2016

DECEMBER 7 - 2016

Antarctica: as seen on TV appears in Issue 7 of the online journal Zoomorphic.

 

‘This issue accompanies our new marine anthology Driftfish and continues the marine species theme with new poetry, art and essays. 

With writing and art featuring many marine species including killer whales, arctic terns, seals, thornback rays, narwhals and more. Our creative non-fiction include pieces from the book by Sarah Thomas, James Michael Dorsey, Stephen Rutt and Anja Semanco and a short story by Ferris Jabr. New poetry by Jane Lovell, Pippa Little, Char March, Gordon Meade, Helen Kidd, Jan Dean, Judith Barrington, Laura M Kaminsky, Sara Wilson, Sarah James, Wendy Pratt, and Wes Lee. 

Our featured artist in this issue is Gary Cook, an illustrator who is currently artist-in-residence with The Ecologist. The work of the award-winning artist Doug Robertson also features.’

 

Zoomorphic Issue 7 can be read here.

DECEMBER 2 - 2016

You watch TV late at night appears in Driftfish: A Zoomorphic Anthology of Oceanic Life, edited by Susan Richardson and James Roberts, and published by Zoomorphic in the UK.

 

Launched in Brighton at a Zoomorphic event hosted by the ONCA Centre for Arts and Ecology as part of their “Do You Speak Seagull” season.

 

‘A Zoomorphic anthology of poetry, prose and images dedicated to marine wildlife. With an international list of contributors. Featuring stories and poems about a host of marine species.’

 

Driftfish is a high quality paperback and comes with two art cards. Available for delivery in the UK and Internationally via the Zoomorphic website.

NOVEMBER 16 - 2016

Poker appears in RABBIT Poetry Journal, Issue 19: The Prose Poetry issue, to be launched on November 22 at the Collected Works Bookshop in Melbourne, Australia.

 

Rabbit 19 contains poems selected by guest poetry editors Cassandra Atherton & Paul Hetherington (who have also written an essay on prose poems as 'nonfiction postcards'); an interview with Samuel Wagan Watson; an essay on prose poetry by Lachy McKenzie; reviews of new poetry books and artworks by 2015 Archibald Prize finalist Tony Curran.

 

Published by RMIT University in Melbourne, RABBIT is a print journal for non-fiction poetry, founded by Jessica L. Wilkinson in mid-2011 and released quarterly.

 

‘A pioneer in the field, RABBIT intends to celebrate the potential for poetry to explore and interrogate the boundaries of non-fiction writing. RABBIT encourages poets to openly engage with auto/biography, history, politics, economics, mathematics, cultural analysis, science, the environment, and all other aspects of real world experience, recollection and interpretation.’

 

Some of the contributors to the journal include Michael Brennan, Stuart Cooke, Johanna Drucker, Kenneth Goldsmith, Duncan Hose, Michael Farrell, Jordie Albiston, Petra White, Alex Skovron, Robert Sullivan, Ian McBryde, Kate Middleton, Jill Jones, Patrick Jones, Eileen Myles, Ann Vickery, Lesley Wheeler, Ania Walwicz, Pierre Joris, Peter Boyle, Ken Bolton, Fiona Hile and Pam Brown.

 

Issue #19 of Rabbit: The Prose Poem is available to purchase through independent bookstores in Australia and online through the website.

NOVEMBER 1 - 2016

Roast Chicken and Adaptation appear in the New Zealand Poetry Society’s annual anthology Penguin Days, to be launched on November 5 at the Toi Pōneke Arts Centre in Wellington.

 

Penguin Days is edited by Laurice Gilbert and contains the winning and commended poems from the NZPS annual competition, judged by Diana Bridge, alongside a number of poems selected by the editor.

 

‘The New Zealand Poetry Society is dedicated to promoting, developing and supporting poetry and poets in New Zealand. Its patrons are Dame Fiona Kidman and Vincent O'Sullivan.'

 

The anthology can be purchased from the NZPS website.

NOVEMBER 1 - 2016

Rear Window appears in Ten Years On – an anthology of the winning poems from the International Welsh Poetry Competition between 2012-2016.

 

‘A diverse look at the world we inhabit - alive, energetic, melodic, unrepentant and moving. This anthology is for all poets who truly feel. For the brave, the exuberant, the feisty, the outrageous and the rule breakers. A chance to revel in the moment and not be afraid. After 10 successful years the competition is now firmly established on the international literary calendar. This collection contains some formidable poetry, written by established poets as well as many new voices, all of whom were fearless enough to push back the boundaries. The book also includes the judges’ comments by renowned Welsh writers John Evans, Sally Spedding and Eloise Williams.’ 

 

‘Ten Years On is a beautiful collection of bright, modern poetry.’

 

10 Years On is available from Amazon uk.

OCTOBER 12 - 2016

Wes has been accepted for publication in A Zoomorphic Anthology of Oceanic Life, edited by Susan Richardson and James Roberts, and published by Zoomorphic in the UK.

 

The book will be launched in Brighton on December 2nd at a Zoomorphic event hosted by the ONCA Centre for Arts and Ecology as part of their “Do You Speak Seagull” season. The launch event will include a display of Zoomorphic graphics and art as well as audio poems and sound recordings. 

 

Zoomorphic is dedicated to the celebration and defence of wild animals.

 

‘Until the lion has its praise singer, the tale of the hunt will only be told by the hunter.’ – Maasai Proverb

OCTOBER 5 - 2016

The Party appears in Issue 88 of the Frogmore Papers in the UK.

 

The Frogmore Papers are edited by Jeremy Page with the assistance of Clare Best, Rachel Playforth, and Peter Stewart. The magazine was founded in 1983 as a quarterly journal of new writing and has appeared regularly ever since. The Frogmore Papers now appears twice a year, in March and September, and features poetry, prose and pictures. 

Writers who have appeared in their pages include Tobias Hill, Sophie Hannah, Linda France, John Mole, Elizabeth Garrett, Susan Wicks, John Whitworth, Elizabeth Bartlett, Brian Aldiss, Geoffrey Holloway, Carole Satyamurti, James Brockway, Marita Over, Paul Groves, Mario Petrucci, Caroline Price, Matthew Mead, Tamar Yoseloff, Myra Schneider, Andrew Waterhouse, John Harvey, Pauline Stainer, Ian Caws, Mike Jenkins, Judi Benson, Jane Holland, Ian Parks, Christine McNeil, Derek Sellen, Ros Barber, Patty Scholten, Merryn Williams and many more.

 

Issue 88 can be purchased here.

OCTOBER 1 - 2016

A Photograph of Lovers in a Field Circa 1945 appears in Skylight 47 launched by Boodaxe poet Caitriona O’Reilly at the Over The Edge reading at Galway City Library on Thursday night.

 

Skylight 47 was established in January 2013 and is published in a newspaper format twice a year.

 

Issue 7 is edited by Bernie Crawford, Nicki Griffin, Marie Cadden and Ruth Quinlan and can be purchased in all good bookstores in Ireland or ordered online.

SEPTEMBER 17 - 2016

Sanatorium appears in Atlas literary journal.

 

Issue 01 focuses on the following themes: regaining authorship of disease; understanding the grief cycle; the current state of transgender healthcare; anxiety and connection; the catharsis of words.

 

Featuring works by Elizabeth Morton, Frankie McMillan, Kerrin P. Sharpe, Hannah Coombridge, Sarah Maindonald, Paul Stanley Ward, William Sherborne, Johanna Emeney, Alex Ker, Emily Adam, Greg Judkins, Amber Read, Sandra Arnold, Angela Andrews, Heather Cameron, Erik Kennedy and Wes Lee.

 

‘Atlas is a biannual literary journal that showcases creative and nonfiction writing on medicine and the human body. It publishes poetry, short stories, critical essays and interviews.

The publication aims to foster a greater appreciation of creativity in medicine. It encourages social and philosophical reflection on the nature of illness, mortality and recovery.’ 

 

Atlas is available in independent bookstores around New Zealand, and can be ordered online.

AUGUST 9 - 2016

Thirsty appears in Shibboleth & other stories. Edited by Laurie Steed, and published in Perth, Australia by Margaret River Press.

 

‘These are stories to be felt, read and remembered. They cover births, deaths, and moments that define our hopes, fears and failures. They are stories that connect with a deeper sense of humanity. They are stories to be enjoyed at home, in bed, or on the train: wherever it’s possible to savour the quiet, loud, and unforgettable moments of life.’ 

 

‘Editor Laurie Steed describes the ‘right’ short stories as ones that ‘sear their mark upon one’s soul’Repeatedly, this collection does that.’ – Joanne Shiells, Books + Publishing

 

The kindle edition is available on Amazon UK and Amazon AUS. The print edition is available in bookstores around Australia and direct from Margaret River Press.

JULY 28 - 2016

Beached Whale and Skyscraper appear in Issue 4 of Demos, the online literary journal from the Australian National University.

 

‘Demos Journal is a progressive journal that aims to put the demos or “people” back into democracy. We are Canberra based publication that is dedicated to creating a critical and creative space for politics, poetry and ideas around the theme of democracy in a changing climate. We publish in a variety of forms: poetry, long-form articles, essays, short stories, mixed media creative writing, interviews, features, book reviews, memoirs and as well as non-conventional forms.’

 

One thing that unifies many progressive campaigns is that we’re up against an undemocratic, broken political system, where things like corporate influence, short-term election cycles and hegemonic free market ideology make it incredibly difficult for activists to affect change. I guess that’s part of the reason we decided to call the project ‘Demos’ – to create a space where people can begin to imagine a different kind of politics, a politics, to paraphrase Schumacher, as if people mattered.’ – Odette Shenfield

The theme for Issue 4 is ‘Boundaries’. 

JULY 27 - 2016

Wes has been longlisted in The London Magazine Poetry Prize 2016, judged by Rebecca Perry and Andrew McMillan.

 

The London Magazine is England’s oldest literary periodical, with a history stretching back to 1732. ‘Across a long life – spanning several incarnations – the pages of the Magazine have played host to a wide range of canonical writers, from Wordsworth, Shelley, Hazlitt and Keats in the 18th-century, to T.S. Eliot, W.H. Auden and Evelyn Waugh in the early 20th-century. Today – reinvigorated for a new century – the Magazine’s essence remains unchanged: it is a home for the best writing, and an indispensable feature on the British literary landscape.’

 

‘In its continuing project of promoting emerging poetic talent, The London Magazine runs an annual poetry competition, providing the opportunity for publication in one of the most highly respected and established literary periodicals.’ 

 

The winning poems will be published in the October/November Issue of The London Magazine.

JULY 10 - 2016

Wes has been accepted for publication in Skylight 47, published in Galway, Ireland. Skylight 47 was established in January 2013 and is published in a newspaper format twice a year.

 

Issue 7 is edited by Bernie Crawford, Nicki Griffin, Marie Cadden and Ruth Quinlan, and will launch in Galway in September.

JUNE 25 - 2016

Wes has been shortlisted for The 30th Frogmore Poetry Prize judged by award-winning poet Catherine Smith, in the UK.

 

Catherine Smith is the author of three full collections of poetry: The Butcher’s Hands (2003), Lip (2007) and Otherwhere (2012), all published by Smith Doorstop. The Butcher’s Hands won the Aldeburgh/Jerwood Prize for Best First Collection, and Lip was shortlisted for the 2008 Forward Prize for Best Collection. The Frogmore Press published The New Cockaigne, a ‘rollicking ballad of revolution and fantastical carnal excess’ in 2014.

 

The Frogmore Poetry Prize has been awarded annuallly since 1987 and attracts entries from all over the world. The Frogmore Press was founded in 1983, and publishes the biannual magazine The Frogmore Papers.

 

The winning and shortlisted poems will appear in Issue 88 of The Frogmore Papers to be released in September 2016.

JUNE 22 - 2016

Running Naked on the Motorway has been shortlisted for the Grist Books Point of View Competition in the UK.

 

The Grist Books Point of View Competition was judged by a panel of renowned authors and editors: Helen Mort (Chatto & Windus), Steve Ely (Smokestack/Blackheath Books), Sam Jordison (The Guardian/ Galley Beggar Press), Ben Myers (Bluemoose Books), and Steve Finbow (Zero Books).

 

The shortlisted poems and stories will appear in the Grist Anthology 2017 published by The University of Huddersfield.

JUNE 15 - 2016

If It Could Be Served appears in The Poet’s Quest for God: 21st Century Poems of Faith, Doubt, and Wonder, published by Eyewear Publishing in London.

 

Edited by Fr. Oliver Brennan and Todd Swift, with Kelly Davio and Cate Myddleton-Evans, the anthology features internationally renowned poets, including, Andrew Motion, Phillip Gross, Vona Groarke, Geraldine Clarkson, Ian Duhig, Luke Kennard, Mimi Khalvati, Dan O’Brien, Ruth Padel, Fiona Sampson, Rae Armantrout, Charles Bernstein, and many more.

 

‘This major anthology, the first of its kind, gathers work from contemporary poets from around the world. Representative of poets from a wide variety of faiths – as well as agnostics and atheists – and introduced by renowned religious scholar Professor Ewan Fernie.’ – Todd Swift

 

The Poet’s Quest for God: 21st Century Poems of Faith, Doubt, and Wonder will launch in London on July 1, and is currently available for pre-order from Eyewear Publishing.

JUNE 10 - 2016

The Women appears in The Elbow Room Broadsheet launched in the UK by As Yet Untitled.

 

As Yet Untitled, is an on-going series of art journals and live events celebrating art in all guises. Each volume of Elbow Room is individually curated to create a cohesive collection that includes written and visual arts. Produced in limited edition, hand bound pamphlets Elbow Room is sold online, in specialist bookshops and at artists’ book fairs across the UK and housed in multiple special collections including The Poetry Library at London’s Southbank Centre and The Scotland National Gallery.

 

The Broadsheet features new work from Richie McCaffery, David O’Neill, Claire Booker, Jason Jackson, Wes Lee, Chamning Yuan and Phil Vernon.

JUNE 7 - 2016

A letter to the woman masquerading as me and Tap Tap appear in Issue 19 of Shot Glass Journal published by Muse-Pie Press in the USA.

 

Shot Glass Journal is an online poetry journal devoted to short poetry. Where other poetry journals publish poems of various lengths and forms, Shot Glass focuses on both free verse and form poetry of 16 lines or less.

 

‘Shot Glass is dedicated to those poets who have much to say in the fewest words possible.’ – Mary-Jane Grandinetti

MAY 21 - 2016

Remembering Oluwale has been launched in the UK, featuring the prize-winners, shortlisted & longlisted writers selected for The David Oluwale Writing Prize.

Published by Valley Press and edited by S.J. Bradley:

‘Remembering Oluwale is an inspiring reflection on David’s story. It includes extracts from recent books about David Oluwale by Caryl Phillips and Kester Aspden, as well as previously published poems by Ian Duhig, Sai Murray, Zodwa Nyoni, and a performance by The Baggage Handlers. This body of new and earlier writing serves as a clarion call for us to re-make our neighbourhoods as places of inclusion and hospitality.’

‘The passion and moral urgency informing these new voices gives one hope for the future of both imaginative writing and our society’s health.’ – Caryl Phillips, Writer, Guggenheim Fellow, and winner of the Martin Luther King Memorial Prize

MAY 3 - 2016

Two of Wes’s poems appear in Meniscus Volume 4, Issue 1: Beyond the Divide.

A special issue focusing on “Beyond the Divide”, edited by Dallas John Baker, with an additional, general section edited by Chris Kerr.

‘The works gathered in this special edition of Meniscus deal with the experience of being on the other side of divides, of being outside of cultural centres, on the periphery of things. Sometimes they address this directly, sometimes indirectly, but always with a strong sense of place that displaces what would normally be considered the cultural and political centres.’ 

Meniscus, an online literary journal published by the Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP) which aims 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.’

MAY 1 - 2016

Wes has been accepted for publication in the New Zealand literary journal Atlas.

 

‘Atlas is a biannual literary journal that showcases creative and nonfiction writing on medicine and the human body. It publishes poetry, short stories, critical essays and interviews.

The publication aims to foster a greater appreciation of creativity in medicine. It encourages social and philosophical reflection on the nature of illness, mortality and recovery.’ 

 

Issue 01 will be published mid 2016.

APRIL 17 - 2016

Christmas E-mail appears in Poetry & Place, edited by Ashley Capes & Brooke Linford, in Victoria, Australia.

 

‘A new anthology of international poetry collecting ideas and experiences of 'place' in a variety of forms, from free and structured verse to concrete poetry and haiku, each exploring our relationship with place via the personal, political and beyond.’

 

The anthology is available on Amazon.com and through Booksellers across Australia.

APRIL 11 - 2016

The Story Has Overtaken Me has been shortlisted for The Remember Oluwale Writing Prize in the UK.

 

The Remember Oluwale Writing Prize, in partnership with Leeds BigBookend Festival, Fictions of Every Kind, and Remember Oluwale was launched to honour the life and death of David Oluwale.

 

‘A shortlist of 5 poems and 5 prose pieces have been selected and will be judged on April 27 by a stellar panel comprising the renowned Caryl Phillips, Marina Lewycka and Ian Duhig who will pick the winners and runners-up in both categories.’

 

‘The Remember Oluwale charity was formed in response to a call for a memorial in Leeds for David Oluwale by Caryl Phillips whose book Foreigners: Three English Lives (Harvill Secker, 2007) included an account of David’s life and death. David arrived in Hull in 1949, from Nigeria, and was found drowned in the River Aire in Leeds in 1969. During his time in Leeds, David faced a range of issues: mental ill-health, homelessness, destitution, racism, police brutality, and incarceration in prisons and hospitals.’

 

The winners will be presented with their prizes at an Awards ceremony on Friday 3 June at the Carriageworks Theatre as part of the Leeds BigBookend Festival 2016. And will appear, along with the longlisted authors, in Remember Oluwale, an anthology published by Valley Press in June.

APRIL 6 - 2016

Fire-walker has been accepted for publication in Landfall 231: Aotearoa New Zealand Arts & Letters, edited by David Eggleton.

 

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 231 will launch in May.

APRIL 6 - 2016

A suite of Wes’s poems appear in Issue 11 of NOON: journal of the short poem, published in Tokyo, and selected by the editor Philip Rowland.

 

‘Published in hand-sewn, limited editions between 2004 and 2009, the journal aims to put some of the most interesting English-language haiku in conversation with other innovative short poetry. The new series appears online, with the journal’s style of presentation being retained as far as possible. A selection of poems from the online issues are published in printed book form every other year.’

MARCH 30 - 2016

The Story Has Overtaken Me has been longlisted for The Remember Oluwale Writing Prize in the UK.

 

The Remember Oluwale Writing Prize, in partnership with Leeds BigBookend Festival, Fictions of Every Kind, and Remember Oluwale was launched to honour the life and death of David Oluwale.

 

‘A longlist of 26 poems and prose have been selected and will be judged on April 27 by a stellar panel comprising the renowned Caryl Phillips, Marina Lewycka and Ian Duhig who will pick the winners and runners-up in both categories.’

 

‘The Remember Oluwale charity was formed in response to a call for a memorial in Leeds for David Oluwale by Caryl Phillips whose book Foreigners: Three English Lives (Harvill Secker, 2007) included an account of David’s life and death. David arrived in Hull in 1949, from Nigeria, and was found drowned in the River Aire in Leeds in 1969. During his time in Leeds, David faced a range of issues: mental ill-health, homelessness, destitution, racism, police brutality, and incarceration in prisons and hospitals.’

 

The 26 authors selected for the longlist, including the winners and runners-up, will be published in Remember Oluwale, an anthology published by Valley Press in June.

 

The winners will be presented with their prizes at an Awards ceremony on Friday 3 June at the Carriageworks Theatre as part of the Leeds BigBookend Festival 2016.

MARCH 10 - 2016

Two of Wes’s poems have been longlisted for The National Poetry Competition in the UK, selected by the judges Sarah Howe, Esther Morgan, and David Wheatley.

 

Established in 1978, the Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition is one of the world’s biggest and most prestigious poetry contests. Winners have included Carol Ann Duffy, Tony Harrison, Ruth Padel, Philip Gross, Jo Shapcott, Colette Bryce, Julia Copus, Ian Duhig and James Harpur.

 

This year the prize attracted over 12,000 entries from around the world, from which the judges chose a longlist of 139 poems.

 

The winners will be announced on the Poetry Society’s website on March 31, alongside a list of the longlisted poets.

 

The top three winners will also be published in the Poetry Society’s leading international journal, The Poetry Review.

Click HERE to read an article about the prize on The Guardian.

MARCH 6 - 2016

Wes appears in Issue 5 of Panning for Poems.

 

Panning for Poems is an online micropoetry journal published by Poetry Northern Ireland in Belfast.

 

‘Panning for Poems is designed as a double-sided A4 broadside, each containing approximately fifteen poems, laid out to be folded up and fitted into your pocket. Each issue can be downloaded in pdf format for free, printed out and distributed by anyone, anywhere... We love short poems with huge impact, so if you think you have little nuggets that will knock the breath from us, then we want your work.’ 

 

Set up in February 2014, evolving from various separate ventures, Poetry NI is a multimedia, multi-platform showcase and resource provider for poets in Northern Ireland, showcasing great writing through readings, open mics, poetry slams, online and print publishing, outreach, competitions, workshops and more. 

FEBRUARY 28 - 2016

The Women has been selected to appear in Elbow Room in the UK.

 

'Elbow Room, launched in 2012 by As Yet Untitled, is an on-going series of art journals and live events celebrating art in all guises. Each volume of Elbow Room is individually curated to create a cohesive collection that includes written and visual arts. Produced in limited edition, hand bound pamphlets Elbow Room is sold online, in specialist bookshops and at artists’ book fairs across the UK and housed in multiple special collections including The Poetry Library at London’s Southbank Centre and The Scotland National Gallery.'

 

In 2016, Elbow Room will be producing limited edition Broadsheets twice a year that will be specially available to subscribers of the journal and at various book fairs throughout the year.

FEBRUARY 25 - 2016

Wes has been shortlisted for the 2016 Margaret River Press Short Story Competition in Perth, Western Australia.

 

Thirsty was one of 24 stories chosen by the judges Donna Mazza, Richard Rossiter and Laurie Steed.

 

The stories will be published in the annual collection by Margaret River Press and launched in August 2016.

JANUARY 29 - 2016

Wes has been accepted for publication in The Best New British and Irish Poets 2016.

 

The poems were selected by the director of Eyewear Publishing Todd Swift, and Kelly Davio (poetry editor of Tahoma Literary Review and the American editor of Eyewear Publishing).

 

Modelled on the American series: The Best New Poets: 50 Poems From Emerging Writers, the anthology will be designed by Edwin Smet and published in March 2016 by Eyewear Publishing in London.

 

‘Founded in 2012, Eyewear Publishing is an independent press, passionate about producing beautifully designed, fascinating books that remain affordable. Based in London, we celebrate the best writing in English from the UK and overseas. Through our annual Melita Hume Poetry Prize we discover, support and develop exciting new poets, while also taking great pleasure in working withwriters at all stages of their careers.’