Call for Animal Poems

Sep 1st
the editors of qarrtsiluni
Our next issue: Animals in the City
Submissions are open for the next issue of qarrtsiluni, edited by Sherry Chandler and David Cazden (see bios below). They’re asking for submissions on the theme of animals in the city:

Squirrels, pigeons, cockroaches, bats, rats, hawks: these are a few of the animals that have adapted themselves to urban and suburban life. Skunks and raccoons have been seen walking city streets. Even bears raid city garbage cans in hard times. Song birds have adapted to the noise of the city by singing louder than their country kin. They make themselves heard over the semis and the sirens.

We are looking for poems, essays, stories, images, and multimedia works that deal with the city’s wildlife, both in harmony and in conflict with their human neighbors. But please don’t send us works explicitly about evil human predators. If humans inhabit your pieces, let it be in relationship to our cousins in the kingdom Animalia.

As always, please use our submissions form (via Submittable) and be sure to study the general guidelines there. Submissions close September 30, and the issue will begin to appear on the site after the Fragments issue is concluded in late October or early November.

The editors

David Cazden (website) has recent poetry in Fugue (2nd Place, Ron McFarland Poetry Award), Nimrod (Semi-finalist, Pablo Neruda award,) Passages North, Kestrel, William And Mary Review and Talking River Review. He is the former poetry editor of Miller’s Pond magazine, print edition. His second full length collection, The Lost Animals, is forthcoming from Sundress Publications. David received an Al Smith Fellowship for poetry from the Kentucky Arts Council in 2008.

Sherry Chandler (website) lives and writes poetry on 60 unkempt acres on the edge of the well-groomed Bluegrass plateau of Kentucky, the territory of horse farms and antebellum mansions. As @BluegrassPoet, she posts micropoetry based on close observation of the wildlife that share this space with her. She is the author of Weaving a New Eden, a history of her native state told in a tapestry of women’s voices, and is currently circulating her second collection, a book of nature lyrics and love poems called The Hearth and the Woodcarver. Her work has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize (once by qarrtsiluni), and she has had awards from the Kentucky Arts Council and the Kentucky Foundation for Women. She lives with her husband, T. R. Williams, a woodcarver. She has twin sons.

Qarrtsiluni offers electronic delivery of original poetry, prose, and art, organized into regular, themed issues, with a new post nearly every weekday.

About Splabman

Poet & interviewer Paul E Nelson founded SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) & the Cascadia Poetry Festival. Since 1993, SPLAB has produced hundreds of poetry events & 600 hours of interview programming with legendary poets & whole systems activists including Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Joanne Kyger, Robin Blaser, Diane di Prima, Daphne Marlatt, Nate Mackey, George Bowering, Barry McKinnon, José Kozer, Brenda Hillman & many others. Paul’s books include American Prophets (interviews 1994-2012) (2018) American Sentences (2015) A Time Before Slaughter (2009) and Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence of Energies (2013). Co-Editor of Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia (2015), 56 Days of August: Poetry Postcards (2017) and Samthology: A Tribute to Sam Hamill (2019) Make it True meets Medusario (2019), he’s presented poetry/poetics in London, Brussels, Nanaimo, Qinghai & Beijing, China, has had work translated into Spanish, Chinese & Portuguese & writes an American Sentence every day. Awarded a residency at The Lake, from the Morris Graves Foundation in Loleta, CA, he’s published work in Golden Handcuffs Review, Zen Monster, Hambone, and elsewhere. Winner of the 2014 Robin Blaser Award from The Capilano Review, he is engaged in a 20 year bioregional cultural investigation of Cascadia and lives in Rainier Beach, in the Cascadia bioregion’s Cedar River watershed.
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1 Response to Call for Animal Poems

  1. kjmiller says:

    Thanks for this, Paul. kjm

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