Calling All Opinionated Poets!


If you have a poem that pleads for marriage equality, or promotes immigration reform, or calls for an end to the war in Afghanistan, then you should check out a contest The Los Angeles Times is running. From now until Aug. 16, the newspaper’s opinion page editors are seeking poetry that speaks to a specific issue. On Aug. 25, the editors are going to print all poetry on the opinion page. They will pick a few additional poems to publish online. A lot of academic and mainstream poetry publications shy away from work with an overtly political bend, so this contest is unique. The submission guidelines can be read here.

I sent a few poems off this morning, and I hope other writers that read this blog will submit their work. I can’t wait to see what the editors decide to publish.

About Brian Fanelli

I'm a poet, teacher, music junkie and much more. My first chapbook of poems, Front Man, was published in 2010 by Big Table Publishing. My full-length book of poems, All That Remains, was published in 2013 by Unbound Content. My latest book, Waiting for the Dead to Speak, was published in the fall of 2016 by NYQ Books. My work has also been published by The Los Angeles Times, World Literature Today, Harpur Palate, Boston Literary Magazine, Kentucky Review, Verse Daily, Spillway, Portland Review, and several other publications. My poetry has also been featured on "The Writer's Almanac" with Garrison Keillor. Currently, I teach English full-time at Lackawanna College.
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