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The Way Things Used to Be by Martin Willitts Jr.

Published December 24, 2014
Chapbook - 36 pages, 5.5" x 8.5", ISBN: 9781505575095
Excerpt:
Underwear keeps dark secrets.
You can learn much from
a discarded pair.
When hope springs eternal,
underwear collapses.
There is a spring in the step.
Underwear reveals suggestions
of light.

-- What Underwear Does When No One is Looking

$10.00 USD
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About the author:
Martin Willitts Jr. poetry books include Waiting for the Day to Open Its Wings (UNBOUND Content), Art Is the Impression of an Artist (Edgar and Lenore's Publishing House), Swimming in the Ladle of Stars (Kattywompus), and national contest winner Searching For What Is Not There (Hiraeth Press).

The Bard Newsletter #6

by Azriel Johnson

The year 2014 has been a great year. The year 2015 promises to be an even better year for Cleveland Poetry.

We have gotten behind in the updating and posting of videos, they are all caught up on uploading so far, but the information on the videos on YouTube is behind. That's something we want to fix.

Also if you haven't noticed, the writingknights.com website has some links currently under construction. That is because we are diverting all traffic from those links to the WKRoundtable and WritingKnightsPress blogspot blogs. This will bring a number of other tasks into focus and reduce our work load to catch up on everything. We are also adding a WK: Freelance blogspot blog.

Jessica will be starting back up with posting on the Tumblr blog probably after the first of the year, she's been super busy, but she is doing great things with HootSuite to keep the posts going.

Speaking of posts, I recently converted one of my personal Twitter accounts to the WK: Freelance Twitter. So don't forget to add Writing Knights there. If you know anyone who is looking for freelance writing work, we do that too. It's how we fund Writing Knights, in fact, so all the help we can get there is great. By the way, add Writing Knights on Twitter as well, as our book posts go there and we tweet things from time to time when we are at shows.

We have a number of Calls for Submissions. Our most pressing is the 1,000 Haiku/Senryu call. We have a deadline of January 1st, but if we can get at least 750 by then, we'll keep it open until February 1st to see if we can get the last 250.

Speaking of Haiku: We are going to start include a Haiku Joust on the Third Monday events. This way even if people do not want or cannot pay for the $5 Pay to Slam they can still participate. If everything goes according to plan we will be tabulating scores and the series will culminate at the 2015 Grand Tournament, the winner of which will earn a chapbook deal with Writing Knights. By the way, we have a group on Facebook for the Writing Knights: Stark meetings/events/features. If you want to be involved, join!

We are looking into a way to start to pay our features, but we don't have anything solid yet. Maybe something about sponsors... Stay tuned!

Finally, in January we will only be releasing the Best of 2014 Anthology, so for everyone who is waiting to hear about a submission you've put in for a chapbook or a full length, you will probably hear something then.

Thanks for reading!
Azriel Johnson

Yellow Wolf by Grant Tarbard

Published December 17, 2014
Chapbook - 32 pages, 5.5" x 8.5", ISBN: 9781505383560
Excerpt:
Yellow wolf, frozen
in one point of the
incision, the burnt
crystal blue reaping
of a killers joy.

-- First Cut

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About the author:
Grant Tarbard has worked as a journalist, a contributor to magazines, an editor, a reviewer and an interviewer. He is now the editor of The Screech Owl and co-founder of Resurgant Press.

His work can be seen in such magazines as The Rialto, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Bone Orchard Poetry, BLAZE, The Journal, Southlight, Sarasvati, Earth Love, Mood Swing, Puff Puff Prose Poetry & Prose, Postcards Poetry and Prose, Playerist 2, Lake City Lights, Medusa's Kitchen, The Open Mouse, Weyfarers, Miracle, Poetry Cornwall, I-70, South Florida Review, Stare's Nest, Zymbol, Synchronized Chaos, BLUEPEPPER, Every Day Poetry, Tribe, Verse-Virtual and Decanto.

Page-A-Day Poetry Anthology

Published November 11, 2014
This anthology is easily the most ambitious collection Writing Knights has ever attempted. We have put together full length books before, but corralling one author for a 80 plus page book is nothing compared to trying to gather 365 pieces from over 30 authors from all over the world.

The format is simple. Each day has a single poem on it. Some of these days will signify a particular holiday or special observance (like a birthday). Please feel free to read one poem at a time, or read through the whole year in one clip and come back afterward. It’s all up to you.

If you received this book as a gift, thank the person who gave it to you, as they gave you the greatest gift short of life: poetry.

Thank you.
Azriel Johnson
Director of Writing Knights Press
 

$15.00 USD
Full Length Anthology

(plus FREE PDF)


Back of the Book:
Poets from all over the world (United States, United Kingdom, India, Canada and more) have collaborated to bring the first ever Writing Knights Press Page-A-Day Poetry Anthology. Herein are 365 written and visual depictions of life created by over 40 artists spanning 12 months. These pieces are intended for you to read, absorb, contemplate and share with others.

This is a perfect addition to your coffee table for morning inspiration or your bedside table to give you something to philosophize in your dreams.

Unbound by Lorraine Cipriano

Published November 9, 2014
Chapbook - 40 pages, 5.5" x 8.5", ISBN: 9781503053496
Excerpt
ahhh...the fresh cotton aroma
clean linen flapping in the wind
dashing back into the house
curtains blowing slightly open
taking the bowl of cherries
picking out the ripest one
quickly knotting the stem
with her tongue, effortless
a challenge of truth or dare
dare to escape her romance?

- Cherries
 
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About the author:
Lorraine Cipriano is an award-winning poet who writes about a variety of topics such as feminist issues, Buddhist monk meditation discourse, and alternative hip-hop rhymes. She is also the Co-Founder of a long-running literary series at the Sanger Branch of the Toledo Lucas County Public Library called 'Women Unbound.'

According to the Results by Alexis-Rueal

Published October 2, 2014
Chapbook - 44 pages, 5.5" x 8.5", ISBN: 978-1502568212
We looked for puddles.
Cursed the draining prowess of the cul de sac,
traced each tiny rivulet until
we found one, small, proud
puddle along the side of the street.

And we, in blue dress pants and leather loafer,
in yoga pants and tennis shoes,
held hands,
and jumped.

- Puddles

$10.00 USD
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About the author: Alexis-Rueal has been a fixture in the Columbus poetry scene since 2011; in that time, she's seen the publication of her first chapbook, "Letter to 20," performed at festivals and events throughout Ohio, and competed at the 2013 National Poetry Slam with The Writers' Block slam team. She was the runner-up at the Writing Knights Grand Tournament III in 2014.

Piercing Words ...from the Heart by Diwakar Pokhriyal

Published October 1, 2014
Chapbook - 46 pages, 5.5" x 8.5", ISBN: 9781502357502
Excerpt
I believe in god
Yet dissolves agony in love
I believe in truth
Yet capture ruthlessly - "a free dove"

I believe in god
And live in discriminative senses
I believe in love
Yet dances
frenetically on past
and future tenses

I believe in god
Yet endlessly fights
for religion
I believe in trust
Yet murder
relationships in
oblivion

- I Believe in God

$10.00 USD
Chapbook

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About the author:
Diwakar Pokhriyal is a writer by passion.
He has written 8 poetry books and 1 short story collection which are published.
He has been a part of 46 poetry anthologies/magazines with poets around the world.
His work could be found in different website and his own blog.
He is also a rhythmic guitarist and a song writer.
He works with GRV Band and the songs can be enjoyed at the YouTube channel of GRV Band.

Little Sister by Ruth Morris

Published September 6, 2014
Chapbook - 38 pages, 5.5" x 8.5", ISBN: 9781500880736
Ruth Morris' love of words has been passed down from generations of story tellers. She began to write in her early adolescence, using words as therapy through her tumultuous life. Despite suffering from grief, abuse, physical and mental illness, Ruth has been able to draw upon her poetry as a life line and link to others who have traveled the same path. Her hope is that those who read her poetry understand that they are not alone in their suffering and that no matter the obstacles, love and hope can prevail.

$10.00 USD
Chapbook

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About the author:
Ruth's first publications came in the form of anthologies such as The Inspired Heart, We Drink Because We Are Poets, Permanent Travelers and the online poetry magazine Mad Swirl. Ruth's first chapbook "Cerebration" was published through Melinda Cochrane International. Ruth currently resides in the prairies of Manitoba with her husband, step son and son.

I See Things are Falling by Kathleen D. Gallagher

Published August 2, 2014
Chapbook - 46 pages, 5.5" x 8.5", ISBN: 9781500705657
Excerpt:
But I am a map folded and filed away,
torn and ripped
along the main tributaries and you are the reader,
your fingers knowing exactly where to point,
which direction to go.
If only I could open up to that spot long enough
for your navigation,
long enough for you to pinpoint my whereabouts
for that moment.

Please forgive me, for I have my own axis,
my own line of rotation;
my symmetry and pivot not smooth-
my journey not certain....

My story plot unplanned.

-- Personality Harlot

$10.00 USD
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About the author:
Kathleen D. Gallagher is a writing instructor by day and writer and collage artist by night. She patches together words for her writings and publications like she creates assemblages: by collecting found objects from the rumblings of human nature and the spoken word, and/or the occasional side walk flotsam and jetsam that crosses her path.

Absent Meteors by Steve Brightman

Published July 31, 2014
Double Chapbook - 52 pages, 5.5" x 8.5", ISBN: 978-1500401252
"Absent The" was written by Steve Brightman in October 2012, at his usual rate of one poem per day. "The" is absent from his work in this chapbook, minus one reference in his title poem.

"You, friend, are no Sisyphus.
You may have your boulders.
We all have our boulders.

"But we don't all have to push.
Step off that pathway and
watch that boulder roll on by.

"It will come to rest someplace.
It will not be going any place soon.
It will be there if you want it."

- His Only World

Steve Brightman has a long version and a short version of his writing philosophy.
Long version: Stop talking about writing and start writing.
Short version: Shut up and write.

$10.00 USD
Chapbook

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Double Chapbook - 52 pages, 5.5" x 8.5", ISBN: 978-1500401252
"The Logic of Meteors" is a peculiar look at how weather is, more frequently than not, a peripheral character in the lives we lead.

"This summer is
the summer of
unfolded wings
and skyscraper
testaments."

-- Umbrellas on Decks

"The branches were
a symphony of whips
in the wind."

-- Symphony of Whips

"There is never a vacuum between seasons,
there is never an absence here."

-- The New Empty

Steve Brightman lives in Kent, OH with his parrot and two cadaverous knees. Every day he becomes more and more convinced that the music of the spheres is camouflaged by trains rumbling down their tracks.

Arrival and Departure by James Schwartz

Published June 22, 2014
Chapbook - 28 pages, 5.5" x 8.5", ISBN: 9781500243128
Excerpt:
Here in Michigan we are pioneers,
Detroit daughters of a revolution.

Small town streets are still named,
For Lafayette.

The great blizzard of '78 is discussed,
As though yesterday.

Today the Great Lakes froze,
And Hell.

The polar vortex leaving behind,
Tomorrow's pioneers.

- Polar Vortex
 

$10.00 USD
Chapbook

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About the author:
James Schwartz is a poet and slam performer striving for the simplicity of Cavafy mixed with modern gay wordplay and elements. Schwartz's poetry/slam material dialogues of GLBTQ issues and affirmations of gay (night) life and love.

So Careless of Themselves by Lennart Lundh

Published June 5, 2014
Chapbook - 32 pages, 5.5" x 8.5", ISBN: 9781499789812
Excerpt

Eyes against deepening sky
and back to rolling deck,
feeling the vibrations from the guns
pass through
the fiberglass and aluminum,
the flesh and bones.

(Bleed, then, if you must,
for those who stop to watch
as I no longer will.)

- Somewhere Off the Coast 







$10.00 USD
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About the author:
Lennart Lundh is a poet, short-fiction writer, military historian, and photographer. His first chapbook, Pictures of an Other Day, was published by Writing Knights Press in 2013. From that book, the poem "Railing at the Light" received a Pushcart nomination. Other works have appeared internationally since 1965. Len and his wife live in northern Illinois.

Love, Unwrapped by Mandy Buffington

Published June 1, 2014
Chapbook - 44 page, 5.5" x 8.5", ISBN: 9781499685107
"Just wanted to write to you,
Things are going well,
Love is wonderful,
Our time together has been great,
Just wanted you to know,
That we love you,
And cherish you,
Thank you for bringing us together,
Love Troy and Mandy."

-- "Postcard to God"

"Love, Unwrapped" is about poems from the heart of a woman speaking on love and devotional to her husband. It is about how love through faith, hope, and promise can continue throughout all hardships. It is about how to never give up on love no matter what one has gone through in life.

 

$10.00 USD
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About the author:
Mandy Buffington lives in the Pacific Northwest in the beautiful state of Oregon. Besides her love of God, Troy, and Writing she enjoys spending time with her friends, participating in discussion groups, and playing board games. She has traveled through many states on a life changing journey but considers the beauty of Oregon her true home. She writes short stories, one act plays, novels, songs, articles, and other things along with her poetry.

Nothing, but Skin by Quartez Harris

Published May 19, 2014
Full Length - 94 pages, 6" x 9", ISBN: 9781499517743
Excerpt:
"According to an assessment,
my mind is an empty aquarium.
I am forced to sit in this special classroom
where every wooden bookshelf
is a reminder that I never
escaped the 4th grade.
Insults drip from the holes in the ceiling.
This carpet is soaked with insecurities."

- My Imperfect Brain

$15.00 USD
Full Length

(plus FREE PDF)


About the author:
Quartez Harris is the winner of the 2nd Annual Grand Tournament competition hosted by Writing Knights. His mixture of page and stage excellence propelled him into the release of his first full length book.

In the Beginning and the End by Siddartha Beth Pierce

Published May 17, 2014
Full Length - 72 pages, 6" x 9", ISBN: 9781499501254
" 'In the Beginning and the End' marks the dramatic appearance of a major new voice in contemporary poetry. Pierce's poems are rooted in the American experience, where "we had a barn where Grandma and Grandpa / made love on the floor / to celebrate the purchase of the land." But the author, unconstrained, is a "night train", and her acreage is the cosmos. Buy this book."

Charles Bane, Jr., Pushcart Prize nominee, Author of The Chapbook: Poems by Charles Bane, Jr.

This book contains not only poetry by the author, but full color images captured by the author of her visual artwork.

$15.00 USD
Full Length - Color

(plus FREE PDF)


About the author:
Siddartha Beth Pierce is a Mother, Poet, Artist, Teacher and Contemporary and African Art Historian.

In 2001, she was the Artist-In-Residence and Associate Professor at Virginia State University in Petersburg, Virginia wherein her Solo Art Show in the Meredith Gallery was featured on PBS on the show 'Around the Appomattox'.

Ms. Pierce is currently the Director of Poetry for The Urban Individualists Gallery in Richmond, Virginia.

Additionally, she is the Creative and Performing Arts Columnist for inner child magazine.

She has displayed her work in numerous galleries and has won several prizes for her works of poetry and art. All works of art in this book were created and are in the collection of the Author/Artist.

Bluebird Don't Mean Nothing by David Mac

Published May 12, 2014
Chapbook - 30 pages, 5.5" x 8.5", ISBN: 978-1499312294
Excerpt

Coz you make me want to die
Coz you make me dead already
Coz you grind my life hours down

So Bosses of the world
I should kill you and then
Kill myself
I should kill myself and then
Everybody else

I think in death we'll
All get on better.

- Bosses of the World

 

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TO THE STILLNESS, THE SILENCE, AND THE ENDLESS BOREDOM
TO THE DUMB BLUEBIRD IN BROKEN TREES
TO THE BOTTLES AND THE LOST EYES
TO THE ONES WHO SAID THEY'D MAKE IT
WHAT DOES ANYONE EVER REALLY KNOW?
IF IT'S TRUTH THEN IT'S SOMETHING
IF IT'S TRUTH THEN IT'S A POEM

Lucid Brightenings by Jen Pezzo

Published April 13, 2014
Chapbook - 30 pages, 5.5" x 8.5", ISBN: 978-1499105797
"a subtle story of female power
from within a woman
who knows more
than she will ever tell"

-- Jean Brandt

$10.00 USD
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About the author:
Jen Pezzo is a poet, and an Editorial Assistant for "The Eternal Snow: An Anthology of Poems Originating from Yuyu Sharma's Works, Readings and Workshops". In addition to her writing, she is a professional photographer; runs and coordinates a monthly open mic called "Akron Night Murmurs" that showcases local poets and musicians; is currently the feature performance poet with the band Serene; and is also a board member of the Barberton Gallery of Fine Art.

Last Chance for Rain by Sharon Frye

Published April 5, 2014
Chapbook - 26 pages, 5.5" x 8.5", ISBN: 9781497423718
Excerpt:

"I am not content
to leave syllables
unheeded,
whispers from sage
in twilight sleep:

"I carve
on cavern walls
hieroglyphs of
moonblood, birth.
I paint meringue clouds
rocket fire,
blue mayhem,
fossil butte...

speak my signature,
voice aquiver."

- Prelude, Voice Aquiver

$10.00 USD
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About the author:
Sharon Frye is a poet living in Northern Oklahoma. She enjoys photography as well as writing; it is her photo featured on the cover of this book.

Johnny Badge by Jnana Hodson

Published February 22, 2014
Chapbook - 32 pages, 5.5 x 8.5", ISBN: 9781496016935
Excerpt
"a blue bathrobe from an outlet store
gives a curious elegance in a motel stay
"I could be playing
two racetracks, side by side
"or recognizing the economic future of Oneonta
"writing the slow obit of the region"
"in a decade, the colleges will be gone
along with the final stability
"confounding any sense of staying,
of commitment, of roots,
of proclaiming
"THIS PLACE IS MY LIFE"

- ON THE BEAT


 

$10.00 USD
Chapbook

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About the author:
The name Jnana (usually pronounced "jah-na") was bestowed while he was living in a yoga ashram in the Pocono mountains of Pennsylvania.

After four decades as a professional journalist, Jnana Hodson is finally concentrating fully on poetry and fiction. Over the years, his literary work has appeared in journals on five continents.

The Bard Newsletter #5

by J.J. Feuerstein

Once again it’s time for another riveting update from Writing Knights!

As we brave the winter cold, the pursuit of poetry doesn’t stop.

On the 15th, submissions for the next Serial Anthology for the Pirate prompt were due, to be reviewed and compiled for the next anthology. The next dead line will be March 15th for the Poetic Recipe prompt. We are anxious to see what scrumptious pieces everyone has to offer up! Here are the prompts: http://main.writingknights.com/submissions/index.html#squire

Upcoming releases include the following:
February 22: Life After Checkmate - Andrew Line
March 1: Escape to Cyberspace - Gary Beck
March 1: Johnny Badge - Jnana Hodson
March 29: Nothing, but Skin - Quartez Harris
April 1: 2013 National Poetry Month Anthology
April 5: Elliptical Retrograde - Colton Bose
April 5: Last Chance for Rain - Sharon Frye

April 26: The Squire: Scare Me Anthology
May 3: Chapbook by Jen Pezzo
May 3: Bluebird Don't Mean Nothing by David Mac

June 7: So Careless of Themselves - Lennart Lundh 
June 7: Thieves of the Wind by Catfish McDaris & Subhankar Das

February 1st saw our latest Roundtable at the Literary Cafe in Cleveland, with performances by Keys (Malkiese Paythress), Matt Reiman and Phoenix Clouden. This great show offered a special treat with Matt proposing to his significant other, which was a wonderful surprise and addition to the event. Check out the blog entry for further details on this event. Watch the video now: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gK-mpdV6DE8

Next Saturday, February 22nd will see our next literary cafe event at Mac’s Books, featuring Josh Romig, Barton D. Smock, Eric Odum,  and Andrew Line.
There will also be a Special Guest, the fantastic Phoenix Andre Clouden. This event will also see the release of "Life After Checkmate" by Andrew Line. Be sure not to miss this, since  you never know what surprises might be in store! Here is the event listing for this and other Mac's Backs events: https://www.facebook.com/events/247561008724610/

Our next exciting announcement is for the new Stark Knights event, presented by Writing Knights to bring a focus on poetry back to Stark County. During April, National Poetry Month, Stark Knights will bring poets of Stark County together to share their talents and material, and offer the county an opportunity to once again experience the joy and power of the written word. Check out the event for further details and to learn how you might participate. Here is the link to the event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/760475387298584/

Writing Knights is always welcoming and seeking out new talents and submissions. If you are interested in being a featured poet at an event, or if you have a piece you'd like to submit, you can visit our site to find out more about how to submit, and you can fill out our fresh new form available for becoming a featured poet! Here is the link to sign up as a Featured Performer: http://main.writingknights.com/community/index.html
 
Don't forget about our third annual Grand Tournament event for 2014. For full details please visit http://wkroundtable.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-grand-tournament-iii-rules.html. The Grand Tournament celebrates all important about poetry and offers a platform for individuals to display their works, and an opportunity to see their work published. While it is a competition, what is most important about the Grand Tournament is the spreading the power of poetry and allowing new voices to shine through. Please contact us if you have any questions about the contest or submissions, and we look forward to reviewing all the new works! 

We look forward to all of these great events as old man winter finally looses his grip a little bit and the city begins to unthaw.

Keep updated with news about releases and events through our either Facebook (facebook.com/writingknights), Twitter (@WritingKnights) or Tumblr (writingknights.tumblr.com), there's always something new to check out so make sure you don't miss out on anything by following us there!


PS - Writing Knights is looking for suggestions for the names of Last Saturday events. If you have any suggestions, bring them up to any member of the Writing Knights Team.

PPS - Poets/Artists interested in having your work included as part of future newsletters can email: writingknightspress@gmail.com. Subject line: "The Bard Newsletter Piece" with their piece (10 to 30 lines long) their name and their email address.

Life After Checkmate by Andrew Line

Published February 16, 2014
Chapbook - 32 pages, 5.5" x 8.5", ISBN: 9781495964756
Excerpt
"If we are stories,
you're the Myth of Sisyphus -
in the words of Nietzsche,
and I am Stone Butch Blues -
by Prophet Muhammad.

"You are written in the language of Camus
with Latin footnotes,
and I am Old English prose -"

- Bilbiophilia

$10.00 USD
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Andi is a twenty-something Dopeless Hopefiend with an affinity for finger painting on the walls with her five-year-old daughter. Andi is engaged in a number of writing projects including a memoir and two novels. She wants to teach high school English and open a coffee shop called Zombie Coffee Inc. Right now, however, she will settle for graduating cosmetology school without punching anyone. Andi has succumbed to conformity and now uses the Oxford comma on a regular basis.

The Gospel of Flies by Bethany W. Pope

Published February 1, 2014
Chapbook - 32 pages, 5.5" x 8.5", ISBN: 9781495247309
Excerpt
He pries open her mouth,
green tinted teeth,
foam spittle, the scent
of gone milk.

'Have to reach in to check it.'
He rolls up his sleeve and vanishes
to the elbow, grunting, finding nothing.
The vet cries on extraction,
a harsh mannish bark,
'Bitch got me with her teeth.'

- Rabies

$10.00 USD
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About the author:
Bethany W Pope is an award winning author of the LBA, and a finalist for the Faulkner-Wisdom Awards. She was a runner up for the Cinnamon Press Novel Competition. She received her PhD from Aberystwyth University's Creative Writing program.

The Bard Newsletter #4

by J.J. Feuerstein

Exciting things are happening in 2014!

As usual, Writing Knights will host two events every month, one being our Writing Knights Press events (https://www.facebook.com/events/247561008724610/), and our Roundtable events (https://www.facebook.com/events/629638260410016/).

This Saturday, January 18th, our next invigorating event "Congratulations on Another Lap Around the Sun" will be held at fabulous Mac's Books in Coventry. Featured at this event will be Lorraine Cipriano, Marcel 'Fable' Price, and Zarina Zabrisky. Mac's has always provided a welcoming and a vital part of the Cleveland literary and poetry community, and they continue to be a great support by providing their space for the Writing Knights. To be release at this event is the Best of 2013 Anthology from Writing Knights, which is surely not to be missed! In case you missed some of the best works from the year, the Best of Anthology will get you caught up on all the great new works from Writing Knights!


The next event will be the Roundtable to be held February 1st at the Literary Cafe. This event will feature Yuyutsu Sharma, Phoenix Andre Clouden, Malkiese Paythress, Matt Reiman, and there will be special guests Mistress Rosie and Barton D. Smock. Please stay tuned for additional information about this event! For those not familiar with the Roundtable events, all attendees are welcome to share their works and contribute to the discussion of the work of the features, making it an extremely interactive and energetic creative environment. If you have not attended one yet, please join us and see what it is all about. And never fear- you won't be pressured to share unless you truly desire to. We strongly believe consent is most sexy and desirable in poetry.

Writing Knights would also like to announce our third annual Grand Tournament event for 2014. For full details please visit http://wkroundtable.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-grand-tournament-iii-rules.html. The Grand Tournament celebrates all important about poetry and offers a platform for individuals to display their works, and an opportunity to see their work published. While it is a competition, what is most important about the Grand Tournament is the spreading the power of poetry and allowing new voices to shine through. Please contact us if you have any questions about the contest or submissions, and we look forward to reviewing all the new works!

Subsequent events include the next Literary Cafe, again at Mac's Books, on February 22nd featuring Josh Romig, Barton D. Smock Eric Odum, and special guest Phoenix Andre Clouden, as well as the next Roundtable on March 1st with Catherine Criswell, Gina Tabasso, Marcus Bales, Tom Noy, and special guests Malkiese Paythress and Siaara ControverSi Freeman. You can also find all of the upcoming events for the year on our Facebook page so you can make sure you don't miss out on any of the exciting events.

Don't forget about The Squire: Serial Anthology. There are numerous submission prompts available. Click the link to see them: http://store.writingknights.com/the-squire.html#submission

Another important announcement is that Writing Knights will be putting out two chapbooks a month until manuscripts run out or until further notice, so please make your submissions to get into queue. All samples are very welcome!

As always, thank you all very much for supporting Writing Knights and our commitment to expanding the poetry and literary scene in Cleveland and letting creativity connect us and open up our minds and hearts. We here at Writing Knights wish you all the best for 2014 and are excited to share another year filled with the power of the written word!

PS - Writing Knights is looking for suggestions for the names of Last Saturday events. If you have any suggestions, bring them up to any member of the Writing Knights Team.

PPS - Poets/Artists interested in having your work included as part of future newsletters can email: writingknightspress@gmail.com. Subject line: "The Bard Newsletter Piece" with their piece (10 to 30 lines long) their name and their email address.

Dreams of the Really Annoying by Colin James

Published January 4, 2014
Chapbook - 32 pages, 5.5" x 8.5", ISBN: 9781494924409
The horizon had been misplaced.
It was now simply a series
of overlapping billboards.
We wandered amongst this illusion
burying small stashes of food
in case winter started early.
Remembering where everything ended
made traffic manageable.
A prospective u-turn emerged,
directions occurred.

- Defenders of the Cartesian Coordinate

$10.00 USD
Chapbook

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Colin James will have poetry in the 2014 Best of Anthology.