OCHO#24 Twitter edition now live

On May 11 Collin Kelley wrote a post, Poets on Twitter , a response to a Mashable.com listing of writers on Twitter that failed to include poets. On May 11 over 4000 readers came to Collin’s site to check out his list, and those of us on it found our followers growing from double to triple digits. A flurry of activity and fun, and proof of the power of social networking sites. I’m a believer.

On May 12 publisher, poet, and visual artist Didi Menendez, together with Collin Kelley as guest editor, announced a call for submission for OCHO#24, Twitter poets edition.

And now it’s not even June, and we have a new, live issue. I’m happy to say my poem is included, on page 35. Thanks, Collin and Didi, for galvanizing this focus on Twitter poets, and for including my poem, ‘Antidepressants, Second Generation.’ (which is a bop, a form I learned from going to Cherryl Floyd-Miller’s reading, hosted by Collin Kelley!)

Deb Scott also has a poem in this issue, as does Ivy Alvarez, and many others. You can find the complete list of contributors on Collin’s post, Twitter Issue of OCHO online now!

15 thoughts on “OCHO#24 Twitter edition now live

  1. christine says:

    I forgot to mention in the post that a paper copy of OCHO will be available for purchase on Amazon in the near future. Support independent publishers by ordering a copy… .


  2. Michelle Johnson says:

    Hello Christine~ Congrats on your poem being published. I think that’s great.

    Can we add our name to the poet list if we write other things as well as poetry on our Twitter updates? I wouldn’t mind having my name added to this list.

    Have a nice day.


  3. Cleo says:

    Nice, this is a great collection, my piece was actually inspired by our last Poet’s Dinner at Agave, when it started me thinking about some of my trips to NM. (Chapel of the Flagelates, p. 50).


  4. Jo says:

    I’ve had a chance to read now. Yes! I LOVE your poem and Deb’s, fabulous stuff. And Ivy’s poem about Vivien Leigh is amazing……I read a biography of her as a really young girl (borrowed from my grandma) and it haunted me, she had such a sad life. I’ve a poem about her starting school, funnily enough….small world.


  5. christine says:

    Ivy, thanks for stopping by. Collin, all the thanks go to you and Didi. Your vision.

    Michelle, Collin has a list of poets who Twitter. I don’t think he means you have to write poems on Twitter. Stop by his blog to see.

    Cleo, I just read your poem, and I loved it. The room you describe at the end…, I see why it inspired a poem.


  6. ybonesy says:

    Kudos on being included. Also wanted to say, what an oversight that the poets were left off the Twitter list. But good catch on filling that gap. And, we’re also amazed by how effective Twitter is for drawing readership to a particular post or topic. I’m also sold.


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