Posted by: nebula61 | October 26, 2016

The Australia Times Poetry Magazine features my poem!

The Australia Times Poetry Magazine has published several of my poems, two in the October issue, “Inspiration” and “The Last Thing I’ll Lose” and has accepted two more for future publication!  They just featured one poem, “Bahia Honda Beach Conch” on their facebook page with a lovely photo of a conch.  I wrote this poem right after I attended the Key West Literary Seminar Writers’ workshop led by poet Campbell McGrath.

Posted by: nebula61 | September 4, 2016

Literary Arts Review publishes review of my chapbook!

Many thanks to the editors of The Literary Arts Review for their two-page book review of my chapbook Shining from a Different Firmament!!  They are among the few journals that review poetry chapbooks!  I was expecting a few paragraphs but they went far beyond that; their thoughtful, thorough review highlighted the most unique and relevant aspects of my book.

I read this debut issue from cover to cover with great enjoyment and interest; I especially liked the short story “Bach’s Last Composition: A Fantasy” by Lenny Cavallari and the article “From the Restorationists to the Romantics: Rochester and Byron” by Alexander Larman!  I am doubly glad for my book to be mentioned in this magazine because it appeals to readers like me–with literary interests and intellectual curiosity.  Cavallari’s story reminded me of what I liked about Jorge Luis Borges’ short fiction.  Larman’s article made me want to read all his books!

Posted by: nebula61 | August 23, 2016

Beatriz F. Fernandez

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The Copperfield Review, a journal which features historical fiction, poetry and great interviews of authors of historical fiction like Mary Doria Russell, Jean M. Auel, Jeff Shaara and John Jakes, has published three of my historical persona poems in their latest online issue:  Maid Joan’s Gethsemane (about Joan of Arc), Genesis, 1880 (about the first electrically lit city in the world–it’s not the one you think!) and The Lost Colony (about Virginia Dare, the first child born in the Roanoke colony.)


(Image from Biography of Saint Joan of Arc)

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Spark: A Creative Anthology, a paying market, just accepted my poem, The Fourth Brontë Sister, for publication in a future volume.

This persona poem is about two Emilys:  Emily Dickinson and Emily Brontë.  Dickinson was known to be a great admirer of the Brontës.  She was such a fan that an associate of hers commented that she should be called the fourth Brontë sister!  (Hence the poem’s title!)
And she (anecdotally) asked that her favorite of Emily’s poems be read at her own funeral.

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Thanks for having me today Beatriz!

Why Do I Write Poetry?

Robert Graves once said, “There’s no money in poetry, but there’s no poetry in money either.” Well he’s right. Poetry is not a genre that will bring you fame and money. But of course one doesn’t write poetry for fame and money either.

So why do I write poetry?

It’d be too easy to say how can I not. But the reason really is a simple one. I write poetry to say what I can not. To write what I hold inside. Poetry is my creative outlet that delves much deeper into my heart and mind than any of my other writing. Through a poem, I question my own and the world’s preconceived notions. It and everything around me becomes a little darker. Or a little brighter. A little greyer. And a little more colorful.

Poetry exposes and reinvents. It is the journal of narrative into the deepest recesses of my mind and heart. And through it, I become more aware of all of the beauty and ugliness, the truth and lies found within and without. Giving birth to a hope that people, views, opinions and this world can change. That even I, as set in my ways at times, can change.

I write poetry to know and be true to myself. To know you and the world we live in.

~ Lidy Wilks

Here is a closeup of the beautiful new cover of Can You Catch My Flow?

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Lidy also has a book giveaway of Can You Catch My Flow? on Goodreads and a Rafflecopter giveaway of four prizes!

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 About Lidy Wilks:


Ever since she was young, Lidy Wilks was often found completely submerged in the worlds of Dickens, Louisa May Alcott, Sweet Valley High and Nancy Drew. She later went on to earn a Bachelor degree in English with a concentration in Creative Writing, from Franklin Pierce University. Where she spent the next four years knee deep in fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction workshops.

Lidy is the author of Can You Catch My Flow? a poetry chapbook and is a member of Write by the Rails. She currently resides in Virginia with her husband and two children. And an anime, book and manga library, she’s looking to expand, one day adding an Asian drama DVD collection. Lidy continues her pursuit in writing more poetry collections and fantasy novels. All the while eating milk chocolate and sipping a glass of Cabernet. Or Riesling wine.

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Posted by: nebula61 | February 8, 2016

Featured Fem | Meet Evangeline Jennings


Deep In ThoughtBorn and raised in Liverpool where they invented both football and popular music, Evangeline Jennings now lives in Austin, Texas. The black sheep of her family, she comes from a long line of Californian beauty queens on her mother’s side. Evangeline gets her looks from her father. Mostly Evangeline writes stories about girls. Sometimes women. She believes in equality, so she writes about that. She also writes about gender, sexuality, and violence against women. Her characters often seek bloody satisfaction. Sometimes they achieve it.

Fem: What was the motivation behind Pankhearst, your independent writers’ collective?

Evangeline Jennings: Primarily, to learn by doing. Everything else evolved organically from there. It’s all very instinctive.

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Posted by: nebula61 | February 4, 2016

Featured Fem | Meet Beatriz Fernandez


Bea headshotBeatriz Fitzgerald Fernandez is a Latina poet and a university Reference Librarian in Miami.  She grew up in Puerto Rico, the daughter of Peruvian and Puerto Rican parents.  She began to write for publication after she won Writer’s Digest’s 2nd annual poetry contest; since then, she’s read her poetry on WLRN, South Florida’s NPR news station and received a Pushcart prize nomination. Recent poetry appears in Minerva Rising Literary Journal, When Women Waken and Words Dance. Her first chapbook, Shining from a Different Firmament, (Finishing Line Press) was accepted for presentation at the Miami Book Fair International last year. She will be serving as a judge for Poetry Press Week during the O, Miami poetry festival in 2016.

Fem: Tell us about your chapbooks.

Beatriz Fernandez: My first chapbook, Shining from a Different Firmament, (Finishing Line Press, 2015) begins with a ghazal in the voice of Hypatia, who has…

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Posted by: nebula61 | December 15, 2015

QuillsEdge is Pro-Diversity!

QuillsEdge Press

QuillsEdge Press is thrilled to announce
that our 2015 contest includes a
Pro-Diversity entrance fee of $5.00
for self-identified Women of Color

In our first contest last year the proportion of manuscripts we received from Women of Color did not match the number of talented Women of Color writers we know are out there, so we resolved to reach out in new ways this year.

Please help us by sharing our news
with your writing communities!

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Posted by: nebula61 | December 3, 2015

Happy 1yr Anniversary Can You Catch My Flow?

Paving My Author's Road

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On this day last year, on December 3, 2014, I self-published my poetry chapbook “Can You Catch My Flow?”

Before I released my poetry chapbook out into the world, I submitted it to many chapbook contests. And just when I was considering about self-publishing, Finishing Line Press sent me an ‘accepted.’ Then a publishing contract. I hemmed and hawed most of the summer to whether I’d sign the contract. In the end I decided to go ahead with the self-publishing route.

Once I uploaded my manuscript to Smashwords, I’ve been marketing and promoting it as best I can. And not really knowing what the hell I’m doing. Despite that I created a book trailer. Did an author interview on IndieView and even got a glowing review.

So to celebrate it’s 1 year anniversary, for one whole week, Can You Catch My Flow? will be available at 50% off discount. Just…

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