Poetry Friday: A new poem, a new anthology, and a new CYBILS category for me

Poetry_Friday logoWow, it’s been quite a busy week! This past Saturday, Carol Varsalona published her “Summer Splashings Gallery” – a huge collection of poetry and photographs celebrating the season that is winding down. I’m very happy my poem, “Stonewall County Summer,” is included. Please check it out, along with all the others!

Then this past Tuesday, I shared some revelations and affirmations from the local state fair, where I wrapped up a live-announcing gig during Labor Day Weekend. 55 hours over 4 days…one can learn a lot during that time, and I did, as I do every year!

The next day, on  Wednesday, look what showed up at my doorstep:

My contributor copy arrived!

This beautiful book hits shelves about a month from now, and I couldn’t be happier to be a part of it. This is the fifth and final book of 2015 in which one can find my poetry, and what a great way to wrap up the year!

Cybils-Logo-2015-Web-SmI’m also very excited to be a CYBILS judge once again. This year, I’ll be a first-round judge for the Graphic Novel category, which is a change of pace for me, as I have judged poetry for the past 2 years. I would have loved to have judged poetry again, but was concerned that one or two of the anthologies to which I’ve contributed might get nominated – and I wouldn’t have wanted to create a conflict of interest. A number of quality poetry collections came out this past year, so I’ll be eager to see which ones make the cut!

By the way, friend and fellow poet Michelle H. Barnes is hosting Poetry Friday today at Today’s Little Ditty – so stop on by and check out all the poetry links!

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18 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: A new poem, a new anthology, and a new CYBILS category for me

  1. So exciting to hear–again–that you have another poem in another anthology, Matt. We’ll miss you in the poetry group, but graphic novels are quite wonderful lately, so that should be lots of fun, too.


  2. Matt,
    Sounds like life is good right now, so good for you! Got a copy of the new anthology from Pat and can’t wait to dive in.

    We’ll miss you on the poetry panels, but I’m sure graphic novels will be interesting.


    1. Thanks, Tricia. I hope that one of the anthologies of which I’m a part make it through at least the first round of judging…not just because it’s an honor, but because that way I would not have opted out of the judging for nothing!


  3. Irene Latham

    Ooh, graphic novels… what a fun category! I think there is something to be learned there for we writers in whatever genre. Enjoy! And congrats on the nature anthology!


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