Call for Poetry Submissions – Southwest Persona Poems

Poetry of the American Southwest, No. 2, Persona Poems

Submission period: July 1 – November 30, 2015

Editors Scott Wiggerman and Cindy Huyser are looking for well-crafted poems written in personae associated with the Southwest region of the United States — poems that demonstrate a strong connection to the land, history, and/or culture of the region. Personae can be famous, infamous, or relatively unknown; historical figures or characters from documented myth or folklore, living or dead. No stereotypes or bland generalizations, please! We are looking for a wide spectrum that reflects the rich heritage of the Southwest: Buffalo Soldiers, pioneers, tribal chiefs, artists, midwives, vaqueros, homesteaders, women who passed as men, ranchers, explorers, miners, lawmen, berdaches, outlaws, entrepreneurs, rabbis, preachers, curanderas, figures from Native American myths. . . .

While there is room for the well-known—Geronimo, O’Keeffe, La Llorona, Esteban, Kit Carson, etc.—we would very much like to see poems in the personae of lesser-known figures such as Chester Nez, Bill Pickett, Willie Velasquez, Kitty Leroy, Hoodoo Brown, LaDonna Harris, Henry Trust, and Jacob de Cordova. Surprise us! Sing to us in the voices of those forgotten in the stubble of history.

Only poems written in a persona will be considered. The speaker should clearly not be the poet-author. Think of the persona poem as one which reveals the character of the speaker, allowing the reader to empathize with him or her. For additional information on the persona poem, including sample poems, click here >>


  • We accept submissions only through Submittable.
  • Submit 1-3 original, unpublished poems, in a single document, each poem on a separate page.
  • Poems must be no longer than 65 lines — including spaces and title.
  • With each poem, provide a one to three-sentence contextual note that identifies its speaker. We may use this note in the anthology itself.
  • Do not put your name or any other identifying information on the document that holds the poems you submit. Do not include your name in the file name for your submission. We follow a “blind” reading system: our editors read all poetry submissions without knowing who wrote the poems.
  • Use Times New Roman 12 pt. for the text of your submission. Single space your poems; double space between stanzas.
  • Include a 60-word bio written in third person, providing specific information about your writing life and your previous publishing credits.
  • We welcome the expression of diverse voices, diverse cultures — including poems partly or entirely in Spanish. Please include an English translation of a poem written in a language other than English.
  • No previously published poems — print or online — including poems posted on personal websites or social network websites. If a poem can be found searching Google, we consider it published.
  • No simultaneous submissions. Our production schedule is too tight to accommodate poems submitted elsewhere
  • Acceptance for publication conveys First North American Serial Rights, first-print publication rights, and the right to post work accepted for publication on the Dos Gatos Press website. Rights revert to the author upon publication. Payment is one contributor’s copy of the anthology.

Day 17: The Power of Limited Choice

Originally posted on A Writer's March:

By Lisa Hase-Jackson, guest blogger

Fear is a familiar feeling to all artists, and writers are certainly not immune. Some of the more common triggers of fear include anticipated failure or, as is often the case, anticipated success. For writers in particular, fear is often triggered just by considering the likely ostracism that may occur from revealing family secrets, or by the realization that what was written in a passionate moment of active imagination will appear to be worthless drivel in the light of day.

Perhaps the biggest fear faced by many writers on a daily basis it that of the blank page. Even assuming a writer can overcome the overwhelming number of possibilities represented by the blank page, there are still myriad choices to make – or choices to rule out – once the page is no longer blank and writing has begun in earnest. Let us posit, then…

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NO FEE Submission Call for new motherhood lit mag: Mothers Always Write


New Literary Magazine calling for poems about motherhood:

Originally posted on Trish Hopkinson:

Mothers Always Write is a new online, monthly lit mag publishing “essays and poetry about the mothering experience.”  Their first issue is ready for reading and will give you a feel for the topics and style of writing they prefer–with poems and essays from all aspects of parenting–from babyhood to adult children.

Submissions are always open and they are currently reading for their August issue.

For help on how to submit, read my Submission Tips here.

If you like this post, please share with your writerly friends and/or follow my blog or like my Facebook page.

DEADLINE: Rolling Submissions


NOTES: Topics must be related to motherhood (writers can be anyone as long as the work fits the topic)

FORMS:  personal essays, micro nonfiction, poetry, and blog submissions

Click here for Mothers Always Write Submission Guidelines.


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5 Tips for Retrieving Memories


Updating my CV and dossier today and rediscovered this article from 2012.

Originally posted on Cate Macabe:

The following is an article by Lisa Hase-Jackson originally titled “Five Tips for Retrieving Memories and Developing Your Memoir” and published in the July 2012 issue of SouthWest Sage.

footsteps 02Writing memoir is the ultimate in “writing what you know.” No one else has as much knowledge or authority on the memoirist’s life than the memoirist herself, and certainly no one else can fully understand or appreciate the complex nature of that life better. But along with this authority comes the challenge of collecting and effectively cultivating memories to create a comprehensive whole.

But memories are intangible and fickle, not to mention ephemeral. Ask someone about what they were doing on a specific date in their past and, unless that date coincides with a significant historical event or personal episode, they will likely draw a blank. But ask a person to recall the time they learned to ride a bike…

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Converse College Low-Residency MFA: A Program to Watch

S.C.’s Only Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing to Hold Open House May 31

Spartanburg, S.C. — Discover why Publishers Weekly named the Converse College Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing “a program to watch” in 2015. Join us at our Open House information session on May 31, 2015 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Barnet Room of the Montgomery Student Center on the Converse campus.

Meet current students, published alumni, and faculty, including Robert Olmstead, Denise Duhamel, Marlin Barton, Leslie Pietrzyk, Susan Tekulve, Albert Goldbarth, C. Michael Curtis, Suzanne Cleary, and program director Rick Mulkey. Learn about the program’s new concentrations in Young Adult Fiction and Environmental Writing, plus scholarship and Teaching Assistantship opportunities, along with information on recent alumni successes in fiction, poetry and nonfiction. Then stay to mingle with current students who are on campus for their summer residency, enjoying live music with Nashville-based folk rock band The Hart Strings beginning at 8 p.m.

More information on the Converse College Low-Residency MFA is available at

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As South Carolina’s only low residency MFA program in creative writing, the Converse College MFA offers students opportunities to focus in fiction, Y.A. fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and Environmental writing, plus opportunities to pursue internships in publishing and editing through our C. Michael Curtis Publishing Fellowship at Hub City Press. MFA students may also participate in editing opportunities with the program’s national online literary magazine, South 85 Journal, and pursue teaching opportunities with our Teaching Assistant program, a unique opportunity for low residency students.

“One of the strengths of a low-residency format is how it introduces students to the real writing life,” said program director Rick Mulkey. “Most writers have family and career obligations in addition to their writing. While students spend part of each academic year on the Converse campus during the residencies, they continue work on their writing and academic projects during the rest of the year without disruption from their family and career.  Plus they study in a true mentor/apprentice relationship with a gifted writer. It provides both an intensive learning environment and the flexibility that most of us need.”

Converse MFA faculty members include National Book Critic Circle Award winners, best-selling novelists, award winning short fiction writers and essayists, plus some of the top editors in the country. “In addition to being outstanding writers, our faculty are energetic and dedicated teachers who have been honored for their classroom instruction,” said Mulkey. “In some graduate programs, a student enrolls to discover that the writer she planned to work with only teaches one course a year, or is on leave while the student is in the program. Here you have the opportunity to work with a large number of writers, editors and agents in a very personal mentoring relationship.”

In the last few years, Converse MFA graduates and current students have distinguished themselves with honors and awards including the AWP Intro Award, a Melbourne Independent Film Festival Award, and the South Carolina Poetry Initiative Prize, among many others. In addition, they have published work in a range of literary venues from Colorado ReviewShenandoahPloughshares, and Southern Review to such noted publishers as William Morrow/Harper Collins, Simon & Schuster, Random House, Negative Capability Press, Finishing Line Press, and others.

REMORSE by Gary Beck

Men of purpled cloisters
I see your heavy robes of 3:00 a.m.
guttered on Fifth Avenue
as the long night passes
to a woman’s frightened scream.
O woman who I love
whose gift is pain,
in my midnight self
I cry in secret horror
at my abusive hands
which give you hurt.
If I could tear my granite chest,
pluck my pulsing love,
you would see my madness die,
the marks of cruel fingers fade.

Gary Beck has spent most of his adult life as a theater director. Published chapbooks include: ‘Remembrance’, Origami Condom Press; ‘The Conquest of Somalia’, Cervena Barva Press; ‘The Dance of Hate’, Calliope Nerve Media; ‘Material Questions’, Silkworms Ink; ‘Dispossessed’, Medulla Press, ‘Mutilated Girls’, Heavy Hands Ink and ‘Escape to Cyberspace’, Writing Knights Press . His poetry collection ‘Days of Destruction’ was published by Skive Press; ‘Expectations’, Rogue Scholars Press; ‘Dawn in Cities’, Winter Goose Publishing; ‘Assault on Nature’, Winter Goose Publishing. ‘Songs of a Clerk’ and ‘Civilized Ways’ will be published by Winter Goose Publishing. His novel ‘Extreme Change’ was published by Cogwheel Press; ‘Acts of Defiance’ was published by Artema Press. His collection of short stories, ‘A Glimpse of Youth’ was published by Sweatshoppe Publications. His original plays and translations of Moliere, Aristophanes and Sophocles have been produced Off Broadway. His poetry, fiction and essays have appeared in hundreds of literary magazines. He currently lives in New York City.

KLEE’S ANGEL by bz niditch

Like moving
the wings
and cloudletsKlee's Angels
of our history
the futurists
turn back to
the high art
in you,
Angelus Novus
speak to us
of all possibilities
on an unshaven
earth time span
where the voice
of fern and grass
belongs to us,
the ocean is clear
for salmon
whale and dolphin,
unpolluted city masks
now familial
be removed,
for wheat and grains
to again grow
on threshing floors.