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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 (, and our Roundtable events (

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 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:

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: 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

(plus FREE PDF)

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