Free Workshop on Black-Out/Erasure Poetry + Art

If you’re in the area – The Clarksville Public Library asked me to give a workshop on Black-Out Poetry + Art – It’ll be ton’s of fun. Don’t forget to register online (see link).

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Join IUS Senior Lecturer in English Michael Jackman as he shares his expertise in Black Out or Erasure poetry, which is a form of found poetry that is created by erasing words from an existing text and creating a poem. This can be achieved by simply marking through lines of text or by creating artwork around the text you wish to keep to create your poem. Mr. Jackman will teach what we need to know to create a poem and you create the art around it.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Visit, Events Calendar for more information.


Clarksville Library Black Out Poetry Flyer

Found on MixCloud – Subterranean Phrases Spoken Word & Music Improv

Okay, so this is pretty neat. I was searching the Web for info for my annual report at IU Southeast (performances, press, and such), and found a podcast of a poetry spoken word and music improv performance I did in October, 2013, for the Subterranean Phrases series at the Decca Restaurant in Louisville, KY.

9 October 2013: Poet Michael Jackman with Ryan McCaslin, trumpet and Matt Taylor, keys.

Roll on through the day with this rocker hit

This Credence Clearwater Revival composition created one of most memorable and famous opening riffs of a rock/pop instant classic. I’m talking about “Proud Mary” of course, and the lyrics evoke coming of age while working one’s way down the river in a modern, adult version of Huck Finn.

2 superior and free creative writing resources to help you get published

Sure, most of us writers with manuscripts to submit know about Duotrope and the AWP (Association of Writers and Writing Programs ), two long-standing and comprehensive Web sites with lists of contests and publications (AWP has jobs as well). The good news is that other excellent resources are around for you to use that don’t cost a subscription or membership fee. Here are two that I’ve used successfully:

crwopps (Creative Writing Opportunities list), run by Allison Joseph, will come right to your e-mail either in digest format or as individual mails, depending on your settings. I use individual e-mails for each opportunity to make it easier to sort and delete. But a warning – this list is so good that will mean a lot of stuff in your inbox. I use a separate e-mail account for newsletters and mailings to help me keep organized. Allison Joseph is the poetry editor at Crab Orchard Review. Sign up at

When crwopps went on hiatus during the winter holidays, Joseph was kind enough to refer her readers to Cathy’s Comps and Calls Web site, and so I discovered a second excellent and free resource. I highly recommend it. Compiled by Cathy Bryant on her WordPress site, the list only considers competitions and submission calls that have no reading or entry fees. Thanks, Cathy! Check out Cathy’s Comps and Calls.

My thanks go to Allison Joseph and Cathy Bryant for doing the detail detective work so that the rest of us can have an easier time with our careers.

Know a good resource? Post a comment and let us know. 

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