Lit Crawl LA! – October 26th, 2016

Late notice, I know!


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“Think Like Water” Poetry Workshops

This may be of interest, if you live in the Southern California area:


Dear Los Angeles Poet Society Members and Friends,

Check out all the great poetry happenings in Eagle Rock this summer!
Come on down starting Tuesday, June 14, and every other Tuesday after that, to learn new poetic techniques and styles this summer! Each class is only $5, and you get a journal! Taught by LAPS Founder & Poet, Jessica M. Wilson MFA!

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April is Here and So Is National Poetry Month 2016!

April is here and that means that so is National Poetry Month 2016! National Poetry Month is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K-12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, bloggers, and, of course, poets marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives.

While we should celebrate poets and poetry year-round, the Academy of American Poets was inspired by the successful celebrations of Black History Month (February) and Women’s History Month (March), and founded National Poetry Month in April 1996 with an aim to:

  • highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets, encourage the reading of poems,
  • assist teachers in bringing poetry into their classrooms,
  • increase the attention paid to poetry by national and local media,
  • encourage increased publication and distribution of poetry books, and
  • encourage support for poets and poetry.
  • You can learn more about National Poetry Month and how you can be involved by visiting the National Poetry Month 2016 web page at Poets.orge. Celebrate poetry and have fun!



    April is National Poetry Month!

    April is National Poetry Month in the US. It is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K-12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, bloggers, and, of course, poets marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives. If you don’t happen to live in the US, it doesn’t matter. You can celebrate poetry wherever you are. Poetry is a universal thing that knows no national boundaries!

    You can read more about National Poetry Day, why it’s important and how you can participate by clicking here. In fact, here are 30 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month. Do something to enhance your life. Make poetry a regular part of it!



    My Photographs Now Available on Fine Art America!

    If you haven’t noticed, the traditional photo albums that have been on my blog for some time have been removed and replaced by something new! I’ve integrated a new widget from Fine Art America into the blog. Now you can view the much larger catalog of photographs and digital art that I keep on the Fine Art America site.

    Not only can you view them but should you see something you like, you can purchase it right here on my blog. The FAA widget will allow you to do just that! What’s more exciting, you can buy not only prints but posters, framed prints, matted prints, canvas prints, acrylic prints, metal prints, greeting cards and more! If you see something you like, just click on the image for more information on purchasing. I’ve bought several items from artists I admire on FAA and without fail they were only of the highest quality!

    To check it out, just click on the “Fine Art America Gallery” menu item. I think this is an exciting new development and a great way to integrate my love of photography into my blog. I hope you’ll enjoy my photographs and digital art. As always, your comments, suggestions and criticism are most welcome. Thanks for reading!



    Reminder: April is National Poetry Month

    readingToday’s post is just a quick reminder that tomorrow, April 1st, is the first day of National Poetry Month here in the USA. Poetry, of course, knows no borders so I encourage everyone, everywhere to celebrate April like it’s National Poetry Month wherever you are! You can learn more about NPM and how you can participate in this hub I wrote a while back.

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    Next Month (April) is National Poetry Month!


    The month of April is National Poetry Month here in the US of A. Of course, you don’t have to live here to celebrate it. Poetry isn’t restricted by national boundaries. It’s a universal thing! If you want to learn more about National Poetry Month and how you can participate, check out this article.
    I hope you will do something to celebrate NPM and make poetry a bigger part of your life. You’ll be better off for it, I guarantee!

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    Now Comes the Hardest Part of Self-publishing

    frontcover_webI’m pleased to announce that my first book of poetry, “The Ramblings of a Poetic Fool” is now available on Amazon, Amazon Europe and CreateSpace eStore. It’s actually been available for a few days but the busyness of life has kept me from telling you all about it.

    For me, this is the most difficult part of writing. When I finally finished this project I realized that I wasn’t truly finished. In fact, the real work had just begun. If you’ve self-published, you know exactly what I speaking of; promoting and publicizing your book. This is the difficult me because I’m not comfortable tooting my own horn. Unfortunately, being self-published means that task falls squarely and firmly on my own shoulders. If I don’t do it, no one will. There is no publishing house behind me with a team of professionals crafting a marketing campaign for my little book. No, without any experience in promotion and marketing, I have to do that myself.

    It’s a challenging and scary process. How do you promote your own book without sounding self-serving? How much promotion is too much promotion? How do I promote my book in the first place? When? Where? How and how often? Questions fill this newbie writer’s head. I’ve found I have far more questions than answers. Fortunately, there are answers out there. Google will help me find some. There are online guides, blogs and books with oodles of suggestions. I can ask fellow writers for their experiences and what worked for them. With time and experience I’ll learn the ropes and the how and why of it will become easier.

    Unfortunately, the core problem still remains for me and that’s being inherently shy. Yes, shy! As I mentioned before, I’m very uncomfortable tooting my own horn. Self-publishing requires it, however. The truth is that promoting and publicizing my book isn’t technically difficult. Sure, I need to learn how and where and when but I know I can learn that. Anyone can. It just requires time, effort and willingness. Willingness. The hard part is willingness and overcoming my shyness and the fear of appearing self-serving and self-absorbed by doing it.

    The reality is that it is self-serving to promote your own book. Those who choose to self-publish need to come to that conclusion and realize that it’s OK. I wrote a book. If I want people to read that book, it’s up to me to show it to them. No one else will do it for me. For some this isn’t an issue. Indeed, many enjoy it as much as the writing. That’s not me and likely never will be. It is a skill I am willing to learn, however. So please bear with me as I learn the ropes. Hopefully, I won’t be too obnoxious in the process. If I learn anything worth sharing along the way, I’ll post about it here. Maybe it will save some other soul a little time, effort or embarrassment.

    So, about promoting my book …

    “The Ramblings of a Poetic Fool” is a collection of 44 poems, including some of my personal favorites, on a variety of topics. Through them runs a theme of the uncertainty in life and love. Life doesn’t come with guarantees, my poems reflect that. Life has highs and lows and they reflect that too. I hope you will be able to relate to my poetry and enjoy them as much as I enjoyed writing them. So take pity on this poor, shy Poetic Fool and check out my poems. Be sure to let me know what you think, especially if you feel you connect to any of them. That is, after all, why I wrote them in the first place. I’d love your comments here or in an Amazon review (subtle hint). Your thoughts and, yes, criticisms are always welcome. Thank you so much!



    The Ramblings of a Poetic Fool

    frontcover_webI’m pleased and proud to announce that my book, “The Ramblings of a Poetic Fool”, will be released in the very near future. Monday, July 29th is the targeted release date for this, my very first collection of poetry.

    “The Ramblings of a Poetic Fool” is a collection of 44 poems including many of my personal favorites. These are poems that run the gamut from the romantic to the tragic, expressing hope and disappointment, ecstasy, desperation and much more. After many trials, much soul-searching and with the support and encouragement of a few dear friends, “Ramblings” is the result. It is my hope that you will enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

    “The Ramblings of a Poetic Fool” will be available on Amazon, Amazon Europe and CreateSpace eStore. Additionally, you will be able to order my book from thousands of major online and offline bookstores and retailers.



    A Great Resource for Southern California – the Los Angeles Poet Society


    I stumbled upon the great website of the Los Angeles Poet Society today. As usual, I will let LAPS explain itself with this excerpt from their website:

    Founded in 2010, the Los Angeles Poet Society, (LAPS), was by raised by East LA born Poet, Jessica M. Wilson. The mission of the LAPS is to create a bridge, fusing the communities of Los Angeles and Southern California Poets, poetry organizations, Writer groups, booksellers, publishers, literary enthusiasts and supporters into a unified social and literary network.

    The focal point of LAPS is to network and publicize the events and achievements of its members. LAPS also organizes and promotes events, pulling from within its own community, to create and sustain Los Angeles’ literary anchor.

    The founder, Jessica M. Wilson, is a poet from East Los Angeles, CA. Jessica holds her Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Otis College, and a BA in both Creative Writing and Art History from UC Riverside. She is the Founder of the Los Angles Poet Society, Writers’ Row (a showcase of Writers during the downtown Art Walk), Writer Wednesdays, and SoapBox Poets which is a collaborative group of artists delivering their work to masses.

    If you live in or around Los Angeles, you might want to become a member and take advantage of all this organization has to offer.

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