Drawn to Marvel: New Poem and My Winning Cover Art

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A few weeks ago I learned one of my poems will appear in DRAWN TO MARVEL, an anthology of superhero poems. Minor Arcana Press also had a contest for cover art for the book. I entered that too, and my illustration won. A color version of my black and white drawing will appear as the anthology cover for the collection, due out in February 2014.

I’m a big comics fan, ever s1618688_10152209210262767_1748073505_nince my step-grandfather gave me a box of comics when I was six years old. Waaaay back in the day, while I toiled as an adjunct English teacher, I also used to illustrate comic books for a now-defunct company called Comico. The stories were written by Bill Willingham, who went on to fame writing the Fables series for DC. Through no fault of Mr. Willingham (I remain a fan), my Comico time ended up being a bad experience (the publisher folded; artwork and paychecks disappeared into the ether). With this cover, it was nice to dip my little toe back in the world of comics for a bit. Evan Peterson, the brains behind Minor Arcana, made it especially pleasurable. My thanks to him and to the editors, Bryan Dietrich and Marta Ferguson, as well as to Anne Bean, who will be designing the book and serving as colorist. If you are a fan of superheroes, poetry, or both, look for this title soon, where you will find my ode to Vampirella, the bikini-wearing superhero from Drakulon, an underground comics favorite! Get a sneak peak of the B&W artwork at this link:




December Update on Poetdelphia and Other News…

I’m posting a link to the salon series I run, Poetdelphia. Come join us, if you like. RYAN ECKES, SUZANNE PARKER & DAVID GROFF are reading this Friday the 13, 2013. http://poetdelphia.wordpress.com/2013/12/10/poetdelphia-dec-13-suzanne-parker-ryan-eckes-david-groff/ David Groff is a poet I met some years ago, a writer from NYC with an amazing new book called CLAY. Suzanne Parker is a poet I met during one of the happiest summers of my life, a summer I spent writing in Prague. Suzanne had won a fellowship for her poetry that year–the summer of 2001, I believe. Her new book is called VIRAL, which focuses on the bullying case of Tyler Clementi, the Rutgers student who killed himself. Ryan Eckes is an affable local fellow whose inventive poetry often depicts working class themes. Poetdelphia attempts to break down the barriers between various writing cliques and to help audiences discover new writers.

In other writing news, it’s been a good couple of weeks with new poems picked up for two anthologies, Drawn to Marvel: Superhero Poems and The Queer South. These anthologies are due in 2014, and they come on the heels of publication of one of my poems in BETWEEN: NEW GAY POETRY, out just now from Chelsea Station Press and edited by Jameson Currier.