Poem Accepted for *Holy Cow! Press* anthology

Just got the news today via good old postal mail that Holy Cow! Press has accepted my poem “Shelling Peas” for their forthcoming anthology The Heart of All That Is: Reflections on Home, to be published in a paperback edition during October 2013. Since it had been some months since I submitted, I was checking my submissions records and wondering about it earlier today—and then the mail came :).

You can visit their web site at: http://www.holycowpress.org/

The press does lovely anthologies. In 2009, I was blessed to have work in an earlier anthology of theirs Beloved on the Earth: 150 Poems of Grief and Gratitude— a collection which I highly recommend for anyone dealing with the loss of a loved one. I’m so pleased to be included in this new anthology from Holy Cow! Press!

And I want to add that Jama Rattigan at her “Jama Rattigan’s Alphabet Soup” blog was the first to like and feature this poem. You can scroll down to read it again at:



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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4 Responses to Poem Accepted for *Holy Cow! Press* anthology

  1. Congratulations on the acceptance! I have a poem in the forthcoming anthology, too. 🙂

    (And I really liked your contribution to Beloved on the Earth, too.)

  2. edbrummel says:

    Well, congrats on being (once again) accepted. “Holy Cow!” indeed.

    Back in my young’un days, I too shelled peas. Your poem wrought those memories back. Whatta blessing…

    I especially liked this bit, near your poem’s end:
    A blessing in my mouth, those pale, hard peas, which I taste/even now as I chew on this memory…

    “_Chew_ on this memory” Bullseye word choice.

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