Just when I needed a nice shot in the arm to tackle some new writing projects, I got some terrific news from the journal Kestrel. The editors there nominated my poem “Scrape the Velvet from Your Antlers” for the Pushcart Prize awards. The poem is the first poem in my forthcoming poetry chapbook, Velvet Rodeo, due out from Bloom press in early 2014. My thanks to the editors at Kestrel for making my day!
Here is an interesting study a student shared with me this semester. Not sure what to make of it at first glance, but I was happy to see this student look for an unusual way to contextualize a class project he is working on. http://homepage.psy.utexas.edu/homepage/faculty/pennebaker/reprints/SuicidalPoets.PDF
So very happy to have a poem in this new anthology, BETWEEN, edited by Jameson Currier of Chelsea Station. Jameson is a great guy–a fine fiction writer and poet whose stories, novels and poems I’ve enjoyed for some time. Chelsea Station is an independent press he runs out of New York City, responsible for the great gay-themed literary journal of the same name, Chelsea Station. You can order copies here if you like. My poem, “Memory is a Taste That Lingers on the Tongue”, is about travel and relationships with people and places, and I am grateful to Jameson that it found a home in his anthology.
From the press release:
New Gay Poetry
edited by Jameson Currier
Between: New Gay Poetry, edited by Jameson Currier, features sixty gay poets writing on relationships between men: gay men with their friends, lovers, partners, husbands, dates, tricks, boyfriends, hustlers, idols, teachers, mentors, fathers, brothers, family, teams, co-workers, relatives, and strangers.
Contributors include Frank Adams, Shane Allison, Dallas Angguish, David-Matthew Barnes, Jeffery Berg, David Bergman, Bryan Borland, Casey Charles, Philip F. Clark, Mike Cluff, Steven Cordova, Craig Cotter, Lucas Crawford, Jameson Currier, Angel Erro, David Eye, Michael Graves, Peter Milne Greiner, Benjamin S. Grossberg, Vance Philip Hedderel, James Hodgson, Walter Holland, Darrel Alejandro Holnes, Lee Houck, Richard Johns, Collin Kelley, Peter LaBerge, Daniel W.K. Lee, Raymond Luczak, Jeff Mann, Thomas March, Kevin McLellan, Rangi McNeil, Kelly McQuain, Stephen Mead , Matthew A. Merendo, Jory Mickelson, Stephen S. Mills, Michael O’Brien, William Reichard, Dennis Rhodes, Mark Travis Rivera, Ross Robbins, Steven Rydman, Jonathon Saia, Lawrence Schimel, Gregg Shapiro, Robert Siek, Christopher Soden, Phillip Gregory Spotswood, Stefen Styrsky, Shawn Syms, Yermiyahu Ahron Taub, William Sterling Walker, Jeff Walt, Scott Wiggerman, Chuck Willman, Gregory Woods, Gerard Wozek, and Francis Zachary.
Velvet Rodeo poetry collection wins prize! This just in from BLOOM Literary Journal at http://bloomliteraryjournal.org/news/
Judge C. Dale Young has selected Velvet Rodeo by Kelly McQuain for the 2013 BLOOM Poetry Chapbook Prize. McQuain will receive 25 copies of the chapbook and a $100 honorarium. Judge’s citation: “‘The tongue I try to master / is a sticky one, forked and full of tricks,’ is the opening of a poem in Velvet Rodeo, and it becomes a point of return for the collection. These poems understand that to tell the truth, one must lie, play tricks, and even dare to say the unbelievable. Careful and exacting, these poems exact a price from a reader. They linger with you long after you have finished reading them.” “Alien Boy” from Velvet Rodeo appeared in the Fall 2012 issue of BLOOM. ~~~~~ Kelly McQuain grew up surrounded by the mountains of West Virginia’s Monongahela National Forest. His poetry has appeared in Painted Bride Quarterly, The Pinch, Assaracus, Kin, Mead, Bloom, Chelsea Station, American Writing and the anthologies Poems for the Writing and Rabbit Ears: TV Poems. His fiction has appeared in such journals as Icarus, The James White Review, Kansas Quarterly/Arkansas Review, The Harrington Gay Men’s Fiction Quarterly and in numerous anthologies, including Best American Erotica, Skin & Ink and Men on Men 2000. His book reviews and columns on city life appear in The Philadelphia Inquirer. Recently his poem, “Camping as Boys in the Cow Field”, was selected by Reginald Dwayne Betts as the winner of Redivider’s AWP poetry contest. McQuain works as a professor in Philadelphia.
“Alien Boy” can be read here: http://bloomliteraryjournal.org/read/poetry/kelly-mcquain/
C. Dale blogs about poetry at this site: http://blog-cdaleyoung.tumblr.com/post/62903981020/kelly-mcquain-winner-of-2013-bloom-poetry-chapbook
The literary salon I run with Valerie Fox and Dawn Manning has our first fall event planned. Check out details on www.Poetdelphia.wordpress.com or at https://www.facebook.com/events/699173163432182/?notif_t=plan_user_joined