Shameless Self-Promotion

Both National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) begin November 1, which is only nine days away. (I haven’t been able to locate anything about a November Chapbook Challenge over at Poetic Asides this year, so I’m not sure if that’s happening. If you’re interested, keep checking the website for any late-breaking news.) Unfortunately, I don’t think I’m going to be committing to any big writing projects; too many other things I’m trying to organize.

However, if you’re participating in any kind of writing month activity and want some extra inspiration, check out my e-book, Nudged by Quotes, available at for the budget-busting price of 99 cents. The book is available in several different formats (including epub, Kindle, PDF, and online reading).

As the product description says:

Whether you write poetry, fiction, blog posts, or journal entries, you’ll find inspiration in these prompts, or “nudges.” Using quotes by famous poets such as Pope, Tennyson, and Longfellow as starting points, each original nudge encourages writers to answer questions, devise scenarios, or examine dilemmas to get the words flowing. Exercises can be used for individual writing practice or in group settings and can also serve as tools in character development for short stories and novels.


I’ve done NaNoWriMo several times, and I know from experience it never hurts to have extra stimuli at hand to prime the writing pump.

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While I was out of town in Amish country last week, my contributor’s copy of 2013 Poet’s Market arrived in my mailbox. I have two new articles in this edition: “Freshen Your Poetry by Revising Stale Language” and “The Importance of Reading Poetry.”

The latter opens a section new to this edition of Poet’s Market, a collection of 20 poems culled from a vast sea of submissions to editor Robert Lee Brewer. Poets appearing in this new feature are Joannie Stangeland, Nin Andrews, Shann Palmer, Susan Laughter Meyers, Rebecca Givens Rolland, Patricia Farnoli, Sage Cohen, Jeffrey H. MacLachlan, Karen Rigby, Heather M. Moore Niver, Jen Karetnick, Jessie Carty, Kelli Simpson, Terri Kirby Erickson, Linda Simoni-Wastila, Nate Pritts, Pris Campbell, Kelli Russell Agodon, Irish Jamahl Dunkle, and Nancy Posey. So in addition to all the informative articles and indispensable listings, you also get a veritable chapbook of poetry.

Article authors include Kelly Davio, Sage Cohen, Patricia Kennelly, Jeannine Hall Gailey, Amy Miller, Kris Bigalk, Chloe Yelena Miller, Diane Lockward, Taylor Mali, Shaindel Beers, Nate Pritts, Geof Huth, and Nin Andrews. I haven’t had time since getting back from my trip to really delve into the articles yet, but I’m especially eager to read “10 Chapbook Design Tips Every Poet Should Know” and “The Organized Poet,” although I don’t have much hope for becoming one of the latter.

You absolutely need Poet’s Market. I said so when I was editor, and I believe it more than ever now.

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One of the projects I’ve been working on is building an online writing portfolio. Sometimes my published articles appear in Google Books, but when I was tracking these down, I found something else: I’ve been quoted!

I have two quotes on one page in a book called Quote Poet Unquote: Contemporary Quotations on Poets and Poetry, edited by Dennis O’Driscoll and published by Copper Canyon Press. I wasn’t aware of this book, much less that I was included in it. The two quotes describe the stereotyped perception of male and female poets, excerpted from an article I wrote for Writer’s Digest called “The 21st Century Poet.” And my quotes appear right next to a quote by Jane Hirshfield. Wow!

I’ve been told some of the things I say are quotable, but not for particularly distinguished reasons. In Quote Poet Unquote I almost sound like someone worth repeating for the right reasons. Astonishing!

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2 Responses to Shameless Self-Promotion

  1. jessiecarty says:

    fantastic to be directed here! loving the cliche article 😉 think it’d be a great one for my intro creative writing students to read!

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