Life Lines, my first chapbook, is now available

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As I mentioned in a previous blog post, my chapbook Life Lines won The Bitchin’ Kitsch’s Fall 2017 Chapbook Competition. Thanks to editor Chris Talbot-Heindl, and to the whole creative team, for selecting my work and for publishing it with so much care.

So, here is the link to the Amazon page for the paperback and Kindle editions. Life Lines is also available at The B’K shop.

Comments and reviews are much appreciated. Thanks for your support!

 

 

 

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Inaugural issue of In the Name of the Voice

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Received the inaugural issue of In the Name of the Voice, a quarterly journal of contemporary poetry. Based in Southampton, England, this journal is a product of brand new independent publishing house Alexander & Brook. Thanks to Matt Leivers, the editor, for including four of my poems in this compelling selection of works from nine authors.

In the Name of the Voice is full of terrific outside-the-box poetry. I enjoyed the skillful sequencing and the wide range of voices of these ‘realists of a larger reality’ (Ursula Le Guin, quoted in the Preface).

In the Name of the Voice is available for purchase here .

Life Lines won the Bitchin’ Kitsch Chapbook Competition

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Humongous thanks to Chris Talbot-Heindl, editor of The Bitchin’ Kitsch, and to the whole creative team, for selecting my work, Life Lines, as the winner of their Sixth Chapbook Competition. The collection will be published later in the year, in both physical and digital formats.

This would be the second time I have the honor of seeing my work published by The B’K. One of my poems was included in the September 2017 issue, as posted in my blog.

Life Lines, my debut chapbook, comprises a series of micro-poems written while traveling on the road, keeping a ‘steady hand’, holding a camera which only once in a while turns inwards. The result is a sequence of  ‘wide shot’, ‘mid shot’ and ‘close-up’ texts about the life journey, going through different altitudes, geographies, locations, seasons, and outlooks.

A section of this collection was first published in Sharkpack Annual, Longform Issue 2017.  Here is my blog entry about this publication.

The Bitchin’ Kitsch, an arts and literature magazine published since 2010, is an important part of The Talbot-Heindl Experience, a Denver-based arts enterprise that houses many initiatives worthy of much support.

Will update my blog with news about the publication once it is out. Looking forward to it!

Brutal issue of Here Comes Everyone is out

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It feels great to be Brutal. December 2017 print issue, Volume 6(2), of themed literary magazine Here Comes Everyone is out, and includes my poem ‘Hostile Designs.’

This Brutal issue, rich in content, carries the works, literary and visual, of fifty nine contributors, whose bios are published online. The issue is well-balanced, wonderfully designed, and with plenty of outstanding pieces. The theme is addressed from a variety of view-points, from design of public places (as in my poem, for example) to violence, to healing and relapse, to mention a few. Interested? Brutal is available for purchase here.

Based in Coventry, UK, HCE is published by Silhouette Press twice a year, featuring poetry, fiction, nonfiction and visual works. Founded in 2012 by Adam Steiner and Gary Sykes-Blythe, HCE was handed over to Matthew Barton and Raef Boylan in 2016.

Silhouette Press is a not-for-profit publishing social enterprise where visual, written, and technology content creators converge to carry on innovative projects, of which HCE is a platform.

The theme for the next issue of HCE is Tomorrow. Submissions open in February 2018.

 

 

Poem published online in Young Ravens

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A poem I wrote a few years back, Beached Moments, has been published online in issue 7 of Young Ravens Literary Review. The issue’s theme is “So Long, Farewell.’ Thanks to the zine editors, Sarah Page and Elizabeth Pinborough for including it. Nice to see a few familiar names also featured. Sharing the link to my poem. The whole issue can be downloaded here.

Young Ravens Literary Review is published twice a year. The editors welcome submissions of poetry, fiction, non fiction, and art from both novice and seasoned writers and artists, which are read/selected blind. They crave for material that “haunts, inspires, maddens, and exalts you on our common journey through existence.”

 

 

 

Preserving your Web Publications

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Web life can be ephemeral. It has happened already in my relatively short journey as a writer, that some of the online publications that hosted my work are already gone. That is the case, for example, of Riverlit, the first literary magazine that published one of my poems in English. Fortunately, I took screen shots of my piece, and have ‘evidence’ of this publication for my portfolio.

Capturing the images of your published work is even more meaningful when editors have carefully paired your words with arresting visual content that you would like to preserve.

The easiest way to save web publications is to take screenshots, as mentioned. How to do it? I just press Alt + print screen keys and then paste it on a word document. I could then save it as a photo or pdf if needed. Advise on how to do screenshots from pcs here, and here for Macs.

 

Poem Road Lines published in Sharkpack Annual

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Road Lines is a section of a string of very short poems on a journey across different geographies and seasons. It is included in the fourth issue of Sharkpack Annual 2017, Long form, published under the sharp editorial guidance of J. Spece. An avant-garde literary journal, Sharkpack Annual bursts with authors whose work I admire. Glad to be in such punch-packing company.

This is the first time that I record my work, as well. Eerie feeling to hear my own voice detached from my body. Still, I enjoyed recording it. Hope you enjoy reading/listening to my poem and to the superb work of the writers and artists featured. Can’t recommend it enough!