Category Archives: Joan Leotta

Another poem–why republish an old poem?

A wonderful market opportunity for writers is Righter publications. They take previously published and it offers you a chance to widen your audience for that piece if they accept. Readers. That’s what it is all about.

A poem of mine will go live in Righterpublications,com on September 1
I have one in the August issue as well.

This September poem, which has appeared in print elsewhere, is about apple picking in upstate New York.
Hope you enjoy it.

Remember Kennywood’s Carousel?

I loved that carousel.

and the one at the Smithsonian Mall

well, every carousel I’ve ever seen. So, I put that into an essay and it will soon by published by kindofahurricanepress:

“Your flash piece, Carousel Ride, has been accepted for the anthology, Life is a Roller Coaster. If you have not already provided it, please forward me your most recent bio by Friday, September 5, 2014. You will be receiving a free electronic copy of the anthology. In addition, print copies will be available for purchase. I will contact you again when both become available.”

Amy Huffman and April Salzano

Food and Food for Thought

So, this morning when I went to check for the link to the online version of my two stories in this AM’s

Sun News, I saw they had also already posted the article that will go in Friday’s kicks!

Here are the three:

Book  Review, Ancient Grains

http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/2014/08/05/4387461/dining-notes-for-the-myrtle-beach.html

Article on Grilled Pizza

http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/2014/08/05/4387467/broaden-your-grill-repertoire.html

Review of Second Cup for Friday Kicks section

http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/2014/08/06/4392836/coffeehouse-brings-a-taste-of.html

So, where Is the food for thought? Blabbermouth Blog. Linda, who writes that blog is running a contest on YA. I can’t enter it, no time right now for this, still pushing on Book Four of my Legacy of Honor, (held up due to illness) but I noted in her challenge there is great advice for anyone writing, YA!

Check it out! http://wordpress.com/read/blog/id/22093685/

 

 

 

Hard work

Writing is hard work. The basic idea is only part of it.
A few years ago, I wrote a piece about an incident we had encountering a collards farmer.
The story is a great anecdote at dinner, but as a written piece, it kind of flopped.
Then, I saw the publication, Microfiction Monday. The piece was already short, only about 500 words, but they wanted even smaller. So…I revised it downward which forced me to analyze the story arc and simplify–eliminating parts of the actual experience and transferring only the basic idea that others might find interesting.
Voila! acceptance!
If any of you would like my recipe for Italian Collard greens, let me know in the comments

The story will run on August 4 in the online mag, Microfiction Monday.
http://microfictionmondaymagazine.com/

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Opportunity. If it knocked, I missed it

Unlike the doorbell ringing by the UPS man (which for many months went unnoticed due to a broken doorbell) no packages or notes about pacakages are left when you miss an opportunity.
For instance, I just learned about the onthesamepagefestival. They had a contest–open to all, no fee, NC connections—check, check, check.
Oops . Deadline July 7.
More than 20 days ago.
Sigh.
Now, I subscribe to a number of feeds that offer me deadlines, but I have become complacent in using them–esp about NC opportunities. I thought I had it covered. Today I did some random exploration and found this one that I missed. You can’t publish if you don’t know the opportunity is there. SO, again I will widen my search. And I commit to sharing what I find. I’ve been wanting to make my blog of more value to writers and tellers. Karen Chace is my heroine among storytellers. Her blog is the very best for information on how and why and chock full of stories we can tell for various occasions.
I doubt I will have much more to offer there, but I will try to augment her in this area as well.
For writers, we need tips and opportunities to submit our work–contests to challenge us and more. One thing you will find little of is the “Slam”. I hate the term. Perhaps if someone convinces me that a poetry SLAM instead of a READING is a good thing, I will change, but for now…
So, if a link says its listings are proprietary, then I will simply offer that link to their list.
If I come across a listing on my own, as I did today (but before it expires!!!!)
I will share.
Writing and story have given me so much. I want to give back, to share, to help more of you become published and or perform your work. Excelsior!!!

Trifecta

Wow!

Just goes to show, nothing ventured, nothing gained. Instead of doing puzzles, I search for markets for my work and fiddle with my poetry to relax.

This week I got two acceptance notices–from Tigershark for Shenandoah, Daughter of the starts, a poem retelling the legend of the founding of the valley, (written in honor of our son, who loved the valley)

and today an acceptance from Jellyfish whispers, an online magazine for my poem, summer storm at the grand canyon, a poem that has been bouncing around since 1990, never quite right until now

and today I am inking a contract with Cane Hollow Press for a collection of my short stories, varied genres, more OHenry than Joyce or F. O’Connor, but a book I hope will bring smiles to all who read it.

Title: Simply a Smile

I feel very blessed, but of course, I was blessed before. And every rejection was a blessing as well.

–tho those don’t feel as good!

Perspective and Respect–no “ive” Needed

We need to have respect for ourselves and our craft and work hard at it. We need to constantly challenge ourselves and to share our craft (as writers and performers!) with everyone, especially those not blessed with a home life that is rich in words.

There is nothing elitist about valuing quality.

Nor, however does it diminish your (and my) creative efforts to have perspective on our skills, our innate talent, the level we have achieved in our craft, our ability to transform the lives of others as speakers, our commitment to taking our craft, poems,. short stories, whatever to others. Especially to teach others, a particular skill all of its own. Even some great poets and writers of other sorts are not good teachers, despite their own excellence.

So it is with a glad hear that I welcome the resignation of the woman who was selected in a totally bizarre process, to be NC next poet laureate. Unfortunately, from her letter, I do not think she really understands, has perspective on herself and the contribution she can make in a very demanding role. I was also saddened to see the comments made on the statement sent out by the past poets. Obviously the commenters , like our current governor do not take the arts seriously nor do they understand the role of a teacher. Poetry is not an elite art form. It is the gateway writing form for those who love words–nursery rhymes, songs. If the Governor wanted to take the role of poet laureate out of university environment he could have asked the arts council to send him some song writers of note–but of note, who have proven themselves at their craft, who have proven their social commitment by more than offering proceeds of a book and who have proven that they can electrify the state’s youth, introducing them to the joy of working with words, their heritage of literacy as North Carolinians of all economic and social levels.