|volume 16 number 2
| Welcome back.
This is usually a good time for me, as an editor, to share poeticdiversity’s nominations for Pushcart Prize Best of the Small Press awards.
This year, I have mixed feelings about doing so. For the record, I was working with three sets of nominations this year; the first for poeticdiversity, the second for another online publication I curate, and the third, for a print anthology I published.
To be honest, I was flummoxed by the negative, and on one case, vitrolic response I received from those whose work was chosen to be nominated. Several expressed their doubts and disappointments at having gone through the nomination process, and not winning. I won’t repeat what another poet said, suffice to say I withdrew their nomination, and put forth a worthy alternate.
I understand, as do they, the odds of being chosen to win the Pushcart are pretty small (1 in 50K). That being said, I feel it’s both my duty and privlege to nominate poets whose work deserves a nomination. What happens after I mail the package is beyond my control.
I thought about giving up. Then, I decided to take a different course. Starting with the April 2019 issue, YOU, the submitter, will be allowed to decide if you would like to have your work considered for a Pushcart nomination. At the time of acceptance, we’ll be asking you to say “yay”, or “nay”. This will be included in the submission guidelines.
Now, with that matter taken care of, here are the nominees for the 2019 Pushcart Best of the Small Press Awards:
1) Deborah Edler Brown: “Bhuddi”, (Nov. 2019, vol. 16, no. 2)
2) Kathie Giorgio: “Crickets”, (Nov. 2019, vol. 16, no. 2)
3) Terry McCarty: “Yet Another Poem About Guns”, (Nov. 2019, vol. 16, no. 2)
4) William Mohr: “August Days, Autumn Nights”, (Nov. 2019, vol. 16, no. 2)
5) Cynthia Linville: “When We Were Girls”, (Nov. 2019 vol. 16, no. 2)
6) Davide Trame: “In the Dandelions’ Show”, (Nov. 2019, vol .16, no. 2)
Enjoy the new issue.
Featured Poets: Stefanie Bennett, Jack G. Bowman, Deborah Edler Brown, Sir Mark Bruback, Chella Courington, Rich Follett, Alex Hernadez, Cynthia Linville, Rick Lupert, William Mohr, Larissa Shmailo, Michael Dwayne Smith, and Martin Willits, Jr.
Contributing Poets/Prose Writers: William Allegrezza, Alan Britt, Anna Cates, Charles Claymore, Beverly M. Collins, Timothy Paul Evans, Mark A Fisher, Kathie Giorgio, Terry McCarty, Matt McGee, Christine Murray, Christopher Neal, Toti O’Brien, BC Petrakos, Brian Rihlmann, Howard Sage, Sanjeev Sethi, Mark States, Davide Trame, Amy Uyematsu, Patricia Walsh, Viola Weinberg, Kirby Wright, Umar Yogiza, Jr, Jim Young.
Interviews/Reviews: This issue we have Carol Smallwood’s interview with Douglas Cole , author of The Blue Island, Marie C Lecrivain reviews Rick Lupert’s Hunka Hunka Howdee! Poems From Nashville, and Louisville, and Mariano Zaro’s Decoding Sparros.
See you in April 2020.
marie c lecrivain
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