Life has been crazy busy for me. I have been fortunate to receive a number of great submissions for OVS Magazine, and I have started the White Mountain Kitchen Sessions. Since I decided to start OVS Magazine with Stephen (my hubby), it has taken on a life I never expected. We envisioned a literary magazine that featured both black and white art and poetry. I have done poetry/art collaborative work with Mike Lewis in Halo, and loved working with the two mediums. This was the inspiration for the content for OVS Magazine. I am looking forward to the first edition next month, and all of the work on OVS Magazine between now and then. I have had a wonderful team working on OVS with me. Beth Page, my sister-in-law, an award winning illustrator and artist, and Cinnamon Stuckey a beautiful poet from Arizona.
My own submissions were put on the back burner for OVS Magazine, and the White Mountain Kitchen Sessions. In September Mike Lewis and I attended one of Mighty Mike McGee’s Kitchen Sessions. After Mighty Mike suggested that we start one in New Hampshire, I did. The first White Mountain Kitchen Session was a small event, as these things often are when they first start. It was lovely. Liz Ahl, my friend and an amazing poet of Plymouth New Hampshire was our featured poet. She read from her soon-to-be-published manuscript, “Luck.” My good friend Beverly Walker, from the D Acres Creative Writing Workshop I teach, read some of her poems for the first time ever! My two daughters also enjoyed reading their poems for the first time. The White Mountain Kitchen Sessions are a place for poets to read new work for the first time aloud.
Tonight I submitted to about ten journals! I am very excited about these poems. They were the first I have written and completed since graduating from New England College.
Good luck to all of you in whatever it is that makes you fly!