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POET LAUREATE OF EDGEFIELD:
On Monday, March 2, 2015, the Town Council of Edgefield, South Carolina, voted to create the position of Poet Laureate of Edgefield, an honorary post lasting a renewable two years. I am proud to announce that I have been appointed the first occupant of this new post. I look forward to promoting literature and literacy in Edgefield and its surrounding communities, including the WORLD!
My new book-length narrative prose poem, Longevity, launched in October, 2015!
A review in Per Contra
in Spring 2016 calls Longevity
"a stunner, one of the important book-length poems of the 21st century." Go to the Poetry tab above and click on Longevity
for complete information. Go to Four Way Books to buy
NOTABLE BOOK OF POETRY 2015: The Papers Said
has been named a Notable Book of Poetry 2015 by Shelf Unbound, the terrific and beautiful online indie press review journal started four years ago by Margaret Brown. Check it out here
. Order The Papers Said
from Small Press Distribution
Order a copy of Degrees of Latitude
from Four Way Books
. It's been called "the first page-turner poem"! Read an excerpt, "The North Pole."
Read the recent profile of Four Way Books
on The New York Times Arts Beat blog
. The profile quotes several lines from Degrees of Latitude
. In addition, publisher Martha Rhodes says that my forthcoming book, Longevity
, is on her list of favorite upcoming publications!
A Sense of the Midlands:
Work by Laurel Blossom and other South Carolina poets concerning the mid-section of the state, edited by Cindi Boiter
and Ed Madden
. Available through Amazon
or through Muddy Ford Press
new writing inspired by the South Caroliniana Library Digital Collection. Poetry and prose inspired by and paired with historical photos from the Caroliniana Library
, edited by R. Mac Jones and Ed Madden
After Shocks: The Poetry of Recovery!
Includes an excerpt form Degrees of Latitude and many other fine poems by Martha Collins, Carol Ann Duffy, Thomas Lux, Donald Hall, Marjorie Wentworth, Annie Finch, Anna Rabinowitz, Dennis Ward Stiles, Barbara Presnell, Susan Meyers, Rita Dove, Kate Gale, Ed Madden, and others. 115 Poets from 15 Nations. Edited by Tom Lombardo. Order from Sante Lucia Books, www.poetryofrecovery.com
The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume I: South Carolina
is available from Texas Review Press
. Yours truly and many others, including Linda Lee Harper and Starkey Flythe, Jr., are included.
Enjoy poems from my earlier books and latest publications under the Poetry tab above or by clicking here
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