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featuring Light poets

Poetry by the Sea: A Global Conference, Madison, CT, May 22-25, 2018. Keynote poet: Rita Dove. Lecturer: Poetry Editor Don Share. Many Light contributors and editors will speak, teach, and read, including Melissa Balmain, Meredith Bergmann, Kim Bridgford, Pino Coluccio, Maryann Corbett, Barbara Crooker, Dick Davis, Susan de Sola, Nausheen Eusuf, Anna M. Evans, Nicole Caruso Garcia, Allison Joseph, Julie Kane, Jenna Le, Leslie Monsour, Ed Shacklee, Wendy Sloan, Timothy Steele, Marilyn L. Taylor, and David Yezzi.

West Chester University Poetry Conference, West Chester University, West Chester, PA, June 6-9, 2018. Timothy Steele will keynote, and other Light contributors will speak, teach, and read, including Ned Balbo, Dick Davis, Susan de Sola, and Catherine Tufariello.

Robert Frost Farm Conference, Derry, NH, June 15-17, 2018. Light Editor Melissa Balmain will keynote and teach a master class in light verse. William Bayer, Bill Coyle, Len Krisak, Alfred Nicol, and Deborah Warren are also on the faculty; Daniel Brown is Poet-in-Residence.

Writing the Rockies Conference, Western State Colorado University, Gunnison, CO, July 18-22, 2018. Keynote poets: Ned Balbo and Jane Satterfield.  Light Contributing Editor Julie Kane will teach a one-day workshop on the ghazal and speak on a panel about the contemporary long poem.

recently received by 
Light contributors

Maryann Corbett, Susan de Sola, Nausheen Eusuf, and A.E. Stallings have had poems selected for The Best American Poetry 2018.

Ned Balbo won the 2018 Richard Wilbur Book Award for his manuscript 3 Nights of the Perseids.

Barbara Lydecker Crane and Rhina P. Espaillat were finalists for the Rattle Poetry Prize.

Dan Campion, Midge Goldberg, Jean L. Kreiling, Susan McLean, Kyle Potvin, Marion Shore, and Katherine Barrett Swett were among the finalists for the 24th and final Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award.

Catherine Chandler and Anna M. Evans were finalists for the 2017 Able Muse Book Award.

Congratulations to Light‘s 2018 Pushcart Prize nominees and runners-up:
Nominees: Ned Balbo, Rhina P. Espaillat, Daniel Galef, James Hamby, Leslie Monsour, and Timothy Steele.
Runners-up: Edmund Conti, Maryann Corbett, Claudia Gary, Midge Goldberg, Bob McKenty, John Ridland, Mae Scanlan, Ed Shacklee, and Gail White.

written or edited by Light poets

Bruce Bennett: Just Another Day in Our Town: Poems New and Selected 2000-2016 (Orchises Press, 2017) (Reviewed here.) Our Rough Beast, sequel to The Donald Trump of the Republic (FootHills Publishing, 2017).
Jane Blanchard: Tides & Currents (Kelsay Books, 2017).
Edmund Conti: Just So You know (forthcoming from Kelsay Books, 2018).
Maryann Corbett: Street View: Poems (Able Muse Press, 2017).
Barbara Lydecker Crane: Backwords Logic (Local Gems Press, 2017). (Reviewed here.)
Allison Joseph: Confessions of a Barefaced Woman (forthcoming from Red Hen Press, 2018). Surviving Artistry (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2017).
A.M. Juster: The Elegies of Maximianus (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018). 
Julie Kane
: (co-editor, with Grace Bauer): Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse (Lost Horse Press, 2017).(Reviewed here.)
X. J. Kennedy: That Swing: Poems 2008-2016  (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017). (Reviewed here.)
Daniel Klawitter: Plato Poetica (Kelsay Books, 2017). (Reviewed here.)
Barbara Loots: Windshift (Kelsay Books, 2018)
Amit Majmudar (editor): Resistance, Rebellion, Life: 50 Poems Now (Knopf, 2017).

Martin Parker: I Think I Thought (Matador, 2017).
Ed Shacklee: The Blind Loon—A Bestiary (Able Muse Press, 2017). (Reviewed here.)

Cody WalkerThe Trumpiad (Waywiser Press, 2017). (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 Le, Janice D. Soderling, A.E. Stallings, Katherine Barrett Swett, Marilyn L. Taylor, and Gail White(Reviewed here.)


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

The Frost Farm Prize for metrical poetry Enter through March 30, 2018. Judge: Light Editor Melissa Balmain.

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest Enter through April 1, 2018