I’ve been lucky enough to receive notification that 4 of my poems will be appearing in print next year. According to editor Terri Santitoro, a scifaiku (that’s a haiku written about a science fiction subject) of mine will be appearing in the February 2010 print edition of Scifaikuest. Editor Angela Craig emailed me that 2 poems: a fantasy free verse piece about Florida titled “On the Edge” and a rhymed piece called “Mars Rising” will be appearing in the March 2010 issue of Paper Crow. And finally, I heard from editors Karen L. Newman & Tyree Campbell that my poem about Wales using Welsh myth, “Flower Face,” will be in the Spring 2010 print edition of Illumen.
Although I like the easy access of online publication, I still love the feel of a magazine or book in my hands. So I’m really looking forward to holding a copy of each of these fine magazines. And even though I’m having the time of my life writing fiction, poetry will always have a special place in my heart.
My challenge to the poets out there: write a story. And to the fiction writers: write a poem. As writers we should be willing to step outside our comfort zone every now & again.