Saturday, April 18, 2015

Health-related poetry contest

Poetry Contest Calls for Pieces Related to Health

From the Michael J. Fox Foundation:

April is National Poetry Month, as well as Parkinson’s Awareness Month. A special contest from the journal Health Affairs gives the lyrically inclined in our community a chance to participate in both themes at once by sharing experiences through poetry.
Health Affairs explains:

We are holding a poetry contest from March 26 to April 22, 2015, looking for well-crafted poems that touch on topics related to health and health policy. Three winning poems will be announced at the end of April. Winners will receive a $500 prize, publication in Health Affairs, and two copies of the issue containing the winning poem.
Poems can address any health topic, not just Parkinson’s, and must be written in English. Visit the Health Affairs blog for further submission guidelines.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Poets & Writers comes to Chicago

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Poets & Writers Live is coming to Chicago!

Spend a Saturday with us at Instituto Cervantes as we explore the writer's journey from inspiration to publication.  

We'll kick things off with a "poetry keynote" by acclaimed poet Li-Young Lee, followed by panel discussions on resources for writers in Chicago; how to prepare the perfect pitch to agents, editors, and other publishing professionals; plus craft talks with poet Roger Reeves, novelist Edward Kelsey Moore, and essayist Jenny Boully; and live-lit performances by Megan Stielstra, Parneshia Jones, and Lindsay Hunter.  

A reading and discussion with Chicago literary icons Stuart Dybek and Marc Kelly Smith is sure to be a highlight of the program. 
In the mid-day time slot, participants have the option of attending a panel led by Debra Englander, the author of our popular column The Savvy Self-Publisher, or selecting one of three small group sessions led by Jeff Kleinman, Renée Zuckerbrot, or Don Share. Kleinman and Zuckerbrot are both New York City-based literary agents; Share is the editor of Poetry magazine. Each of the small sessions is limited to 15 participants and offered on a first-come first-served basis for an additional charge of $25.

We'll finish the day with a Literary Mixer: a chance to meet others, compare notes, and enjoy a glass of wine with your fellow writers. Register today to take advantage of the special Early Bird price of just $60.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

New Lit Mag Resource

Enjoy the new launch of Literary Hub, "a single, trusted, daily source for all the news, ideas and richness of contemporary literary life," created by Grove Atlantic and Electric Literature
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