I got a very nice rejection for my chapbook Bayous and Barstools today. Funny, I was just looking in my box of 3×5 cards (a very primitive submission tracking system, I admit), and wondering “I wonder when I’ll hear from Kulupi Press?”
Of all the contests I’ve sent that chapbook, I really felt I would have a good chance with Kulupi–they wanted poems about place, and that chapbook is full of my Southern poems which just reek of spirit of place. It’s unfortunate for me that they chose another winner and finalists, but Arthur Dawson, the publisher did hand-write:
Especially enjoyed “Nouveau Décor,” “Melon Stand [South of Many],” and title poem. Great portraits of people!
I always feel the sting a little less when the editor (or in this case, publisher) bothers to write a little something positive, as I’m sure we all do. At least it lets you feel like someone actually did read it–it didn’t just get a quick glance and get dumped on the reject pile.
Well, it’s still out at several other places, so hopefully I might hear good news in the near future.
In other news, I’m reading at the Decatur Book Festival, Java Monkey Stage, at 2:30 on Sunday. I am in good company: Christine Swint reads at 2, Bob Wood at 2:15, Blake Leland at 2:45, Julie Bloemeke at 3, Karen Head at 3:45, and Collin Kelley at 4. Of course there are many, many more wonderful readers who will be there at the Java Monkey stage (as well as a all the other stages!) which goes non-stop both Saturday and Sunday, so if you have a few hours to kill, and want to hear some great readers, you should come on out.
I know I am especially looking forward to meeting Christine and Julie, both of whom participated in Karen’s Plinth poem with me, and neither of whom I’ve met before.
Oh, and in case you’re wondering about the APPF… let’s just say, I know it’s September, and leave it at that.