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Johnny Badge by Jnana Hodson

Published February 22, 2014
Chapbook - 32 pages, 5.5 x 8.5", ISBN: 9781496016935
"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



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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:

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:

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:

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:

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:
Don't forget about 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! 

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 (, Twitter (@WritingKnights) or Tumblr (, 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: 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
"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

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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
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

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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.