Poetry Anthology 2018

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Editors Fran Claggett
and Les Bernstein
invite your submissions!

As the theme of Shel Silverstein's poem suggests, all Redwood Writer members are invited to submit your poems. All themes and forms are welcome.

If you are a dreamer,
come in
If you are a dreamer,
a wisher, a liar
a hoper, a pray-er
a magic bean buyer...
if you’re a pretender,
come sit by my fire
for we have some flax-golden poems
to spin.
Come in! Come in!

—Shel Silverstein

 New This Year!

Redwood Writer
Award of Merit Poets

This is a new feature. The judges will select three poets whose work exhibits exemplary achievement to be designated as Redwood Writer Award of Merit Poets. Their poems will be featured in the anthology, and they will receive a complimentary copy of the book. In addition, along with other authors, they will read at the book launch.

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Entries

Only Redwood Writers members in good standing may submit works to be considered for this anthology.

If you are interested in becoming a member, click here for more information.

Submission dates:

Open:
Saturday, July 1, 2017

Extended Deadline:
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
at 9 p.m.

 Got Questions?

Send an email to
[email protected]

CLICK HERE TO OPEN ANTHOLOGY FLIER

Anthology Workshop:

Members Only
Saturday, July 22, 2017
9:30 a.m. to noon
at the Flamingo Hotel
2777 4th Street
Santa Rosa

Price:
$25

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Meet co-editors Fran Claggett and Les Bernstein, and the editorial team.

Topics to be discussed:

  • Come join in the discussion with the editors about your poems.
  • Learn useful strategies to improve your work.
  • Share ideas with fellow poets.
  • There will be a review of the submission process.
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FRAN CLAGGETT
Co-Editor

Fran Claggett

Fran Claggett recently published her third book of poetry and memoir, Moments with Madge: Lux Aeterna. She has two previous collections of poems. After years of teaching, consulting, publishing, and writing, Fran is currently an instructor for memoir and poetry both in her home and at Sonoma State University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. She has received a number of awards for her teaching, and for her books on critical thinking, literature, and writing.

Les Bernstein has been published in journals, presses and anthologies in the U.S and internationally. Her chapbooks Borderland, Naked Little Creatures, and Amid the Din have been published by Finishing Line Press. She has won the 2014 Nazim Hikmet award and is a 2015 Pushcart Prize nominee. Les lives in Mill Valley.

LES BERNSTEIN
Co-Editor

Les Bernstein

SUSAN GUNTER
Editorial Assistant

Susan-Gunter

Susan Gunter, Ph.D., has published poetry, three books on the James family, and a memoir on her transformation from college professor to full-time nanny for her granddaughter, My Vacation at the Beach. She studied poetry with James Dickey, and her poems have appeared in small journals around the country, including Poet Lore. She held the William Dean Howells Fellowship in American literature at Harvard’s Houghton Library in 2005. Currently, she is finishing a suspense novel about two women college professors, The Juke Joint; or, The Life and Times of Mrs. Ann James.

Crystal Mazur Ockenfuss was born in Buffalo, where she first studied poetry with Robert Creeley. Her poems have appeared in Slipstream and Ekphrasis, and her chapbook, The Hobo Alphabet, was recently published by Dancing Girl Press of Chicago. She currently lives, reads, writes, and teaches in the Bay Area.

CRYSTAL OCKENFUSS
Editorial Assistant

Crystal Ockenfuss

LINDA REID
Board Liaison
to Poetry Anthology

Linda Loveland Reid
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"Cuba. It's Complicated!"
"Cuba. It's Complicated!"

About the Painting

Sonoma County artist and writer Warren Bellows has graciously donated his original abstract oil painting, "Cuba. It's Complicated!" (pictured left) for use on the cover of the 2018 Redwood Writers Poetry Anthology.

About the Artist

Warren Bellows paints luminous landscapes, seascapes, florals and abstracts. Bellows was trained at the Denver Art Students League by Quang Ho, whom he considers one of the finest painters and art educators in America.

A native of San Francisco, Bellows’ work is inspired by Northern California landscapes, especially the Sonoma County coast and hillsides. He considers his paintings a visual portrait of a dialogue; an ongoing two-way conversation between the subject and artist.

Discover more of this artist’s works at his website wbellows.com.

WARREN BELLOWS
Artist

Artist Warren Bellows
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WHAT TO SUBMIT:

  • Poets must be members in good standing of Redwood Writers.
  • Each poet may submit up to 5 poems (maximum 100 lines per poem).
  • BLIND SUBMISSIONS: Your name must NOT appear anywhere on the manuscript; only the title of poem.
  • Only previously unpublished poems will be accepted.
  • All poems must be submitted by October 31, 2017 for consideration.
  • Poems must be original. Poems that have appeared in print, including online magazines, are not eligible. However, they may have appeared in personal blogs or online newsletters.

FORMAT REQUIREMENTS:

  • 1-inch margins
  • 12-point Times New Roman font
  • Poems may be single-spaced
  • One space after punctuation
  • Page number at bottom center

PLEASE INCLUDE:

  • At the time of submission, you will be asked to provide a 50-word biography written in 3rd person.

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HOW TO SUBMIT:

  • Document format: Your piece(s) should be formatted as a Microsoft Word document (doc or pdf, NOT a docx).
  • Multiple poems may be submitted in a single document.
  • ONLINE SUBMISSIONS ONLY: All entries must be submitted online using the submission form linked below.

WORKING WITH EDITORS:

For the benefit of our readers and for our growth as writers, we want to help each other hone these works to make them the best possible. We may ask poets who submit their poems to talk with one of the editors regarding possible revisions.

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