Orison Books Anthology Nominations from Blue Heron Review for 2015 Announced!

Blue Heron Review is pleased to announce our nominations for The Orison Anthology, due out summer/2016. Orison Books supports the philosophy that, “… spiritual writing has little to do with subject matter. Such work is not merely about spiritual contemplation, but itself leads the reader into profound contemplation. It is not merely about the sublime, but itself has a sublime effect on the reader.” Congratulations to all of our poets nominated to be included in this special anthology! If any of our contributors are chosen, we will make a special announcement on this page.

Blue Heron Review Nominations:

1. “Luminary” by Laura Bayless (published in the Winter 2015 issue of Blue Heron Review, Issue #3)

2. “You Tell Me Happiness May Not Be Communicable” by Ronda Broatch (published in the Winter 2015 issue of Blue Heron Review, Issue #3)

3. “Lauds, November 2: New Camaldoli Hermitage, Big Sur” by Russell Colver (published in the Winter 2015 Issue of Blue Heron Review, Issue #3)

4. “Vessels of Light” by Elizabeth J Mitchell (published in the Summer 2015 Issue of Blue Heron Review, Issue #4)

5. “Beads of Dew” by Paula Schulz (published in the Summer 2015 Issue of Blue Heron Review, Issue #4)

6. “Sisters Praying” by Chris Abbate (published in the Summer 2015 Issue of Blue Heron Review, Issue #4)

Other Nominations/Awards:

Blue Heron Review will also be selecting poems from our past year of issues for both the Best of the Net prize and the Pushcart Prize. We will make announcements after those nominations are submitted.

Call for Submissions! Blue Heron Review is Now Reading Submissions for Our Winter 2016 Issue! Deadline: October 10th, 2015

Welcome back, poets and readers!  We’ve had an exciting summer.  At the end of July, we published our 4th issue, BHR Summer 2015. Hope you’ll stop by to read inspiring poetry and view stunning photography by our highly talented contributors. We are now ready to read and consider poems for our next issue – Winter 2016 (due to be published at the end of February).

(photo by Jason Iffert)

(photo by Jason Iffert)

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS! Polish up your poems and get them ready to send. Submissions for Blue Heron Review are officially open! The deadline is October 10th, 2015. Our reading period is a bit shorter this time, so send your poems early. We always suggest that writers read sample poems from past issues on the BHR site before submitting. Blue Heron welcomes submissions from emerging and established writers. We provide a space for spiritual and life-affirming poems. While we aren’t necessarily looking for overtly religious poems, we tend to be drawn to well-crafted, imagistic poems with a meditative or contemplative quality.

Please read our complete list of guidelines carefully on the SUBMISSION GUIDELINES page. We look forward to reading your work!

Don’t forget to visit the Blue Heron Speaks page to read sample poems by, Stephen Anderson, our featured author for the month of September. Stephen’s latest collection, Navigating in the Sun (Finishing Line Press, 2015), was just released.

With kind wishes for autumn,
Cristina M. R. Norcross, Editor
Blue Heron Review

Stephen Anderson is the September 2015 Blue Heron Speaks Featured Poet!

Stephen Anderson

Welcome to the September 2015 Blue Heron Speaks feature! This month, we are very pleased to share the work of poet, Stephen Anderson. Please visit our Blue Heron Speaks page to read 3 sample poems from his new poetry collection, Navigating in the Sun (Finishing Line Press, 2015). While reading Stephen Anderson’s poems, we closely hold the miracle of each memory he shares with us, as if they are our own. Anderson has that rare gift as a poet of showing us the magic of small moments through beautiful imagery and thoughtful details. We, too, are on that swing as a child. We, too, are listening to the cicada serenade. We, too, are contemplating the fate of a colony of yellow jackets. I hope you will linger long and often, while reading these poems, as we welcome the new life that awaits us behind the russet and gold of September.

(Photo credit: Shlomo Godder)

(Photo credit: Shlomo Godder)

Stephen Anderson is a prize-winning Milwaukee poet whose work has appeared in numerous print and online journals including Southwest Review, Tipton Poetry Journal, New Purlieu Re-view, Free Verse, Verse Wisconsin and Foundling Review. Many of Anderson’s poems have been featured on the Milwaukee NPR-affiliate WUWM Lake Effect Program. He is the author of Montezuma Resurrected And Other Poems (2001) and The Silent Tango of Dreams (2006 chapbook).  Several of his poems appeared in the poetry collection, Portals And Piers (2012). In the summer of 2013, six of his poems formed the text for a chamber music composition entitled, The Privileged Secrets of the Arch, performed by some musicians, including two members of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and an opera singer. Because of a particular set of life experiences, Anderson considers himself a poet with a global perspective rather than a regional poet. His newest poetry collection, Navigating in the Sun, was recently published by Finishing Line Press (2015). Copies can be ordered directly from the poet ($14.49 plus shipping of $2.50).  Contact author for details at: stephen.anderson724@gmail.com

Navigating in the Sun (Finishing Line Press, 2015)

Stephen A book cover