Readers included Michael Akuchie, Taylor Crawford, Allen Culpepper, Jen Stewart Fueston, Katie Hamblen, Ellen Huang, Monica Kopenhaver, Eve Linn, Katie Manning, Kyle Potvin, Tania Pryputniewicz, Kathryn H. Ross, Ki Russell, Jacob Stratman, and me.
It was a lot of fun, and wonderful to meet the poets and writers I’ve been working with recently to select fantastic pieces from the many hundreds of submissions we received in December.
We each read one piece and managed to keep the recorded event to just over half and hour. Then we switched off record and hung out together chatting. It was wonderful.
I’m really excited to have joined the staff of San Diego based journal Whale Road Review. As a peer reviewer I’ll be helping select top-notch poems from the very strong submissions sent in for each edition.
The name comes from an old kenning for the ocean – the whale road – and evokes these unique creatures ‘moving in patterns through the waters of the world’. Whale Road Reviewpublishes poetry, flash fiction, reviews and micro essays. Please see the submission guidelines for more details.
The editor Katie Manning is enthusiastic, knowledgeable and wonderfully supportive of fellow writers.
‘Heidi Williamson speaks with John Greening about inspirations including science and traditional print processes, the importance of pattern in writing poems, her need to surprise herself and her new collection drawing on a painful section of public and personal history.’
It’s a real honour to be included in this list. My book is in incredible company, alongside some of my poetic heroes and heroines.
‘I’d like to mention one book which moved me to tears, Return by Minor Road, by Heidi Williamson (Bloodaxe): a stunning and heart-breaking look at the Dunblane massacre, the way grief can infuse a place, and what the aftermath (in the literal sense of the beginnings of a new growth) of such an event feels like in such a close-knit community.’