Monday, January 28, 2013

Driving in the Fog by Joanne Lehman

Driving in the Fog, a new collection of poems by Joanne Lehman, asks questions of the soul, yet remains content with ambiguity. Subjects in this collection range from the imaginative retelling of biblical stories to the telling of personal narratives—both imagined and real. Images bring the Ohio landscape to life. Here readers will find a sampler of traditional poetic styles ranging from sonnet to sestina. 

Driving in the Fog is available now for pre-order from Finishing Line Press.

“Joanne Lehman offers readers a journey with her collection, Driving In the Fog. It is a ride that engages us with her love of language, the chemistry of words freshly brought together, details captured with her painter’s eye, the joy of form and line,” says John Kristofco. “These are poems of place, nature, acts of faith and hope, witnesses to wonder (Great Aunt Rhoda, cold Ohio fields), discovery, and works unafraid to ask the questions of the soul. It is a ride that ranges far but never loses its excitement with the world and words that gather it and hold it in our hearts and minds. It is, indeed, a journey well worth taking.”

Joanne Lehman is adjunct faculty at Malone University, the institution where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Ashland University. Previous publications include Morning Song, winner of the 2004 Wick Poetry Prize from Kent State University, and Kairos: a Novel and Traces of Treasure—both published by Herald Press. Her poetry has appeared in Artful Dodge, Windhover, Great River Review, Dreamseeker, Rejoice! The Mennonite, and other periodicals.

“ …Lehman’s linguistic tones deepen like winter seeds in the fields of central Ohio. . ; the speaker of these poems travels through wintry landscapes, and interrogates, like Job, the nature of suffering, the fruits of aging, separation, and loss . . Though these poems pose more questions than they embody inspired answers, we can trust this speaker, like a pilgrim through life’s vale, to “know the way and trust the road” because she has “traveled long with solitude.” Carolyne Wright, Blue Lynx Prize, American Book Award, Pushcart Prize

“Beneath Northeast Ohio—the unmistakable home ground of these poems by Joanne Lehman—a network of subterranean rivers, once-mighty channels buried by centuries of glacial to and fro, continues to course. Those attuned will hear the mark of those slow, ancient rhythms keeping time here, even if by keeping we mean keeping at bay. In sorrow or exuberance, in houses and in fields, the poems bear in the substrata of their lines the steady thrum of a permanence which, like that water, is a promise beyond belief.” John Estes, author of Kingdom Come

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Calls for Submissions - January 2013

Each month, the Ashland MFA Program receives calls for submissions and contest deadlines, which it publicizes in its monthly newsletter. Listed below are this month's calls for submissions, in order of deadlines, where posted.

Winner receives $3,000, publication, 
and 100 copies.
Accepting electronic & postal submissions
November 1, 2012 - January 15, 2013.
Cole Swensen will judge.

Sixfold Call for Submissions

Enter by Jan. 24
Win $1000, $200, $100 for your short story or poems
Completely writer-voted journal
Vote online to create the next issue of Sixfold


Upload your own fiction or poetry PDF manuscript for a $6 entry fee by Jan. 24, 2013. Then, vote within your genre to select the three prize-winning manuscripts ($1000, $200, $100) and the manuscripts published in each issue of Sixfold.

Read, vote, and give feedback during three rounds of reading six other writers’ manuscripts in your genre of short story or poetry (18 manuscripts total) .

Round 1, Feb. 1 to Feb. 12 | Round 2, Feb. 13 to Feb. 24 | Round 3, Feb. 25 to Mar. 8
Each round, read, vote, and give feedback on 6 different manuscripts in 12 days.

Voting is complete in 6 weeks. You receive up to 6, 24, or 78 votes and comments on your own manuscript from other writers, depending on how far it progresses through the three voting rounds.

Attention Women Writers: AROHO
Don’t miss A Room of Her Own’s upcoming prize deadlines:

Orlando Prizes

Award: $1000 and publication for the best unpublished work by a woman in each of four genres—Short Fiction, Flash Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Poetry. Winning entries will receive $1000 and print publication in the Los Angeles Review.

Online Application Deadline: 1/31/2013 for all genres.

Fee: $15 per entry (payable via Paypal)

#radbrief Challenge

Submit your radically brief poetry, nonfiction, or fiction and receive one free issue of the Los Angeles Review, a chance to appear in LAR, on AROHO’s website, Facebook & Twitter, and be entered into the GO-Retreat Pass Raffle.

Fee: $8 per submission

2013 Retreat for Women Writers

Submit the free online application to attend our 6th Retreat for Women writers taking place at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, NM August 12-18, 2013. Applications containing program proposals and additional information for fellowship/AIR consideration must be submitted electronically on our website by midnight on February 1, 2013 (EST). General retreat applications may be submitted for consideration until all slots are full or until the registration/housing payment deadline on May 15, 2013, whichever comes first. Apply early. Space at the retreat is competitive and limited.

Please visit our website at for further instructions and details.

Canyon Voices
Canyon Voices, Arizona State University’s online literary magazine, is currently accepting submissions for its Spring 2013 publication. Our deadline for the current issue is March 15th!

As a literary and arts journal, Canyon Voices is dedicated to discovering the emerging talent of student writers, while also providing a forum for established artists. We feature art, poetry, creative nonfiction, fiction, and short play scripts with the goal of expanding writing communities across the country. We invite you to share this information with your students, your faculty and your personal writing circles.

Please visit our website at for submission guidelines.

2013 Four Way Books Levis Prize in Poetry

James Longenbach, judge

January 1 - March 31, 2013
electronic or mail submissions accepted

Publication of a book-length manuscript
$1000.00 honorarium

Featured reading in a New York City event sponsored by
Four Way Books

Open to all poets regardless of publication history

Click here for complete guidelines


The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund has applications available for student activists who are organizing for social change and building progressive movements and will be enrolled in school during the 2013/14 academic year. Our website provides answers to questions about the Fund, the application process, and the students we support. If you know of students working for peace and justice, or if you have a list of activist contacts, please send this announcement along and refer potential applicants to the Fund’s website:

Since 1961 the Davis-Putter Fund has provided need-based grants to students who are able to do academic work at the college level and are involved in building movements for social and economic justice. Grantees are both graduates and undergraduates enrolled in accredited schools for the period covered by their grant. Although citizenship is not a consideration, applicants must be enrolled in an accredited program in the US in order to qualify.

The maximum grant is $10,000 and may be considerably smaller depending on the applicant's circumstances and the funding available. All the funds come from individual donors and there are 25-30 grants awarded each year. Grants are for one year although students may re-apply for subsequent years.

Applications and the supporting documents -- transcripts, a personal statement, two letters of recommendation, a photograph, financial aid reports -- must be postmarked by April 1. Those selected to receive a grant will be notified in July.

The Norton Girault Literary Prize in Poetry
(annual prize alternates among Fiction, Poetry, and Nonfiction genres)

The Norton Girault Literary Prize will be offered in 2013 for POETRY —

One prize will go to a single poem, which will receive $1,000 and publication in Barely South Review. One honorable mention will also be selected to receive $200.00 and publication.

The Norton Girault Literary Prize is named after Norton Girault:

We are also thrilled to announce that the final judge for the 2013 competition is poet David Wojahn, born in St. Paul, Minnesota and educated at the University of Minnesota and the University of Arizona.


Submissions are through our Submittable page, available here:

Submissions are read blind. Please do not put your name in the file with your poems or in the “Title” field in Submittable.


Submit 1 to 3 poems, up to ten pages, in one document with 12-pt Times New Roman and 1” margins. Please ensure no identifying information is in this file.

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