Recently I was interviewed by Jennifer Sparkman for her online magazine The Articles of Antiquity. And what did we talk about? Writing, of course! 😉 Poetry, DIY MFA, all-time favorite writers, sources of inspiration, and a few other topics. I had fun answering Jen’s questions, and I hope you’ll enjoy reading the end result.
I’m thrilled to announce that my poem “Naked Truth” is featured in From The UV Files, the 2012 anthology from online literary journal Underground Voices!
Founded in 2004, Underground Voices began as a monthly journal before expanding into a small press in 2009 and shifting exclusively to book publishing at the start of 2013. Its focus, however, remains the same: publishing raw, hard-hitting written works that cover dark and often controversial topics. From The UV Files was compiled by Underground Voices’ editorial staff and features select poems, fiction, and flash fiction published by the journal last year.
I’m incredibly proud that “Naked Truth,” originally included in Underground Voices’ April 2012 issue, was selected to be part of the anthology. I used to think this poem wasn’t publishable because of its subject matter and its angry, honest tone. But when I discovered Underground Voices, I knew I’d found the perfect home for “Naked Truth.”
To the staff of Underground Voices: Thank you for considering my work. My gratitude and excitement know no boundaries.
From The UV Files is available in paperback format from Amazon (click here). I highly recommend purchasing a copy if you like high-quality writing that’s on the bold and daring side.
Also, click here to read “Naked Truth” and “River Runs Red” at Underground Voices.
Coming later this week: “Chronicling The Craft: 6,000 Words”
Finally it’s time for me to announce my big poetry news: Two of my poems, “Naked Truth” and “River Runs Red,” are featured in the April 2012 issue of Underground Voices!
A screenshot of the April 2102 issue of Underground Voices.
Courtesy of Underground Voices.
Underground Voices is an online literary magazine that publishes poetry, prose, and artwork from up-and-coming writers and artists once a month. It also publishes one print anthology per calendar year and has featured a number of pieces that have been recognized by the Pushcart Prize, the StorySouth Million Writer’s Award for Short Stories, and Dzanc Books’ Best of the Web.
According to its website, Underground Voices’ mission is to publish quality works that are “dark, raw, and hard-hitting.” Previously published works have touched on a wide range of social issues, psychological disorders, and other sensitive current-day issues that aren’t widely covered in more conventional literary magazines. Although my work doesn’t normally take this direction, “Naked Truth” and “River Runs Red” do – and I thought they’d be a good fit for Underground Voices.
I almost can’t describe the flurry of emotions I’ve experienced leading up to today. It’s a mixture of pride, excitement, even nervousness! More than anything else, though, I feel immense satisfaction and triumph. I’ve been submitting poems to print and online publications for about 5 years – and I’ve learned to not let the sting of disappointment from rejection letters discourage me. Now, to finally have my work accepted for the first time since college is like striking gold. And in a time where so many developing writers are going down the route of self-publishing, this recognition restores my faith in the “old school” way of getting one’s work out to the world.
I would love to talk about the poems themselves… but that will take a while! So, for now… Click here to read “Naked Truth” and “River Runs Red” now at Underground Voices! And if the magazine’s theme appeals to you, I recommend reading other works in this month’s issue.