Bellday Books Poetry Prize now accepting submissions

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Bellday Books is once again accepting submissions for the Bellday Poetry Prize.  The winning poet will receive $2,000, and Bellday Books will publish the winning book (the winning author will also receive 25 copies of her/his book).

Submission Deadline is March 15, 2011.

Contest Rules

  • Submit a manuscript of 60-90 pages of original poetry in any style in English. The manuscript must not have been published in book or chapbook, but may contain poems that have appeared in print or on the Internet.  Entries may consist of individual poems, a book-length poem or any combination of long or short poems.
  • Submitted manuscript must contain 2 title pages: Name and contact information should appear on first title page only. Name should not appear anywhere else in the manuscript. Include a table of contents page, but do not send an acknowledgments page.
  • Manuscript must be typed single-spaced, paginated and bound with a spring clip.
  • Enclose an SASE for announcement of the winner. Manuscripts cannot be returned.
  • Postmark deadline: March 15, 2011
  • Include a check or money order for $25 reading fee, payable to BELLDAY BOOKS.
  • Bellday Books reserves the right not to select an award winner, in which case all reading fees will be refunded.

Contest Mailing Address
Bellday Books, Inc.
P.O. Box 3687
Pittsburgh, PA 15230

Questions may be directed to:

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One by One press seeks submissions

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Here’s a submission opportunity for poets from One by One press (also apparently the name of the press’s new poetry journal:

One by One is a new poetry journal inspired by the spirit of stolen moments and our undying love of tactile imprints. It’s quite different from most journals in that it’s unbound and spread out over time – subscribers will receive a single letterpressed poem in the mail, every other week or so throughout the year. We’re moved to make the walk back from the mailbox to be the best part of our readers’ days, and to help create deeper and more meaningful reception for standalone poems. (Those whose poems we print will also be the subject of features on our press blog in which they can speak to their process, sources of inspiration, and other issues of significance to the sustaining of their work: we aim to make that conversation as visible as the finished work itself.)

We’re reading until September 30, 2010 for a first batch of poems that will go into production later this fall and start finding mailboxes on 1/1/11. We’re looking for poems that will thrill and awaken our readers as singular pieces. Submission information is available on our website,

Ann Arbor Poetry Slam @ Cavern Club this Fall

Stop by the Cavern Club in Ann Arbor on the first Thursday of the month, September-November 2010, for the BRAND NEW ANN ARBOR POETRY SLAM hosted by Lindsay Stone and Lady Vixion.

A cash prize will be awarded to the top poet of the night.  There will also be an open-mic for non-slammers and live music performed by Full Dimensional.

A poetry slam is a competition in which poets perform original works. Each performance is judged on a numeric scale by randomly selected members from the audience. Typically, a poetry slam is highly politicized, with participants taking on many issues ranging from current social and economic issues, to gendered injustices, and racial issues. Poets are judged not only on the content of their slam, but also by the manner of delivery and passion behind their words.

The Cavern Club is located at 210 South 1st Street, Ann Arbor.  Call 734-913-8890 for more info.

Poetry Constraints

You might want to try out a poetry template experiment using survey monkey created by poet Michele Battiste.  She says:

I’m interested in how the digital interface affects the writer’s experience, how the concept of “play” factors in the experience, how the digital interface either expands the limits of the forms or speeds their ruptures, and any ways that the writer can subvert the form. And when is the form exhausted? And is filling in boxes in responses to prompts an act of writing poetry?

Try it out at:

Performance Poetry Class on stage! – Dec 14, 6pm

Students from this semester’s CRTW 335: Performance Poetry class will be performing on Monday, December 14 at 6:00 p.m. in the Student Center Auditorium.  This event is free and open to the public.  Come out and show your support!

Carla Harryman joins the CW Program

Carla Harryman has joined the Creative Writing Program (and will begin teaching this Fall!). 

A poet, playwright, novelist, and essayist, Harryman’s recent publications include the book-length poem Open Box (Belladonna, 2007), the novel Gardener of Stars (Atelos, 2001), Baby (Adventures in Poetry, 2005), & the selected mixed-genre writings, There Never Was a Rose Without a Thorn (City Lights, 1995).  Adorno’s Noise is forthcoming from Essay Press. She co-edited Lust for Life: On the Writings of Kathy Acker (Verso, 2006).

Carla is presenting an informal talk & reading as part of the Transparency Machine Event Series today (Monday, March 24) at the University of Windsor, Ontario.  Texts that she has selected for her discussion are downloadable at News & Events,

The Transparency Machine Reading Series is a discussion event about the practice and theory of writing poetry – including practices and theories of prefixing poetry (“anti-“; “non-“), adjectivizing poetry (“poetic”), and capitalizing poetry (first letter; letters at random).  The series invites a poet to discuss his or her work in the context of other texts selected and projected by the poet.

Poetry Night in Ann Arbor this Friday (1/18)

The 7th annual Poetry Night in Ann Arbor takes place this Friday!  This year’s celebration of language, literacy and creative culture will feature poets from the nationally lauded VOLUME Youth Poetry Project plus performances from the dyanimic collegiate spoken word troupe Ann Arbor Wordworks.  Out-of-town guests include New York City’s Aracelis Girmay (who Poets & Writers just named one of the top 12 debut poets of 2007) and San Francisco’s Dennis Kim (a.ka. Denizen Kane of the underground hip hop group Typical Cats).

It all takes place on Friday night, January 18th, beginning @ 7pm in the Lydia Mendelssohn Theater in the MichiganLeague, 911 N. University at Fletcher Street in Ann Arbor.  Doors will open @ 6:30.  Admission is $7 for students, $5 in advance; $12 for general public, $10 in advance. Contact Jeff Kass @ 734-223-7443 or eyelev21<at>aol<dot>com for more information.