The Coursen Readings

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!

Coursen reading

Summer Summary

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.