Poetry events and calls for submission

National poetry month is still going strong in Ashland.  Here are some upcoming events you don’t want to miss, as well as a few places to send out those poems that want to be shared with the world.

Poetry Reading with Jonah Bornstein and Richard Lehnert
Thursday, April 23, 7:00 pm

Jonah Bornstein’s most recent collections of poems include “The Art of Waking” and “Treatise on Emptiness.” Richard Lehnert is the author of “A Short History of the Usual,” and his poems have appeared in “Poetry,” “The Sun,” “Prairie Schooner,” and many other journals.

Poetry Reading with Scott Wozniak, T-Poe Varnado and Liesl Garner
Monday, April 27, 7:00 pm
Varnado is a spoken-word artist and host of the Rogue Poetry slam. He’ll read from his chapbook. Garner is in the process of putting her chapbook together and Wozniak is the author of “Bumrush the Fantasy.”

Rabbi David Zaslow: 7 Session Learn to Write Poetry Class
Starting April 28. Register now at 541-488-7716
David Zaslow is the author of two volumes of poetry (“Today I Am A Fountain Pen” and “Thou Shalt Wander Forty Years”) along with several volumes of children’s poetry. He and former Oregon Poet Laureate Lawson Inada were awarded the 1988 American Book Award for Educational Materials for their work on “Shakin’ Loose with Mother Goose.” This year he was given the award for the best book of the year by the the Church-Synagogue Library Association for his highly acclaimed “Jesus: First-Century Rabbi,” an historical study of the Jewishness of Jesus.

After all the readings and classes, head home, polish up your favorite poems and send them out to the world. Here are a couple calls for submissions:

Switchback Magazine is accepting new submissions in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry through August 31, 2015.
An Editor’s Prize will be awarded in the amount of $200 to the submission they find the most inspiring, jarring, outstanding, or just downright brilliant. Additional prizes in the amounts of $75 and $50 will be awarded to the first two runners-up. There is, amazingly, no fee to enter. For more information visit
https://switchback.submittable.com/submit .

Mason’s Road is looking for unique and arresting takes on this topic of Joy, for Issue #1.
The magazine’s submission period runs for three months: February 15 – May 15, 2015. There are two ways to submit to Mason’s Road. Submit for free any time during the submissions period and your work will be given thorough consideration for publication, or submit with a $10 fee, and your work will also be considered for the Mason’s Road Literary Prize, which includes publication and a $500 prize to the best entry we receive.

For submission guidelines: http://www.masonsroad.com/submission-guidelines/

Duende Literary Journal is seeking your literary and visual art for its new issue. Its mission is to publish work from writers and artists who are queer, of color, differently abled, immigrant, working class, youth, elder, and/or otherwise from communities underrepresented in U.S. literary magazines and journals. Open for submissions until May 15th.
For submission guidelines: http://www.duendeliterary.org/

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