The March 2020 Blue Heron Review Featured Author is Lorette C. Luzajic!

Welcome to the March edition of our Blue Heron Review Featured Author spotlight! Honored to share the work of multi-talented, mixed media artist and poet, Lorette C. Luzajic, who is also the founding editor of The Ekphrastic Review. This happens to be a very special feature. In addition to sharing two prose poems from Lorette C. Luzajic’s latest collection, Pretty Time Machine, we are also including a wonderful book review, written by Mary McCarthy. Luzajic’s poems are hauntingly beautiful and fiercely authentic. Steeped in rich imagery, you can see into the life of things, when reading her poems. She has a gift for painting with words—images jumping off the page in a wondrous dance of color and movement.

Please visit the Blue Heron Review Featured Author page of our site, to read the full feature, and to learn more about both writers.

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Lorette C. Luzajic is an award-winning mixed media artist whose collage paintings are collected internationally. She is also a widely published poet, twice nominated for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize. She also writes a column about pairing Wine and Art for Good Food Revolution. She is the founder and editor of The Ekphrastic Review, a journal devoted to writing inspired by art. Visit her at www.mixedupmedia.ca

 

Random Acts of Poetry and Art Day is on February 20th! (Founded in 2012)

 

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Join us to spread inspiration on February 20th every year! Random Acts of Poetry & Art Day is an international day of inspiration and giving, founded in 2012. As an artistic pay-it-forward movement, our purpose is to spread the joy of the creative process. Wherever you live, please join us in creating gifts of visual art and poetry, to help brighten someone else’s day. It’s up to you what you do!

A Few Examples:
* Leave behind free poetry cards or quotes at coffee houses, cafés, and libraries.
* Give away mini works of art / handmade jewelry / pottery / knitted scarves or hats to hospitals, shelters, schools, or nursing homes.
* Donate art prints and poetry books to non-profit organizations.
* Mail an unexpected, handmade gift to someone who is coping with an illness, a challenging time, or recovering from surgery.

Create, be inspired, and share photos of your Random Acts of Poetry & Art on our Facebook page sharing thread. Who knows? You could change someone’s day in an instant, with the gift of art and poetry!

*Find RAPA on Facebook and Twitter

Our RAPA Day organizers include: Cristina M. R. Norcross (WI), Sonya S. Sinha (NY), and Jennifer S. J. Peña (NJ).

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“A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves.”
—Amelia Earhart

 

 

 

The December 2019 Blue Heron Review Featured Author is Jonel Abellanosa

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.

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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.

The October 2019 Blue Heron Review Featured Author is Marjorie Power

Welcome to the October 2019 Blue Heron Review Feature. We are honored to share the work of poet, Marjorie Power, this month! We will be focusing on her powerful collection, Oncoming Halos (Kelsay Books, 2018).  Delighted to share the news that Power’s latest chapbook,  Refuses to Suffocate, has just been released by Blue Lyra Press.

With beautiful imagery, Power invites us to explore inner worlds and also to pay close attention to everything unfolding in this glorious life. There are things we can see and things we cannot see. With thoughtfulness and carefully chosen words, Power invites us to look deeper into both. We have an inner knowing that walks with us in life. Whether it is nature that shines a light on this, a doctor’s gaze, or the shadows behind the blooms, the wise voice speaks to us in whispers. Power reminds us that “love is a circuit / that runs from each to each,” and we must honor these connections.

Please visit the Blue Heron Speaks Featured Author page of our site to read three poems by Marjorie Power and a book review by Margaret Saine. You will want to return to these stunning poems again and again!

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Marjorie Power’s chapbook, Refuses to Suffocate, has just been released by Blue Lyra Press. Her collections, Oncoming Halos and Seven Parts Woman appeared in 2018 and 2016, respectively. She has six chapbooks out from Main Street Rag, Pudding House and other small presses. Journals that have recently used her work include Southern Poetry Review, The Comstock Review, Slant and others. She lives in Denver, Colorado after many years in the Northwest and can be found at www.marjoriepowerpoet.com.

 

The September 2019 Blue Heron Review Featured Author is Kai Coggin!

Welcome to the September 2019 Blue Heron Review Featured Author spotlight! We are honored and proud to share the luminous work of author, poet, and teacher, Kai Coggin. Kai’s latest poetry book is Incandescent (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2019). Kai is a past contributor to issues of Blue Heron Review, and she was one of our featured authors in 2016. Delighted to share her wisdom and healing energy, again, this month.

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“Incandescent, Kai’s third and most recent bold collection, shines a blazing FIRE on the injustices of the world, on the darkness of the political sphere, and on the beautiful hearth of the home. It offers the reader a bit of hope through the chaos, a spark of revolution, a call to rise up and stand as warriors against the unraveling of our collective principles of good. It is a spark, a flame, a fire, an ember of truth that will not be silenced. Incandescent is a clarion call that burns like a phoenix rising from the ash.”

Please visit the Blue Heron Speaks Featured Author Page on our site, to read 4 sample poems from Kai’s new book, and to learn more about her inspiring work!

Kai Coggin is a poet, author, and teaching artist living in the valley of a small mountain in Hot Springs National Park, AR. She holds a B.A. in English, Poetry, and Creative Writing from Texas A&M University. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Entropy, Sinister Wisdom, Assaracus, Calamus Journal, Lavender Review, The Rise Up Review, Anti-Heroin Chic, Luna Luna, Blue Heron Review, Hoctok, Yes, Poetry and elsewhere.

Coggin is the author of three full-length collections, Periscope Heart (Swimming with Elephants, 2014), Wingspan (Golden Dragonfly Press, 2016), and Incandescent (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2019), as well as a spoken word album called Silhouette (2017). Her poetry has been nominated three times for The Pushcart Prize, as well as Bettering American Poetry 2015, and Best of the Net 2016 and 2018. Kai teaches an adult creative writing class called Words & Wine, and is also a Teaching Artist with the Arkansas Arts Council and Arkansas Learning Through the Arts, specializing in bringing poetry and creative writing to youth around the state. www.kaicoggin.com

 

 

The May 2019 Blue Heron Speaks Featured Author is KB Ballentine!

Welcome to the May 2019 Blue Heron Speaks Feature! It is an honor and a delight to shine a spotlight on the work of poet, KB Ballentine, author of Almost Everything, Almost Nothing (Middle Creek Publishing, 2017), The Perfume of Leaving (Blue Light Press, 2016), What Comes of Waiting (Blue Light Press, 2013), and other titles. Ballentine’s sixth collection of poetry, The Light Tears Loose, will be released early autumn 2019 by Blue Light Press. There is music and dance in Ballentine’s words. There is color, vibrancy, and life in every line and every verse. The reader must pause, reflect, and re-visit each poem, in order to gather up every last petal of inspiration from the garden of ideas, which she so graciously gifts to us. This is especially apparent in these last lines (from the poem, “Recipe for Making the Color Gold”): “Sprinkle an echo of stars across the night, / and the light of a song will rise with the dawn.”

Please visit the Blue Heron Speaks Featured Author page of our site, to read 3 sample poems by KB Ballentine, and to learn more about her beautiful work!

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KB Ballentine’s sixth collection of poetry, The Light Tears Loose, will be released early autumn 2019 by Blue Light Press.  Almost Everything, Almost Nothing was released in 2017 by Middle Creek Publishing. The 2016 Blue Light Press Book Award winner, KB’s fourth collection The Perfume of Leaving was preceded by What Comes of Waiting, also by Blue Light Press (2013). Published in many print and online journals such as Crab Orchard Review and Haight-Ashbury Literary Journal, KB has two other collections of poetry, Fragments of Light (2009) and Gathering Stones (2008), published by Celtic Cat Publishing. Her work also appears in anthologies including In Plein Air (2017), Carrying the Branch: Poets in Search of Peace (2017), In God’s Hand (2017), River of Earth and Sky: Poems for the Twenty-first Century (2015), Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume VI: Tennessee (2013) and Southern Light: Twelve Contemporary Southern Poets (2011).

Ballentine received her MFA in Poetry from Lesley University, Cambridge, MA. She currently teaches high school theatre and creative writing and adjuncts for a local college.

Learn more about KB Ballentine at www.kbballentine.com.

 

 

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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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