Word Poppin

It has been months since I made an update

partially because I have had some recent deaths of friends and family. It has made it harder to put the words on any page and hoping that they would jump up. However, I think now is the time to get some things gathered and going again.

For writers looking for outlets:


Deadline: September 15, 2016

Unlike typical commercial presses, WTAW Press is an independent and non-profit enterprise. We plan to publish two full-length books in 2017, our inaugural year, selecting the best fiction, essays, memoir, etc., that we can find. We are looking for voices that need to be heard, building on the successful tradition of our award-winning reading series in Sausalito, CA, and welcome submissions from writers unpublished, extensively published, and in between. We want to publish books that show us more things on heaven and earth than we have dreamt of, and we will do all we can to bring our books to the attention of the readers they deserve.

This is also an opportunity for us to begin cultivating relationships, partnerships even, with others in the community such as yourselves who share our passion for the written word, and share our admiration for and advocacy of those who struggle to put words on paper. Guidelines are available at http://www.wtawpress.org/submissions. Would you please make sure your [members/readership/etc] are aware of our open reading period? Please feel free to contact us with any questions!


The Society of Southwestern Authors

See ssa.az.org for forms and information

Categories:Short Story – 2,500 words max

Personal Essay/Memoir – 2,500 words max

Poetry – 40 lines max

Prizes Awarded In Each Category:

1st: $250
2nd: $125
3rd: $75
Honorable mentions: $251st place through Honorable Mention winning
stories printed in The Story Teller
Commendation – (non-monetary)only author’s name and
submission title will be printed in The Story Teller
All entries will receive judge’s comments!

Mail entry form + 3 copies of each entry to: SSA 2015 Writing Contest, P.O. Box 1928, Green Valley, AZ 85622
This contest does NOT accept e-mail submissions.
Late entries will be returned unopened. Be sure your entry is post marked no later than September 30, 2016.
For confirmation of receipt of entry, make sure we can read your e-mail address.
You need not attend the Awards Luncheon to receive your award.


Toledo Bend Review Literary Journal

For the next 90 days, is offering

NEW SUBSCRIBERS a FREE manuscript critique of any manuscript (fiction, nonfiction or poetry) up to 10 pages.

Open to all Poets, Writers, & all members of Writer’s Groups 

 New subscribers get a FREE critique of any manuscript (fiction, nonfiction or poetry) up to 10 pages.

(One free critique per subscriber)  Your FREE critique is good through December 31, 2016. 

Use this hand PAYPAL EMAIL address when subscribing.


For more information, EMAIL:toledobendreview@gmail.com

We are sending out an urgent call for submissions for our debut edition. If you are interested in subscribing at this time, your manuscript that is critiqued may be used as a submission – let us know ahead of time. 



This Thursday May 12th is National Limerick Day. I rarely write them, but I find them fun to compose. It might be fun for you to put the form to the test.

  The Limerick Institute of Technology

 The form is named after the city of Limerick, in county Limerick, Ireland. The poem’s connection with the city is obscure, but the name is generally taken to be a reference to Limerick city or County Limerick and may derive from an earlier form of nonsense verse game that traditionally included a refrain that included “Will [or won’t] you come (up) to Limerick?” The earliest known use of the name “Limerick” for this type poem is an 1880 reference to an apparently well-known tune.

One of the men associated with creating the form is Edward Lear (shown below in 1888).Edwardlear.jpg

Lear’s self-description in verse, How Pleasant to know Mr. Lear, ends with this stanza, a reference to his own mortality:

He reads but he cannot speak Spanish,
He cannot abide ginger-beer;
Ere the days of his pilgrimage vanish,
How pleasant to know Mr. Lear!

The rhyme scheme is strict — AABBA, which is sometimes obscene with humorous intent. The third and fourth lines are usually shorter than the other three. T

The easiest limerick for me to remember is:

There was a young lady named Bright
Who’s speed was faster than light
She set out one day
In a relative way
And returned the previous night.

Apr 21 – Poem in Your Pocket Day

The American Academy of Poets declared April 21, 2016 National Poem in Your Pocket Day.

The idea is to share a poem with other for the general purpose of having fun with poetry. You can hand out a poem or recite one from memory. Who knew that poem you memorized a long time ago could come in handy. For you who have my trouble with memorization I will share a poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson,




The Academy of American Poets have also included a good group of poems on their website, Academy of American Poets.

4×10 — The Old Pueblo Playwrights

I was a member of the Old Pueblo Playwrights for years and last night I was asked by another actor (actress Halsey Taylor) to attend a meeting and perform for them. As a worder rather than an actor it was a bit of a challenge, but a fun one. The big news is that OPP is having their 25th annual Festival of New Plays.

New Play Festival
April 7-9, 2016, Cabaret Theatre, Tucson

Thursday, April 7, at 7:30: Home Again, Home Again, by Vince Flynn
Friday, April 8, at 7:30: The Guy With The Boat, by Kelly Hardesty
Saturday, April 9, at 2 P.M. Language Lessons by Reid Gilbert; Heartland, by Leslie Powell
Saturday, April 9 at 7:30: The Boxcar, by Brian Desautels.

(Above: ‘But Boss, You Said I Had to Wear a Bra’ by Pam Burris; Actors: China Young, Gary, Vince Flynn; Director: Vince Flynn; 2014 OPP Festival.)

 For more information, please see the  OPP Website

Have fun!

The Tucson Festival of Books

This weekend will be the 7th Tucson Festival of Books. Join 130,000 other fans of books at the University of Arizona Mall on March 12-13. Program information is available on-line or at the event. You can check for more information at Tucson Festival of Books.

Two of JRN186 class members will be on stage.

Wynne Brown and Chris Stern