Spring is being a stubborn thing, playing hide and seek behind a wall of cold, fall-like rain. It is the perfect sort of day to catch up on some reading, whether online or in a thick book you have been neglecting. In that spirit, here are a few more blogs you may want to check out.
Nic Sebastian at Very Like A Whale is the very definition of versatile, so much so that the Versatile Blogger award should be named after her! Not only is she a wonderful poet in her own right, she is the editor/publisher of Whale Sound, an audio journal of web-active poets and the brains behind Voice Alpha, another blog dedicated to the aural aspects of poetry. Very Like A Whale contains Nic’s thoughts on publishing, both her own work and that of others, news about her own writing, and wonderful interviews. Anyone who is involved with poetry on the web should be reading Nic.
The New Pages blog is a great resource for writers of all sorts. Their website is the most comprehensive collections of literary/small press magazines and reviews that I have found in one place on the web. Their blog offers news from the literary world, as well as calls for submissions. It was one of the first places I found truly helpful when researching places to send my work, and I still find out about calls on this blog that I have not seen elsewhere.
Last but not least for today is Diane Lockward’s Blogalicious. Diane is an accomplished poet, and her blog (and monthyly newsletter, which you can elect to receive through email) is a good mix of writing advice, news and comments on her personal writing life, and some very helpful lists (like one of print publications that accept electronic submissions). She was very supportive and helpful to me when I was deciding to start up the Poetry Tow Truck portion of this blog, and she is definitely worth a read.
I will leave you today with a line from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night that seems to apply to this Chicago spring: “And the rain it raineth every day.”