The Blue Heron Review Winter 2017 Issue – Just Released!


(Cover art by Ira Kennedy)


Ethel Mortenson Davis, Richard King Perkins II, Sarah Rehfeldt, Hedy Habra, Ann Wehrman, Sylvia Cavanaugh, Lorraine Caputo, L B Sedlacek, Jason Talbot, Keith MacNider, Lizzy Larson, Robert Ford, Sandra J Lindow, Timothy Walsh, Phyllis Beckman, Janet Reed, Eileen Mattmann, Sue Scavo, Steven Bucher, Martie Odell Ingebretsen, Irene Zimmerman, Mehtab Khalsa, Yvette Viets Flaten, Jacki Martindale, Beth Snyder, Richard Havenga, Fred Kreutz, Janet Leahy, Barbara J Holt, Marie Loeffler, Robert Lee Haycock, Julie A Dickson

Ira Kennedy (Cover Artist), Leilani Carroll, Sarah Rehfeldt, Fiona Capuano, Anne C Kaiser, Karen A VandenBos, Teri Peterson, Jeannie E Roberts, Ann Leshy Wood Fuller, Lillian Havenga, Lorraine Caputo

Welcome to Issue #7, our Winter 2017 collection of poetry and art for Blue Heron Review!

It is such a pleasure to read submissions for Blue Heron and to reach out to talented artists to contribute to our issues. Each offering of poetry and art provides a resting place for our readers to pause, reflect, meditate, and refresh the spirit.

I hope that you will enjoy this issue as much as I have enjoyed being the curator. Let Blue Heron be your sanctuary, when you need to take a deep breath and infuse your life with creative energy.

Visit the BLUE HERON REVIEW ISSUE 7 WINTER 2017 page of our site, and dive right in!

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

Blue Heron Review News for February and March 2017

February and March are busy times for BLUE HERON REVIEW! Here are some things on the horizon!

The Blue Heron Review Winter 2017 issue is due to be published online at the end of February or early March! (Please be patient, if our release date is the first week of March.) Stay tuned for some beautiful offerings of poetry and fine art photography! Read past issues of Blue Heron Review all year long, by visiting the archives page.

The next OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS for Blue Heron Review will be from March 20th through April 20th, 2017. THE HEALING ISSUE: As always, Blue Heron welcomes all meditative, reflective, and metaphysical poetry. For this issue, Blue Heron is looking specifically for poems about HEALING. This can take any form you wish: physical healing, emotional healing, spiritual healing, global healing, and the healing of our planet. (See the Submission Guidelines page for full details.)

The current Blue Heron Speaks Featured Author for the month of February is poet, Karissa Knox Sorrell, author of Evening Body (Finishing Line Press, 2016). Read 3 sample poems, and learn more about her work, on the BLUE HERON SPEAKS page. We will have a new, featured author in March. Can’t wait to share the news with you!

May your days be filled with creativity and inspiration. Put some goodness back into the world, with your words!

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

The Blue Heron Speaks Featured Author for February 2017 is Karissa Knox Sorrell

Welcome to the February edition of Blue Heron Speaks! It is my great pleasure to shine a spotlight on the vivid, evocative, and lush verse of poet, Karissa Knox Sorrell, author of Evening Body (Finishing Line Press, 2016). Her beautiful imagery weaves a tapestry of color, emotion, and meaning in ways that the reader only truly absorbs after experiencing each poem several times. These are thoughtful, artful works that ask us to journey to the center of ourselves, when moving toward the center of each poem. Walk down the road ~ follow the path of words.

To learn more about the writing of Karissa Knox Sorrell, please visit the Blue Heron Speaks page of our site, where you will find sample poems by our featured author and information about where to order her books.


(author photo by Karla Wardlow)

Karissa Knox Sorrell is an ESL teacher, poet, and writer from Nashville, Tennessee. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Murray State University in 2010. Her poetry chapbook, Evening Body, was published in 2016 by Finishing Line Press. Karissa’s poems have been seen in journals such as Cumberland River Review, Gravel Mag, Two Cities Review, and Whale Road Review. Karissa has also published essays in journals such as St. Katherine Review and Cargo Literary, and has an essay in the anthology Soul Bare, published in 2016 by InterVarsity Press. She is currently working on a second chapbook and a YA novel. Connect with Karissa at or @KKSorrell.