Posted by: nebula61 | July 15, 2017

Alsina Publishing to present my flash fiction trilogy

I’m excited to announce that Alsina Publishing will present my fantasy fiction trilogy via LingoBites, their app for language learning via story-telling.  Writing for language learners poses a whole new set of challenges for me.

I’m also so pleased and grateful that Selina Fenech, an incredible Australian artist and author, agreed to let me use her beautiful artwork for the cover! This gorgeous piece, entitled “Saviour” perfectly illustrates my stories!

Song saviour

Check out Selina’s website for all her fiction, artwork, coloring books, figurines, etc. You will be amazed!

Posted by: nebula61 | July 6, 2017

Rejections can be sweet…

My poetry chapbook “Voices from the Bonfire” made the finalist list in Thirty West Publishing House’s 2017 chapbook contest:

thirty west finalist

However, their critique of the manuscript let me down very easy!  I am going to frame it and post it by my writing desk for encouragement!  Thank you, Thirty West Editorial panel!

Excerpts:

These pieces are unique, fresh, and beautifully written. The muses here have constructed some unique narrative voices and superbly distinct pieces…” “Supremely creative.”

“…. one must be widely-read and knowledgeable of literary, artistic, and historical touchstones to fully catch all of the allusions here.”  “The unique thoughtfulness and dedicated execution of these pieces….”

“Not only is this magnificent on a conceptual level, but the beauty in the writing lies in its use of literary devices throughout. For instance, the internal rhythm and rhyme in “Guinevere to Arthur” is so seamless as to seem easily done…”

“…the level of intellectualism and foresight, the knowledge and exploratory nature of poetic structure and elements, and the skill and artistry in execution make this a great piece that any publishing company should be honored to print.”

 

Posted by: nebula61 | June 29, 2017

More June publications!

June has been a good month for me!

Alsina Publications accepted two flash fiction fantasy pieces, with a view to a third to complete the trilogy.  Alsina is launching a new language learning app, LingoApp, that will help students and other customers learn languages by reading stories!

Then Highland Park Poetry republished my poem “The Last Thing I’ll Lose” in their Muses Gallery bird themed summer issue.

Songs of Eretz Poetry Review also featured my poem “Plague Graffiti” on their page.
This poem was based on a BBC news article:

(Songs of Eretz Editor’s Note:  “This is a unique and moving elegy that resonates as much today in the age of indiscriminate terror attacks as it would have 500 years ago during the black plague that struck Cambridgeshire.”)

Posted by: nebula61 | June 23, 2017

Two poems at the Ginger Collect

The Ginger Collect just published two of my poems, “The Story of the Stones” and “Under a Graveyard Sun” in their Issue Two.  This issue also includes short fiction, flash fiction and more poetry.  Their mission is to publish “The Weird, the New Age, and the Strange.”

I’m glad they thought these two poems qualified!

Source: Beatriz Fernandez

thirty west pic

Thirty West Publishing House produces hand-bound chaplets and chapbooks.  As I previously posted, they recently chose my poem “The Surest Poison” as winner of their sonnet challenge (part of their celebration of National Poetry Month) and now editor Josh Dale is publishing a chaplet of all the weekly challenge winners!  It will include work from four different writers and four different genres/forms, and will include my winning sonnet as well as a second sonnet “Blood Pacts.”  Many thanks to TWPH for their support of poetry and writers!  I would like to learn to make hand-bound chaps like these!  In Josh’s picture, you see some of the tools he uses and the resulting chapbooks.

P.S.
If you look closely at the picture, you will see that my two poems happened to fall in the middle pages of the chaplet!

thirty west horizontal

For some reason, I never announced the publication of my latest favorite poem,

“Rilke Returns to Ronda,”

a ghazal in an earlier issue (number 63) of The Ghazal Page.

This poem was inspired by my visit to Ronda, Spain last year.  I found out that Ernest Hemingway had famously visited Ronda, and so had Rainer Maria Rilke, one of my favorite poets. Rilke had been experiencing terrible writer’s block and stayed a few months in a hotel in the hills there, during which he experienced a re-awakening of inspiration and began writing again.

I had been toying with the idea of writing about Rilke in Ronda but had not hit upon a way to approach the theme when I heard of The Ghazal Page’s “places” challenge and realized it had to be a ghazal!  I had not written a tercet ghazal before but this one seemed to demand to be one, maybe because Rilke wrote his famous “Spanish Trilogy” in Ronda! 

Rilke’s real first name was “Rene” so I used “reborn” in the last stanza, according to the tradition.

I make a passing reference to Hemingway as well!  While I was in Ronda, my travel companion wanted to see the bullring, which is the oldest existing one in Spain, so I saw that firsthand.  And the carpark we used was called “Poeta Rilke!”

The Australia Times Poetry Magazine published my poem “Seagrapes” in February; the cute illustration is by TAT artist Shallamar Mugot.  I’m very sad to find out that TAT will be closing its doors by May of this year.  I loved learning about Australia via its writers’ works!  Poetry editor Maureen Clifford is the best!

POEMS

Beatriz F. Fernandez

Wings

 

Many thanks to Thirty West Publishing House for choosing my poem, The Surest Poison, as winner of their sonnet challenge!  They are a micropress based in Philadelphia, which naturally appeals to me.  They will possibly re-publish this sonnet in a chaplet compilation of their contest winners.  This was a great way to celebrate National Poetry Month!

Red Bird Chapbooks, a respected publisher of multiple genre type chapbooks, featured my poem “Origins” on their “Weekly Read” column and their facebook site.  Many thanks to editor Sarah Hayes!

Red Bird does not limit itself to poetry chapbooks, so visit them to see all the possibilities they offer!

From their site:

“Red Bird Chapbooks is a venue for emerging and existing authors to bring forth small collections of their work in artistically appealing forms. We publish quality, handcrafted chapbooks, broadsides and pamphlets that introduce aspiring and inspiring writers and artists to a larger audience.”

I’m very honored to be included in their list of published authors; the Weekly Read feature began in July 2016.  I heard about it via Trish Hopkinson’s ever-useful blog!  I had also submitted a chapbook to them last year.

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