The November 2015 Blue Heron Speaks Featured Poet is Ronda Broatch!

Ronda Broatch

Welcome to the November 2015 Blue Heron Speaks feature! Our talented guest author this month is poet, editor, and photographer, Ronda Broatch, whose latest poetry collection is Lake of Fallen Constellations (MoonPath Press, 2015). The senses hum and glow with Broatch’s words. Her imagery brings us into the world of each poem so fully, that we feel the rush of river water on legs – we experience the dusting of sand on skin. This vibrant collection will awaken a longing for connection to earth and sky, for the need to understand the stars. Beautiful, rich, and evocative! You will want a copy of this collection to read and re-read.

Please visit the Blue Heron Speaks Featured Author page to read two sample poems from Ronda Broatch’s latest book.

(photo credit Ronda Broatch)

(photo credit Ronda Broatch)

Ronda Broatch is the author of Lake of Fallen Constellations, (MoonPath Press, 2015), Shedding Our Skins, (Finishing Line Press, 2008), and Some Other Eden, (2005). Her journal publications include Prairie Schooner, Fourteen Hills, Mid-American Review, and Fire On Her Tongue: An Anthology of Contemporary Women’s Poetry (Two Sylvias Press). Ronda co-edits the literary journal, Crab Creek Review. Poet and photographer, she is attracted to words and textures like a moth to a bare bulb on a twilit porch.  Find out more about this author at:

Lake of Fallen Constellations (MoonPath Press, 2015)


Orison Books Anthology Nominations from Blue Heron Review for 2015 Announced!

Blue Heron Review is pleased to announce our nominations for The Orison Anthology, due out summer/2016. Orison Books supports the philosophy that, “… spiritual writing has little to do with subject matter. Such work is not merely about spiritual contemplation, but itself leads the reader into profound contemplation. It is not merely about the sublime, but itself has a sublime effect on the reader.” Congratulations to all of our poets nominated to be included in this special anthology! If any of our contributors are chosen, we will make a special announcement on this page.

Blue Heron Review Nominations:

1. “Luminary” by Laura Bayless (published in the Winter 2015 issue of Blue Heron Review, Issue #3)

2. “You Tell Me Happiness May Not Be Communicable” by Ronda Broatch (published in the Winter 2015 issue of Blue Heron Review, Issue #3)

3. “Lauds, November 2: New Camaldoli Hermitage, Big Sur” by Russell Colver (published in the Winter 2015 Issue of Blue Heron Review, Issue #3)

4. “Vessels of Light” by Elizabeth J Mitchell (published in the Summer 2015 Issue of Blue Heron Review, Issue #4)

5. “Beads of Dew” by Paula Schulz (published in the Summer 2015 Issue of Blue Heron Review, Issue #4)

6. “Sisters Praying” by Chris Abbate (published in the Summer 2015 Issue of Blue Heron Review, Issue #4)

Other Nominations/Awards:

Blue Heron Review will also be selecting poems from our past year of issues for both the Best of the Net prize and the Pushcart Prize. We will make announcements after those nominations are submitted.

The Winter 2015 Issue of Blue Heron Review is Now Available to Read Online!

(cover art by Jason Iffert)

(cover art by Jason Iffert)

M J Iuppa * Simon Perchik * Arya F Jenkins * Gonzalinho da Costa * Sandra Lindow * Trina Gaynon * Ann Wehrman * Laura Bayless * Bruce Dethlefsen * Ronda Broatch * Pat Wadsworth * Marzelle Robertson * Allison Grayhurst * Joan McNerney * Mary C Rowin * Philip Dacey * Ronnie Hess * Lauren K Carlson * Andrew Albritton * Sarah Rehfeldt * Wendy Thornton * Kiarra Lynn Smith * Chad Hanson * Robert Nordstrom * Tim Gavin * Chris Abbate * Russell Colver * Steven Bucher * Laura Rebecca Payne * Richard Havenga * Sarah Brown Weitzman * John Grey * Yvette A Schnoeker-Shorb * Tim Suermondt * Jeff Burt * Daniel James Sundahl * Sheelonee Banerjee *

Jason Iffert * Sarah Rehfeldt * Jeannie E Roberts * Richard Havenga * Sharon Auberle * Annette L Grunseth * David Seth Smith * Daniel Adams

Please visit the Blue Heron Review Issue 3 Winter/2015 page of this site, to enjoy a selection of poetic offerings and visual art by our contributors.

Winter is often a time of reflection, stillness, and deep silence, as we travel inward and wear the cloak of this quiet season. After reading and re-reading this issue, I notice that there are recurring themes of grief, remembrance, and longing. I hope you will take the time to savor these poems and images. Since we only have 2 issues per year, each collection is full, colorful, and has many voices. Each poem deserves its own spotlight. Memory finds us in the heart of winter and begs us to listen.  Take time out of your day to rest, pull up a chair, and read these beautiful, poignant poems.

With blessings of peace this winter,
Cristina M. R. Norcross
Editor, Blue Heron Review