Come Celebrate the Re-Launch of Word Fountain

I’ve been saying for years that northeastern, Pennsylvania has a vibrant art community and literary scene. Those scenes have just become stronger thanks to the re-launch of the literary magazine Word Fountain, which makes its return to the world this Friday, via a launch party.Check out the Facebook event page here. The reading will be from 7-8 p.m. at the Osterhout Library in Wilkes-Barre.

As a preview, here is an image of the new cover!


Writing about Weather Catastropes

Within the last few months, I’ve written work based on weather-related catastrophes for different publishers. I wrote a poem entitled “Evacuation” for a flood-themed issue of Word Fountain, a literary journal published through the Osterhout Library in Wilkes-Barre. The editors acquired grant money to make the issue glossy and larger than past issues. All of the money will go to flood victims of Luzerene County, many of whom lost their homes in areas without the levee system during Hurricance Irene in 2011. More recently, I was notified about a project Unbound Content is doing to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy. The editor of the press (which is also publishing my first full-length book of poems late this year) is seeking creative work about the Jersey Shore.  The money from sales will be donated to hurricane victims.

These two projects led me to write more poems  about weather-related calamities caused by global warming and the massive harm we’ve been doing to the environment. I would eventually like to put together a series of poems weather-related, including poems from the point of view of the victims, maybe even politicians. As far as I know, there haven’t been many collections like this, other than Patricia Smith’s book Blood Dazzler, all about hurricane Katrina.

I foresee this being a long, slow process, especially since I’ll have to do readings for my new book later in the year, and I’m starting Ph.D. coursework, but perhaps as part of my creative dissertation, I can take on this project and really do research, looking at photos and articles about these events to generate ideas for other poems.

If you’re in the area, you should come to the Word Fountain premiere taking place this Saturday from 2-4 p.m at the Osterhout Library.  Contributors to the flood-themed issue will read their work, and copies of the journal will be on sale.

Upcoming Readings/Events

It’s the beginning of a new year, so I’ve started to schedule some readings.

On Thursday, Jan. 10, I’m reading at Wilkes University’s M.F.A. Alumni Night. The reading will begin at 7 p.m. and take place at the  Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, 84 W. South Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA. I’ll be joined by fellow poets Laura Moran, Jason Carney, Phil Brady, and Thom Ward. The reading is free and open to the public. Books will be for sale.

On Saturday, Jan. 19, I’m reading at the Osterhauht Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA. The reading begins at 2 p.m. and  a is celebration of the new issue of  the literary magazine Word Fountain.  Other contributors will also read. Copies of the journal will be for sale, and all money made will be given to flood victims of Luzerne County.

In February, I’m taking part in the local author night at the Valley Community Library in Peckville. More details on that to come soon.

Later in the year, my first full-length book of poems will be out through Unbound Content. Once I schedule more readings for the book, I’ll post them here and on my website.




Word Fountain Flood Issue

Rachael Goetzke and Ed Lupico, my friends and fellow writers at the Osterhought Library in Wilkes-Barre, are trying to pull together a glossy issue of the journal they run entitled Word Fountain. They want the next issue to focus on the flood from last September and Hurricane Agnes of 1972 that caused the evacuation of several communities throughout Pennsylvania, especially the northeastern part of the state. They are seeking fiction, poetry, essays, art, and pictures.

They plan to donate all of the money they generate from the issue to flood victims. I know that a lot of my friends in this area were affected in one way  or another by the most recent flooding, or they have relatives that shared stories about Agnes. Why not try to write something for the issue?

There’s still time to submit. The deadline is this week.

Click this link for more info and the submission guidelines.

Word Fountain Flood Issue

The Osterhaut Library in Wilkes-Barre puts out a literary magazine every few months called Word Fountain. It features poetry, prose, and fiction. For the next issue, the editors plan to do a glossy edition, thanks for a grant, focused on the flooding caused by Hurricane Agnes in 1972 and Hurricane Irene last year. If you have any writing that is flood-related, or any pictures, consider sending it in to the staff at Word Fountain. Here is some more info, taken from the journal’s website:

Hurricane Agnes has an anniversary on June 22nd 2012.  It’s been 40 years since Agnes tore through our towns.  When Hurricane Irene followed her lead, we here at Word Fountain decided to do something about it.  We are creating a special issue of our literary magazine.  Once printed, this publication will generate donations that will go to a fund at the Luzerne Foundation to help recovering flood victims.

You can help.  Send us your 2-D art, photos, writings of 1,000 words or less (any age, any genre).  We chose the 40th anniversary as an extended deadline.

Submission Guidelines:

1,000 words or less, any genre, from any age group

Original photos and 2-D art will also be considered

Topic:  Hurricane Irene and/or Hurricane Agnes

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Extended Deadline!  June 22nd 2012

Osterhout Free Library

Attn:  Word Fountain Editors

71 S. Franklin Street


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