EAT, WRITE, DIGEST: School Starts, Leaves Fall, Things Change

I know people who say they never let the grass grow under their feet. I even work with some of them.  And, this fall, I guess that saying applies to me.

Many of you know that I was an editor at Every Day Poets for several years, following a stint as a slush reader and, before that, as a contributing poet. When EDP’s daily poem publications were suspended earlier this year, the entire staff – editors and slush readers alike – headed off to do other things. I was clear at that time that I would make no decisions about what was next until the end of the summer. I know my own tendency to leap into things and then feel like I’ve taken on too much, which results in self-directed anger and impatience. Not the best thing.

So, after a summer of laying low in the literary landscape, I’m ready to start on new adventures. I’m going to be on the editorial staff of a new flash fiction publication, details on that to follow as soon as we finalize a few things. And I’m hoping to be involved in a poetry publication with some of my former colleagues, which we have only begun to explore.

In the meantime, I have two poems coming out in the fall issue of The Linnet’s Wings. This is the first time I’ve been published there. And I recently learned that my piece, Eden Baby Bakery,  published by Saturday Night Reader, is featured on the cover of their first print edition. I learned an important thing about Saturday Night Reader from their website:

A portion of all proceeds from annual subscriptions will go to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and Cystic Fibrosis Canada.

That makes me very happy to be one of their contributing authors and it makes me think I need to get going and send them some new work. The other stories I’ve seen there have been fun to read. Check them out if you have a chance.

I guess a summer spent gardening, cooking, traveling, and being with family and friends was the perfect way to feed the writer/editor in me.

DO A KIND THING

Yesterday, I volunteered at Second Harvest Heartland’s Meals for Minds program at Pillsbury Elementary School in Northeast Minneapolis. I sorted and bagged potatoes alongside several other people, then helped distribute food to families in need. It was the first time I’ve volunteered with Second Harvest Heartland and it was impressive just how much food they got into the hands of people who needed it.

And how did I find out about this opportunity? Through VolunteerMatch.org. I signed up there a while ago and began getting regular emails from them that list volunteer opportunities selected for me based upon my profile. Anyone can sign up. And, bonus, you can say that you’re only interested in one-time volunteer gigs if committing to a regular schedule is not a good fit for you. In fact, that’s exactly what I do.

Hope you check it out.


8 comments

  1. Congratulations on your poems. One of my friends had three babies with cystic fibrosis, which I am pretty certain was the contributing factor which pushed her over the edge to drug addiction and an early death (probably suicice) so that is a cause very dear to my heart.
    Love your volunteering too. Busy, busy, busy – and productive with it.

  2. Congratulations on your recent publication successes. It's always reaffirming as a writer to be published.

    Sounds like you had the perfect summer and congrats on the new jobs. I really need to start investigating online journals more. Thanks for the prodding.


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