The issue 53 of digital magazine The Ofi Press is up, and it includes my poem City of Cats (p. 14). Thanks to editor Jack Little for putting together such an interesting collection of original poems, translations and reviews. An absolute highlight for me is that this issue features –in the Translations section– a poem by one of the greatest Ecuadorian poets, Ernesto Noboa y Caamaño. His poem 5 a.m. was translated into English by Jonathan Simkins.
The Ofi Press is currently accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, interviews and reviews. Open to writers from all over the world, and interested in works by Latin American and Mexican writers, Ofi includes a translated works section.
The magazine is available via web publications creator Calameo, here. Thanks for reading!
Thanks to the editors of DASH literary journal, a very dedicated group of students from the Department of English at California State University, Fullerton, and to the Faculty Advisor, Irena Praitis. The tenth anniversary issue of DASH, corresponding to Spring 2017, has just arrived to my place in Singapore, and includes two of my poems: “mango river” and “Altitude.” Whereas the latter poem owes much to fantasy, the former is based on memories of summers spent with siblings and cousins at my cousins’ finca in Daule, in the outskirts of Guayaquil.
DASH publishes poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, criticism, art and hybrid texts with diverse topics, themes, and styles. DASH favors brief, condensed works.
The issues are not available online, so I’ll share the poems in due course.
DASH will reopen for submissions in October, via Submittable.
Kerri Farrell Foley, the multi-talented editor of Crack the Spine asked me to be interviewed for the Wordsmith Interview section. I gladly accepted and am thankful that the interview is now live here.
Crack the Spine is an outstanding digital literary magazine which publishes a diversity of works. It features flash fiction, micro-fiction, poetry, short stories, and creative non-fiction. In their own words: “Given the choice, we will always select madness over method.”
I contributed a micro-fiction piece to a previous issue, hence, Kerri asked me to talk about that particular piece in the interview, among other topics, some literary, some slightly less so. Thanks for your reading!
Thanks to Editor-in-Chief Dustin Pickering and Assistant Editor Z.M Wise for including two of my poems in the Spring 2017 issue of Harbinger Asylum, the literary journal of Transcendent Zero Press. US-based, the journal was launched in 2013 and that same year was nominated as poetry magazine of the year by the National Poetry Awards.
I received the journal today and read it with great interest. I am honored to be published alongside poets of the caliber of Heath Brougher, poetry editor of Five 2 One Magazine and co-poetry editor of Into the Voice Magazine, and many more superb poets.
Harbinger Asylum is available at Amazon. An excellent read.
April is National Poetry Writing Month. The challenge during this month-long celebration is to write a poem a day (at least). I took on the challenge and as a result harvested an uneven yield of poems, some in better shape than others, more flavorful, more mature, etc. Well, I sent three of these poems to the Brian Dempsey Memorial Prize, held by Dempsey & Windle, a small independent publishing house.
The response from the organizers was refreshingly fast. I sent my poems in the last week of April as the deadline was April 30. By May 3th I received a kind email from Janice, one of the organizers and judges, letting me know that my poem Sett Patterns won joint third prize. Another poem I sent, Ice Love, was long-listed. All the winning and long-listed poems will be published in the anthology Poems to Keep, which will be launched in Dempsey & Windle’s hometown, beautiful Guildford, Surrey, UK, on July 2nd.
Receiving an award in this contest makes me particularly happy because I lived in Surrey for many years before moving to Singapore, so this is a place very close to my heart. I am so much looking forward to the publication, and very grateful to Dempsey & Windle founders, Janice and Dónall Dempsey, for this recognition to my work.
Congratulations to Alexandra Davis, 1st prize winner; Ian Clark, 2nd prize winner; and Vasiliki Albedo, joint 3rd prize winner. It is an honor to be published alongside these and all the other accomplished poets.
The details about this competition, the judges’ verdict and the list of winner, highly commended and long-listed poets is posted here.
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The Binnacle, the literary journal of Coastal Maine, published my ultra-short piece Shopping Bliss in 2015. This was my first flash fiction piece in English ever published. The editor, University of Maine professor Gerard NeCastro, with his team of students, are now making available online all the past print publications, including my story, which you can read here. Browse the online material and you will find fun, intense, powerful writing. You can also buy the anthology’s Kindle edition here.
Online literary journal Duende features my hybrid piece Summer Memories in their April 2017 Spotlight section, along with a poem by Casey Rocheteau and visual art by Cameron Quan Louie.
Duende is the literary journal of Goddard College’s BFA in Writing program, and is maintained and curated by a committed editorial team which includes current students. They update the website with Spotlights of literary and visual works every month, and launch one issue in the Fall; the first one was out in October 2014.
Duende’s name is inspired in Lorca’s poetic vision. They look for work that “shatters styles….,” “is rooted in our soil, full of thistles and sharp stones.” As the editorial team put it: “seeks authenticity & soulfulness…. a chill up the spine…..darkness and intensity….a response from the body.” Duende “aspires to represent the true beauty and diversity of the U.S. literary ecosystem.”
This is the second time my work is showcased at Duende. The Páramo Train, also an hybrid piece, was included in their August 2016 Spotlight. Browsing further, you will discover the wide array of fantastic literary (short stories, poetry, essays, interviews) and visual works this magazine publishes. Proud to be in the company of writers and artists with so much duende.