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August 2020 Poetry Missive

Hello poets, I hope you've found some cool cubby! I melted somewhat this weekend, thankfully I had a couch and some ice!

There are a few things zooming this month since many of us are still staying home except for the have to stuff…groceries, pet food, gasoline, and work (for a few). I miss hugs. I miss browsing in a store, any store. I miss your faces over coffee. I miss your solid, real time selves. But, we gotta do what we gotta do, and, as a writer, this is the cooking time for some amazing, shocking, tear-inducing poetry. Yeah, there's that…and if you are not a zoomie, or a skyper, or a facetimer, some of those you can just call in and listen from your phone!

Remember to visit to find independent bookstores around Arizona. If you don't see your favorite bookstore listed, let them know! Support and buy locally. Most bookstores have an online portal and, if they don't have the book you are looking for, they usually can get it. Some bookstores have opened and are allowing limited customers, but call before you go. Otherwise, it might just be a drive by. (Don't you love that "drive by" is now a positive thing??)

As always, if you hear of something poetry going on, especially if it is by Zoom, share on the Arizona State Poetry Society's Facebook page!

Be safe, be healthy, be creative.

Metaphors be with you!

Christy White

eddress: [email protected]

for Arizona State Poetry Society (look for us on Facebook)

and our website: or email us at [email protected]

MA Creative Writing/Poetry, Wilkes University (dreams do come true!)

Tuesdays, August 4, 11, 18, 25 : Open Mic at The Hippie Emporium, 1123 N. Main St., Cottonwood, 4-7pm. This event is new to me! All performance art is welcome, including poetry. This is just a notice that normally they would be meeting every Tuesday if normal was still happening! Please, please check before going.

Saturday, August 15: East Valley Poets by Zoom, 9:30 am - 12 pm. Their theme is "No pressure, just poetry" and this month instead of bumping elbows, they are sitting at their computers! Join them in a discussion and possible mini-workshop to share poetry and community. To register for the meeting, please email [email protected] and Zoom instructions will be sent to you. A branch of ASPS.

The Poetry Spot, curated by Rosemarie Dombrowski and Rashaad Thomas, is seeking your great poetry to publish in The Arizona Republic. Deadline is August 20, 2020! To send your poem(s) for consideration, email [email protected]

Arizona State Poetry Society's 2020 Annual Contest opened on April 1, 2020 and closes on September 30, 2020. There are nine general categories and one youth only category with cash prizes for first, second, and third place winners. The 2020 Sandcutters, the annual journal, will feature these winners and monthly winners of the members only contests. To read (and follow) the guidelines and to review the categories (I know you got poems to fit!), visit Judges from all over the US and one from Australia!

The New Yorker Magazine has a podcast with their own poetry editor, Paul Muldoon. Featured are conversations with poets about their work, and poetry readings.

National Federation of State Poetry Societies' website is a great place to learn about other state poetry societies, contests, and conferences. Here's the link to learn more: Read rules and guidelines carefully, some contests are members only!

Autumn Voices out of the UK has competitions and accepts poetry and other writing from older writers. To read more about this interesting opportunity and to read some of the pieces of older, talented writers, visit their website:

Publishing and Other Forms of Insanity is a blog with a lot of information about calls for submission, contests, conferences and recipes! Great sense of humor that entertains as well as informs. Of special note is this post:

Poetry Foundation provides a place to listen to poetry read by the poet or an admirer. You can also hear interviews and conversations about poetry.

Weekends: Poets and Muses is a weekly podcast that chats with poets about their inspirations. Find out more about it at: Sign up for the weekly Poets-and-Muses newsletter at:

Soundcloud: Poets and Muses (
Instagram: poetsandmuses (
Twitter: ImogenArate (

Submishmash Weekly a newsletter with humor, contests for writers of all genres, art opportunities and interesting reads. A weekly human-curated newsletter bringing news and opportunities in publishing and other creative industries to artists, filmmakers, and writers. To sign up, go to:


Central Phoenix Writer's Workshop, a writer's critique group, for more info go to 

Phoenix Poetry Events Facebook Page…there are open mics, contests, slams, readings, and so much more!

Winning Writers website:

COVID LIT is a monthly online lit mag that gives the middle finger to COVID-19 by publishing, promoting, and spreading art, poetry, and prose using the disease's name. What sets us apart from other magazines? Simple: instead of paying us a submission fee, writers must donate at least $3 to a nonprofit of their choice. Since we launched in late April 2020, our writers have donated over $3000 directly to regional, national, and international nonprofits, so send your best work and use your creative superpowers for good! Visit today! Rolling deadline.

The CHILLFILTR Review strives to bring the best new art to a worldwide audience by leveraging best-in-class technology to create a seamless and immersive web experience. We welcome submissions from all walks of life, and all perspectives. We are committed to inclusivity and kindly welcome work from marginalized voices. All featured works will receive an honorarium of $20 per 1000 words and will be published online at The CHILLFILTR Review as well as on our Apple News Channel. Readers can vote for their favorites, and year-end "Best Of" winners will receive an additional $100 cash prize. Poetry, essays, short stories submissions accepted year-round.

the Vitni Review seeks creative writing submissions on an ongoing basis for its Fall 2020 issue. Our intention is to publish writing that pushes against convention, which challenges, subverts, or skillfully manipulates tradition, and which serves to advance the understanding of human culture and experience via interesting metaphors, exciting diction, and engaging content. We are especially dedicated to publishing work by writers from historically under- or misrepresented demographics. See our guidelines at Rolling deadline for fiction, nonfiction, poetry & reviews.

Words & Whispers is an online literary journal seeking to publish poetry and short prose by writers of all ages on a year-round rolling basis. Send us the wild and divine, the eccentric and experimental. For more information please visit Submissions accepted year-round for genre fiction and poetry.

Club Plum Literary Journal Submissions open for flash fiction of no more than 800 words and prose poems. Send powerful yet subtle pieces. Send strong voices. Send dreamy words that don't gush. Skate on the edge of realities. Club Plum also seeks art: Please send one image only of pen-and-ink line art, watercolor, bold colors, experimental work, collage, impressionistic or abstract pieces. Tell the editor about your piece. The editor will pass on photography. See for details.

Palooka is an international literary magazine. For a decade we've featured up-and-coming, established, and brand-new writers, artists, and photographers from all around the world. We're open to diverse forms and styles and are always seeking unique chapbooks, fiction, poetry, nonfiction, artwork, photography, graphic narratives, and comic strips. Give us your best shot! Submissions open year-round.

Red Planet Magazine is an independent literary magazine emphasizing a theme of speculative fiction, and is open for submissions year-round on a rolling basis. Contributors receive a digital copy of the issue in which their work has been featured. Please visit for additional information. Rolling deadline, open for nonfiction, poetry, art & photography.

The American Journal of Poetry is now reading for Volume Nine. Please visit us to read our previous volumes filled with poems from poets the world over, from the first-published to the most acclaimed in literature. A unique voice is highly prized. Be bold, uncensored, take risks. Our hallmark is "STRONG Rx MEDICINE." We are the home of the long poem! No restrictions as to subject matter, style, or length. Published biannually online. Submissions accepted through our online submission manager, Submittable; a submission fee is charged.

Wilkes University has a really great, low residency (I think there will be more and lots of others who will do this now) MA/MFA creative writing program. You can talk to me about it, or look it up and see if it just might be a fit for you. They focus on producing WORKING writers and if that's something that interests you, take a look!  They are on the East Coast in Pennsylvania and this is my alma mater.

Phoenix College on East Thomas in Phoenix has a creative writing program and offers AA and AAFA degrees. If you are looking to refine your writing or to start writing, this might be the place. To learn more visit:

Tupelo Press supports poets and poetry events. Writing conferences are coming up! Take a look at what they do here:

Words Dance Publishing has free stuff, poetry, art and they might even publish one of your poems. Check it out online.

Phoenix Center for the Arts is a great place to try out a new art form (to enhance your poetry, of course!) or maybe teach a workshop on an art form. Visit their website to find out more:

Poetry Out Loud fosters the next gen poets and literati. For more information (teachers are you paying attention?), visit

A Room of Her Own Foundation is the sponsor of some interesting writing projects and contests. To learn more, go here:

Beatlick Press for writers who have something to say and where poets and poetry hit the road!

Poets & Writers Magazine for great info about writing, interviews, contests, workshops and so very much more!

UA Poetry Center in Tucson always has a lot going even if we are staying away from gatherings! They may still be closed as are campuses all over Arizona. To help get the poetry community through this time of isolation, visit their weblog:

Visit and listen or watch on video some of the poets that have come to the Poetry Center over the years. Get to know the voice of poetry!

Virginia G. Piper Center for Writing in Tempe sponsors classes, workshops, readings and more. Website - As with other centers of writing, the Piper Center is closed, but they do have zoom workshops! Here is a sample of what they are currently doing:

Online Classes and Workshops for August: The Piper Writers Studio presents three online classes and workshops in poetry, world building, and short stories for August.

a.     World Building with Ilona Andrews Aug 22: Evolve societies, form power, and drive narrative through mythology, magic, and other elements of world building.

b.     Poetry Workshop with Sean Avery Aug 24: Investigate the commodification of identity through mass media using narrative, metaphor, and imagery.

An Evening with Ilona Andrews Aug 21: Ilona Andrews, the husband-and-wife writing team behind the #1 NYT bestselling urban fantasy of Kate Daniels, discuss their writing process in an exciting conversation and Q&A on Friday, August 21 at 6:00 p.m. on Zoom.

Call for Pop-Up Workshop Proposals: Write Here, Write Now is now accepting proposals for 1.5 hour pop-up workshops for its upcoming season. Writers of all backgrounds and experience levels are encouraged to submit.

Finally, if you are looking for poetry and you are on Facebook, just type in "Poetry" to find out what's going on and if there's something you might like. There are lots of ponds and frogs singing out in the world!

The month of August

had turned into a griddle

where the days

just lay there

and sizzled.

~Sue Monk Kidd~