Blue Heron Review Issue 16 / Spring 2023 Now Online!

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(Cover artist credit: Thomas A Thomas)

Welcome to our BHR 16 Spring 2023 issue of Blue Heron Review! We hope you enjoy this themed selection of poems — Sanctuaries & Places of Peace. To read the full selection of poems and view the beautiful, fine art photography included, please go to the BHR 16 page of our website. Take your time, allow yourself to leisurely sip and savor this issue. These poems will surround you with the energy of peaceful afternoons in the forest, time spent with loved ones, and the deep well of calm that exists within. Breathe, read, reflect, repeat. Thank you for joining us for this very special issue!


M J Iuppa * John Davis * James Crews * Mary Alice Williams * Michael S Glaser * Kai Coggin * Javi Maria Cain * John M Bellinger * Tad Phippen Wente * Gloria Heffernan * B L Bruce * Beate Sigriddaughter * Jo Taylor * Patricia Nelson * Lisa Romano Licht * Andrea Potos * Kristen Baum DeBeasi * Abha Das Sarma * j lewis * Elizabeth McCarthy * Angela Hoffman * Jeannie E Roberts * Jenna Wysong Filbrun * Kathie Giorgio * Jennifer Dodge * Susan Glassmeyer * Mary Anna Scenga Kruch * Steve Bucher * Ginny Lowe Connors * Kathleen Deyer Bolduc * Helen Bournas-Ney * Penny Harter * Chrissy Stegman * Colleen Keating * Daniel Lanzdorf * Gwyneth Wynn-Davies * Ronnie Hess * Lynne Burnett * Carol Alena Aronoff * Diana Raab * Cheryl Byler Keeler * Patricia Carney * Jan Chronister * Joyce Ritchie * Joan Leotta * Michael Minassian

Thomas A Thomas (cover artist) * j lewis (featured artist) * Fiona Capuano * Michael Jeske *

Editor’s Note:

It is with great sadness that I must share the news that we have lost a dear member of our Blue Heron Review family. Professor and poet M J Iuppa passed away last month. M J was a regular contributor to Blue Heron, and she was our featured poet for the month of March 2015. She will be greatly missed by the writing community. In honor of M J’s memory, her poem, “Drink This In,” appears as the first poem in our issue.

Send goodness and light out into our world. This will be our saving grace for tomorrow.

Cristina M. R. Norcross, Founding Editor
Blue Heron Review

BHR 16 / Spring 2023 Issue Release Date Delayed until Mid-May

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(*Photo by Javardh on Unsplash)

Our next online issue “Sanctuaries and Places of Peace” will be launched in mid-May.  (This is only a delay of 2 weeks.)  I am especially thrilled and honored to curate this issue.  Our world needs welcoming, peaceful spaces, where we can hit the pause button, take a deep breath, and find nourishment for the heart.  I hope that you enjoy our next issue.  We have a varied collection of poems and fine art photography on this theme.

Until then, please enjoy the gentle lead up to spring.  Find moments of calm and connection in your life.  Celebrate the times when there is quiet after a storm.  I know that we could all use that, right now.  We’ll see you back here on the BHR page in May!

Cristina M. R. Norcross, Founding Editor
Blue Heron Review
(Founded 2013)

(*Photo by Javardh on Unsplash)

Delayed Submission Responses for Blue Heron Review Issue #16


PLEASE READ / SPECIAL NOTE: Delayed Submission Responses for BHR16
Due to unexpected circumstances, response times will now be 10-12 weeks (instead of 8-10 weeks).  Apologies for the inconvenience. Thank you for understanding.


Thank you to all those who submitted poems for our next issue, BHR 16 Spring 2023 / “Sanctuaries and Places of Peace.”  Our issue will be devoted to creating a safe haven of peace for our writers and readers. All submissions will be read with great care. Our online publication date for this issue has been re-scheduled for mid-May.

2022 Blue Heron Review Pushcart Prize Nominations


BHR Fall 2022 / Issue 15

“Another Place” by Laura Goldin
“For You” by Diane Vogel Ferri
“Apron Strings” by Patricia Carney
“Beach” by Yvette Viets Flaten

BHR Spring 2022 / Issue 14

“Nesting” by Jessica L Parker
“Transmission of Joy” by Jessica Lee McMillan

(*Visit the BHR 14  and BHR 15 pages of this site to read all of these beautiful poems. Simply scroll down to find the work of each author within the issue.)

Blue Heron Review Issue 15 / Fall 2022 NOW ONLINE!

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Please visit the BHR 15 Fall 2022 page of our site to read and view our full collection of poetry and visual art!


Susan Fiore * Kim Klugh * Amy Murre * Laura Goldin * Ellen Lager * Diane Vogel Ferri * Karen A VandenBos * Mary Anna Scenga Kruch * Margaret Rozga * Pam Lewis * Elizabeth R McCarthy * Sami H Tripp * Richard Havenga * Michele Mekel * Lucy Tyrrell * Keith MacNider * Derik Hawley * Patricia Carney * Julie A Dickson * Erna Kelly * Nancy Murphy * Abha Das Sarma * Yvette Viets Flaten * Maryann Hurtt * Mary McCarthy * Fred Kreutz * Erik Richardson * Eamon O’Caoineachan * Ann Wehrman * Fredric Hildebrand * Thomas A Thrun

Cynthia Yatchman (Cover Artist) * Michael Jeske * Karren Jeske * Janet Ruth * Jeannie E Roberts * Thomas A Thomas * Derik Hawley * Gail Goepfert

Editor’s Note:

Welcome to the Fall 2022 “Shared Space” issue of Blue Heron Review (Issue #15). It is such a pleasure to share this special collection of poetry and photography/art with our readers! Whether it is about sharing space with the natural world, loved ones, or anyone we have a sense of connection and kinship with, this issue explores all of the ways in which we touch the lives of others in positive ways. I hope that you enjoy reading this issue as much as I enjoyed curating it

Cristina M. R. Norcross, Founding Editor
Blue Heron Review

Blue Heron Review News / Fall BHR Issue 15 due out end of October & our next submission period will be at the beginning of December

Our next reading period for Blue Heron Review will be:
December 1st through December 15th, 2022

THEME: Sanctuaries and Places of Peace

Our theme for the BHR 16 Spring 2023 issue is “Sanctuaries and Places of Peace.”  Our whole issue is devoted to creating a safe haven of peace for our writers and readers.  You can describe a fictional place, your ideal haven, or a memory of a special place you’ve visited that has given you a feeling of serenity and peace.  The goal is to create a collection devoted to finding a peaceful place to dwell within the self, when the outer world becomes busy or challenging.  Having a place to refresh and renew the spirit allows us to move forward and give back in positive ways.  I look forward to reading about your sanctuaries!  (*A complete list of details can be found on our submission guidelines page.)

Image for BHR 16 subs Photo by Parul Gupta on Unsplash

(Photo by Parul Gupta on Unsplash)

Best of the Net Nominations / Blue Heron Review

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It is an honor to curate and bring you a wonderful selection of thoughtful, meditative poetry in Blue Heron Review. I am proud of each and every one of our talented contributors. I wish I could have nominated more than 6 authors for the Best of the Net awards. Please join me in celebrating the work of these fine writers. The following poets nominated appear in either BHR Issue 13 Fall 2021 / or BHR Issue 14 Spring 2022.

Visit the BHR 13 and BHR 14 pages of this site to read all of these beautiful poems. Simply scroll down to find the work of each author within the issue.

Nominations from BHR Issue 13 Fall 2021

Donna H DiCello / “Is the World Too Full to Talk About?”
Jackie Langetieg / “I Never Knew”


Nominations from BHR Issue 14 Spring 2022

Jessica Lee McMillan / “Transmission of Joy”
Elisabeth Harrahy / “Goodbye, Professor”
Jess L Parker / “Nesting”
Cheryl Byler Keeler / “Sixty-two”

Thank you for supporting our authors. We value our Blue Heron readers!

Cristina M. R. Norcross, Founding Editor
Blue Heron Review

Blue Heron Review Issue 14 / Spring 2022 NOW ONLINE!


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Please visit the BHR 14 Spring 2022 page of our site, to read and view our full collection of poetry and visual art!

Poets: Jessica Lee McMillan * Jenna Wysong Filbrun * Annie Marhefka * Bonnie Demerjian * Judith Sanders * Elisabeth Harrahy * Ruth Hoberman * Matt Edgeworth * Hope McLeod * Daye Phillippo * Jess L Parker * John Grey * Karen George * Kelly Jarvis * Nora Snyder * Jeannie E Roberts * John Muro * Penny Harter * Jackie Langetieg * Cheryl Byler Keeler * Janet Ruth * Georgia Ressmeyer * Patrice Boyer Claeys * Emily Bowles * Mary C Rowin * Sandra J Lindow * Lora Keller * Karen Warinsky * Linda Aschbrenner * Ronnie Hess * Paula Schulz * Roseanne Freed

Artists: Janet Ruth (Cover Artist) * Karen A VandenBos * Gail Goepfert * Thomas A Thomas * Derik Hawley

Editor’s Note:

Dear reader,

Thank you for joining us for this special themed issue of Blue Heron Review — Meaningful Connections / BHR 14. Whether you are taking a breath to read just a few poems or pausing for a longer, enjoyable read, I hope that you find some peace here. May these offerings of poetry and visual art provide time to reflect and rest. May we all find healing in our connections with others, the world around us, and ourselves. I hope you enjoy reading this collection as much as I have enjoyed curating it for you!
Kind wishes,

Cristina M. R. Norcross, Editor
Blue Heron Review