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  • Posted: March 1, 2016

    Nancy Flynn Upcoming Publication News

    Anchor & Plume of Baton Rouge, Louisiana will be releasing Nancy Flynn’s Great Hunger as their first-ever “pocket book” on St. Patrick’s Day 2016.

    About Great Hunger:

    Great Hunger is a multi-part poem investigating the intersection of landscape and place as it relates to one ecological and humanitarian disaster, the mid-19th century Irish potato famine. It begins with a visit to the Irish Hunger Memorial in Lower Manhattan, mere blocks from the World Trade Center site. The poem then muses its way through varieties of the very potato itself as well as a “found poem” made up of historical texts and fragments that described the disaster. The history of Flynn’s Irish forebears figures in along with the potato’s role as a potentially vulnerable staple crop in the country of Rwanda, itself wracked by a genocide of unimaginable scale and barbarity barely two decades back.

    Advance praise for Great Hunger:

    Written with a fierce and lyrical intelligence and bristling with the sights, sounds, and textures of inescapable human suffering, Nancy Flynn’s Great Hunger is an unflinching sequence of poems on the Irish potato famine that killed over a million people from 1845-1851. Moving from the Irish Hunger Monument in New York City to her own Irish ancestors, Flynn brings a vivid, empathic imagination to this tragic period and in doing so holds a mirror up to our own feast-and-famine era.

    —John Brehm, author of Help Is on the Way

    From the opening lines of Great Hunger, Nancy Flynn startles us to grief and attention as she tallies the tragedies of the mid-nineteenth century potato famine in which Ireland lost a quarter of its population to starvation, disease, and immigration. With a keen ear and an open heart, Flynn drags us to ground level—proximate to rotting tubers and hastily closed graves—yet she does not let us look away from the callousness of the powerful, making us glance nervously about, wondering what atrocity we are just now deciding to overlook.

    —Wendy Willis, author of Blood Sisters of the Republic

    Flynn recently answered a few questions for Anchor & Plume editor, Amanda Mays, and you can find that interview here:

  • Posted: November 24, 2015

    Tricia Knoll’s poetry collection Ocean’s Laughter is now available.

    Ocean’s Laughter is a collection of lyric and eco-poetry about Knoll’s 25 years in Manzanita, Oregon. Pre-publication reviews of the book by Naomi Shihab Nye, Robert Michael Pyle, and Bill Siverly are online at .

  • Posted: November 16, 2015

    Reverberations from Fukushima, Award-winning Finalist

    Reverberations from Fukushima: 50 Japanese Poets Speak Out, edited by Leah Stenson and Asao Sarukawa Aroldi (Inkwater Press, 2014) is an award-winning finalist in the Social Change category of the 2015 USA Book Awards.

  • Posted: November 7, 2015

    Food Issue of The Poeming Pigeon Released by The Poetry Box

    Shawn Aveningo of The Poetry Box is proud to announce the release of the latest issue of The Poeming Pigeon, just in time for the holidays!

    Homer, The Poeming Pigeon mascot, has been hunting and pecking to gather the most delicious poetry for a new collection of poems from around the globe – all about food. Allow us to whet your appetite with an opening poem by Oregon Poet Laureate Emerita, Paulann Petersen, followed by a feast of verse that may not only make your mouth water, but your eyes well-up too. Food not only nourishes our body, it can feed our soul. What’s your favorite food? You just might find a poem about it inside this journal of poetry.

    Contributing Poets Include:

    A.J. Huffman • Andrew David Viceroy • Ann Howells • Ann Privateer • Barbara A. Meier • Beth Suter • Boutheina Boughnim Laarif • Carolyn Martin • Cassie Von Alst • Cathy Cain • Christine Easterly • Christine Kouwenhoven • Claudia F. Savage • Connie Post • Dan Raphael • Dawn Orosco • Deborah Meltvedt • Debra McQueen • Elizabeth Moscoso • Elizabeth Vrenios • Georgette Howington • Heather Angier • Helen Kerner • Irene Bloom • Jan Duncan-O’Neal • Jan Haag • Jane Burn • Jane Simpson • Jane Yolen • JC Reilly • Jeanine Stevens • Jeannie E. Roberts • JenniferAnne Morrison • Jill Boyles • Joan Colby • Joan Leotta • Joanne S. Bodin • Judith Skillman • Karla Linn Merrifield • Katy Brown • Kimberly White • Larry Schug • Laurel Feigenbaum • Laurie Kolp • Linda Ferguson • Linda Flaherty Haltmaier • Linda Hofke • Linda Jackson Collins • Lori Levy • Lori Loranger • Lu Pierro • M.J.Iuppa • Mariano Zaro • Mark L. Levinson • Martie Odell-Ingebretsen • Mary Kay Rummel • Matt Hohner • Nathan Tompkins • Paul Belz • Paulann Petersen • Penelope Scambly Schott • Rachelle M. Parker • Richard King Perkins II • Rick Blum • Sarah Ghoshal • Shawn Aveningo • Sreemoyee Roy Chowdhury • Stephen McGuinness • Susan Mahan • Susan Star Paddock • Suzanne Bruce • Sylvia Riojas Vaughn • Tammy Robacker • Taylor Graham • Terri Niccum • Tricia Knoll • Victorio Reyes

  • Posted: October 24, 2015

    The Constellation of Extinct Stars and Other Poems, by Scot Siegel

    The Constellation of Extinct Stars and Other Poems, due out from Salmon Poetry of Ireland in early 2016, is Siegel’s third full-length book of poems.

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