So not only did you teach me about writing memoir, you also taught me about reading and thinking about how others write memoir. Thank you so much! Rebecca
Showing posts with label futurecycle press. Show all posts
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Monday, September 9, 2013

Free books and a new anthology

FutureCycle Press, a nonprofit publisher of poetry and flash fiction offers free books as promotions. See more at the link below.

Their new anthology based on the theme Malala and education for girls and women will be available soon.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Dana Wildsmith at Writers Circle in 2014


Dana Wildsmith, a writer and poet I admire, lives outside Atlanta on an old family farm. She has been teaching at John C. Campbell Folk School for years but I've not been able to catch one of her classes.

So I recently asked her to teach at Writers Circle next year, 2014.
She said she would love to. We have been working on a date for her class which is to be for non-poets, memoirists, novelists, etc. as Dana writes poetry and prose. 

Today, she sent me an email and I was delighted to see that my friends at FutureCycle Press are publishing her new poetry book,
Christmas in Bethlehem.

I think we will have to have Dana come back in the fall and teach a workshop on poetry, don't you?

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Call for Submissions - Poetry and Flash Fiction

My friends at FutureCycle Press are calling for poetry and flash fiction submissions now. Take this opportunity to send in your work Diane Kistner and Robert S. King put out good books. Check out their website below.

Call for Submissions

FutureCycle Press is now reading poetry and flash fiction written in the English language for books, chapbooks, and anthologies to be published globally in both print-on-demand and Kindle ebook formats. We read year-round, simultaneous submissions are okay, and we try to respond within three months or less. Detailed guidelines and to submit: Catalog: (Tip: Amazon’s “Look Inside” feature is a great free way to get a feel for what we like. Also see our Good Works and Archives tabs and Free Kindle Saturdays promotions.)


In 2013, FutureCycle Press introduced its Good Works projects, thematic anthologies with all proceeds donated to a related worthy cause. Previously published work is considered if all English-language print and digital rights have reverted to the author and a credit to the original publisher is provided.
Malala: Poems for Malala Yousafzai.Poems in honor, and in the spirit, of the young Pakistani girl shot on October 9, 2012, by the Taliban for bravely advocating for the education of girls in her region. Malala was runner-up for Time’s 2012 Person of the Year and has been nominated for a Nobel prize. We will publish this anthology to commemorate Malala Day, November 10, as declared by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon. Reading Fee: None. Deadline: August 1.
Homeland: Writings About Homelessness. Poetry and flash fiction on the theme of homelessness with an emphasis on understanding. Reading Fee: None. Deadline: None.
Our Place: Writings About the Earth. Poetry and flash fiction dealing with themes of the environment, climate change, humans in the context of our ecosystems, etc. Reading Fee: None. Deadline: None.
Metamorphosis: Writings About Aging. Poetry and flash fiction on aging: the good, the bad, the ugly, the transcendent. Reading Fee: None. Deadline: None.


Our tastes in poetry are eclectic; we ask only that you send fresh, well-honed work that hangs together well as a book. Our flash fiction line presents quick reads that can be serious or light-hearted, irreverent or quirky, fantastic or futuristic, or just plain fun. Include an acknowledgments page and bio with your submission. Reading Fee: $15. Deadline: None.


Our Selected Poems series will feature contemporary poets with a substantial body of work to their credit. Reading Fee: $15. Deadline: None.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Carole Richard Thompson reads at Writers Night Out Friday, June 14.

My friend and fellow Netwest member, Carole Richard Thompson published a lovely book of poems this year. The title is Enough. Haven't we all said that at times when we can't take anymore. That is not Carole's sentiments, however.

Carole is retired and lives with her retired husband in Blairsville, GA. The cover of her book is a painting by Carol done in 2012. This poet and writer is one of those extra-talented individuals.

Recently Carole and I read our work at the John C. Campbell Folk School. I have always been a fan of Carole's essays, short stories and poetry since I met her years ago. The last poems in her book are particularly poignant as she writes about the simple things shared between a long married couple, over fifty years, and declares them enough.

Here is one of her poems that touches me most:

Sitting on the Side of the Bed

He loves the morning as I do
in our sacred bedroom,
before the phone rings,
before we must dress,
when sleepiness still slows
our movements. We put off
thoughts of the day ahead,
sitting on the side of the bed.

He shuffles off to get coffee;
I raise the blind to the view,
pull sheet and quilt over pillows,
smoothing out the side of the bed.

The room welcomes our waking.
We're rested and happy here,
sharing secrets, facing problems,
sitting close on the side of the bed.

Mama says it ruins the mattress
if you sit on the side of the bed.
I used to feel guilt, but no more.
No, I would not trade this splendid hour
for a perfect mattress, unspoiled,
putting off thoughts of the day ahead,
sitting here on the side of the bed.

Enough by Carole  Richard Thompson, published by FutureCycle Press,

Mineral Bluff, Georgia, USA
ISBN 978-1-938853-28-9

Friday, September 7, 2012

100 Thousand Poets and you?

    Come be part of an international literary event!

September 29 is an internationally special day for poets and writers. Many of you may have heard of the 100 Thousand Poets for Change initiative. Basically this is an international fellowship of poets and writers who are concerned about the state of our world and nations. If you are not aware of this movement, please visit the official website at

As of today, more than 700 communities worldwide have scheduled events on September 29, and more are added daily. So let's get together and have our own voices heard!
As part of this international event, FutureCycle Press (Robert S. King) and Writers Circle (Glenda Beall) have scheduled an open-mic reading on Saturday, September 29, 2012, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The event will be held in the Grove Enterprises building located at 7540 Highway 64 West, Brasstown NC 28902. Brasstown is situated between Murphy and Hayesville NC and is about two hours from Atlanta or Knoxville. There is plenty of parking.
You are invited to come listen and/or read your original works of poetry or prose. Authors may also bring their books for sale at a table we provide. FutureCycle Press is particularly pleased to announce that it will have its new anthology, American Society: What Poets See, available for sale at the reading.

If you wish to read, please bring poems or prose pieces that do not exceed three minutes each. Depending on the number of readers, we may have time for more than one title per reader, so bring two or three of your works. Before the reading, please time your work to make sure it fits the allotted minutes.

We are not requiring that you read specifically on the subject of social issues, though you are encouraged to do so. It is more important that you show up and participate in whatever way you feel comfortable.

Please invite your friends and family as well. It would be helpful if you can let us know ahead of time if you plan to come and especially if you plan to read. An RSVP is not required, but having an idea of the numbers will help us plan the program. Please email Robert,, if you plan to come. Also mention if you will bring books to sell.

We hope to see you there!
Robert S. King and Glenda Beall
Directions to Venue:
From Murphy NC, take Highway 64 East toward Hayesville. Go 6+ miles and look for Grove Enterprises sign on left. Turn left at the driveway, go up the hill, turn left into the parking lot, and park on the side of the building facing highway 64. Once inside the building, please register at the front desk.

From Hayesville, NC, take Highway 64 West toward Murphy. Go 7+ miles and look for Grove Enterprises sign on right. Turn right in front of the sign, go up the hill and into the building's parking lot on the left. Park on the front side of the building facing Highway 64. Once inside the building, please register at the front desk.
Signs will be posted outside the building to help guide you.