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Last Call! Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

Deadline: September 30. Sponsored by Winning Writers. Submit published or unpublished work to win $3,000 for a poem in any style and $3,000 for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style. Total prizes: $8,000. The top two winners will also receive two-year gift certificates from our co-sponsor, Duotrope (a $100 value). Winning entries published online. Fee: $15 for each submission of 1-2 poems. Length limit: 250 lines per poem. Judged by S. Mei Sheng Frazier, assisted by Vernon Keeve III.

This contest is recommended by Reedsy as one of the best of 2021. See past winners, advice from the judge, and submit online at

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Stitches and Scars by Rolland Vasin

Rolland Vasin aka Vachine, found his poetic voice in the Day Room of UCLA’s 6 West unit for Mental Illness Recovery. A Vietnam Veteran treated for war-related stresses, Rolland found solace in written and verbal expressions in modern poetic verse. His work is gutturally compelling, humorous, ironic, self-revealing, and has been described as “a novella in fourteen lines.”

See Stitches and Scars on Amazon here.

Last call for entries! Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Summer 2021

THE DREAMQUESTONE POETRY & WRITING CONTEST – SUMMER 2021 is open to anyone who enjoys expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful literary art of poetry and/or writing a story that is worth telling everyone. Guidelines: (1) Write a poem, thirty lines or fewer on any subject, form, or style. And/or (2) Write a short story, five pages maximum length, single or double line spacing, on any subject or theme. Genres include fiction, nonfiction, or creative nonfiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries, stage plays, and screenwriting). Multiple and simultaneous entries are accepted. Prizes: Writing First Prize is $500; Second: $250; Third: $100. Poetry First Prize: $250; Second: $125; Third: $50. Entry fees: $5 per poem/$10 per story. Postmark deadline: September 22, 2021. How to enter, visit

Ekphrastia Gone Wild: poems inspired by art edited by Rick Lupert

Ekphrastia Gone Wild (Ain’t Got No Press, July, 2013) is an anthology of ekphrastic poetry – poetry inspired by other works of art (including painting, film, literature, photography and more) including work by Nobel Prize winning poet Wislawa Szymborska along with a roster of 87 poets from all over the world including Suzanne Lummis, Laurel Ann Bogen, Jerry Quickly, Brendan Constantine, Gerald Locklin, Robert Wynne and many more, edited by Los Angeles poet Rick Lupert

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The Tokyo-Van Nuys Express by Rick Lupert

Rick Lupert’s 25th collection of poems and latest travelogue, written in Japan while visiting Tokyo, Kyoto, and Hiroshima, follows in the footsteps of Richard Brautigan and is loosely inspired by his title The Tokyo-Montana Express. Follow Lupert through Japan with his signature wit and poet’s eye as your guide, as he stands in the mysterious “stick line”, as indescribable food is put in his mouth (and described anyway), as a monkey crawls on his head, as Hiroshima looms at the end of it all.

“His poems are funny, moving, insightful, and full of a traveler’s wonder and bemusement.” –Ianthe Brautigan

Click here to read poems from The Tokyo-Van Nuys Express

To Light a House of Bones By Carey Link (Blue Light Press)

To Light a House of Bones

Reading Carey Link’s new collection, I found myself breathing more slowly, easing into a world of light, color, and, most importantly, attentiveness to the moment. These poems of hard-earned transcendence admit that, yes, we all live in a ‘house of bones’ but also assert the possibility of transcendence: through language, through the tenderness of the mother-daughter bond, through lyrical vision. Floating in this book, I felt an amniotic sustenance, a challenge to be continually reborn, and to live fully.

– Jennifer Horne, Alabama Poet Laureate, author of Bottle Tree and Borrowed Light, Little Wanderer

The Night Goes on All Night – Noir Inspired Poems edited by Rick Lupert

The Night Goes On All Night - Noir Inspired Poems

Turn out the light, then turn it back on, then do it again…someone outside is watching and this is the code they need to see. Read this book and enter a world where the night goes on all night. Conceived as part of the Los Angeles Poetry Festival’s “Night and the City”, 2011 Noir Festival, this collection was released as part of the “Valley Noir” event at the Cobalt Cafe in Canoga Park. It includes noir-inspired new and selected poems from E. Amato, Michael C. Ford, Michael Cluff, Brendan Constantine, Mike Daily, Gloria Derge, Peggy Dobreer, Jerry Garcia, Joelle Hannah, Kris Huelgas, Elizabeth Iannaci, Jack Bowman, Ruth Nolan, Marc Olmsted, Kevin Patrick Sullivan, Angela Penaredondo, Douglas Richardson, Anthony Seidman, Eric Steineger, Eric Tuazon, Mehnaz Turner, Wyatt Underwood, Wanda VanHoy Smith and Florence Weinberger. Edited by Los Angeles poet and Cobalt Cafe series curator Rick Lupert.

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Rick Lupert Live and Dead – Spoken Word Album

Rick Lupert’s first (and possibly last) spoken word album features 23 tracks – 15 studio and 8 live recordings – It captures his unique humor and poetic sensibility and is available now digitally and as an actual physical CD. (We’re all old enough to remember physical media, right?)

Check out clips from the entire album and get your own physical or digital copy here.

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I Wish My Father, a memoir-in-verse by Lesléa Newman

I Wish My Father, a memoir-in-verse by Lesléa Newman explores the journey of an adult daughter through the last years of her father’s life as with great anger and sadness, he moves from husband to widow, attoreny to retiree, tennis player to spectator, driver to passenger, and homeowner to independent living resident. “A big-hearted masterpiece that has my whole-hearted recommendation.” — Alexandra Umlas, Cultural Weekly


Publications, and features his take on far-flung topics like Fahrenheit 451, soldiers in the Terracotta Army, the beauty of eclectic music collections, the lovemaking habits of acrobats, and the judgmental nature of crows. “Fans of poetry that is direct and filled with heartbreak and humor,’ writes Broken Pencil magazine, “must check out Evans’ work.”

“Evans has an open and forgiving heart, and a mind that embraces the more complicated truths through his use of juxtaposition. Evans’ poems fully inhabit both the exhilaration and the pain of life’s various changes.” – Alicia Hoffman, author of Railroad Phoenix and Like Stardust in the Peat Moss

Click here to visit the Ink Publications website.

“Dead Men Don’t Know Jack” – western poems by LB Sedlacek

“Dead Men Don’t Know Jack” – western poems by LB Sedlacek now available.  Includes her most popular poem the title poem based on Wild Bill Hickok’s death.

This book of poetry contains my most popular poem, the title poem, “Dead Men Don’t Know Jack”. It’s a poem based on a character actor I knew who was in a play based on the death of Wild Bill Hickok in South Dakota.

The other poems in this collection cover a range of ideas, thoughts, themes and styles. It’s my special almost western array of poems with some regular verses thrown in as well.

Space Cowboy Books

Support Indie Bookstores! Space Cowboy Books is an independent brick and mortar bookstore in Joshua Tree, CA – specializing in science fiction but also carrying a wide range of general interest books. We host author events, produce Simultaneous Times podcast, and carry a wide range of local authors and poets. Visit our online store.

Enter the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA) Speculative Poetry Contest!

Enter the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association’s annual Speculative Poetry Contest! Blind judged by Sheree Renée Thomas (editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction) this contest awards cash prizes ($150 First Prize, $75 Second Prize, $25 Third Prize) in three categories (Dwarf, Short, and Long), plus publication on the SFPA website. Please visit the contest page for more details and submission guidelines.

Lummox Productions

Since 1994, Lummox Productions has supported the small press and it’s poets. With a catalog of over 150 publications, there is something for everyone. Recent books include Stitches and Scars by Vachine (2021).

Red Thread Through a Rusty Needle: Poetry by Gay Guard-Chamberlin

Award-winning Chicago poet Gay Guard-Chamberlin’s collection, Red Thread Through a Rusty Needle, now available. Three dozen evocative poems that explore the natural world, mothers and daughters, the inner life of words, and the secret lives of ordinary objects. Her sister, award-winning Sacramento poet Anara Guard’s collection, Hand on My Heart, contains 35 poignant and powerful poems of praise and lament, floods and heat waves, love and Mason jars. Buy them both as a discounted “Sister Set.” Visit

Hunka Hunka Howdee! by Rick Lupert – New Poems from Memphis, Nashville, and Louisville


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Ain’t Got No Press
May 2019
276 Pages

Hunka Hunka Howdee! Poems written in Memphis, Nashville and Louisville

Rick Lupert’s 23rd collection of poems and latest travelogue written on the go in Memphis, Nashville, and Louisville. Two music cities, the birthplace of rock and Roll, Martin Luther King’s final steps and barrels full of bourbon are no escape from Lupert’s keen poetic eye and wit.”The best of these poems come close enough to being both seductive satire and genuinely sentimental encounters that you will want to linger with their wit…Lupert’s deftly sketched poems will help you keep “one foot each on and off / the beaten path” of skeptical wonder at the world’s on-going peculiarities.”

–Bill Mohr, author of The Headwaters of Nirvana,
and HOLDOUTS: The Los Angeles Poetry Renaissance 1948-1992

“Being a Memphian I was particularly enthralled by how much of my city he captures in his short, beguiling lines. This delightful collection is a trip with such a charming guide you’ll want to take it over and over.”

–Corey Mesler, author of Madstones and Memphis Movie

Click here to read poems from Hunka Hunka Howdee!

Making Love to the 50 Ft. Woman, Poems 1998-2015, Rick Luperts 17th Book

Making Love to the 50 Ft. Woman, Poems 1998-2015, Rick Luperts 17th BookWith a foreword by Brendan Constantine

Rick Lupert’s seventeenth poetry collection, Making Love to the 50 Ft. Woman (Rothco Press, May 2015), is the long awaited follow up to, and first collection of Lupert’s selected works since, 1997’s I am My Own Orange County. Lupert’s poetry exists at the intersections of the wise and the ridiculous, the spectacular and the mundane. The humor and deeper themes throughout his work will win over the generations of people who’ve come to regard poetry as an inaccessible literary art. These poems, written over the last two decades, have been widely published in dozens of journals, zines, and anthologies from all over the world. They’re rooted in the every day Los Angeles experience and take you through fatherhood, traffic, love, death, and the inevitable experience of finding a wrapped sausage on the sidewalk. You’ll learn how to kiss, you’ll meet the cutest leaf in the world, you’ll say goodbye to Pete Seeger and Robin Williams, you may even relive your own childhood. Get ready to Make Love to the Fifty Ft. Woman. Don’t wear anything complicated.

Click here to read poetry from Making Love to the 50 Ft. Woman and get your copy.

Three New Books by Rick Lupert

Professor Clown on Parade by Rick Lupert.

Professor Clown
on Parade

poetry written in Vermont, Maine and Connecticut

“A brilliant, beer-fogged take on America by one of the funniest, smartest poets around.”

Alexis Rhone Fancher
poetry editor, Cultural Weekly, seven-time Pushcart nominee

Donut Famine by Rick Lupert.

Romancing the Blarney Stone
poetry written
in Ireland

“Funny, observant and comforting, “Romancing the Blarney Stone” is a fine read from one of my favorite poets.”

Amber Tamblyn
author and Actress

Donut Famine by Rick Lupert.

Donut Famine
poetry written in
New Orleans

“…a delicate balance of reportage, recollection, and lyric introspection. More than an anthology of latest work…a complete experience. All aboard.”

Brendan Constantine
author of ‘Dementia,
My Darling’

$19.95, Paberback, 296 pages
Read Poems | Buy on Amazon
$19.95, Paberback, 258 pages
Read Poems | Buy on Amazon
$19.95, Paberback, 232 pages
Read Poems | Buy on Amazon
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