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August 4, 2020 / Diane LeBlanc

August 2020

August is usually a quiet month of transition as I reflect on summer travel and prepare for a new academic year. This summer, travel was limited, and classes begin in mid-August. With less time to write, I’m grateful to prompts, themes, and opportunities such as Rattle’s Poets Respond, Poets and Writers’ The Time is Now, and so many more coming my way on social media.

Thanks to all who responded to “Convergence” on River Teeth’s “Beautiful Things.”

More publications are forthcoming, so please check back.

In the meantime, be safe, be well, be creative.

July 1, 2020 / Diane LeBlanc

July 2020

This month I’m going to stop asking, “What day is it?” and just go with rhythms of the humid hours and short nights.

Along the way, moments of wonder arrive on Monday mornings when I read River Teeth‘s “Beautiful Things.” Compressed, dense, never ordinary, these essays are 300 or fewer words. In late July, “Beautiful Things” will publish one of my flash essays. To subscribe at no cost or read archives, visit River Teeth.

 

June 26, 2020 / Diane LeBlanc

June 2020

Canceled. Canceled. Canceled.

That’s been the theme song of 2020. Meanwhile, many organizations and publishers are opening virtual spaces where artists and communities may gather to share pandemic experiences, to grieve and speak back to racial violence, and to sustain creativity as a response to destruction. I’ve been following The Social Distance Reading Series hosted by The Vermont School and Green Mountains Review, where poets are launching new books.

My time at home, though Zoom-intensive, has enabled observation and reflection, time to write and keep my hands close to ink, paint, and paper.

A new poem is forthcoming in Passager, with others on the way. Stay tuned, stay well, and create.

April 8, 2020 / Diane LeBlanc

April 2020

The crocuses are blooming, despite lingering ice and snow. I notice daily changes even more since I’m  home during this pandemic. The urge to read and write poetry is heightened, with a lot of generous informal sharing happening.

Meanwhile, Tinderbox Poetry 6:3 is live. It includes a selection of poems from a variety of poets and checks in with some past contributors, including me. You’ll find recent publication information and short reviews of what we’ve been reading.

A new essay, “Tethers,” appears in Green Mountains Review, online April 22, 2020.

More poems and essays are forthcoming. Please check back for updates.

February 9, 2020 / Diane LeBlanc

February 2020

Two prose poems, “Possum” and “Suddenly You are Alone,” are forthcoming in Mid-American Review.  F. Daniel Rzicznek, co-editor of The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Prose Poetry , selected “Possum” as winner of the 2019 Fineline Competition. “Suddenly You are Alone” was a finalist.

A new essay is forthcoming in Green Mountains Review Online. Please check back for details.

 

 

December 7, 2019 / Diane LeBlanc

December 2019

Bellevue Literary Review, Issue 37, “The Good Life,” is now available and includes my poem “I Paint His Absence.”

Cimarron ReviewIssues 206, 207, and 208 in a single volume, is available. I’m grateful to receive a Pushcart Prize nomination for my essay “Separates.”

More news is forthcoming. Please visit again.

As days grow shorter and darkness deepens, words and images are my constant.

November 4, 2019 / Diane LeBlanc

November 2019

Cimarron Review has just released its new triple issue, which includes my essay “Separates” in good company.

Please check back for more updates.

September 27, 2019 / Diane LeBlanc

September 2019

3rd Northfield Poetry Festival, September 28, 2019. At Content (10:30am): Becky Boling, Doug Green, Steve McCown, David Walters, Marie Gery, and Brent Christianson. At the Northfield Public Library (2pm): Leslie Schultz, Diane LeBlanc, Andrea Een, Riki Kölbl Nelson, Alexis Hernandez, Joanne Sullivan, Toni Easterson, and Rob Hardy, with special musical guest Mestifonía.

July 9, 2019 / Diane LeBlanc

July 2019

Already, the days are shorter, the nights longer. These changes means more quiet time for reading and writing. In the meantime, Minerva Rising, Issue 16, What Matters, is available. I’m grateful to have three poems in this issue. Ruminate, 51, Consume, also arrived.

A new essay and new poems are forthcoming later this year. Please check back for updates.

I hope these days mean more for your creative time, too.

May 25, 2019 / Diane LeBlanc

May 2019

I’m on my way to Write On, Door County, for work on the new book.  Meanwhile, Ruminate Issue 51, Consume, is at the printer and available for purchase.

New poems are forthcoming, so please check back from time to time.