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

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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(photo credit: C. Norcross, 2018)

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

Blue Heron Review Issue 9 Winter 2018 JUST RELEASED!

Blue Heron Review is proud to announce the online publication of our latest issue: BHR 9 Winter 2018! We have a beautiful collection of poems and visual art for you to enjoy. Although we are still deeply nestled in the winter months, you may spot a few glimmers of spring energy shining through in this issue.

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(Cover art by David Seth Smith)

Thank you to all of our contributors for making this issue another spectacular union of words and images! Visit the Blue Heron Review Issue 9 Winter 2018 page of our site to read the full issue, and to learn more about our authors and artists.

CONTRIBUTORS:
Poets:
Richard Greene * Neil David Mitchell * Jessica Moser * Jonel Abellanosa * Erina Booker * Rosalie Sanara Petrouske * Nikolai Sebastian * Jan Bosman * Jenni Gribble * Robert Lee Brewer * Darren C Demaree * Katy Phillips * Alice Mills * Keith MacNider * Prerna Bakshi * Jeannie E Roberts * Nick Hale * Timothy Pettet * Neil Creighton * Steve Bucher * Ethel Mortenson Davis * Karen Warinsky * Faye Adams * Maryann Hurtt * Mary Jo Balistreri * Mary C Rowin * Kristina Mullenix * Victoria Lindsay * Erika Goodrich * Anne Anthony * Eileen Mattmann * Mark Danowsky * Diana Randolph * Nancy Jean Larson * Kai Coggin * Colleen June Glatzel * Paula Schulz * Jacqueline Martindale

Artists:
David Seth Smith (Cover Artist) * Kurt John Huebner * Jeannie E Roberts * Karen A VandenBos (Featured Photographer) * Devi S Laskar * Bobbie Lee Lovell * Kai Coggin * Anna May Shaffer

I hope that you will return to these pages again and again, when you need some respite and food for thought. May these poems nourish your spirit and provide inspiration for your day.

Read on!

Cristina M. R. Norcross
Founding Editor
Blue Heron Review

The January 2018 Blue Heron Speaks Featured Author is Michael Hettich!

Welcome to the January 2018 edition of Blue Heron Speaks. We begin the journey of a new year with our featured poet, Michael Hettich, author of over a dozen books and chapbooks of poetry, including Systems of Vanishing (University of Tampa Press, 2014), The Animals Beyond Us (New Rivers Press, 2011), and Like Happiness (Anhinga Press, 2010). His latest book is The Frozen Harbor (Red Dragonfly Press, 2017). There is a surreal magic to Michael Hettich’s poems. We enter worlds where everyday moments and elements become extraordinary and mysterious. While becoming one with the imagination of his work, we too, feel like birds who, “swirl themselves up into the unencumbered sky.” There is a fluidity between the natural world and the world of humans in these poems. We are left pondering our inner lives as birds, dogs, or shells, and we are reminded of the fragility of life itself. We view the world through Hettich’s gifted, unique voice as he beckons us to, “Just imagine/the vast forests of lives, the near-infinity of forms/brought to a halt with a simple conversation.”

Visit the Blue Heron Speaks Featured Author page of our site to read 3 sample poems by Michael Hettich, and to learn more about his books. We are honored to feature the work of Michael Hettich, and we know that our readers will truly enjoy his poetry. These are poems meant to be savored.

 

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Michael Hettich has published over a dozen books and chapbooks of poetry, including Systems of Vanishing (winner of the Tampa Review Prize, 2014), The Animals Beyond Us (New Rivers, 2011), and Like Happiness (Anhinga, 2010). His new book, The Frozen Harbor, won the David Martinson/Meadowhawk Prize and was published this summer by Red Dragonfly Press. In addition to Blue Heron Review, his work has appeared in such journals as Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Alaska Quarterly Review, Orion, Poetry East, and TriQuarterly. He lives in Miami, where he regularly collaborates with visual artists, musicians, and other writers. His website is michaelhettich.com

The September 2017 Blue Heron Speaks Featured Author is Rachel Dacus!

Welcome to the September edition of Blue Heron Speaks! We are so delighted and blessed to feature the work of poet, Rachel Dacus, this month. Author of Gods of Water and Air (Aldrich Press, 2014), Earth Lessons (Bellowing Ark Press, 1998), and Femme au chapeau (WordTech Communications, 2005), Rachel Dacus allows us to float on her lyrical river of words and images, as if the reader is part of her poetic choreography. Dream-like and magical, her poems invite us to enter a new space in which to exist. Dacus speaks to us of our loved ones murmuring advice and hope from the other side: “On the other side, just there, I see the gone ones/ digging in unearthly ground, planting/ the seeds of the future.” What if we were to quiet our lives and listen more? What if we could reach that beauty with an arabesque? Join me in celebrating these beautiful poems. Dacus beckons us to “begin fresh” and to help create “a world as heavenly as it always/ meant to be …”

Visit the Blue Heron Speaks Featured Author page of our site, to read sample poems by Rachel Dacus, and to learn more about her books.

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Rachel Dacus is the author of Gods of Water and Air, a collection of poetry, prose, and drama, and the poetry collections Earth Lessons and Femme au chapeau. Her poetry and prose have appeared in Atlanta Review, Boulevard, Prairie Schooner, The Pedestal, and Valparaiso Poetry Review. The Renaissance Club, her time travel novel involving the great Italian sculptor Gianlorenzo Bernini, is forthcoming in January 2018 from Fiery Seas Publishing. Her fourth poetry collection, Arabesque, is forthcoming in August 2018 from FutureCycle Press. Read more at https://racheldacus.net

Blue Heron Review Issue 8 / Summer 2017 “The Healing Issue” Is Now Available to Read Online!

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(Cover art by Pd Lietz)

CONTRIBUTORS
Poets:
Nina Bannett, Michael Hettich, Gary Jones, M J Iuppa, Catherine Stearns, Karla Huston, Joan Mazza, Jan Chronister, Charlene Langfur, Rachel Dacus, M A H Hinton, Cathryn Cofell, Guy Thorvaldsen, Emily Bowles, Tricia Knoll, Marguerite G Bouvard, Cliff Wedgbury, Lawrence William Berggoetz, Ruth McArthur, Gail Tirone, Kathy Lohrum Cotton, Claire Joysmith, Sheryl Slocum, Tori Grant Welhouse, Kersten Christianson, Roseann St Aubin, Annie Blake, Priscilla Atkins, Janet McCann, Michael Jack O’Brien, Jessica Moser, Jackie Langetieg, Jim Landwehr, Lynne Burnett, Susan Twiggs, Laura Johnson, Mary Strong Jackson, Diane Sahms-Guarnieri, Jonel Abellanosa, Kevin Shyne, Ronnie Hess, Susie Foster Hale, Jodi Andrews, Lorraine Caputo, Kristen Baum DeBeasi, Sandra Lindow, James Dott, Chelsea Comeau, Joanne M Clarkson, Janet Taliaferro, Prerna Bakshi, Jude Goodwin, Karla Van Vliet, Susan Martell Huebner, Laurel Devitt, Kelsey Dean, Martin Willitts Jr, Bobbie Lee Lovell

Artists:
Pd Lietz (Cover Artist), Jason Iffert, Devi S Laskar, Robina Anstey, Kurt John Huebner, Leilani Carroll, Fiona Capuano, Karen VandenBos, Melodie Past

Welcome to the SUMMER 2017 HEALING ISSUE of Blue Heron Review!

This is our first, themed issue for Blue Heron, and we had a record high number of submissions. So many writers connected with the need for healing in our lives on many different levels. This theme was open to topics of physical healing, emotional healing, the healing of our environment, spiritual healing, etc. Poets from across the US, Canada, and abroad showed up in our in-box with deeply personal, poetic narratives about their own experiences of healing. Each poem in this collection is a sacred offering to our readers. I hope that you will be present for yourself, for these extraordinary artists who have shared their stories, and for the future we hold so dear. Within these creations exists a glorious hope for what our world could be, if we listen to each other with love, compassion, and grace.

Please click on the tab for Blue Heron Review Issue 8 Summer 2017 to read the full collection.

There is much to explore and savor here. I hope that you enjoy reading these poems and viewing the artwork, as much as I have enjoyed creating a space for these beautifully rich offerings!

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

Simon Perchik is the February 2015 Blue Heron Speaks Featured Poet

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Welcome to the February Blue Heron Speaks feature! Blue Heron Review is honored to shine a spotlight on the work of author, Simon Perchik, this month. There are some poets who transport you to other times or geographies. There are still other writers who have a rare gift, beckoning the reader to travel within the life of emotion itself. Simon Perchik has this gift. With tender lines and graceful imagery, Perchik invites us to enter a vulnerable world of loss and grief, presented with such beauty, that you cannot help but feel the closeness and warmth of each moment in his poems. Through reading Simon Perchik’s work, we connect to a deep reverence and appreciation for life. Please visit the Blue Heron Speaks page to read three poems from Simon Perchik’s beautiful collection, Almost Rain (River Otter Press, 2013).

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About Simon Perchik
Simon Perchik
is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, The Nation, Osiris, Poetry, The New Yorker, and elsewhere. His most recent collection is Almost Rain, published by River Otter Press (2013). For more information, free e-books and his essay titled “Magic, Illusion and Other Realities” please visit his website at www.simonperchik.com.

Almost Rain by Simon Perchik (River Otter Press, 2013)

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Winter Issue Launch at the End of February 2014 / Summer Issue Submissions Open Until March 1, 2014

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THE WINTER ISSUE IS ALMOST HERE!

The first issue of Blue Heron Review is due to be published online at the end of February, 2014!

Submissions Reminder:

Submissions for the summer issue keep coming in! I’m amazed that we already have a great group of poets to celebrate this summer! Keep them coming, writers! Feel free to share our Blue Heron Review website and contact information.

Our deadline for the summer issue is March 1, 2014. Please see our Submission Guidelines page on this site and read ALL guidelines carefully. To get a taste of what we are looking for, read selections on the Blue Heron Speaks page.

I look forward to reading your work!

Cristina M. R. Norcross
Editor, Blue Heron Review