One of the greatest honors of my life has been helping give birth to this book: "Red Sky: Poetry on the global epidemic of violence against women." We have been working carefully on it for over a year. We had wanted it to launch by October 1st of this year to coincide with the start of Domestic Violence Awarenes month. However, I now realize that its return from the printer on October 12, 2016, one day before First Lady Michelle Obama's incomparably elegant speech on this exact same topic, brings new meaning to the term poetic justice. We could not have timed it any better than this. It is now available from Sable Books. Warmest appreciation to my fellow poets who have already ordered copies.
For those who may not know, being awarded the Lorene Pouncey Memorial Award is akin to winning Houston's Academy Award for Poetry. And since Houston is now considered second only to New York City for the quality of its poetry community, receiving this Houston Poetry Fest award is a BIG deal! But it gets even better! I was also honored to receive Houston Poetry Festival's Jury Prize for the highest score received from the Jury. Scoring is based on blind readings of all the poets' portfolios; the judges are prevented from knowing the name/identity of the poet until after all works have been scored. Having received the highest score also means that I have been appointed as Featured Poet for 2017. I am over-joyed!!!
Sandi Glorfield presenting the Lorene Pouncey Award.
Special thanks goes to Alyson Ward at the Houston Chronicle for interviewing me about my poetry. I truly cannot imagine a lovelier way to spend an afternoon than sharing a pot of tea with, and being interviewed by, this wonderful and insightful journalist! To read the Houston Chronicle article click here.
In connection with Houston Poetry Fest and Public Poetry, Archway Gallery hosted a reading last night for six poets reading ekphrastic work, (poetry written in response to a specific piece of artwork). I was honored to read with Carolyn Dahl, Justin Jannise, Dean Lutrell, John Milkereit, and Vanessa Zimmer-Powell. And a special thanks to our Mistress of Ceremonies, The FABULOUS Billie Duncan!!! a.k.a. "La Senora Fabulosa!!!, as she has recently been dubbed by a Latin American poetry aficionado.
In connection with receiving PANOPLY Editors' Choice award, PANOPLY has posted a video of my "Lychee Martinis" reading on their Facebook page:
You can also read the poem, and editor's remark, on the PANOPLY site by clicking here:
Editors' Choice Award
Photo Credit: Chris Thygesen
It was a delight to read with fellow ARTlines poets for the Writespace writer's conference, held this past weekend at Silver Street Studios (Houston, TX). Fran Sanders of Public Poetry, as well as Amir Safi from Write About Now, and Brazos Bookstore, were all in attendance to promote poetry in Houston. The Writespace studio (located within the Silver Street Studios complex) has been developed and outfitted especially for writers of all literary genres, and all experience levels. After attending two of Writespace's writers panels -- one of which featured esteemed poet and scholar, Anis Shivani -- I recommend that all Houston area writers get in touch with Writespace to learn about their upcoming events.
Thank you to the editors of Panoply for including my poem "Lychee Martinis" in their Summer-Autumn 2016 Issue. I have also just been informed by their editor-in-chief, Mr. Jeff Santosuosso, that this poem has received Editors' Choice recognition by the Panoply editors. For those of you already familiar with Panoply, you will understand why this is such an honor. Here is a link to their exquisite journal: https://panoplyzine.com/issue-4-summer-autumn-2016/
Thank you to the British literary journal, Algebra of Owls, for publishing my poem "White Orchids." With special thanks to Algebra of Owls' poetry editors for their interest in my work, I can now refer to myself as an "internationally known poet."
Please check out this wonderfully edited on-line journal.
I am very proud to have my poem, "Tide," along with accompanying write-up and photos published by Los Angeles based literary journal, Silver Birch Press.
photo credit to Chris Thygesen
Here with the amazing poet, Stacy Nigliazzo (the beautiful lady sitting next to me) who was invited to read by Public Poetry for their summer reading series. I highly recommend checking out her book, Scissored Moon, which has become a true favorite of mine. An added delight was seeing my step-father's (David Hickman) four paintings which were purchased by Houston Public Library in the 1980's for this fourth floor reading room.