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EVENTS
featuring Light poets and editors

April 24, 2021: Two Light featured poets, Midge Goldberg and Chris OCarroll, present an hour of comic verse at this year’s  (all virtual) Newburyport Literary Festival: “Nagging Questions: The Light Verse of Midge Goldberg and Chris OCarroll,” 10:15-11:15 a.m..  Admission is free, but registration is required.  Full details at https://newburyportliteraryfestival.org

Enjoy all nine of our Light Verse in Dark Times readings, free on YouTube! Each 60-90 minute recording from 2020 includes at least a half dozen of your favorite Light poets, Zooming in from the US and beyond.

And if you’re nostalgic for pre-pandemic life (and who isn’t?) check out our photo album from Light Verse and Heavy Drinking, sponsored by Light in San Antonio on March 5, 2020. See poets congregate in large numbers! See them read poems into a (gasp!) shared mic! And see them thoroughly enjoy the sort of event that—we at Light dare to believe—we’ll get to repeat one of these days.

AWARDS AND HONORS
recently received by 
Light editors and contributors

We’re delighted to announced Light‘s nominees for the Pushcart Prize anthology (poems published in 2020). As usual, we’d love to nominate many, many more—if the Pushcart folks would only let us…

J.P. Celia: “The Quarantined”
Julia Griffin: “Singletwins”
Ed Shacklee: “The Elephants’ Graveyard”
A.E. Stallings: “Verses Starting with a Phrase out of Plato’s Republic”
Wendy Videlock: “Everybody’s a Critic”
Paul Willis: “Shakespearean Candidates”

And we’re very happy to announce Light‘s nominees for the Best of the Net anthology (poems published from July ’19-June ’20):

Barbara Crooker: “2020”
Robert Schechter: “Clerihews”
Gail White*: “The Canceled Tourist”
(*Gail, a contributing editor for Light, did not vote)

Meredith Bergmann has unveiled the first monument depicting non-fictional women in New York’s Central Park.

David Galef is the new editor in chief of Vestal Review, the world’s oldest flash fiction magazine.

Barbara Loots won first place in the 2020 Better Than Starbucks Sonnet Contest, Catherine Chandler won third place, and Richard Wakefield and Max Gutmann received honorable mentions. Read all their poems here.

David Southward‘s sonnet “An Aging Poet Explains” won the 2021 Kim Bridgford Memorial Sonnet Contest (single sonnet category).

Gail White received a Best of the Net nomination for “The Last Speaker of Akkala Sami,” which appeared in Better Than Starbucks

RECENT AND FORTHCOMING COLLECTIONS
written, edited, or contributed to by Light poets

Brian Allgar: An Answer from the Past: being the story of Rasselas and Figaro (Kelsay Books, 2020). (Reviewed here.)
Bill Ayres:
What Passes for Wisdom (Finishing Line Press, 2020).
Melissa Balmain: The Witch Demands a Retraction: Fairy-Tale Reboots for Adults (Humorist Books, 2021).
Jane Blanchard: In or Out of Season (Kelsay Books, 2020).
Dan Campion: The Mirror Test (forthcoming from MadHat Press, 2022).
Brooke Clark: Urbanities (Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2020).
Maryann Corbett
: In Code (Able Muse Press, 2020).
Claudia Gary: Genetic Revisionism (a companion to her course “The Poetry of Science, the Science of Poetry”).
Midge Goldberg: To Be Opened After My Death (Kelsay Books, fall 2021).
Phil Huffy
: Rhymal Therapy (2020).
Allison Joseph: In Every Seam (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2020).
A.M. Juster: Wonder and Wrath (Paul Dry Books, 2020). (Reviewed here.)
Julie KaneMothers of Ireland (LSU Press, 2020).
Daniel Klawitter: The Misuse of Scripture (2020). (Reviwed here.)
Richard KenneyTerminator (due in October 2020, from Knopf).
Barbara Loots: The Beekeeper and Other Love Poems (Kelsay Books, 2020).
Amit Majmudar: What He Did in Solitary: Poems (Knopf, forthcoming in 2020).
Leslie Monsour: The Colosseum Critical Introduction to Rhina P. Espaillat (Franciscan University Press, 2021).
Leslie Schultz: Larks at Sunrise: Light-hearted Poems for Dark Times (2021).
David Southward: Bachelor’s Buttons (Kelsay Books, 2020). (Reviewed here.)

The anthology Moving Images: Poems Inspired by Film (Before Your Quiet Eyes Publishing, 2021) includes poems by Bruce Bennett and Bob McKenty.

The Powow River Poets Anthology II (Able Muse Press, 2021), edited by Paulette Demers Turco, with a foreword by Leslie Monsour, includes work by many Light contributors. (Reviewed here.)

Three new Potcake Chapbooks (Sampson Low Ltd., 2020), edited by Robin Helweg-Larsen, include poems by
A.M. Juster, Chris O’Carroll, Marilyn L. Taylor, Robin Helweg-Larsen, Michael R. Burch,
A.E. Stallings, Jennifer Reeser, Maryann Corbett, Melissa Balmain, Nina Parmenter, Daniel Galef,
Bob McKenty, Robin Helweg-Larsen, R.S. Gwynn, Rob Stuart, Edmund Conti, and others.

CONTESTS AND CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS

The staff of Light is unable to vet every contest …
but we’re happy to pass the info along.