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New poem in Rabbit Poetry Journal 24: LGBTQIA+

I’m thrilled to have a poem in the LGBTQIA+ issue of Rabbit Poetry Journal, guest-edited by Michael Farrell. My poem ‘Vote Yes to Pineapple on Pizza’ is a found poem, compiled using media clippings from last year’s horrific postal-survey black hole. Writing this poem allowed me a small but necessary opportunity to take back control over some of the destructive narrative being spun about queer lives, and I’m particularly grateful that it found a home amongst the work of some of my favourite people and poets. There are poems in this issue by: Rae White, Stuart Barnes, Zenobia Frost, Jarad Bruinstroop, Quinn Eades, Jill Jones and so many more!

The issue is a wonderful survey of some of our most exciting up and coming, emerging, established, and all the in-between, queer voices. Go buy a copy and read it cover to cover and then urge someone else to do the same.

 

 

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New poems in Verity La and Stylus Lit

It has been a productive start to the publishing year with two poems published in the past weeks, and two poems forthcoming in Woolf Pack #10 and Rabbit Poetry Journal LGBTQ+ issue.

The wonderful people at Verity La published my poem ‘Triage’ as part of their incredible Clozapine Clinic, and I got my first publication in Stylus Lit with my poem ‘time-lapse’. I’m thrilled to be sharing pages in these wonderful journals with some of my favourite people and poets, including Shastra Deo, and Stuart Barnes. Make sure you check out the rest of the wonderful poetry on offer while you’re there too!

‘Some Days’ New Poem in Tincture Journal

Once again, the lovely people at Tincture Journal have published one of my poems. Many thanks to the wonderful Stuart Barnes (poetry editor) and Daniel Young (editor) for their continued support, not only of my own work, but that of many other wonderful emerging, and established voices.

My prose poem ‘Some Day’s features in the latest issue #17. I’m really pleased to see this poem published, the poem is somewhat of an ode to returning home, to the place you grew up. Partly inspired by the Nelson Mandela quote: ‘There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.’

Buy a copy of Issue #17 to read the poem and many other great pieces of writing. Or even better, subscribe and get a whole year’s worth of wonderful writing for the price of a single book.

In Summary: 2015 Publications

Looking back, 2015 was a good year for writing, publications wise. I got writing published in many journals I had been aiming to publish in, and a few others which were wonderful, unexpected surprises.

I’m hoping for more publications this year, while knowing that I should be channeling most of that energy into the writing of my next book. The writing life is often about balance, weighing up the importance of your short and long term goals, it can be hard to strike the right balance, as I found last year. While I avoided writing the ‘dreaded’ second novel, I put my energy into writing short pieces for publication, the rewards of which are often gained much quicker. These small gains throughout the year are necessary in many ways to keep fuelling the motivation to keep going on the longer projects. I hope this year I will find a better balance between the two.

Below you can find a summary of my 2015 publications and links to read/buy them.

February – The Family Files published by Verity La

March – Overcoming Second Novel Syndrome published in WQ Magazine

April – The Late September Dogs published in Mascara Literary Review Issue 17

April – Review of Omar Musa’s Here Come The Dogs published in Mascara Literary Review Issue 17

June – The Value of Prizes published in The Victorian Writer

October – What I Talk About When I Talk About Helicopters published in Cordite Issue 51.1: Umami

December – Our Version Of Events published by Meanjin

December – Firth Avenue published in Tincture Journal Issue 12

If you still haven’t had enough, be sure to look through the rest of my blog to find all the little bits of memoir here and there that I posted throughout the year. That’s all for now!

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