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.

BHR Issue 8 Summer 2017 (release date, end of July 2017)

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/

 

Blue Heron Review Issue 10 Summer 2018 Just Released!

Welcome to the Blue Heron Review “Aspects of Love” Summer 2018 Issue!

I hope that you enjoy these poems and images, as much as I do! Love is at the core of everything we do (or at least it should be). This issue includes many different aspects of love: romantic love, the love of family, the love of a deep friendship, the love for a dear pet, the love of nature, the love and passion for one’s vocation, and the love for life itself.

With 42 poets and 11 visual artists represented from all over the world, this issue is literally a global feast for the heart and mind. Thank you to all of our talented contributors for making this magical issue possible. A special thank you to artist, Jocelyn Duke, who so graciously gave us permission to use her artwork, “Never Forget Your Song,” for our issue’s cover.

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(cover art by Jocelyn Duke “Never Forget Your Song”)

CONTRIBUTORS:
Poets:
Ceó Ruaírc * Karla Linn Merrifield * Eileen Sateriale * David Kitchel * Ruth Hoberman * Anna Mark * Elisabeth Harrahy * Kirsty A Niven * Tobi Alfier * Neil Creighton * Mary Goehring * Mike Lewis-Beck * Julia Kennedy * James P Roberts * Joseph Murphy * Lynne Carol Austin * Christopher Stolle * Lynn White * Joe Cottonwood * Mary Beth Hines * Lois Roma-Deeley * Patricia Carney * Marjie G Giffin * Jim Landwehr * Tom Richter * Joseph Nardoni * Mikayla Davis * Jane-Marie Bahr * Susan Martell Huebner * Kenneth Pobo * Mary C McCarthy * Stephanie K Merrill * Laura Johnson * David B Prather * Joan Mazza * Keith MacNider * Rachel Dacus * Donna H DiCello * Liz Rhodebeck * Steve Bucher * Lynne Burnett * PD Lietz

Artists:
Jocelyn Duke (cover artist) * Lou Nicksic * Gail Goepfert * Jon Baucom * Kurt J Huebner * Diana Creighton * Paul Holden * Anna May Shaffer * Karen A VandenBos * PD Lietz * David Seth Smith

Blue Heron Review Issue 10, Summer 2018 / “Aspects of Love”

 

 

Blue Heron Review Recent News

Happy Summer!

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Our Blue Heron Speaks Featured Author page will be on hiatus for the months of July and August. I hope that this is a creative time of dreaming, manifesting, and bringing in all forms of inspiration for future work.  We’ll be back in September 2018, with a new guest author, every month, for you to enjoy!

Don’t forget that our BHR Summer 2018 issue is due to be published soon!  The anticipated release date for our online issue, “ASPECTS OF LOVE,” will be mid-August (instead of late July), due to the record high volume of submissions received. We have an amazing issue, filled with beautiful, thoughtful verse and gorgeous visual art.

Stay tuned … more to come in August.

Summer is a time to reflect, relax, recharge your batteries, and open your heart to vast possibilities.  We are co-creating a new world, through the literary and visual arts.  Thank you for taking this journey with me!

Kindest thoughts,

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

The Blue Heron Speaks Featured Author for June 2018 is Darren C Demaree!

Welcome to the June 2018 edition of Blue Heron Speaks! This month, we are honored to share the very important work of author and editor, Darren C Demaree. Darren’s most recent collection is Two Towns Over (2018), which was selected by Trio House Press as the winner of the Louise Bogan Award. He is the Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology and Ovenbird Poetry. In these poems of deep reflection about the loss of self, accompanying addiction, we see the curtain pulled back on how numbing life can take away any semblance of the life you once had, as in the lines, “the drugs can subtract / you forever.” These poems invite you to think about addiction with a sensitive heart and an awareness of how all-encompassing the hold can be on one’s spirit and direction. Darren compares the powerful nature of drugs to fierce animals, with these last lines, “They are wolves. / We’ve been raised by them.” Although we may sink during challenging times, there is always an opportunity to rise. Looking into the eyes of our own fears and sorrows will eventually lead us out of the dark, if we are offered compassion—if we have compassion for ourselves and for others.

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Please visit the Blue Heron Speaks Featured Author page of our site, to read 3 sample poems by Darren C Demaree from Two Towns Over, and to learn more about this author’s stunning work.

Darren C Demaree is the author of eight poetry collections, most recently Two Towns Over (2018), which was selected the winner of the Louise Bogan Award from Trio House Press. He is the Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology and Ovenbird Poetry. He is currently living in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and children.  Learn more about this author at:  https://darrencdemaree.com

The Blue Heron Speaks Featured Author for May 2018 Is Diana Raab!

Welcome to the May 2018 edition of Blue Heron Speaks! We are absolutely delighted and honored to share the work of our featured author this month, Diana Raab. Diana is a poet, memoirist, blogger, speaker, and award-winning author of nine books. Her latest book is Writing for Bliss: A Seven-Step Program for Telling Your Story and Transforming Your Life. This month is a slight departure from featuring a series of poems by an author. When I read Diana’s latest essay, “My Calling, Your Calling, Our Calling,” I knew that our Blue Heron Review readers and contributors would greatly benefit from soaking up the wisdom and insight of this piece. Diana shares her own journey with us in order to shed light on how writing can truly be a healing and transformative art form. In this thoughtful and powerful essay, Diana skillfully guides us to seek out our passions and our highest callings.

Please visit our Blue Heron Speaks Featured Author page to read Diana’s essay, “My Calling, Your Calling, Our Calling,” and to learn more about her books and the wonderful, soulful work she does with writers.

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Diana Raab, MFA, PhD, is a poet, memoirist, blogger, speaker, and award-winning author of nine books. Her work has been published and anthologized in more than 500 publications. She blogs for Psychology Today, Thrive Global, and Elephant Journal. She is the editor of two anthologies: Writers and Their Notebooks and Writers on the Edge; two memoirs: Regina’s Closet: Finding My Grandmother’s Secret Journal and Healing with Words: A Writer’s Cancer Journey, as well as four poetry collections. Her latest book is Writing for Bliss: A Seven-Step Program for Telling Your Story and Transforming Your Life. Find out more about this author at: www.dianaraab.com

Happy National Poetry Month! The April 2018 Blue Heron Speaks Featured Author is Lucille Clifton

Happy National Poetry Month! It is our Blue Heron Review tradition to choose a voice from the past for the month of April. I hope that you will enjoy these poems by renowned poet, Lucille Clifton. As we celebrate National Poetry Month, search for voices which you either haven’t heard for awhile, or voices which are new to you. There are many treasures to be found. This April, on our Blue Heron Speaks page, we are shining a bright light on the work of Lucille Clifton, who speaks of sadness and truth. She speaks of celebrating the fullness of our wondrous selves—our bodies and our bold, brave spirits. Clifton dares to entice the reader with what is known and felt in the hearts of all beings, and yet, she gloriously speaks of her own, unique existence in ways which light up the sky with both her pain and her love of life. When reading Lucille Clifton’s poetry, something breaks open in the reader. What hidden depths and unspoken truths will you harvest in your own life, after reading these offerings from our featured author this month?

Please visit the Blue Heron Speaks Featured Author page of our site to read 4 sample poems by Lucille Clifton, and to learn more about her life’s work and books.

Listen to Lucille Clifton’s own words in this powerful VIDEO: “Poetry Breaks: Lucille Clifton on What Poetry Is”

 

The mistake teachers sometimes make is that they think art and poetry—they think that’s about answers, and it’s not about that, it’s about questions. So you come to poetry not out of what you know, but out of what you wonder.  —Lucille Clifton

Submissions Now Open for Blue Heron Review!

 

SUBMISSIONS OPEN
DEADLINE: April 5th, 2018
THEMED ISSUE: “ASPECTS OF LOVE”
(FOR OUR SUMMER 2018 ISSUE)

• The unifying power of love
• Love is love … honoring all love
• Romantic love
• The love of friendship
• Love for family
• Love for one’s calling or vocation in life
• The healing power of love

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Please read our Submission Guidelines carefully. We recommend that you read past issues in our ARCHIVES before submitting, to get a feel for the style of writing we tend to publish.

Welcome! We look forward to reading your beautiful, insightful offerings from the heart.

Kind wishes,
Founding Editor,
Cristina M. R. Norcross