Face."
03-01-06 - "Mount Toby, Spring Thaw" published in "Many Hands."
01-30-06 - "The Annunciation," "Fort Juniper, Midsummer," "Juncos," "March Wind," "Mnemosyne," and "A Sprig of Wild Roses" are published in "Sahara: A Journal of New England Poetry."