Big news! Half-way through the year, I finally have some successes to report. The stack of books beside my bed includes two books that I have been tapped to review for The International Gay & Lesbian Review. And, Room, one of my favourite literary journals, has accepted three of my poems for publication in its next…Read more Ratio of rejection to acceptance: 21 to 3
The writer's life is full of rejection, and rejection hurts. Even when you court it. Today, after logging the 10th rejection letter of 2017, I am taking comfort in the words of Saul Bellow.
By L. Roger Owens John, author of the Bible’s book of Revelation—his apocalypse occurred on the island of Patmos. Mine began in a shopping plaza parking lot two days before Christmas. I’d just dropped my wife off at the grocery store to buy the final foodstuffs for Christmas Eve dinner, along with everyone else, judging […]…Read more Rejection & revelation: Must-read essay on Brevity blog
I got my first rejection of the year and it's a beauty.
I found this blog post by Erica Goss on Trish Hopkinson's blog, A Selfish Poet. It reminded me why I decided to court rejection in 2017. Night Court, a poetry collection by Erica Goss, is the winner of the 2016 Lyrebird Award from Glass Lyre Press. The collection will be published in the summer of…Read more First Book Publication: Keep at it and you will succeed —— guest blog post by Erica Goss