Unexpected Rec!

I promise vids of poetry are coming soon (I will sincerely try to post them this weekend in between the million and other things on my list!) but for now I just wanted to preen about an unexpected rec I received (thanks Matt for pointing it out!).

Keep Me In a Hole which was published in the last year’s Halloween Special of Glitterwolf was included in Ellen Datlow‘s recommendation list of Best Horror of the Year. You can find the full rec list here: a-l and l-z. I am extremely chuffed!

Perhaps you are looking for little Halloween reading in which case that list should serve you well – I wish had time to chase up and read all the other stuff there! And if you want to read Keep Me In A Hole, you can buy the magazine on Amazon: UK buy link and US buy link. My other two poems on it – Corpus Delicti and Overture – can be read in the free taster. Or you can come along to the next poetry night at The Chapel in Broadstairs, 8-10pm on 13th of October, and I’ll promise to do all three at the open mic session  – which incidentally will be after the book launch for Michael Curtis’ Lullaby Days.

Right. That’s enough self-marketing for tonight. Time to go to sleep, me thinks!


Poetry Publications in 2014

*Viimeistä viedään…

I’m working on putting together some kind of updatable tally of publications to link somehow (still figuring WP) but thought it would be appropriate to finish the year with a short tally of accepted publications.

I had two poems published in The Missing Slate, which is an international literary and art magazine that has introduced me to some interesting writers and artists – seriously, check it out!

Asphalt Story #84 was published as a weekend poem in March which was a wonderful treat. It also represented Finland in the Poetry World Cup where it didn’t go any farther than the first round but the whole experience was fun. I was also honoured to be included in the three poems the magazine included in its Pushcart Prize Nominations following a vote.

Later in the year, The Missing Slate also published In Conversation, which is a co-authored poetry dialogue of sorts, written with the delightful and indecently talented Delilah Des Anges.

In addition, I had poems published in the Halloween Special of Glitterwolf which is a UK-based literary and arts magazine celebrating the work of LGBT contributors from around the world. They publish fiction, poetry, art and photography. The three poems included by yours truly were Corpus Delicti, Keep Me In a Hole, and Overture. The first two of these can be read in the free taster while the full magazine can be bought on Amazon: UK buy link and US buy link There are four variant covers and lots of spooky and queer stories and poems on offer.

I also had another poem accepted to the Plunge Magazine but sadly it seems to have ran into problems as nothing happened after the acceptance letters were sent out and neither the site nor the Tumblr have been updated since. This is a shame as it seemed like a great magazine and I can only speculate something drastic and sudden happened that has prevented the editor/owner from continuing with it.

That’s it for 2014. I have two more poems coming out in January so more on those once they are out! This leaves me to wish everyone Happy and Creative New Year 2015!

*A Finnish phrase, roughly translating to ‘the last one is being taken away’ which is appropriate for the last day of the year.