Back to school

It’s been a quiet summer for me in publications, but I’ve been writing new poems, polishing a manuscript, and cranking out submissions. I’m looking forward to eight poems appearing in wonderful homes this fall and winter: The Ekphrastic Review; Menacing Hedge; the AuroreanForklift, Ohio; Whale Road Review, and Chiron Review (listed in order of scheduled publication).  It’s my first appearance in Forklift, Ohio, and I’m very excited to be included. The five other journals have published my work in the past. I’m very grateful for their continued support — they feel like my poetry homes.

I’m also happy to be participating in two reading series: Saturday September 22 at 7 p.m., the Lowry’s Lodge series at the Continuum for Creativity in Westbrook, Maine, and Monday October 1 at 9 p.m., Word Portland at LFK in Portland, Maine.

The end of summer is always a little sad, but fall is my favorite season. Wishing you a wonderful autumn!

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