August 13 - 2020

Accepted for publication in Not Very Quiet, Issue 7: Memoir, guest edited

by Anne Casey.

 

Not Very Quiet is an online journal for women's poetry from Australia

and overseas. Publishing two issues per year in Spring and Autumn.

 

Issue 7 will launch online (via Zoom) on September 14.

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August 11 - 2020

Listed in Read NZ Te Pou Muramura (NZ Book Council) Writers Files.

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'Read NZ Te Pou Muramura Writers Files are the most comprehensive online

collection of information about Aotearoa New Zealand's writers.

They are regularly updated to include latest writer publications,

awards, residencies and other key information.' — Read NZ

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August 10 - 2020

Highly Commended in the Heroines Women's Writing Prize 2020.

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The Heroines Women's Writing Prize 2020 is offered by Neo Perennial

Press in Australia as part of the annual Heroines Festival in

Thirroul, Wollongong.

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'Our yearly Heroines Festival is a full day program of women

writers who reclaim women’s histories, or creatively imagine their

futures. As a niche micro-publisher, The Neo Perennial Press also

publishes writing by women about women. We particularly have an

interest in women’s history and mythology inspired works: old

texts, works poetically renewed, adapted or recreated and

speculative fiction.' — Sarah Nicholson and Caitlin White

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July 26 - 2020

I had never seen you so open, commended in the New Zealand Poetry Society 2020

International Poetry Competition, judged by Johanna Emeney. 

 

The winning and commended entries will appear in the annual anthology in

November, alongside a number of poems selected by the editor.

July 23 - 2020

Accepted for publication in Fast Fibres Poetry 7, edited by Piet Nieuwland &

Olivia Macassey.

 

Fast Fibres Poetry 7 will be launched on August 20 as part of Phantom

Billstickers National Poetry Day at ONEONESIX, Whangarei.

July 4 - 2020

Landfall 239: Autumn 2020reviewed by Sally Blundell in 'The Friday Review',

Academy of New Zealand Literature:

 

'There is also a simple elegance in the best of these writings – in the ‘three-

dimensional calligraphy’ of eels in ‘To Flute Music’ by Tony Beyer, in the

haunting gaze of the hospital patient in Wes Lee’s ‘Suddenly the Moon’, in Cilla

McQueen’s ‘Adaptation’, her words dancing down a brief eight lines to arrive at

a tiny oyster growing inside the remains of a washed-up Janola bottle; in Sarah

Scott’s memorable opening to ‘Chrysanthemums’: ‘She lies dusking in the catkin

dust / He looks up from his sketchbook.' — Sally Blundell

July 1 - 2020

By the Lapels is reviewed by Siobhan Harvey in Landfall Review Online:

‘Cerebral Punch’:

 

'In her second powerful collection, By the Lapels, Paekākāriki writer Wes

Lee shows that she shares Tony Beyer’s deeply mulled poetic impressionism.

The book reads as a novel-like narrative, each poem a slanted entry point

to the ongoing story. The first offering, ‘The Things She Remembers’ is a

case in point. A list poem of snatched image-moments... As in subsequent

verses in the collection, this almost-comic set up, combining absurdity

with poetry, becomes – through a series of sharp authorial observations

and linguistic twists – something tragic and profound.' — Siobhan Harvey

 

Landfall Review Online is published by Otago University Press.

June 16 - 2020

Suddenly the Moon appears in Landfall 239, edited by Emma Neale.

 

Landfall 239 features new writing by: John Adams, Johanna Aitchison, John

Allison, Shaun Bamber, Tony Beyer, Iain Britton, Medb Charleton, Ruth Corkill,

Doc Drumheller, Mark Edgecombe, Lynley Edmeades, David Eggleton, Johanna Emeney,

Rhys Feeney, Michael Giacon, Carolyn Gillum, Patricia Grace, Eliana Gray &

Jordan Hamel, Isabel Haarhaus, Bernadette Hall, Sarah Harpur, Jenna Heller,

Stephanie Johnson, Erik Kennedy, Brent Kininmont, Megan Kitching, Claire Lacey,

Leonard Lambert, Wes Lee, Malinna Liang, Emer Lyons, Carolyn McCurdie, Cilla

McQueen, Owen Marshall, Talia Marshall, Zoë Meager, James Norcliffe, Keith

Nunes, Kōtuku Tithuia Nuttall, Vincent O’Sullivan, Leanne Radojkovich, essa may

ranapiri, Gillian Roach, Pip Robertson, Jo-Ella Sarich, Tim Saunders, Sarah

Scott, Sarah Shirley, Elizabeth Smither, Charlotte Steel, Nicola Thorstensen,

Rushi Vyas, Susan Wardell

 

'Landfall is New Zealand’s foremost and longest running arts and literary

journal. Published by Otago University Press, it showcases new fiction, poetry,

essays and cultural commentary.'

 

Landfall 239 is available in independent book shops and direct from Otago

University Press

June 16 - 2020

Song appears in the 2 Meter Review Anthology: Volume 1, edited by performance

poets Hazel Hogan and Beau Williams, in Dublin.

June 1 - 2020

A Letter To The Woman Masquerading As Me appears in Abridged 0 - 19: Eris,

edited by Gregory McCartney and Susanna Galbraith, launched in Derry, Northern

Ireland.

 

'Eris is the goddess of discord, and as such she is maleficent. She deals in

jealousy, (un)spinning chaos from its loose threads. Daughter of Nix, night is

pregnant with her threat. Emerging out of the dissolution of dark times, dark’s

chaotic vagueness, she comes to play with our fears.' - Abridged

 

Abridged is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

May 16 - 2020

The Milestones appears in The Same Havoc, edited by Sam Le Butt, and published

in Edinburgh, Scotland.

 

The Same Havoc: The Selkie Anthology, Volume 2:

'Every type of home, from the home we make in our own bodies to the big

collective home of our planet, is at times called into question by our current

global political and civil discussions. What kind of body do we accept, do we

protect? How do we understand our relationship to and our responsibility for the

spinning space rock we live on? Having a home is serious. In the stories, poems

and non-fiction essays in the following collection we find not one fixed notion

of home, but a spinning multitude that reflects this continual movement and

change.' – Christina Neuwirth

 

Founded by Huriyah T. Quadri, Lis Mesa, Chelsea Welsh & Sonali Misra, The

Selkie aims to support and nurture voices from diverse and often marginalised

backgrounds by welcoming submissions and promoting the work of underrepresented

authors and artists.

 

Featuring new work by: Nick Askew, Lola Gaztañaga Baggen, Sofía Ballesteros,

Kirsteen Bell, Ruth Bradshaw, Sasha Saben Callaghan, Jennifer Dickinson, Luciana

Erregue-Sacchi, Mariann Evans, Jude Gray, Toonika Guha, Claire Hinchliffe,

Alexis Keir, Milagros Lasarte, Wes Lee, Quinn Lui, Melanie Maclennan, Ethel

Maqeda, Juliette F. Martin, Jan McCarthy, Becca McGilloway, Sasha R. Moghimi

-Kian, Christopher Moore, Vina Nguyen, Alice Pain, Charlotte Pain, Nathan Pascu,

Ely Percy, Charlotte Rattray, Stan Reed, Aimée Rogers, Lucy Rose, Shivani Sekar,

Judith Skillman, Susan Taylor, John Tinneny, Lydia Unsworth, Marjorie Waterman,

Alexandra Ye.

 

The Same Havoc is available as an eBook download.

May 16 - 2020

Accepted for publication in the 2 Meter Review Anthology: Volume 1, edited by

performance poets Hazel Hogan and Beau Williams, in Dublin.

May 16 - 2020

Heroines: An Anthology of Short Fiction & Poetry – Volume 2, reviewed by Sarah

Rose McKenzie.

 

'A young girl’s unwavering hope conquers atrocity in Wes Lee’s ‘Trapdoor’ (p92).

Horrific taboos are drawn into the light in this weighty piece, which sets up

parallels between the lives of Olive, a nurse, and Miriam, a victim of the

‘ogre’.' 

 

Heroines: An Anthology of Short Fiction & Poetry – Volume 2 can be purchased in

independent bookstores in Australia and New Zealand, or direct from Neo

Perennial Press

May 10 - 2020

Accepted for publication in Abridged 0 - 19: Eris, edited by Gregory McCartney

and Susanna Galbraith, in Derry, Northern Ireland.

  

'Abridged aims to publish and exhibit contemporary/ experimental poetry plus

contemporary art. We encourage poets/artists to investigate the articulation of

‘Abridged’ themes. These themes focus on contemporary concerns in a rapidly

changing society. We are offering an alternative and complete integration of

poetry, art and design. We experiment continually. We also stray into the

exhibition format producing contemporary, innovative and challenging work

accompanied by a free publication.'

 

Abridged 0 - 19: Eris will launch in June.

 

Abridged is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

May 9 - 2020

Praying Mantis appears in Meniscus Vol 8: Issue 1, at the University of

Canberra, edited by Gail Pittaway and Jen Webb.

 

‘Meniscus is an online literary journal published by the Australasian

Association of Writing Programs (AAWP). Its aim is to provide a showcase for the

best in contemporary international writing.’

 

The editors and advisory board are based in Australia, New Zealand and the UK,

and welcome submissions from writers anywhere in the world.

 

‘Meniscus publishes high quality, innovative poetry, short fiction, and

creative essays in English, or in other languages with a good parallel

translation.’

April 30 - 2020

Shortlisted for the Overton Poetry Prize 2019 at Loughborough University in the

UK.

 

The Overton Poetry Prize for a sequence of poems was established in memory of

Professor Bill Overton, a world-respected English scholar and a former head of

department at Loughborough University. Each year the winner is published by

Loughborough University in chapbook form.

 

This year’s prize is judged by Kerry Featherstone and Nellie Cole. The winner

will be announced in May.

April 26 - 2020

By the Lapels reviewed in Takahē 98 by Patricia Prime.

 

'By the Lapels is a diverse, edgy read grappling with contemporary issues

... Illuminated by sharp-eyed observation, personal insight and, most of all, a

generous sense of our shared humanity. The poems have an openness and generosity

of spirit with their precise use of language ... Wes Lee is a poet with an

artist’s painterly sensibility, a musician’s fine ear, an affinity for strangers

and their plight.' — Patricia Prime

 

Founded in Christchurch in 1989, Takahē magazine publishes short stories, poetry

and art, as well as essays, interviews, and book reviews.

April 9 - 2020

Accepted for publication in Meniscus Vol 8: Issue 1, in Canberra, Australia.

 

‘Meniscus is an online literary journal published by the Australasian

Association of Writing Programs (AAWP). Its aim is to provide a showcase for the

best in contemporary international writing.’

March 26 - 2020

By the Lapels appears in Best New Zealand Poems 2019, edited and introduced by

Hera Lindsay Bird.

 

'ŌrongohauBest New Zealand Poems is published annually by the International

Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University in Wellington, and aims to

introduce readers — especially internationally — to leading contemporary New

Zealand poets. Each year we publish 25 poems from recent literary magazines and

poetry collections, where possible including notes about and by the poet, as

well as links to related publishing and literary websites. ' — Chris Price

March 10 - 2020

Therapy appears in the Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2020, guest edited by Johanna

Emeney, and published by Massey University Press.

 

Launched by Kevin Ireland on March 10 at the Devonport Library in Auckland, with

readings by essa may ranapiri, Anne Kennedy, Bob Orr, C.K. Stead, Jack Ross,

Elizabeth Morton and Tracey Slaughter.

   

The Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2020 can be purchased in independent bookstores

around New Zealand, or direct from Massey University Press.

March 10 - 2020

Body, Remember reviewed by Elisabeth Kumar in the Poetry New Zealand Yearbook

2020.

 

'In a beautifully coherent cycle of 20 poems, Lee explores the memory of

childhood trauma in its bodily immediacy. Unembarrassed, she speaks it aloud,

inhabiting the poetic space without shame ... Lee's minute-by-minute physical

reactions, the stuff that happens with breathing and muscles and skin, are never

pathologised or pitied — instead we are invited to trust in their concrete,

corporeal logic and bear witness, as the body does daily, to the terrible events

that they index.' — Elisabeth Kumar, Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2020

March 9 - 2020

Accepted for publication in Landfall 239, edited by Emma Neale.

 

'Landfall is New Zealand’s foremost and longest running arts and literary

journal. Published by Otago University Press, it showcases new fiction, poetry,

essays and cultural commentary.'

 

Landfall 239 will launch in May.

March 5 - 2020

The Field appears in Abridged 0 - 59: Persephone, edited by Gregory McCartney

and Susanna Galbraith, launched on March 5th at The GoldenThread Gallery in

Belfast, Northern Ireland.

 

'Persephone’s tale churns with ambiguity. It is the myth of natural cycles, of

regeneration after death as she rejoins the living for Springtime. But it is

also the story of how violence has the capacity to change things irreparably.

Pluto’s violence is traumatising, his capture, rape and implantation. Every

year, like a ritual depression, Persephone returns to the darkness, and the

earth loses the will to live. It is a story of the environment as much as it is

a story about the power dynamic between men and women, adults and children, and

a story of adolescence: the traumatic negotiation of sexual maturity, protection

and independence, innocence, rebellion and responsibility. It is a story of the

complexity of consequence through time. With “climate crisis” the word of 2019

and #metoo cries still resounding all around in a world dominated by political

bravura, extended adolescence, awareness of trauma and fear about the future,

Persephone’s churning details continue to echo.' — Gregory McCartney and Susanna

Galbraith

 

'Abridged aims to publish and exhibit contemporary/ experimental poetry plus

contemporary art. We encourage poets/artists to investigate the articulation of

‘Abridged’ themes. These themes focus on contemporary concerns in a rapidly

changing society. We are offering an alternative and complete integration of

poetry, art and design. We experiment continually. We also stray into the

exhibition format producing contemporary, innovative and challenging work

accompanied by a free publication.'

 

Abridged is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

 

Abridged 0 - 59: Persephone is available in independent bookstores in Ireland

and can be purchased direct from the Abridged website.

 

March 1 - 2020

More of Us reviewed by Renee Liang: Breathing Out, Breathing In, Landfall Review

Online, Otago University Press.

 

'There are so many arrivals, departures, longing - subjects that are expected in

a collection of migrant poetry, but still moving to read. These moments,

although specific, touch on the universal. Wes Lee writes of a moment on a beach

many of us have had:

 

but here was the wild and the wind

 

sometimes so strong it filled your mouth

 

(from 'Sand')

February 24 - 2020

Accepted for publication in Banshee an Irish literary journal published

biannually.

 

Banshee is edited by Laura Cassidy, Claire Hennessy, and Eimear Ryan, and

features short stories, flash fiction, poetry, personal essays and interviews.

 

Issue 10 will launch in September.

February 19 - 2020

First Day Out at the Supermarket appears in Not Very Quiet, Issue 6.

 

Not Very Quiet is an online journal for women’s poetry from Australia and

overseas. Publishing two issues per year in Spring and Autumn.

 

The theme for Issue 6 is 2020.

February 12 - 2020

Accepted for publication in Abridged, an Irish poetry and arts journal edited

by Gregory McCartney and Susanna Galbraith.

 

Abridged 0 - 59: Persephone will launch in March.

 

'Abridged aims to publish and exhibit contemporary/ experimental poetry plus

contemporary art. We encourage poets/artists to investigate the articulation of

‘Abridged’ themes. These themes focus on contemporary concerns in a rapidly

changing society. We are offering an alternative and complete integration of

poetry, art and design. We experiment continually. We also stray into the

exhibition format producing contemporary, innovative and challenging work

accompanied by a free publication.'

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Abridged is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

February 10 - 2020

"They say we made it up" and other poems appear in Poethead an Irish online

index of women's poetry - edited by Chris Murray.

 

'Poethead is one of only two Irish publishing platforms that hosts dedicated

indices centered in women’s literary art. The site enhances the visibility and

searchability of Irish and international women poets. There are two indices on

the site dedicated to increasing the visibility of women poets: an Index of

Women Poets is devoted to women poets from many countries. While Contemporary

Irish Women Poets represents an ongoing attempt to index contemporary

women poets from Ireland.'

  

February 1 - 2020

Three poems appear in Otoliths issue fifty-six: southern summer 2020. 

 

Otoliths is a quarterly literary magazine edited by Mark Young in Queensland,

Australia.

January 14 - 2020

One Summer: Orcas in the Bay appears in The Beach Hut an online literary

journal based in the UK.

 

'An online platform for coastal themed contemporary poetry, flash fiction

and short stories. Celebrating nature & writing and its therapeutic

benefits.'

January 3 - 2020

Three poems accepted for publication in Otoliths issue fifty-six: southern

summer 2020. 

 

Otoliths is a quarterly literary magazine edited by Mark Young in Queensland,

Australia.

 

'Otolith: Any of the granules of calcium carbonate in the inner ear of

vertebrates. Movement of otoliths, caused by a change in position of the animal,

stimulates sensory hair cells, which convey the information to the brain. An ear

stone. Collectively, the otoliths are called ear sand and otoconite.'

Otoliths fifty-six will launch in February.