“Recycling Starlight” Chapbook Accepted by Mountains and Rivers Press

I’m delighted to announce that my chapbook Recycling Starlight, consisting of some eighteen poems I wrote over the past year while processing my grief over Bill’s death,  has been accepted by Ce Rosenow for publication next year by her Mountains and Rivers Press.


I mentioned in my earlier post about my trip to the Pacific Northwest that I had shared poems with Ce on our three-hour drive down from Seabeck, WA, to Portland, OR. I read through the grief poems to her, and she was very interested in publishing them. I had already submitted the chapbook manuscript to a contest, so at first told her that I’d have to wait to see how it did. And that if it didn’t win, I’d certainly give the collection to her.

But Ce and I kept e-mailing back and forth about the book—discussing the poem sequence, where to integrate a couple of haiku and a new tanka sequence, how the book might best be designed and produced, etc.—and the more I thought about it, the more I wanted Ce to do the book. Also, since she is well-known in the haiku community, many of whom miss Bill and know me, it seemed a blessing that she wanted her press to bring out this collection. So yesterday, I sent a message to the contest folks withdrawing the manuscript from consideration (they accepted simultaneous submission and just wanted to be notified if a submission was accepted elsewhere), and Ce and I are a go for working together on the book. I feel so right about this, and I know Bill would be happy to have Mountains and Rivers Press do it. I’m sure it will be a beautiful book.


About penhart

I am a poet and writer, published widely in journals and anthologies, and my literary autobiography appears as an extended essay in "Contemporary Authors." My poems have recently appeared in "Rattle" ,"Tiferet," and "U.S. 1 Worksheets". Work has also appeared in "The Valparaiso Poetry Review," and "Umbrella." Recent books include 'One Bowl" (2012); "Recycling Starlight" (2010); and "The Night Marsh" (2008).. Earlier collections include "Along River Road"; "Lizard Light: Poems From the Earth"; and "Buried in the Sky." My illustrated alphabestiary for children, "The Beastie Book," was published in the December, 2009, by Shenanigan Books. I have won three poetry fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, as well as awards from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Mary Carolyn Davies Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the first William O. Douglas Nature Writing Award for my work in the anthology "American Nature Writing 2002." I was invited to be a "featured poet" and read at the 2010 Dodge Poetry Festival, and was awarded a residency / fellowship for January, 2011, at VCCA (Virginia Center for the Creative Arts." I live in the South Jersey shore area, and work as a visiting poet in the schools through programs sponsored by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and various other agencies. I'm still fairly new at blogging and hope to add more graphics, etc., as I learn more.
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