Welcome to the January 2020 Blue Heron Featured Author spotlight! And, also, Happy New Year to all of our readers! We are honored to share the work of poet, fiction writer, and critic Josephine Jacobsen (1908-2003), who was born in Ontario, Canada. Jacobsen served as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in the early 1970s.
Twice a year, I try to include a voice from the past on our featured author page. It provides an opportunity to reflect on our rich history of poetry from past decades/centuries. It is important to pause and truly appreciate the influence of past authors on our own voices, as writers. Everything we create comes from our unique heart source, but we must also acknowledge that none of us would be the writers we are today, without the many, many trailblazers who came before us.
Please visit the Blue Heron Review Featured Author page of our site, to read 3 sample poems by Jospehine Jacobsen and to learn more about her literary legacy.
“Poet, fiction writer, and critic Josephine Jacobsen [1908-2003] was born in Ontario, Canada, to American parents on vacation. Her father died when she was five, and afterward she and her mother moved around frequently, while Jacobsen was taught by private tutors. They settled in Maryland when Jacobsen was 14, and she would live there until her death almost 80 years later. She received the Shelley Memorial Award and the prestigious Robert Frost Medal from the Poetry Society of America and served as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in the early 1970s.” (*excerpted from The Poetry Foundation site)
Welcome to the December 2019 Blue Heron Review Feature! Our spotlight poet this month is the very talented, Blue Heron contributor and author, Jonel Abellanosa. His latest collections include, Songs from My Mind’s Tree / 2018 and Multiverse / 2019 (Clare Songbirds Publishing House), as well as, Pan’s Saxophone (Weasel Press, 2019). There is a dream-like, graceful quality to Abellanosa’s work. The reader can’t help but be drawn into the lush imagery and flowing narrative of his poems. Abellanosa reminds us that, “We are all born of light,” and we whole-heartedly believe the energy of these words when experiencing his beautiful, sumptuous verse. These poems are a banquet — a literary feast for the senses. You will want to return to these offerings again and again.
Please visit the Blue Heron Review Featured Author page of our site to read 2 sample poems by Jonel Abellanosa and to learn more about his books.
Jonel Abellanosa lives in Cebu City, the Philippines. His poetry has appeared in numerous journals, including That Literary Review, Poetry Kanto, The Lyric, Blue Heron Review, The McNeese Review, Rust+Moth and Star*Line, nominated for the Pushcart, Best of the Net and Dwarf Stars awards. His poetry collections include, Meditations (Alien Buddha Press) Songs from My Mind’s Tree and Multiverse (Clare Songbirds Publishing House), 50 Acrostic Poems, (Cyberwit, India), and his politically-progressive collection, In the Donald’s Time (Poetic Justice Books and Art). His first speculative poetry collection, Pan’s Saxophone, is available from Weasel Press.
Welcome to the June 2019 Blue Heron Review Feature! We are delighted to shine a spotlight on the work of author Shawn Aveningo Sanders, this month. Sanders is the co-founder of The Poetry Box® press, as well as managing editor for The Poeming Pigeon. Her forthcoming chapbook is, What She Was Wearing.
Shawn Aveningo Sanders shares with us poems of depth, vulnerability, and courage. She manages to skillfully, and with great sensitivity, approach topics of loss and pain, with a gentle touch. Through beautiful, honest details, we see into the life of things and the human struggles faced every day.
Please visit the Blue Heron Review Featured Author page of our site, to read 3 sample poems by Shawn Aveningo Sanders, and to learn more about her wonderful work in the poetry community!
Shawn Aveningo Sanders started out as show-me girl from Missouri and after a bit of globetrotting finally landed in Portland, Oregon, where she miraculously overcame her fear of birds upon meeting two baby juncos in her backyard. Shawn’s work has appeared in over 140 literary journals and anthologies. She’s a Pushcart nominee (2015), Best of the Net nominee (2017), co-founder of The Poetry Box® press, as well as managing editor for The Poeming Pigeon. She was named Best Female Poet-Performer in Sacramento News & Review Reader Poll (2009) and was winner of the first poetry slam in Placerville, California (2012). Shawn is a proud mother of three amazing adults, and she shares the creative life with her husband. You can learn more about her at RedShoePoet.com.