Check out the lovely first chapter of Promiseland by my father Avinash Bagal on Khabar.com, the website for Khabar, the news magazine for Indians in the Atlanta area. In the website, click on the image of the magazine cover under the title Digital Issue. Type Bagal in the Search window on the upper left. Links will appear for each page of the piece.
Joe’s family left Ohio for Buffalo, New York in the middle of his high school years. I can still remember one of his poems about cross-country skiing there. Joe and his wife lived in the area for years before moving back to Ohio nearer to her parents, but they regularly visit Joe’s family back in western New York. It was natural that Mason-Dixon Publishing would make an appearance at BSPBF, a regional independent press book fair in its eighth year.
Look for Joe at the Mason-Dixon Publishing press, where there will be copies of Venusification and Red Silk Sari.
Despite the “small” in its name, 2013 BSPBF hosted 125 vendors for nearly 4,500 attendees. This year they are aiming for 140 vendors and 5000 attendees, and authors and artists from across the country as well as from Montreal. Apparently, according the BSPBF press release, the fair has drawn the interest of AWP, the New York Arts Book Fair and MLA.
LIke many book fairs, concurrent events before, during, and after the actual fair days include poetry readings and open readings. Try to make to at least one of the open workshops in the different facets of printing - first come first seated, however. Check out the schedule.
What are your writing goals?
In my corporate day job I will be setting my SMART goals for 2014. Writing goals are the means to keep writing, whether or not we are “inspired.”
What does SMART mean?
S – Specific
A – Attainable
Max: 40 new poems, and 12 revisions (or some other combination totaling 52 by the end of the year.
Min: 25 new poems. 4 revisions
I am continuing to teach myself to write continually, so I focus on numbers rather than a perfect product. IIf you think that you should learn to be more particular about your revisions. a goal could be to decide to revise a poem at least 15 times, which might force a poet to try different modes. Because of work scheduling, this year I may not be able to rely on the daily poem production from NaPoWriMo in April.
100 submissions in 2014,and 50 will go to highly competitive literary journals, toward the final goal of 10 publications. I do think that getting publication credits is a numbers game, In four years, after submitting 112 poems to 46 venues, three of my poems have been either published or placed in competition. However, I had intermittently submitted work in the past, so now I have eight poems out in the world. Even though a successful poem is intended for an audience, we write for ourselves, not for publication. Publication is a resume for other opportunities in the writing world, such a grants, or for platform building toward a published collection of poetry.
Some of you may be aware of my continuing work on Devil’s Water, my nonfiction book about poisoning of drinking water in Bangladesh. I am so stuck that I need to think more on my goal on this project. Another blog…..
Red Silk Sari is now on sale at the feminist bookstore People Called Women in Toledo, OH!
Do check out this locally owned, woman-owned shop, the only feminist bookstore in Toledo
This link to 8 signs of a good poem comes to us courtesy of my sister Zona Rosan Claudia Schlottman, herself a fine poet:
Here are two of her own blogs
http://cjschlottman-mypoems.blogspot.com/ - her own poems
http://theredsweater.blogspot.com/ - her internet diary on moving through the grief of losing her husband Clint.
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