Haibun Wednesday, December 1, 2021

I am so very excited for Donna’s new Haibun challenge! Be sure to check it out!

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Welcome to Go Dog Go Cafe’s Inaugural Haibun Wednesday!

A bit of background…

If you’ve been around the cafe awhile, you might know that I was working through 100 Poetry Forms with the help of Robert Brewer at Writer’s Digest. But of late, I found myself struggling and not wanting to write. The forms were complicated and not at all what I wanted to be working on, so, last month, I decided to let the challenge go. This letting go is not something I do easily; instead, I tend to keep a death grip on things, doing more and more until I crash in exhaustion. The truth is, I’m still learning how to be a well-functioning human (at 51 😂), and each time we say yes to something, we say no to something else. By continuing the 100 Poetry Form challenge, I was saying no to learning and practicing…

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Issue IV: contributors

Super excited to announce that I am part of this issuse!

Free Verse Revolution:

Issue IV: hades (the unseen) will be released on Wednesday, 22nd December. Our final issue of 2021 will feature the incredible work of our contributors listed below.

Eva Korošec | Bithika Halder | Lisa Perkins

Barbara Harris Leonhard | Daya Bhat

Caitlin Kendall | Matt Thomas | Ingrid Wilson

Corinna Board | Shreyasi Poddar

Ellie Morfou | Howard Young | Greta Unetich

Sarah Bellum Mental | Jodie Duffy

Kait Quinn | Karen E. Fraser | Namoe

Emma Major | Jaya Avendel

Charles T. Low | Malgosia Ip | Christina Hennemann

Caitlan Docherty | Snehal

Christian Ward | Richard LeDue | Jennifer Patino

Leona | Kate MacAlister

Fatima Shoaib Qazi | Rebecca Kenny

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Brave & Reckless’s Creativity Prompt Challenge: Once Upon a December

Need some inspiration for December? Join the Once Upon a December Challenge! 🙂

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For December, I look to book titles related to Christmas, the month of December, and Winter for inspiration.

The books that these prompts are drawn from represent many different voices and points of view.  I hope that you find them as evocative as I do.

I LOVE posting your prompt responses on Brave & Reckless.  I welcome your poetry, prose, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, essay, and art.  I will accept responses to any of December’s prompts on any day, but will not start publishing them on Brave & Reckless until December 1st.

Email your prompt responses with a short bio and a suggested image toher.red.pen.wordsmithing@gmail.com.

You can also participate on Instagram by tagging your writing/art with:

  • #OnceUponaDecemberChallenge
  • #dailyprompt
  • @stitchypoet

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Wilderness of Soul: The Beautiful Stuff Poetry Anthology 2020-2021 IS HERE!!!

I am beyond excited and proud to announce that this anthology is now published!! Please read below to learn more about the project!

The Beautiful Stuff

Great day in the morning, it’s finally time! This year’s poetry anthology “Wilderness of Soul” is now available for purchase here:


In addition, if you are looking for a copy signed by me, you can contact me via the blog with your information. A small launch party with a few of the poets in the area will take place later this month at William Oliver’s Publick House. Bring a copy your book to have it signed by some of the authors (limited copies will be for sale at the event), enjoy a few readings, and celebrate with us. More news on that to come as details are finalized.

A percentage of the proceeds from “Wilderness of Soul” will be donated to SummitStone Health Partners, a local organization that provides help for mental health and addiction disorders. You can find out more about them here: https://www.summitstonehealth.org/

Please think about buying…

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