Friday, August 10, 2012

Beyond Baroque Poetry Contest

The Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center ("dedicated to the possibilities of language") invites submissions to its third annual poetry contest, judged this year by Suzanne Lummis, poet, teacher, and director of the Los Angeles Poetry Festival.

Prizes of $1000, $500, and $250, for first, second and third place, respectively; five honorable mentions will also be given.

INSTRUCTIONS: Up to three unpublished poems may be submitted by poets resident in the United States, accompanied by an entry fee for $15, and a cover letter with the author’s contact information and the titles of the poems being submitted. Each poem should begin on a new sheet; multiple-page poems should have numbered pages, with the title on each page. No identifying information other than the title should be on the poems. Receipt confirmation will only be sent via email.

ENTRY DEADLINE: September 1, 2012. Mail to: Beyond Baroque Poetry Contest, 681 Venice Boulevard, Venice, CA 90291. For more information, contact

Winners will be invited to read at Beyond Baroque on Sunday, October 21, 2012, at 2 PM. Participants in the reading are responsible for their travel and lodging. Attendance by winners is not required at the reading.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

2012 Dog Days Poetry Marathoon

The Boston Poetry Collective has posted the full schedule for its 2012 Dog Day Poetry Marathoon.

This series of readings and 15-minute talks on literary topics, spread over Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 17th-19th, will take place at Outpost 186 in Inman Square, Cambridge. An unofficial flyer suitable for printing and distribution can be downloaded from the Boston Poetry Union meetup site (or click on the image above). Friday: 7:00 - 10:00pm; Saturday: 1:00 - 5:00pm & 7:00 - 10:00pm; Sunday: 1:00 - 4:00pm

For more information about the event, visit or email

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Ben Mazer reads "The King" in July 2012

As recorded at the launch of a new issue of Spirited at the Fourth Wall Project gallery, July 29, 2012. In that issue can be found a version of Mazer's long poem "The King" appears, accompanied by illustrations by Vanessa Barnard. Video via YouTube, courtesy Allison Vanouse.

The text also appears in the first issue of The Battersea Review. Diana Jones-Ellis on Ben's reading in the video: "Brilliant! ... The dimensionality in the work and the reading is absolutely riveting." Below, a leaf from the illustrated stanzas of "The King" as it appears in Spirited.