Last month Bone Parade released their ninth issue, which features a collection of interesting—sometimes eerie, sometimes melancholy—poems and a fun short story about a debate between a pair of trick-or-treating siblings.
My poem “Familiars” closes out the issue—yay!
If memory serves, I actually wrote this poem on the same afternoon I wrote “Regrowth” (Rust + Moth, Spring 2020), but it took quite a while longer to find this one a good home. I’m so happy Bone Parade is the place for it!
I’d be honored if you’d head on over and check out Issue # 9. While you’re at it, I’d also recommend this prose poem from Bone Parade’s previous issue: “Graveyards Are Gardens That Embrace Those Who Lost.”
Every year since 1977, Bucks County has held a poet laureate contest for current residents. Past winners of the competition have come from many backgrounds and earned various other awards and professional achievements, including Guggenheims, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fellowships, and a Pew Foundation of the Arts grant.
This year I was selected as one of the contest runner-ups. (Yay!) The award reception was on November 14, and I had the opportunity to read a couple of my poems (including “Regrowth,” which was published by Rust + Moth in 2020) alongside some very talented poets, including this yearʼs winner Nicole Steinberg, last yearʼs winner Jane Edna Mohler, contest judge Ernest Hilbert, and fellow runners-up Judith Lagana and Lynda Gene Rymond. The reading was a wonderful experience, and it was truly an honor to have the chance to read with this group of excellent local poets.
Congratulations to Judith, Lynda, and especially Nicole!
I’m very pleased to announce that my short story “The Bride Revenant” was recently released in Sans. PRESS’s Because That’s Where Your Heart Is anthology, a collection of short stories about passion and what makes the heart beat faster.
There are many highly enjoyable stories in the collection, including Joseph Anderson’s “The Girl Who Lives on the Moon,” which starts off the volume, M. Regan’s “FPS<TAG>,” which personally made me very nostalgic for my high school days spent on video game- and design-related internet forums (minus the disappearances!), and Ellen McCarthy’s “Call My Name,” a beautiful collage of memories interwoven by grief.
“The Bride Revenant” is about a deceased young woman who returns from the grave to be reunited with her grieving fiancé. The lore in this story is based on the historical knocker legends, which Claude Lecouteux discusses in The Secret History of Vampires (also a very interesting read).
You can purchase an ebook version of the anthology for 2 pounds (roughly $3) at Gumroad, or a print edition for $12 on Amazon. I hope you enjoy it!