The New Read Write Poem

Dana Guthrie Martin et al. are launching a bigger and bolder version of Read Write Poem this Friday. I’ve read about all the new features, and I’m very impressed. As I told Dana on her site, I foresee creative writing teachers flocking to this online resource. It’s going to be very interactive, with forums, celebrity poet prompts, more reviews, more news, more of everything. They’ll even write your poem for you. Just kidding, ­čÖé

After writing a column at Read Write Poem for almost two years, and after working with many of the poets who are still involved, I feel a special kinship with this community, and I applaud their continued energy and expansion.

Make sure you check out the new site on Friday, July 31! I know I’ll be there.

Tipton Poetry Journal spring issue now live

The Tipton Poetry Journal included one of my poems, ‘Everything is a Sign’ in their spring issue. In the poem I included words contributed from Read Write Poem’s wordle prompt. One of them, anapest, the driving word I should say, came from Dale Favier. Thanks Dale!

Here’s a direct link to my poem, Everything is a Sign.

And here’s a direct link to an amazing poem, I think my favorite from the issue:

Hymn to a Lost Breast, by Bonnie Mauer

The journal is filled with poems that reflect the natural environment and how human beings fit into it. There are many poems with references to rural life and country life, but with a contemporary view. I’m honored to be included with so many poets whose work is far more widely published than mine is.

Issue #13 (Spring 2009) of the Tipton Poetry Journal has been published and is available now in both print and online versions:


Tipton Poetry Journal # 13

Contributors for the Spring 2009 issue include:

Gilbert Allen, CL Bledsoe, Scott Brewer, David Campbell, Dan Carpenter, Patrick Carrington, Lisa Cihlar, Hannah Craig, Steve De France, Hugh Fox,Kristin George, Joan Goldberg, Tina Hammerton, Michael Henson, Ronnie Hess, Oritsegbemi Emmanuel Jakpa, Kathleen Kenny, Norbert Krapf, Matthew Landrum, Brian Lowery, Theodore Lucero, Donal Mahoney, Rick Marlatt, Bonnie Maurer, Norman Minnick, George Moore, Erin Murphy, Lylanne Musselman, Brandon Pettit, Richard King Perkins II, Roger Pfingston, Stephen R. Roberts, Tom Sheehan, Judson Simmons, Roger Singer, Christine Swint, Tom ├×orgautr, Robin Throne, James W. Torke, Changming Yuan

Barry Harris, Editor
Katie Kowalski, Assistant Editor