Bread & Beauty

My poem, “Toad,” is up this week at Bread & Beauty. This press describes itself as the “Indiana Jones of small publishers,” and I think that’s pretty awesome. They publish online content as well as a print journal and they were a dream to work with during the publication process. A special thank you to Allison & Carly for your professionalism and enthusiasm.

Bread & Beauty is still open for submissions, so to all my writer friends, please submit!


I’m pleased to share issue #10 of Glassworks Magazine, which features my poem “Forsythia” among many other great pieces. It’s a beautiful publication and I love the photograph, Meditating Horse by Toni Bennett, that appears opposite my poem. I also appreciate the streamlined design of the online content and the feature “Looking Glass” where author’s are asked to reflect on their own pieces. I always think it is interesting to get a glimpse into an author’s writing process and I think it’s a great idea to include that kind of content alongside the writing itself.

Announcing the 2014 Atlantis Award Winner

Congratulations to the winner, Lucian Mattison, and all of the other finalists. I’m honored to be listed among all of you.

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Our guest judge, poet Devon Moore, has chosen Lucian Mattison as our winner from among the wonderful poems we received.

The winning poem along with a selection of the finalists can be read here.

Lucian Mattison

Kathleen Kilcup

Adrian Potter
Brianna Pike

Elaine Olund
Alina Stefanescu
Ellene Glenn Moore
Christine Bettis
Emily Cole
Sarah Sala
Teresa Sutton
Jed Myers
Claire Scott

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Autumn 2014 Showcase @ The Zen Space

I have15779_10152688664465791_71964358739821850_n excellent friends. I have excellent friends who are also talented writers. I have excellent friends who are talented writers and generous souls. One of my generous, talented friends, Sam Snoek-Brown, author of Hagridden, was kind enough to include me in an submission call for Zen Space’s 2014 Autumn Showcase and today three of my poems went live. They are among excellent company, including my friend and talented poet, Natalie Giarrantano. I blogged about Natalie’s debut poetry collection, Leaving Clean, earlier this year.

Check out the showcase & The Zen Space here.

Happy October!

The Process of Withdrawing Poems

Over the past year or so, I’ve had the good fortune of placing several poems in several different publications, which has left me in the position of withdrawing said poems from journals. I have engaged in simultaneous submissions ever since I started sending out work several years ago. With the advent of software like submittable, this process is far more streamlined and efficient than it used to be, and for the most part I’m able to sit down for half hour or so and notify all the necessary journals of my wish to withdraw a poem.


I’ve noticed over the past six months to a year that it is not always as easy to withdraw a poem as it should be, so what follows is a genuine plea to all small literary journals, because I love you and want to support you all day everyday, please be as clear in your guidelines to withdraw as you are in your guidelines to submit. What follows is a short list of easy improvements that could make the process of withdrawing a poem(s) easy as pie:

1. Allow notes in Submittable. I like submittable. I use it all the time and the longer I submit work, the more I notice journals switching over to their software. However, if as a journal or press you allow submissions through Submittable, then take the next step and allow notes so that if a poet submits five poems and only wants to withdraw one, they can just add a note to their submission file.

2. Clear contact information. If a journal does not use the note feature in submittable, then the next step I take as poet is to check out their website to see who I need to email regarding my submission. If you have a paragraph in your submission guidelines that outlines the process an author should take to withdraw a piece, then you should have a link to the email/contact in that paragraph. It is frustrating to read a sentence that states “Simultaneous submissions are encouraged but let us know immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere,” and then have to scour the website for five minutes trying to find that person to contact.

3. Please consider allowing us to withdraw one poem/story instead of the entire packet. I understand from an administrative point of view, it might just be easier to withdraw and entire packet, take out the accepted poem, and then upload the updated packet (although as I type that out, I’m not convinced) but I’ll be honest, the only desire this inspires in me is to just withdraw the entire packet and be done with it.

To be clear, I love literary journals. I appreciate all the hard work that goes in to reading submissions and designing a journal (print and/or online). I want to keep sending my work to as many places as possible, but in the event that someone snags it first, the easier it is to notify other journals, the better.

21st Century Man, poem by Brianna Pike (Celebrity Free Verse Poetry Series)

I discovered this blog and press through social media and I’ve been reading these poems all month. It’s a really brilliant project and I like the idea of a “found poem.” Anyway. Here’s my take (posted today) featuring the words of Mr. Tom Hiddleston.

Silver Birch Press

21st Century Man
by Brianna Pike

Do I like being famous?
It’s sort of inconsequential.
I fear I’m initially quite private.
To be honest about my boundaries
encourages intimacy and intimacy
is really where it’s at. You don’t
get there if you’re pretending to be
anyone else. Why would you do that?

To answer the question: Is it enough?

SOURCE: “Tom Hiddleston: A god Among men?” Elle UK (March 2014).

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: A particular area of interest for me as a poet is the push and pull of the private vs. the public self. I think this is especially interesting when it comes to actors because they are constantly stepping into different lives as the characters they inhabit and then they must take those lives into the public sphere. To me, the underlying current in this interview with Tom Hiddleston is the tension of finding balance while living…

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A Few Notes From Weeks Gone By

I learned this past week that two more of my poems, “Crossing Ompompanoosuc” & “The Pond” were accepted for publication by The Meadow for the 2014 summer edition.

The end of the semester is approaching quickly and crunch time is officially here. I have some posts marinating in my head, but have not had time to get them out into the blogosphere. Soon I’ll be back to a regular schedule.
In the meantime, my family is arriving from Pennsylvania and I am cooking Thanksgiving dinner.