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Poetry's Busiest Month Continues!

National Poetry Month has started with a flurry of activity for me, and it isn't even half over yet! Here's a quick rundown of new and upcoming poems, events, and podcasts.

A New Poem: Kindred

I've been keeping up with the annual challenge to write a poem a day, and what a delight to see my April 1 piece, "Kindred," published yesterday in Autumn Sky Poetry Daily. In the words of Editor Christine Klocek-Lim, "This narrative poem celebrates girlhood’s intensity unapologetically, normalizing the emotions that feel so large and carefully holding them in the heart so that they can survive until adulthood recognizes their fragility." I have included the poem in its entirety below.

Poster for JC Writers Jersey City Poetry Fest events, with a 2 x 3 grid of poet headshots, with the event co-sponsor logos in the lower right corner: Jersey City Arts & Culture Trust Fund, Jersey City Office of Cultural Affairs, Hudson County Community College, Jersey City Writers, and the American Sign Language logo
Jersey City Poetry Fest begins April 13 with the The Path of a Poet event at City Hall.

The Path of a Poet: Jersey City Poetry Festival

On Thursday evening, April 13, Rescue Poetix (2020-2021 Jersey City Poet Laureate) and I will be sharing work from various periods on our paths as poets, and participating in a Q & A with Steve Willett of Jersey City Writers. I am delighted to participate in this kickoff event of the 2023 5th Annual Poetry Fest: Jersey Proud!

You can read my two-part interview with Linda Degise--Kotowski of Jersey City Writers here and here.