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!


Beatriz F. Fernandez



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.

Posted by: nebula61 | April 26, 2017

Looking back at 2016 — the year of the anthology

It was the year of the anthology for me, as four anthologies have accepted my poems, three of which will be published in 2017.  Also, it will be a first for my work to be included in an art exhibit!  

2016: Year in Review

Publications: 14

The Quarterday Review print and online (Maid Marian’s Many Silences ghazal)

The Ghazal Page online (3 ghazals, From Dante to Beatrice, From Beatrice to Dante and Rilke Returns to Ronda)

The Copperfield Review online (3 poems, Maid Joan’s Gethesemane, Genesis, 1880, and the Lost Colony)

The Australia Times Poetry Magazine online (4 poems, The Last Thing I’ll Lose, Inspiration, Bahia Honda Beach Conch and Mother Re-gifts)

Stonecoast Literary Review (1 poem, Monody for a Leading Man)

Anthologies/Collections: 2

Pay Attention: Poems for Oral Interpretation (2 poems, Her Last Cotillion, Richard the Lionheart’s Mummified Heart Examined)

Total 14 publications


Spark: A Creative Anthology (2 poems not published yet.)

Street Voice journal (3 poems, not published yet, Poem for My Father, In the Shadow of the Miami Metrorail Overpass, Departures)

Fiolet & Wing Domestic Fabulist anthology) (1 poem, A Modern Day Amazon visits the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston)
Feminine Rising: Voices of Power & Invisibility (with Ellen Bass!)   (1 poem, Reunion)

Shabda Press’s Nuclear Impact Anthology: Broken Atoms in Our Hands (1 poem)


Arte Latino Now 2017 exhibit in January 2017 (1 poem, Calle del Cristo, Old San Juan)

Whale Road Review (1 poem, The Astronomer’s New Eyes, for their June issue)

Total acceptances and publications: 24


FEM website interview

Queens Center for Latino Studies interview—Meet the Writers—published online on their tumblr page.


Literary Arts Review of Shining from a Different Firmament

Svetlana’s Reads and Reviews blog: review of Shining from a Different Firmament


“Calle de Cristo, Old San Juan” chosen for the Arte Latino Now 2017 exhibit at Queens University in a nationwide competition!

Words Dance—actually last year, my poem Late Night Shift was a finalist in their nomination list for Best of the Net and I didn’t realize it until recently!

Key West Literary Seminar Writing Workshop with Campbell McGrath  —  this workshop yielded three new poems, two of which have already been published and one, “Calle del Cristo” which was chosen for the aforementioned Arte Latino Now exhibit!
Speculative Fiction writing class (online) with best-selling, award-winning science fiction author C.S. (Celia) Friedman!  This class yielded my first completely edited short story–about a robot!  I also began a story about Death as a character.  It generated many ideas for future stories and I also had several magic world-building ideas that Celia said were original and promising for novel-length works.  I don’t intend to write novels, but maybe I could manage a novella or novelette!  I also met a great group of writers who are willing to read and critique my work.

My poem, “Monody for a Leading Man” has been published in Stonecoast Review‘s Winter 2016 issue 6.  Stonecoast Review: a literary arts journal published by the University of Southern Maine’s MFA program in Creative Writing.

Posted by: nebula61 | November 28, 2016

Pay Attention: Poems for Oral Interpretation

Pay Attention: Poems for Oral Interpretation, edited by John Pierce, now on sale at Amazon,  contains two of my longer persona pieces: “Her Last Cotillion” about Doc Holliday and his cousin Mattie (whom Melanie Wilkes in Gone With the Wind was modeled after) and “Richard Lionheart’s Mummified Heart Examined” a piece in various voices about the recent discovery of King Richard’s heart buried beneath a church in Rouen.  The editor’s intention is that this collection of poems be used for high school dramatic interpretation competitions.  I thought it was a great idea, especially as he says it is difficult to find good pieces to use for this purpose.  When I was in Forensics in high school, I couldn’t find a piece I liked and I ended up writing my own, and after I left it was used by others.
Posted by: nebula61 | October 26, 2016

Poem accepted for ARTE LATINO NOW 2017!

Queens University of Charlotte, NC, has accepted my poem “Calle del Cristo, Old San Juan” for their ARTE LATINO NOW 2017 exhibition of Latino artists.  The poem will be read at the opening reception and the exhibit will run for a month:

January  17, 2017  – February  17, 2017  10:00 AM  – 8:00 PM

Max L. Jackson Gallery, Watkins Building, Queens University of Charlotte

From their site:

“Art Latino Now exhibits the works of Latino artists selected by national competition. The show highlights the diverse cultural and artistic contributions of Latinos in the United States. The exhibit is sponsored by the Center for Latino Studies at Queens, Friends of Art at Queens and the Departments of Art and World Languages in partnership with artist Edwin Gil and ArtSí.”

The Center for Latino Studies also publishes a journal, Label Me Latina/o, edited by Dr. Michele Shaul, Director of the Center, and co-Director Kathryn Quinn-Sanchez, which is an online scholarly journal indexed by the MLA International Bibliography.  My poem, “Poem for My Father” was previously published there in 2014.  “Label Me Latina/o is an online, refereed international e-journal that focuses on Latino Literary Production in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.”

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.

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