Poem for Lesley

 

A friend who has been ill posted a wonderfully inspiring piece on her blog awhile ago. She’s always such a cheerful, positive person, someone I admire very much, and have for a long time.  In re-reading my comments to her about how her thoughts had given me a more positive outlook on life, I realized there was a poem. So, here, for Lesley:

 

Poem for Lesley

 

Just last week I had turned silent—

a year of illness— yet this morning

you still arrive in my inbox,

focused always on the positive

swing, the uplift, the sweetness

that there is, rather than what might have been.

You are still your upbeat self in the face of illness.

 

I wish I had had your insight

to realize all winter that all was not lost,

that I was not just waiting

for the next shoe, that I was, in my own way

grieving the narrowing scope of my own life.

 

But, as you say, I am alive.

And today I find again appreciation

for your wise words.

 

~ Carol A. Stephen
March 29, 2020

 

You can see Lesley’s post here:

https://lesleystrutt.wordpress.com/2020/02/23/living-starts-as-a-work-of-art/

My Front Door Poetry & Prose Series — Silver Birch Press

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Poetry Challenge Coming Up in April 2020

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It’s been almost a year since my last post, a year of challenges and health issues. My role with CAA-NCR, providing monthly lists of writing opportunities came to an end June 2019.  As I have been improving health-wise, I’ve also been pondering what to do about Quillfyre.  I do have a new book, which hasn’t been added yet, Winning the Lottery, about surviving Clostridium Difficile (C. Diff.) and life with an ostomy.  Ok, so that wasn’t fun.

What is fun is writing poetry. And April is coming, National/Global Poetry Month. I plan to take part in one or perhaps more, of the 30-day challenges, and will be posting poems here.  I hope you will join me, either by reading my attempts at the challenges, or by writing your own. Even better, do both!

And check out (how about signing up?) at the NaPoWriMo site here: http://www.napowrimo.net/

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What’s Up in Literary Events in Ottawa, June, 2019

NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (OTTAWA)

JUNE, 2019 

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Need more information on CAA-NCR, its programs or events?  Visit us at http://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/

 Join us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/CanadianAuthorsNCR/

Keep in touch on Twitter at: @caa_ncr

TO ALL READERS: Please send all submissions & event notices in the body of an email; (the text needs to permit copy and paste. Exceptions: Accompanying images such as photos and book cover) to Arlene Smith at NCRadmin@canadianauthors.org

 

CAA-NCR MONTHLY MEETING JUNE, 2019

 Tuesday, June 11, 2019  JUNE SOCIAL

Tuesday, June 11 6:30 p.m. McNabb Rec. Centre, Meeting Room C
Pizza, Drinks, Munchies
Book Exchange
Flash Fiction (less than 500 words) based on:
“She recognized the unmistakable gait of the man walking toward her on the beach.”

LOCATION: McNabb Recreation Centre, 180 Percy St. Ottawa

More information on the topics for upcoming meetings on our website at CAA-NCR Meetings

 

RESULTS 2019 NATIONAL CAPITAL WRITING CONTEST (NCWC)

The winners of the 2019 NCWC were announced on Tuesday, May 14 at a ceremony at the Main Branch of the Ottawa Public Library.Sponsored by the Canadian Authors Association–National Capital Region

$300 First Place • $200 Second Place • $100 Third Place

Congratulations to all the writers who were recognized for outstanding short stories or poetry.

Find pictures from the event on our blog page.

SHORT STORY

First Place: Robynne Eagan, “Blue Moon Rising”

Second Place: Lynn Jatania, “Miss Julie’s Home for Wayward Girls”

Third Place: Alison Whiddon, “Neighbourhood Watch”

Honourable Mentions

Sara Mang, “Away with Birds”

Joan McKay, “The Long Dash”

Bruce Hodgkinson, “A Little Compassion”

Judge

Jean E Pendziwol: Along with many other accomplishments, Jean E Pendziwol is the author of the bestselling The Lightkeeper’s Daughters and has received the Governor General’s Award for the children’s book, Once Upon a Northern Night.

POETRY

Two First Places:

Sylvia Adams, “The Girl Who Grew Up on Faerie Tales”

Susan J. Atkinson, “Jealousy”

Third Place: Thomas Gordon Reynolds, “We, Like the Fish”

Honourable Mentions

Sylvia Adams, “What Might Have Been A Love Poem”

Marianne Jones, “Grief Sonata in Three Parts”

Royden McCoag, “Whale Watching”

 Judge

JC Sulzenko: Award-winning poet, published children’s author, workshop presenter and poetry judge

 

SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES

OTTAWA SUBMISSIONS

Links to contests and submission calls visit CAA-NCR website here: https://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/contests/writing-contests-calls-for-submission/

 To find many more contests, particularly the November, December and January listings visit https://canadianauthors.org/national/links/awards-competitions/

BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL TO CURRENT AND FORMER OTTAWA POETS

DEADLINE:  The 15th of every month for the following month’s issue.

Bywords.ca considers previously unpublished poetry from emerging and established poets for our online monthly magazine. We consider work by current and former residents, students and workers of Ottawa. We also publish poems by contributors to our predecessor, the Bywords Monthly Magazine.

We will pay $75 for previously unpublished reviews of 500 words or more of recent Canadian poetry books and chapbooks. Send your reviews as .doc, .docx, .rtf files to amanda@bywords.ca by the end of the month for consideration for the next issue of Bywords.ca. FOR SUBMISSION INFO: www.bywords.ca and click on Guidelines.  Amanda Earl, Managing Editor. Ottawans & former Ottawans, we want yr poems. Guidelines @ Bywords.ca #wewantyrbywords #ottpoetry #613local #submissions PRT  Bywords.ca’s literary events calendar here: http://www.bywords.ca/calendar/index.php with up-to-date info on NCR readings, book signings, writers’ circles, literary festivals, spoken word showcases & slams. Event submissions can be sent to events@bywords.ca

 

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2019 Submissions are open until 31 August 2019.

Entry Fee: Short Fiction: £18 Poetry: £12

 Hosted by the international art and culture publication Aesthetica Magazine, the Award celebrates excellence in Poetry and Short Fiction, supporting new writing talent and presents writers with a fantastic opportunity to further their involvement in the literary world.

Creative Writing Prizes include: £1,000 for each category winner (Poetry and Short Fiction), Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual 2020, Consultation with Redhammer (Short Fiction Winner), Full Membership to The Poetry Society (Poetry Winner), One-year subscription to Granta, Books courtesy of Bloodaxe Books and Vintage. For more information, please visit our website: www.aestheticamagazine.com/cwa

 

OUT AND ABOUT IN TOWN: MEETINGS, BOOK LAUNCHES AND POETRY READINGS

 TREE READING SERIES

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 TREE PRESENTS: LOCAL LIGHTS

Happy Goat Coffee, 35 Laurel St, 1 block northwest of Gladstone & Preston, Ottawa.

8:00p Readings Open Mic and Featured Readers

More > http://www.treereadingseries.ca/

 

THE OTTAWA SMALL PRESS BOOK FAIR SPRING 2019

Saturday, June 22, 2019, room 203, Jack Purcell Community Centre off Elgin, 320 Jack Purcell Lane, Ottawa

General info: the ottawa small press book fair. noon to 5pm (opens at 11:00 for exhibitors)

admission free to the public. $25 for exhibitors, full tables $12.50 for half-tables

(payable to rob mclennan, c/o 2423 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa ON K1H 7M9; paypal options also available) Note: for the sake of increased demand, we are now offering half tables.

To be included in the exhibitor catalog: please include name of press, address, email, web address, contact person, type of publications, list of publications (with price), if submissions are being considered and any other pertinent info, including upcoming ottawa-area events (if any). Be sure to send by June 15th if you would like to appear in the exhibitor catalogue.

Contact: rob mclennan at rob mclennan (at) hotmail.com for questions, or to sign up for a table

More info: https://smallpressbookfair.blogspot.com/2019/01/the-ottawa-small-press-book-fair-spring.html

 

OUT OF TOWN

 LIPS FINAL SLAM SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 2019

 Mc Martin House, 225 Gore St. East, Perth, Ontario

Doors open at 6:30pm  Show starts at 7:15 pm  Tickets $10.00

Help them choose the 2019 Slam Team

hosted by Danielle K.L. Grégoire, LiPs founder

more info: https://www.facebook.com/groups/51468539627/