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featuring Light poets

Powow River Poets 2017 Reading Series in Newburyport, Massachusetts: Sept. 16, James B. Nicola reads with Wendy Sloan; Oct. 14, A celebration of Rhina P. Espaillat‘s life and poetry; Nov. 18, A.M. Juster reads with Deborah Warren

recently received by 
Light contributors

Ned Balbo: a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts translation fellowship for his version-in-progress of Paul Valéry’s “La Jeune Parque” (“The Young Fate”); and the 2018 Richard Wilbur Book Award for his manuscript 3 Nights of the Perseids.
Catherine Chandler
: the 2016 Richard Wilbur Book Award, for her collection The Frangible Hour (University of Evansville Press, 2016).
Barbara Lydecker Crane and Richard Meyer: prizes in the Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest.
Robert W. Crawford: first Poet Laureateship of Derry, N.H.
Midge Goldberg: the 2016 Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award, for her sonnet “Tennis Practice Against the Garage Door.”
Robert Schechter: the 2016 X.J. Kennedy Parody Award, for “Archaic Torso of Barbie.”
Ryan Wilson: the 2017 Donald Justice Poetry Prize, for his collection The Stranger World.

written or edited by Light poets

Bruce Bennett: Just Another Day in Our Town: Poems New and Selected 2000-2016 (Orchises Press, 2017), and The Donald Trump of the Republic (FootHills Publishing, 2016). (Both reviewed here.)
Jane Blanchard: Tides & Currents (Kelsay Books, 2017).
Maryann Corbett: Street View: Poems (Able Muse Press, 2017).
Barbara Lydecker Crane: Backwords Logic (Local Gems Press, 2017).
Midge GoldbergSnowman’s Code (University of Evansville Press, 2016). (Reviewed here.)
Allison JosephMercurial (Mayapple Press, 2016), Mortal Rewards (White Violet Press, 2016), and Surviving Artistry (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2017).
A.M. JusterSleaze & Slander (Measure Press Inc., 2016) and The Billy Collins Experience (Aldrich Press, 2016). (Both reviewed here.)
Julie Kane (co-editor, with Grace Bauer): Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse (Lost Horse Press, 2017).
X. J. Kennedy: That Swing: Poems 2008-2016.  (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017). (Reviewed here.)
J. Patrick Lewis: Porch Light (Laughing Fire Press, 2016).
Amit Majmudar (editor): Resistance, Rebellion, Life: 50 Poems Now (Knopf, 2017).
Alfred NicolAnimal Psalms (Able Muse Press, 2016).  (Reviewed here.)
James B. Nicola: Stage to Page: Poems from the Theater (Word Poetry, 2016). (Reviewed here.) 
Alexandra OliverLet the Empire Down (Biblioasis, 2016). (Reviewed here.)
John RidlandSir Gawain and the Green Knight: A New Verse Translation in Modern English (Able Muse Press, 2016).
Ed Shacklee The Blind Loon—A Bestiary (Able Muse Press, 2017).
Scot SlabyBugs Us All (Entasis Press, 2016). (Reviewed here.)
J.D. SmithThe Killing Tree (Finishing Line Press, 2016). (Reviewed here.)
Marilyn L. Taylor: Step on a Crack (Kelsay Books, 2016). (Reviewed here.)
Cody Walker: The Self-Styled No-Child (Waywiser Press, 2016). The Trumpiad (Waywiser Press, 2017). (The Trumpiad is reviewed here.)
Gail WhiteCatechism (White Violet Press, 2016). (Reviewed here.)
John Whitworth: Joy in the Morning (Kelsay Books, 2016). (Reviewed here.)
Ryan Wilson: The Stranger World (Measure Press, 2017).

Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse (Lost Horse Press, 2017), co-edited by Julie Kane and Grace Bauer, includes poems by Melissa Balmain, Kim Bridgford, Maryann Corbett, Barbara Crooker, Anna M. Evans, Jenna Lê, Janice D. Soderling, A.E. Stallings, Katherine Barrett Swett, Marilyn L. Taylor, and Gail White.

Bared: Contemporary Poetry and Art on Bras and Breasts (Les Femmes Folles Books, 2016) includes poems by Susan McLean, Allison JosephJulie Kane, and Melissa Balmain.

The Great American Wise Ass Poetry Anthology (Literary Press, Lamar University, 2016). (reviewed here) has poems by Michael Cantor, Catherine ChandlerClaudia Gary, Chris O’Carroll, Wendy SloanJanice D. Soderling, and Melissa Balmain. 


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X.J. Kennedy Parody Award Deadline September 30, 2017

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest Enter from Aug. 15 through April 1, 2018