“It’s Something People in Love Do” in the Pushcart Prize Anthology 2018

Thank you to Bill Henderson and the other editors of The Pushcart Prize Anthology for including my poem “It’s Something People in Love Do” in the newly published 2018 edition! Having received my contributor’s copy not long ago, I’m still reeling from the honor. Thank you to all the journal editors who have nominated my work over the years, and most especially to Lee Upton and Tony Ardizzone for nominating my work this year. Thanks again to Anthony Sutton, Mitchell Jacobs, Rachel Reynolds, and the other editors at Sycamore Review for giving this poem a home in the first place!

Collaboration Acceptances at Jellyfish Magazine and the BLP Collaboration Anthology

As the full-length manuscript of the collaborative prose poems I’ve been writing with Dustin Nightingale begins to find its way out to a few presses for consideration, it’s a thrill to share the news that one of the remaining unpublished poems, “Every Other Week a New Planet,” has just been accepted at Jellyfish Magazine!

Additionally, three of our previously published collaborative prose poems have been accepted for They Said: A Multi-Genre Anthology of Contemporary Collaborative Writing, forthcoming next summer from Black Lawrence Press. Yippee!

I’ve Won a Pushcart Prize!

My poem “It’s Something People in Love Do,” published last year in Sycamore Review has just WON a Pushcart Prize 2017. I’m delighted, elated. Back in 2005 I received my first Pushcart nomination, from Redactions. That and each nomination since then has felt like such an honor. To have actually won a place in the anthology this year is, well, wow. Thank you to the individuals, editors, and journals who have generously supported my work over the years. Thank you to Bill Henderson and the rest of the Pushcart folks for choosing this poem for the 2017 Pushcart Prize Anthology. And thank you again to Anthony Sutton, Mitchell Jacobs, Rachel Reynolds, and the other good people at Sycamore Review for giving my poem a home in the first place!


The Doll Collection

Thank you to Luanne Castle for this comment about my poem in The Doll Collection anthology:
“The poems are stunning. I wish I had written Christopher Citro’s ‘The Secret Lives of Little Girls.’ I’m achingly jealous of it.”

You can read her entire Goodreads review of the anthology, edited by Diane Lockward and published by Terrapin Books, HERE.

And you can snag a copy of the anthology in print or Kindle HERE.

“The Secret Lives of Little Girls” in The Doll Collection

The snow has melted (again) and in my mailbox I’m delighted to find my contributor copy of The Doll Collection, an anthology of 88 poems about dolls from Terrapin Books, edited by Diane Lockward. In addition to my poem “The Secret Lives of Little Girls” – first published in Subtropics – this beautiful collection contains poetry by Paula Bonhice, Neil Carpathios, Denise Duhamel & Maureen Seaton, Alice Friman, Jeffrey Harrison, Christina Lovin, Denise Low-Weso, Kristine Ong Muslim, Sarah Rose Nordgren,  Emma Sovich, Susan Terris, Lee Upton, and many more!

Purchase a print or Kindle copy from Amazon HERE.

Nothing to Declare: A Guide to the Flash Sequence (Marie Alexander Poetry Series)

Hi friends. I’m thunderingly delighted to have received my contributor copies of Nothing to Declare: A Guide to the Flash Sequence published by White Pines Press. This anthology contains five prose poems from my ongoing sequence called The Little Book of Monsters. Its 300+ pages also contain sequences by a host of amazing poets and writers including Nin Andrews, Carol Guess, Gian Lombardo, F. Daniel Rzicznek, Julie Marie Wade, Gary Young, and Jim (yes, that Jim) Harrison. There are sequences of prose poems, flash fictions, lyric essays, fairy tales, koans, epistolary address, and other cross-genre work. Thank you editors Robert Alexander, Eric Braun, and Debra Marquart and the entire Marie Alexander Poetry Series team for creating this amazing anthology!

Every River on Earth: Writing From Appalachian Ohio

I just received my contributor’s copy of the Every River on Earth: Writing From Appalachian Ohio. This anthology was edited by the poet Neil Carpathios and published by Ohio University Press in Athens, Ohio.

From the anthology’s website:

Every River on Earth: Writing from Appalachian Ohio includes some of the best regional poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction from forty contemporary writers, both established and up-and-coming. The wide range of material from authors such as David Baker, Don Bogen, Michelle Burke, Richard Hague, Donald Ray Pollock, and others, offers the reader a window into daily life in the region. The people, the landscape, the struggles, and the deepest undercurrents of what it means to be from and of a place are revealed in these original, deeply moving, and sometimes shocking pieces.

The book is divided into four sections: Family & Folks, The Land, The Grind, and Home & Away, each of which explores a different aspect of the place that these authors call home. The sections work together beautifully to capture what it means to live, to love, and to die in this particular slice of Appalachia. The writing is accessible and often emotionally raw; Every River on Earth invites all types of readers and conveys a profound appreciation of the region’s character.

The authors also offer personal statements about their writing, allowing the reader an intimate insight into their processes, aesthetics, and inspirations. What is it to be an Appalachian? What is it to be an Appalachian in Ohio? This book vividly paints that picture.

You can learn more at the anthology’s website HERE — where you can read for free the title poem, the Table of Contents, the Foreword by Donald Ray Pollock, the Introduction by Neil Carpathios and author biographies. You can order the book directly from the publisher, purchase e-versions for various platforms, and request a desk/exam copy if you’re an instructor. Also, here’s the book’s Amazon page.

I’m proud as all get-out to have three of my poems in this anthology, including one poem previously published in The Cincinnati Review and two previously unpublished poems written while living in Scio, Ohio, a small southern Ohio village, pop. 800.

Thank you Neil Carpathios for including me in this wonderful volume!