Poem published in “Adanna”; Essay / Lesson in Book; New Children’s Story Completed

I’ve been woefully behind in posting—just been too busy, I guess. Anyway, some good publishing news:

My poem “Loving Flowers” appears in Adanna, Issue #1, Summer 2011. http://adannajournal.blogspot.com/

My essay / lesson for poets, ” Circling the Pine: Haibun and the Spiral Web” appears in the section “Structure and Form” in Wingbeats: Exercises & Practice in Poetry, just out from Dos Gatos Press. Edited by Scott Wiggerman & David Meischen, it’s a wonderful compilation of lessons for poets to try—with a fine list of contributors. I’m honored to be among such fine company!


In addition, Limula’s Magic Tail, the children’s story I wrote at the invitation of Paul Somers, noted composer, and the Cousteau Center of the Rutgers Institute of Marine Biology is done. 


Paul has written wonderful music to accompany the spoken text, and he and I had the joy of presenting both text and score (score on a really good CD) a week ago Tuesday night to a national group of marine biologists at the Rutgers Research Station on the bay in Tuckerton:


It went very well, so now we’re all working together on the next phase, which is to find an illustrator and fund a children’s book with CD. The theme of the story is to help children appreciate both the threatened species in the Delaware Bay and the delicate ecosystem of the Bay and its environs.

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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