I had a wonderful reading with New Hampshire poet Sarah Anderson and Maine poet Jim Thatcher at Brunswick’s Curtis Memorial Library February 11. Four Sunday afternoon Coursen Readings are a highlight of Longfellow Days, a month-long literary celebration. Longfellow studied and taught at Brunswick’s Bowdoin College and the community honors him every February. A fire roared in the fireplace and the audience was engaged and responsive. In a happy coincidence, the poets all included a few poems exploring the environment and its role in our lives. A good time was had by all!
I’m honored to start the year with a poem in The American Journal of Poetry. “Pulling” was inspired by Maine’s Cumberland Fair.
I’m happy to have my chilly poem “Ice Land” featured in Poetry Breakfast as Winter Solstice approaches.
Ice Land – A Poem by Sheila Wellehan
I’m delighted to have my poem “Adrift” included in Poetry Breakfast. The holidays can be hard on families. I hope this holiday season brings your family (biological or chosen) closer together.
Adrift – A Poem by Sheila Wellehan
I’m happy to have my poem “Bent” included in Whale Road Review. Welcome winter with poetry!
I’m honored to have three of my Van Gogh poems, “Fugitive Red,” “Sixteen Balls of Yarn and a Few Loose Strands,” and “History Whispers,” included in Menacing Hedge. Van Gogh explored so many of my own obsessions in his letters. These poems helped me organize my first full-length poetry manuscript, Fugitive Red.
I’m honored to have my poem “Smooth Stones” included in Tinderbox Poetry Journal. It’s a difficult poem, my second difficult poem to appear in Tinderbox. I greatly appreciate this beautiful journal. Tinderbox embraces the challenging work that feels like our bones.
It’s as gratifying when submissions work bears fruit as it is when seeds yield their harvest. I’m excited that my poem “Smooth Stones” will be featured in September’s Tinderbox Poetry Journal, one of my favorite journals. This will be my second appearance in Tinderbox. This summer I’ve received wonderful acceptances from Whale Road Review and The American Journal of Poetry. “Bent” will appear in December in Whale Road Review, and “Pulling” will appear in January 2018 in The American Journal of Poetry. This week, the British print journal Prole launched issue #23, including my poem “Cured.” And I received my copy of Kelly Ann Jacobson’s The Way to My Heart: An Anthology of Food-Related Romance, home to my poem “A, Your Name Is Anna.” There are links to all these publications in the POETRY section of this website. I’m looking forward to sharing my work in the online journals here in the coming months.
I’m delighted to have my poem “Chain Reaction” included in Entropy’s THE BIRDS series.
I love public poetry projects, and I’m tickled that my friend Tricia Marcella Cimera Whitworth is featuring my poem “Found” in The Fox Poetry Box in St. Charles, Illinois. Happy National Poetry Month!
“Found” in The Fox Poetry Box