March 28, 2012
I search for poetry that rises from the roots, flows like the winding St Louis River to Lake Superior, and surges inside, wave against wave. I search for moments of the past that cast their light upon the hands. It is in the body, visceral and geologic, in the stones broken for mineral deposits, in the cities on ice. It is in the scent of wintergreen and yarrow. I search for the knock and echo of the pileated woodpecker, the call of the bittern and the Canadian goose. In the hidden things, the just whelped wolf pups playing amid the tangle of shadow and light, the endless roads taken by the wild and civilized or the wind, in the encounters and surprises, in breath and word, I find my music.
Writing about place offers poets the opportunity to explore stories that are layered and deep. There is a wisdom in the landscape and secrets spoken without our knowing. Writing that begins or ends with the land is a way to ground ourselves, hold to the elemental and enduring, and access the part of history or heritage right before us. "The Blessing" by James Wright begins:
March 19, 2012
Here are some useful links for poets. The databases offer listings of places that publish poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Other resources I've listed provide information about opportunities, grants, conferences, classes and literary events. The last links are specific to Minnesota poets. Check Poets & Writers and AWP if you live elsewhere.
Databases of Literary Magazines
This database lists over 4000 markets for fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Its features include a submission tracker and weekly email that let's you know what's new and what's no longer available. It's free, but they do ask for donations.
Poets & Writers:
The website features a database of literary magazines (over 700). Poets & Writers is a good resource for writers; it features articles about writers and writing, presses, and it also has useful information about deadlines for contests, calls for submissions, and writer's conferences.
Directory of CLMP Member Publishers
CLMP stands for Council of Literary Magazines and Publishers. Basically, this is a resource for literary magazines and publishers, but this list of members will guide you to several member/ publishers who are committed to independent publishing and quality programs.
Resources for Information and Support
This website offers profiles of Minnesota artists and writers, opportunities, a calendar of events, and calls for proposals. You can set up your own profile and post your events.
Lake Superior Writers:
This is the Duluth writer's organization that supports literary arts. The Duluth Poet Laureate program, classes, contests and information is available for members ($30)
The Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis
This organization offers classes, mentors and literary events. They administer the McKnight Fellowship grants and other contests like the Loft Mentor Award. Membership is about $60 for out-state members (now it appears you can donate smaller amounts and be considered a member).
Association of Writers and Writers Programs (AWP)
This national organization connects writers and writing programs. Membership (individual one year is $65) gives you access to a magazine, calendar, articles, and resources. AWP has an annual conference and book fair.
This website is useful for writers. It has listings of literary magazines, calls for submission, reviews of literary magazines and books, and interesting links.
This website features "best of the web" videopoetry.
The Poetry Foundation
The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary
organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience.
The Academy of American Poets
This website offers a listing of poets, poetry, essays about teaching and writing, interviews, and other useful information.
Arts Funding in Minnesota
Arrowhead Regional Arts Council
to see the listing of all the Regional Arts Councils http://www.arts.state.mn.us/racs/index.htm
The ARAC serves the Arrowhead region of Minnesota. It awards grants for individual artists and organizations. See the website for application guidelines and deadlines.
Minnesota State Arts Board
MSAB is our state agency that promotes and help develop the arts. See the website for individual and organizational grant opportunities and deadlines.