Congratulations, Lara Stapleton!

Congratulations to Lara Stapleton who has just been accepted to La Chispa’s International Artist in Residency Program in Medellin!

LARA STAPLETON is the author of the short story collection, The Lowest Blue Flame Before Nothing (Aunt Lute), an Independent Booksellers’ Selection and a Pen Open Book Committee Selection. She is the recipient of a Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation Grant for Writers, a two-time winner of the University of Michigan’s Hopwood Award for Fiction and winner of the Columbia Journal Fiction Prize. Her second story collection, The Ruin of Everything, was released by Paloma Press in October last year.

Congratulations, Vince Gotera!

“Aswang Mango: Santiago’s Fantasia” by Vince Gotera (MiGoZine Summer 2021) was nominated for a 2022 Rhysling Award in the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association. The Rhysling is given for best speculative poem in the previous year.


                                    —curtal sonnet
There is no fruit I love more than the mango.
Taut skin, yellow and red, the blushing cheek
of a maiden, the soft curve, the shy smile
on my girl’s sensuous mouth, a slow tango
smoldering in her eyes. The mango’s sleek
flesh, sweet and fragrant as her bosom. While

Clara’s away these summer nights, the heavens
cloudless and clear, moonlight-filled, where she wheels
in air, she leaves with me her hips, two cheeks
like shapely fruits, the moon’s curvy crescent,
            firm mango handfuls.

Note: this poem is part of an ongoing novel-in-poems about two aswang—Philippine mythical monsters—who fall in love and try to live as ordinary humans. Clara is a manananggal, which means that she can split herself at the waist, with the top half flying off to hunt prey, leaving her bottom half, in this case, in the care of her lover Santiago.

Vince Gotera teaches at the University of Northern Iowa, where he served as Editor of the North American Review (2000-2016). He is also former Editor of Star*Line, the print journal of the international Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association (2017-2020). His poetry collections include DragonflyGhost WarsFighting KiteThe Coolest Month. and the upcoming Pacific Crossing. Recent poems appeared in Altered Reality MagazineCrab Orchard ReviewDreams & NightmaresThe Ekphrastic ReviewPhilippines Graphic (Philippines), RosebudThe Wild Word (Germany) and the anthologies Multiverse (UK), Dear America, and Hay(na)ku 15. He blogs at The Man with the Blue Guitar.

Renowned Poet Visits NCCC

Jeanne-Marie Osterman at NCCC

The Niagara County Community College, as part of its Poetry on the Edge Series, successfully hosted a reading featuring Jeanne-Marie Osterman on April 21 in the Dolce Valvo Art Gallery at the Sanborn Campus. Ms. Osterman read from her books Shellback (Kirkus Top 100 Indie Books of 2021) and All Animals Want the Same Thing (Winner of the 2021 Slipstream Poetry Chapbook Contest). The series has been a tradition of the College for 29 years.

Glimpses’ long-awaited book launch

Please join us for the long-awaited book launch for Conrad Benedicto's Masalaya's Gift and Leny Strobel's Glimpses. Due to the pandemic, this event had been postponed until we could safely gather outdoors. 

The launch will be held at Howarth Park in Santa Rosa, which is right next to Spring Lake and connected by a walking trail. There's also a playground and a train ride at the park, and camping at Spring Lake if you wish to spend the weekend in beautiful Sonoma County. Please bring your own water bottle/cup, a sun hat and lawn chairs.

This event is kindly organized by Karen Pennrich and Brenda Bautista. 

Congratulations, Barbara Jane Reyes!

Congratulations to Paloma Press author Barbara Jane Reyes on being named the 2022 Winner of Meridians Journal’s Elizabeth Alexander Creative Writing Award!

“The Elizabeth Alexander Creative Writing Award celebrates an author whose work embodies the lyrically powerful and historically engaged nature of Dr. Alexander’s writing. The award aims to highlight different forms of knowledge production that emerge from the artistic, political, and cultural advocacy for transformative change undertaken by women of color nationally, transnationally, and globally. Our goal is to make knowledge production by and about women of color central to contemporary definitions of feminisms in the explorations of women’s economic conditions, cultures, and sexualities, as well as the forms and meanings of resistance and activist strategies. Our award winners’ writings exemplify the spirit and mission of Meridians with their winning pieces.

“The winner of this year’s Elizabeth Alexander Creative Writing Award is Barbara Jane Reyes for her poem “Daughtersong Diaspore.” Barbara Jane Reyes is the author of Letters to a Young Brown Girl (BOA Editions, Ltd.). She was born in Manila, Philippines, raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is also the author of Gravities of Center (Arkipelago Books), Poeta en San Francisco (TinFish Press), Diwata (BOA Editions, Ltd.), To Love as Aswang (Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc.), and Invocation to Daughters (City Lights Publishing). Reyes is an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco.”

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