Blue Heron Review News: Our Winter 2019 Issue Will Be Delayed / Early March Release

A quick note to our valued Blue Heron Review readers and contributors:

Our Winter 2019 issue (BHR #11) will be delayed. We are expecting an early March release. Thank you for your patience. It will be worth the wait!

With kind wishes,

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

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(Blue Heron Review logo artwork by Daniel Adams)

 

In Loving Memory of Leilani Carroll

It is with a very heavy heart that I share the news of the passing of one of our beloved contributing artists for Blue Heron Review, Leilani Carroll. Leilani was the cover artist for Blue Heron Issue 6 and was also a contributing photographer for issues 7 and 8. Leilani was one of the kindest, gentlest people I knew. We developed a treasured friendship over the past few years, and I will miss her dearly. When I heard the news today that Leilani was no longer with us, I wanted to pay tribute to her memory, her bright spirit, and the light of kindness which she shared with others. In this special post for Blue Heron Review, I would like to share Leilani’s work from our magazine with our readers, as well as her biography. May her light keep shining—for all of us still finding our way.

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had an appreciation for all things “nature” for as long as she could remember, but birds of all species were her passion.  Leilani was a retired RN who adapted her photography around the limitations of living many years with young onset Parkinson’s Disease.  Despite her disability, she thought “outside the box” to find ways to capture many of her images.  Always using the opportunity to give credit to our Creator for the beauty that can be found in everyday life.  Leilani lived in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, Gary, with the good fortune to have a small lake in back and a neighborhood that adjoins a 10,000 acre state park.  She was delighted when any of her photos could spotlight “Alabama the beautiful” and the treasures it holds for those who look, listen, and linger.

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(photo by Leilani Carroll / BHR Issue 8)

 

 

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(photo by Leilani Carroll, BHR Issue 7)

 

 

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(cover photo by Leilani Carroll, BHR Issue 6)

 

 

The February Blue Heron Speaks Featured Author is Kersten Christianson!

Welcome to the February 2019 edition of Blue Heron Speaks! Our featured author this month is poet Kersten Christianson, author of What Caught Raven’s Eye (Petroglyph Press, 2018) and Something Yet to Be Named (Aldrich Press, 2017). These are breathtaking poems of music, light, and nature’s dance. Words float and flicker across the page, as we breathe in these notes on life, filled with sumptuous details. You will want to read, savor, and re-read these poems. A delight to the eyes, ears, and heart—these poems truly sing!

Please visit the Blue Heron Speaks page of our site to read 3 sample poems by Kersten Christianson and to learn more about her work.

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Kersten Christianson is a raven-watching, moon-gazing, Alaskan. When not exploring the summer lands and dark winter of the Yukon, she lives in Sitka, Alaska. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing (University of Alaska Anchorage). Kersten has authored two books of poetry: What Caught Raven’s Eye (Petroglyph Press, 2018) and Something Yet to Be Named (Aldrich Press, 2017). She is also the poetry editor of the quarterly journal, Alaska Women Speak. Blog: www.kerstenchristianson.com Twitter: @kerstenak

Happy New Year! The January 2019 Blue Heron Speaks Featured Author is William Stafford (1914-1993)

Welcome to the January edition of Blue Heron Speaks! It is our tradition to choose 2 months out of the year to honor a poetic voice from the past. I usually do this around the holidays and also during National Poetry Month in April. In keeping with that tradition, our very first featured author for 2019 is William Stafford (1914-1993), author of over 65 volumes of poetry and prose, and a much beloved U.S. Poet Laureate (1970).

 

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There is something sacred about using gentle words when describing everyday life. William Stafford has a gift for reverently holding these details in the palm of his hand. Read every line slowly—carefully, for Stafford took great care in choosing each word and image. These poems are offerings. We are meant to taste them and not rush over the meaning.

Please visit the Blue Heron Speaks Featured Author page on our site, to read 3 sample poems by William Stafford, and to learn more about his poetic legacy. I am currently reading, You Must Revise Your Life, by William Stafford (The University of Michigan Press, 1986), which is part of the Poets on Poetry series. These words of advice from Stafford resonate with me, “In its essence, poetry, like other sustained human endeavors, is done best in a condition of humility and welcoming of what comes. The exploration of what the materials of life can yield to us, and the discovery of what is implicit in human experience, will work best for one who is turned outward, with trust, with courage, and with a ready yielding to what time brings into view.” (p.70)

The Blue Heron Speaks Featured Author page will be on hiatus until January 2019. Warmest wishes this holiday season from Blue Heron Review!

NOTE: The Blue Heron Speaks Featured Author page will be on a brief hiatus, for the holiday season (until January, 2019). Until then, please feel free to enjoy our beautiful array of past, featured poets. Their literary talents will delight and distract you this holiday season. While others are rushing around and generally busy, grab a nice cup of tea, sit in your favorite comfy chair, and browse our past authors. Each month, since 2013, we have been sharing the work of guest authors. We have plenty of reading material for you! See you in 2019.  Thank you for your readership and support!

Warmest wishes from Blue Heron Review this holiday season. May you be surrounded by the love of family, friends, and neighbors. May you give and receive kindness. May you welcome others to your table and open your heart to those in need. May you find comfort and joy in the company of loved ones, and may you always reach out and lend a hand.

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Artwork by Daniel Adams

 

With kind wishes from all of us at Blue Heron Review,
Cristina M. R. Norcross, Editor

Blue Heron Review 2018 Pushcart Prize Nominations

It is truly a labor of love to publish our 2 issues per year, and to feature a different author, each month, on the Blue Heron Review site. Being able to provide space for so many wondrous voices is something I cherish. When the time comes to nominate poets for these annual awards, it is always difficult, because I am so proud of all of our contributors. Choosing just 6, is quite hard. Please know that I am honored to include the work of all of our poets here at Blue Heron Review.

Below are the nominations for Blue Heron Review for the 2018 Pushcart Prize. Congratulations and good luck to all of our nominees!

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From the Winter 2018 BHR Issue 9:

Nancy Jean Larson / “Medicine Walk”
Anne Anthony / “She Wants”
Mary C. Rowin / “Centering”

 

From the Summer 2018 BHR Issue 10:

Stephanie K. Merrill / “The Tao of Remembrance”
Kirsty A. Niven / “Left of Windyghoul Road”
Susan Martell Huebner / “A Gathering”

 

Cristina M. R. Norcross, Editor
Blue Heron Review

 

The November 2018 Blue Heron Speaks Featured Author is Olga García Echeverría!

Welcome to the November edition of Blue Heron Speaks! Our featured poet this month is Olga García Echeverría, author of Falling Angeles: Cuentos y Poemas and the self-published chapbook Lovely Little Creatures. She is also a contributor to the anthology, Imaniman: Poets Writing in The Anzaldúan Borderlands. Olga shares with us stories of family and friendship with the rich, vivid details of tantalizing foods and the taste of freedom on one’s tongue, “baked camote smothered / in butter, cinnamon, and melted / piloncillo—the toughest brown sugar in the world.” These are poems of close bonds and relentless joy. They are poetic prayers for what binds us together in life. These images leave us with the belief that happiness is within our grasp, if we run and catch up with it, “… we ran / recklessly along the shore, our shrieks and cackles / permeating the sea.”

We are blessed to have Olga’s words grace these pages. Visit the Blue Heron Speaks page of our website, to read 3 poems by this gifted writer, and to learn more about her work.

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Olga García Echeverría is the author of Falling Angeles: Cuentos y Poemas, the self-published chapbook Lovely Little Creatures, and is a contributor to the anthology, Imaniman: Poets Writing in The Anzaldúan Borderlands. Her work is found in numerous literary spaces including Lavandería: A Mixed Load of Women, Wash and Words; The Sun; and Telling Tongues: A Latinx Anthology on Language. She has been an educator for over 20 years and is a Touching Lives Fellow, awarded by A Room of Her Own Foundation (AROHO) to women writers and artists who have made significant long-term contributions to students and teaching. García Echeverría holds a B.A. in Ethnic Studies from UC Santa Cruz, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Texas in El Paso, and an honorary degree in Code-switching from the Universidad Autónoma de Lenguas Desbordadas.

Best of the Net Nominations for Blue Heron Review

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Congratulations to all of our Best of the Net nominees! Every year, it is always so difficult to choose just 6 poems from an array of beautiful selections. I am so proud of all of our BHR contributors. Please know that I take great care in reading and re-reading issues, before making choices. So thankful to have the opportunity to publish such remarkable work by poets from across North America and around the world.

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1. Emily Bowles / “A Scale, My Fate”

2. Gail Tirone / “If Not for Grace”

3. Kristen Baum DeBeasi / “African Violets”

4. Kelsey Dean / “Paper Stars”

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BHR Issue 9 Winter 2018 (release date, end of February 2018)

1. Prerna Bakshi / “Watching my father make paper boats”

2. Maryann Hurtt / “Born Again”

 

Cristina M. R. Norcross
Founding Editor
Blue Heron Review

The Blue Heron Speaks Featured Author for October 2018 is Linda C Ehrlich!

Welcome to the October 2018 Blue Heron Speaks feature! This month, we are delighted to share the work of author Linda C Ehrlich. Her poetry collections include: In the Breathing Time, Night Harbour, Bodegón/Still Life, The Girl who Turned into a Tree, and Yamamba’s Mountains (which was designed by Horse and Buggy Press, Durham, NC). These poetry collections are all richly illustrated with works by noted photographers, printmakers, and other artists. Through elegant verse and vivid imagery, Linda’s poems offer a glimpse into our shared reality. Thoughtful and reflective, each poem is meant to be savored and revisited, in order to fully absorb layers of meaning.

Please visit the Blue Heron Speaks Featured Author page of our site to read three sample poem by Linda C Ehrlich, and to learn more about her work.

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Linda C Ehrlich’s collection of prose poetry on world cinema Cinematic Reveries: Gestures, Stillness, Water was published by Peter Lang (2013). She has also published poetry in International Poetry Review, Southern Poetry Review, The Bitter Oleander, Literary Arts Hawaii, Puppetry International, Pinesong, and Tributaries, among other journals. Her poetry collections include: In the Breathing Time, Night Harbour, Bodegón/Still Life, The Girl who Turned into a Tree, and Yamamba’s Mountains (which was designed by Horse and Buggy Press, Durham, NC). These poetry collections are all richly illustrated with works by noted photographers, printmakers, and other artists.

She has presented poetry readings in Spain, Japan, on the Semester at Sea voyage, at the Innisfree poetry bookstore (Boulder, Colorado), and during the awards ceremony for the N.C. Poetry Society.

Her commentary appears on the Criterion DVD of the Spanish film The Spirit of the Beehive (El espíritu de la colmena, dir. Víctor Erice) and on the 25th anniversary Blu-ray of the Japanese film Maborosi (dir. KORE-EDA Hirokazu).

For more information, please see: http://braidednarrative.com

 

The Blue Heron Speaks Featured Author for September 2018 is Diane Sahms-Guarnieri!

Welcome to the September 2018 Blue Heron Speaks Feature! This month, we shine a spotlight on BHR contributor, Diane Sahms-Guarnieri, who is a stunning wordsmith. In her collection, The Handheld Mirror of the Mind (Kelsay Books, 2018), we journey through themes of loss, grief, our shared humanity, and the complexities of the inner life. With great tenderness and lyricism, Guarnieri skillfully navigates these topics. Her graceful descriptions of the natural world provide a vivid magic, as if painting with words. While dealing with human struggles, this collection offers hope. Guarnieri invites us to honor all beings, all creatures, and all understandings of faith by joining together, “as global dreamers in coexistence.”

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Please visit the Blue Heron Speaks Featured Author page of our site to read 2 sample poems by Diane Sahms-Guarnieri from her latest book, and to learn more about her work.

Diane Sahms-Guarnieri, a native Philadelphian, is the author of four full-length poetry collections: Images of Being (Stone Garden Publishing, 2011), Lights Battered Edge (Anaphora Literary Press, 2015), Night Sweat (Red Dashboard Press, 2016) and The Handheld Mirror of the Mind (Kelsay Press, 2018). Her poems have appeared in a number of online and print publications.  She is poetry editor at North of Oxford.  Visit her at http://www.dianesahms-guarnieri.com/