Poems from the Heron Clan now open for submissions

It’s easy- email 1-3 poems to katherinejamesbooks@gmail.com. We accept previously published poems with acknowledgements. Also send a 50-word bio in case we accept one or more of your poems.

The deadline is October 30th every year, so to avoid having your poems stuck in limbo so long, it is advised to submit in September or October.

If you submit early in the cycle (January to June) you might get feedback on poems that are not (yet) acceptable. Again, to avoid feedback, submit in September or October.

We are an international, annual anthology with eight editors (six female, two male) from the USA, Ireland, and Nigeria.

The book runs 200-300 pages and is selling for $20.00 Poets are paid one copy upon acceptance, and can purchase extras for $5.00, though printing costs are usually around $7.25.

Each Sunday at 2pm EST, 11am in California, 7pm in the UK and Ireland, and 8pm in Germany and Nigeria. Heron clan submitters, those published in the book, and friends read three poems each, and push our books on each other. It’s a fun and top notch group of poets. If you’re wondering what the anthology is about, come to a reading by emailing me at katherinejamesbooks@gmail.com and I will send you the Zoom URL.

Lola Haskins, Ilya Kaminsky, Ed Lyons, Jackie Shelton Green, Anne McMaster, Michael J. Whelan, Julie Stevens and Attracta Fahy have appeared.

We value all cultures and points of view, all poetics styles, most poetic lengths (Haiku to three pagers) and sometimes (since I’m one) publish radical poems as they match the publisher’s point of view. Example:

Ode to Horace Mann

Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.

Horace Mann

Be aware that energy is life, save some for your kids.

Be afraid that our minds are bent by news not books.

Be awed by the healing power of the simple purple cone flower.

Be amazed that after four short years she knows so much.

Be awake before the bombs drop, before the money rules.

Be agile: live in a town that walks and bikes to work and play.

Be amused by ants and birds, goats and potato fields, lilacs and sycamores.

Be angry only long enough to solve the problem, then move on.

Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.

Published by dougstuber

poet, artist, musician, activist, journalist, visiting professor Chonnam National University. I played in a variety of bands for 15 years around the Mid-Atlantic (US) and still show art all over the world. I am an art critic and have a cultural column in the Mudeung Ilbo here in Gwangju. If you want a hard copy of any of my books, which are poetry, except for "Modern Russian History" email me at dougstuber@gmail.com

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