In poetry news, I just found out the other day that I made the short list for Kore Press's First Book Award. Since I had already seen the winner and two other finalists announced earlier and thought that was the last I'd heard of it, I was actually rather psyched to see my name on the short list. Winning is nice, but "almost" is still encouraging. There isn't always a lot of feedback in the writing world, so this sort of thing is what makes it easier to persevere. There's another contest deadline coming up, and I'm kind of excited now to polish the thing off, add a few new poems, maybe subtract one or two more, and send it out again.
I also just saw the cover for the issue of the Free State Review where my poem will be appearing this summer ... excited about that, too!
I had been feeling a little discouraged lately about the writing endeavor ... there is never enough time to do as much of it as I'd like now. I did manage to write a new poem recently, though, and am fairly pleased with it. I've actually written three since March, which isn't bad, actually. Not really bad at all.