More WIZ announcements, perhaps of interest

Fire in the Pasture from Peculiar Pages Press

Fire in the Pasture: Twenty-first Century Mormon Poetry, edited by frequent WIZ contributor Tyler Chadwick, made its debut at 2011 end in impressive style. Tyler reports that Fire in the Pasture has “risen as high as #2 in both Hot New Anthologies and Hot New Inspirational & Religious and #12 in Hot New Poetry.”   The Kindle edition “slipped into the Kindle Store’s top 100 Best Sellers in 20th Century American Poetry.”   Congratulations, Tyler and Th.!   For WIZ readers’ information, several WIZ contributors, including Sarah Dunster, Jon Ogden, WIZ’s new contributing editor Jonathon Penny, Steve Peck, Sarah Page, and myself have work included in its pages.   Ángel Chaparro Sainz, another frequent WIZ contributor, wrote the anthology’s afterword.   It’s a pleasure to see that so many WIZ folk threw kindling into Fire in the Pasture’s multi-colored flames.   A poem by Elizabeth Pinborough, another poet published in Fire in the Pasture, will appear on WIZ in February.

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Karen Kelsay, a fine formalist poet and constant lyrical presence here at WIZ, has begun a publishing company, White Violet Press. You can reach the press’s accompanying blog with submission guidelines by clicking on the image to the left.   While most publications are by invitation only, WVP will look at unsolicited manuscripts year round. White Violet Press is now open for submissions, so WIZ writers–especially WIZ writers of a formalist persuasion–please go have a look and support Karen in her new creative venture.

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In November 2011, my essay, “Plato’s Alcove,” was awarded finalist status and an honorable mention in Torrey House Press’s creative nonfiction competition.   The essay tells about my first trip to the desert.   An earlier version won 1st place in the 2003 Utah’s Original Writers Competition.   The version I sent to Torrey House is a more highly stylized, mixed-genre experiment. Want to read “Plato’s Alcove” at Torrey House’s website?   Go here.

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Profound apologies for the lateness of this next announcement, but Fortunate Childe Publications published its autumn anthology, Vintage, in October 2011.   WIZ contributors Karen Kelsay and Carla Martin-Wood also have verse published therein (search on their names in the search bar to the left to read their poetry published on WIZ).   Also featured in Vintage: four of my poems, including “Deer in the City,” “Closing Time,” and two poems not on WIZ.   Leslie Ellison, publisher of Fortunate Childe, nominated my poem “Deer in the City,” which also appears at WIZ, for a Pushcart Prize.   This is my second Pushcart Prize nomination. Thank you, Fortunate Childe!   To find information about Vintage or purchase copies of this lovely seasonal anthology, click on the picture to the left.   I will soon be buying a few for myself. Several poets included in the anthology recorded readings of their work that you listen to here.

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WIZ will be running its popular Love of Nature Nature of Love event again in February.   To celebrate Valentine’s Day, all month long we’ll publish poetry, essays, blocks of fiction, art, music (mp3s), video or other media that address the subject of love while making references to nature.   Or it could go the other way around: We’ll publish work about nature that also happens to give a nod to love.   We’re seeking submissions of original work or you can also send favorite works by others that have entered public domain.   So if you have a sonnet you’ve written to someone dear to your heart–even and perhaps especially your pet hamster Roley Poley or faithful horse Old Paint–or perhaps a video Valentine or an essay avowing your love for a natural space dear to your heart–please consider sending it to WIZ.   See the submissions page in the navigation bar above for submissions guidelines.

WIZ announcements and link bric-a-brac

Frequent WIZ contributor Karen Kelsay’s new book of poetry, Lavender Song, is out and available for sale here.     Karen’s formalist poetry is a well-kept garden of lovely sensibilities.   For samples of her work published on WIZ, go here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

Writers: The deadline for Torrey House Press’s creative non-fiction contest is coming faster than you might think: September 30th.   Entries can run pretty long, 2,000 to 10,000 words, and first place prize is $1,000.   An entry fee of $25 is required, but that’s a standard amount for this kind of competition.

Over at Our Mother’s Keeper, Jason Brown has a wonderful piece on the Sacred Grove that I think qualifies as recommended reading.   Jason’s   writing demonstrates depth of perception.   But more than that, he seems to have a sense for the dynamism and sensitivity of language’s teeming environment and engages well in it.   I appreciate the care his words show.

This story is just so cool I had to link to it.   I have a (very very) soft spot in my heart for chelonians.

A fascinating and thought-provoking story out of India with stunning photos of an enraged leopard waging war against a village.   I hope more information comes out about this incident.   I’m sure there’s more to the story than shows through in print.

New kid on the green: Our Mother’s Keeper

If you look at WIZ’s short blogroll, you’ll see I added a link to a new site: Our Mother’s Keeper, “a LDS group blog dedicated to environmentalism, ecofeminsim and environmental justice issues that result from the changes the planet is currently undergoing.”   To read more about Our Mother’s Keeper, click here.

Sorry it took so long for me to find you, OMK.   Best wishes for a sustainable presence in the Web.

Dialogue Summer 2011 issue has some WIZards

Coming soon to a mailbox (or computer) near you: Dialogue’s environmental issue.   Several Wilderness Interface Zone contributors are included therein–congratulations, friends! Frequent WIZ contributor Steven Peck guest edited this issue.

Table of contents:

Page      Author      Title
Mary Toscano      Front Cover
Inside Cover, Title Page
v      Edwin Firmage, Jr.      Letters
1      Steven L. Peck      Why Nature Matters: A Special Issue of Dialogue on Mormonism and the Environment
6      George B. Handley      Faith and the Ethics of Climate Change
36      Craig D. Galli      Enoch’s Vision and Gaia: An LDS Perspective on Environmental Stewardship
57      Bryan V. Wallis      Flexibility in the Ecology of Ideas: Revelatory Religion and the Environment
67      Jason M. Brown      Whither Environmental Theology
87      Bart H. Welling      “The Blood of Every Beast”: Mormonism and the Question of the Animal
118      Mary Toscano      A Perch, A Foothold, A Float
119      Patricia Gunter Karamesines      Why Joseph Went to the Woods: Rootstock for LDS Literary Nature Writers
134      Adam S. Miller      Recompense
143      Ron Madson      Grandpa’s Hat
148      Sarah Dunster      Gaius
150      Harlow Soderborg Clark      Easter Sermons
152      Jon Ogden      Seasonal Ritual
153      Jonathon Penny      Winterscape: Prairie
154      Karen Kelsay      Mother Willow
155      Sandra Skouson      Girl Without a Mother to Her Big Brother
156      Mary Toscano      The Tightrope Walker
157      Hugo Olaiz      The Birth of Tragedy
161      David G. Pace      American Trinity
177      Benjamin E. Park      Image and Reality in the Utah Zion
180      Polly Aird      Not Just Buchanan’s Blunder
190      Rob Fergus      Scry Me a River
196      Mary Toscano      Wherever He May Go
197      Peter L. McMurray      This Little Light of Ours: Ecologies of Revelation

Can’t wait to get my copy.     I’m very happy to see so many WIZards’ work appearing in the issue, including poems from WIZ’s 2010 Spring Poetry Runoff.

Only complaint: The cover girl or boy polar bear is cute, but I would have put hummingbirds up front.

Just sayin’.

Winners of WIZ’s 2011 Spring Poetry Runoff Contest Announced

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It’s been a privilege and delight for Wilderness Interface Zone to host a spectacular flourish of spring poetry during this year’s Spring Poetry Runoff.   In the kick-off post, I called for a show of green language, of creative élan and prospect-opening words.   I asked for poetry that contained the recombinant stuff of fertile, world-making expression that gets into others’ consciousness and gives rise to new thoughts or that perhaps resurrects a memory.   This year’s Spring Poetry Runoff Contest entries did all that and more.   Among the poets’ overall accomplishments is the intertwining of song and dance that erupted on WIZ in response to the call for spring verse €”a sight that not only was worth seeing but also that was my deep pleasure to join.   It was a good crowd to work with and reminds me of a recent experience watching violet-green swallows mixing it up over beaver ponds. Not only do the birds snatch up insects, each bird for itself, but obviously, they’re flying together and enjoying it, tumbling above and below each other, every bird forming its flight off its comrades’, wheeling, barrel rolling, one bird drawing up short of collision to let another flyer pass under then swooping out of its hover into a long, twinkling glide that weaves right back into a living fabric of free-flight. Continue reading “Winners of WIZ’s 2011 Spring Poetry Runoff Contest Announced”

Change in date: Announcement of winners of Spring Poetry Runoff delayed

The Spring Poetry Runoff Awards winners will be announced next Monday, May 23.     I hope everyone can hold out that long, but unexpected delays and the quality of the poems submitted have made selecting a winner for the Admin Award a very tough choice.

In the meantime, our normally scheduled postings will continue.

WIZ announcements

While we’re teetering on the very edges of our seats gripping our arm rests watching the heated race for the Most Popular Poem Award, I have a few announcements I’d like to make. Continue reading “WIZ announcements”