Once again, the kind editors at Arroyo Seco Press have included my work in their excellent anthologies. Redshift 4: Light Years, includes two of my poems, “shard” and “I fought for Love”. This collection has an incredible amount of poets I admire and respect dearly. You can get a copy on Amazon!
I love having talented friends who make really cool projects like an entire anthology based around the letter V. Three of my poems, “Class”, “I pay tax to your grin”, and “Apology to the Palm Trees” joins poems by many talented poets, including some friends of mine, Dania Ayah Alkhouli, Alexis Rhone Fancher, Donna Hilbert, LeAnne Hunt, Tamara Madison, Betsy Mars, Natalie Peterkin, Wendy Rainey, Kevin Ridgeway, Joan Jobe Smith, Thomas R. Thomas, K. Andrew Turner, Aruni Wijesinghe, and Terry Ann Wright. V Poems is edited by Shannon Phillips and published by Picture Show Press.
First publication in a while! Arroyo Seco Press has a new journal, Redshift, with three of my poems, “Fate Ignores My Resolve”, “Dreams of Falling”, and “Water Witch”. Edited by Thomas R. Thomas, this anthology also has poetry by Michelle Thomas, Kitty Anarchy, Lloyd David Aquino, Lorraine Biteranta, Francesca Borella, Scott Noon Creley, Larry Duncan, Barbara Eknoian, Jeffrey Graessley, Sarah E. Gurney, Curtis Hayes, Steven Hendrix, Betsy Mars, Lee Anne McIlroy, Kathryn McMurray, Karie McNeley, Penelope Moffet, Zack Nelson-Lopiccolo, Shannon Phillips, Wendy Rainey, Steve Ramirez, Kevin Ridgeway, Tere Sievers, Francesca Terzano, K. Andrew Turner, and Susan Vannatta. You can purchase a copy on Amazon.
Arroyo Seco Press presents Seventeen Poems Not About a Lover Chapbook Release party! 17 poems written by Sarah Thursday with lovingly crafted, paper-cut art for each poem by Alyssandra Nighswonger.
Sunday, April 29th from 4 to 6 pm at Viento Y Agua Coffeehouse, 4007 E. 4th St., Long Beach, CA. There will be guest poets, art, and books! Details TBA.
More about the collaborators:
Sarah Thursday was born, in part, from inspiration found in her collaborator, Alyssandra Nighswonger. After six years of friendship and artistic crushing, this dream project has come to life. In addition to writing poetry, Sarah founded Sadie Girl Press to help publish local and emerging poets and artists. She ran a poetry website called CadenceCollective.net, co-hosted a monthly reading with G. Murray Thomas, but still wants to find new ways to bring poetry and art into her community. She has been published in many fine journals and anthologies and received a 2017 Best of the Net nomination. Her first full-length poetry collection, All the Tiny Anchors, and her other chapbooks and CDs are available at SadieGirlPress.com. Find and follow her to learn more on SarahThursday.com, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
Alyssandra Nighswonger is a multi-media artist and adventure-lover from Long Beach, CA. This project was a swan dive into the heart and a journey in itself. The thing that Alyssandra admires the most about her friend Sarah is the way she takes her own personal challenges and creates an alchemy of the heart with her raw and fearlessly beautiful poetry. For Alyssandra, who can be a lot more timid with exposing the darker side of her emotions in her music and art and tends to hide meaning behind whimsy on the regular, this collaboration was a thematic challenge. It led to creating deeper layers in the illustrations, opening them up to being cut apart, and exposing that even the cutest wolf has a shadow, which developed this work into a papercut escapade. You can explore several of her musical projects and adventures at talesofalyssandra.com or follow her instagram @alyssssandra.
Honored to have my poem, “5:38”, included in Picture Show Press’s first anthology of poetry from the best of Carnival, the online literature magazine. Edited by Shannon Phillips, this beautiful book includes my poetry friends, Karie McNeley, Zack Nelson-Lopiccolo, Scott Noon Creley, K. Andrew Turner, Alexis Rhone Fancher, Thomas R. Thomas, Kevin Ridgeway, Suzanne Allen, and many more. Find out more on Picture Show Press.
A poem I wrote in October 2014, “What I Mean When I Say We Can Talk Without Poetry“, is included in this lovely collection by Whiskey Fish Review. Some of my favorite poets/friends/people are included: JL Martindale, Kevin Ridgeway, Thomas R. Thomas, and Larry Raymond Duncan. Edited by Zack Nelson-Lopiccolo. You can view the whole issue online here!
After a nearly unbearable wait, Katzenhatz is finally here! Fellow Long Beach publisher, Bank Heavy Press’s highly anticipated release includes many of my favorite poets and friends, including Zack Nelson-Lopiccolo, Stephanie Ervin, Danielle Mitchell, Karie McNeley, Carissa Mercado, Larry Duncan, Thomas R. Thomas, Kevin Ridgeway, Toren Wallace, Olivia Somes, and G. Murray Thomas. My poem, “To Agree Philosophically”, appears along with an interview with myself and Nancy Lynee Woo about our presses, Sadie Girl Press and Lucid Moose Lit. If that wasn’t enough, there’s one more exciting part! I also have a very rare, almost never seen, actual drawing of mine included in this publication. It’s full of art of cats in hats by poets. You will have to buy you own copy to see for yourself on Bank Heavy Tumbler. Also. give them a “Like” on Facebook!
Three of my poems, “If Poetry Is Parked Car”, “Good Friday Morning”, and “Sediment”, are included in the fall issue of Carnival Lit Mag, along with friends, Gerald Locklin and Thomas R. Thomas. Edited by Shannon Phillips, this virtual magazine is more than just a poetry website. Go directly to the issue here: issuu.com/carnivalitmag/docs/summer. Or check out the revamped website: carnivalitmagazine.net.
Our favorite independent bookstore is turning 5 years old! We are celebrating with an all-star reading on Saturday, August 1st, at 7 pm. I will be joining some of my favorite local poets and story tellers for an epic reading event. RSVP on Facebook for more details!
5535 E. Spring St., Long Beach, CA 90808
Ever wonder why “Sarah Thursday”? No, it’s not my legal name, but the one I have chosen. You can read my poem “Hammer of My Name“, on the Silver Birch Press website. It was written just for this series where many poets explain the origins of their names. This series will continue through the month of June and July. It already includes many of my favorites, like G. Murray Thomas, Thomas R. Thomas, Barbara Eknoian, Rick Lupert, Lynne Thompson, and Robin Dawn Hudechek, among others.