The gift of poetry never gets old . . . Poem by Tami Porter-Jones

Tami wrote this poem in return for my support of Wasatch Word Smiths slam team in 2013. “Language, My Lover” is a beautifully written piece inspired by Rumi.

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These gifts of poetry go on forever! I love going back to listen to these great local poets who make it a point to give back with words.

Here are a couple of others by Jesse Parent and Gray Thomas:

For Trish Hopkinson – Flora and Fauna (Found Poem) by Jesse Parent

FREE spoken word album by RJ Walker

Click here to listen to the tracks and browse RJ’s selection of chapbooks.

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Anatomy of an Overdose “contains 13 poems detailing an EMT’s experience with overdose victims. Each poem is specific to the drug the victim took. This book of poetry is as entertaining as it is haunting. Free album track with purchase. Featuring the cover art of Chris Bodily.”

RJ Walker packs emotion into each recitation with the voice of a practiced, performance poet—both strained and quiet, both believable and engaging.

Specifically, “A Type of Sugar” has a notable sense of place, with references to the Great Salt Lake and the Wasatch mountains and includes uniquely original imagery—“the whiskey heart of a thousand suicide butterflies,” while “The Heroin” is a wild ride of metaphor from ballerina to addict.

Each track plays with well-selected background music, from blues artists such as Leroy Carr and Scrapper Blackwell to Beethoven’s Fur Elise.

According to RJ’s bandcamp page and Facebook page: RJ Walker is a Professional Presenter and Spoken Word artist on Salt Lake City, Utah. “What’s a spoken word artist?” you maybe thinking. Well, RJ Walker is proficient in multiple mediums of spoken word. Voice Over, Voice Acting, Creative Writing, Storytelling, Stand-Up Comedy, Performance (slam) Poetry. He also has experience as a Pitch Artist, and Product Demonstrator.

Calls for Submissions – Deadlines 12/31/14 (paying, non-paying, and free contests)


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For tips on how to submit, see my Submission Tips page.

Berfrois – Poetry Prize


DEADLINE: 12/31/2014

“Between now and 11:59:59 pm GMT on Sunday December 31, 2014, poets may submit to Berfrois, using its online submission manager, a single, original, poem in English which is not a translation, but may be in any mode or form, up to 300 lines.”

The Society of Classical Poets – 2015 Poetry Competition


DEADLINE: 12/31/2014

PRIZES: $500 & several $100

“Submit three to five poems, each of which does not exceed 50 lines. Please indicate if you are in high school so that you can qualify for the high school prize. The poems must be within the four themes used by the Society (at least one poem must be in the Falun Dafa theme or about the plight of the Chinese people under communism in general).”

Monkey Star Press is putting together two new anthologies


DEADLINE: 12/31/2014

PAYMENT: $25 – $200

“We are looking for content for two mom lit anthologies about 1) tantrums and babysitters, and 2) moms, children, and lack of sleep.”

Note, the deadline is coming up on December 31, 2014 to submit your “personal essay, creative non fiction, flash memoir, and non-essay content including poems, lists, top ten, dos and don’ts, humor or inspirational, up to 2000 words.”

“COMPENSATION: One to two free paperback copies of the anthology and compensation ranging from $25 to $200 (to be paid after publication based on a payment structure that is explained and outlined in the contract that you sign).”

Futurepoem is reading poetry manuscripts in the month of December

CATEGORY: Poetry Manuscript

DEADLINE: 12/31/2014

Their article by editor Dan Machlin in an article by American Book Review describes their philosophy, “Futurepoem is not small because we can’t. Futurepoem is small because we can. We embrace small. We draw strength from it. Our smallness empowers us to bring great care to the books that we publish and to the process that we use to select those books. Our smallness allows us to remain at a level of detail and consideration, which, were we significantly larger, would simply be impossible to maintain.”


CATEGORY: Non-paying Market

DEADLINE: 12/31/2014

Submissions Open: Currently open until December 31 for Issue #15 – Travelogue; open until March 21, 2015 for Issue #16 – He Said/She Said

Accepts: visual and audio art, poetry, literature, as well as essays, non-fiction, screenplays, collaborations and even letters home

Duotrope Listing – Want more insight into the editors’ preferences? Read the Duotrope interview with the editor(s).

Silver Birch Press: I am Waiting Series

CATEGORY: Non-paying Market

DEADLINE: 12/31/2014

“Poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti‘s 96th birthday rolls around on March 24, 2015. Let’s get a head start on celebrating this iconic author’s nativity by paying homage to his classic poem “I Am Waiting,” which first appeared in A Coney Island of the Mind — Ferlinghetti’s 1958 collection that, with over a million copies in print, is one of the most popular books of poetry ever published.”

“PROMPT: The trigger for poems in this series is “waiting.” What are you waiting for? Christmas? A new job? New home? New baby? Happiness? A trip? Godot? Whatever you’re waiting for, memorialize it in your “I Am Waiting” poem. If we get enough submissions, we’ll create a book of the poems as a big, beautiful birthday card for Mr. Ferlinghetti.”

Silver Birch Press: Alice in Wonderland Anthology

CATEGORY: Non-paying Market

DEADLINE: 12/31/2014

“November 26, 2015 will mark the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll — one of the most influential books ever written (for children or adults). To celebrate the occasion, we’re planning ahead — and getting started with the Silver Birch Press Alice in Wonderland Anthology, a collection of poetry, prose, art, collage, photography, and other work that celebrates this deep and delightful book.”

“WHAT: Poetry, prose, paintings, drawings, photographs, and other work inspired by Alice in Wonderland.”

carte blanche is accepting submissions until January 1, 2015


DEADLINE: 1/1/2015

PAYMENT: Modest Honorarium

Payment: “carte blanche pays a modest honorarium per submission. We hope to increase the amount in the future.”

Other sites to find Calls for Submissions with upcoming deadlines:

NewPages Classifieds – Calls for Submissions

Winning Writers – The Best Free Literary Contests

The Review Review Classifieds – Calls for Submissions

A lovely mention by Asian Review of Books for Desde Hong Kong: Poets in Conversation with Octávio Paz

Back in October my poem “My Monkey Grammarian” was published in a beautiful anthology and tribute to Octavio Paz. For details or to purchase, go to (See original post: It’s official… I’ve been published in Hong Kong!)

Recent press includes a review of Desde Hong Kong: Poets in Conversation with Octávio Paz in Asian Review of Books and a mention in Wen Wei Po, a Chinese-language newspaper.

Specifically about my poem, Asian Review said:

“What I see Paz teaching the poets in this anthology is the immateriality of home. Trish Hopkinson’s poem asks:

Is this path the poem — the journey
that dissolves into nothingness?

Such a nothingness is not absence, nor is it mere subtraction. It is the way

the shadow of Splendor recites verse
more naked than herself.”


Additionally, Desde Hong Kong was included in the Mexican Consulate-General’s official commemoration of Octavio Paz’s centenary. At the event, they opened a new gallery named after the poet and contributed a number of copies of the book to Hong Kong Public Libraries.

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Call for Submissions – Need inspiration? This call includes a prompt!

The First Line Literary Journal: It all starts the same but….

This unique format journal provides poets with the first line for each of their quarterly issues.

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From their site: “We love the fact that writers around the world are inspired by our first lines, and we know that not every story [or poem] will be sent to us. However, we ask that you do not submit stories starting with our first lines to other journals (or post them online on public sites) until we’ve notified you as to our decision (usually two to three weeks after the deadline). . . . We do not – nor will we ever – charge a submission fee, nor do we rank our stories in order of importance. Occasionally, we run contests to help come up with new first lines, or we run fun, gimmicky competitions for free stuff, but the actual journal is not a contest in the traditional sense.”

Below are their upcoming issues and first line prompts with deadlines:

Fairy tales hardly ever come true for quiet girls.
DEADLINE: February 1, 2015

Laura liked to think she was honest with herself; it was everyone else she lied to.
DEADLINE: May 1, 2015

The old neighborhood was nearly unrecognizable.
DEADLINE: August 1, 2015

George pressed the call button and said, “Mrs. Whitfield, you have a visitor.”
DEADLINE: November 1, 2015

Need a poetry fix or share your work with a world audience? World Poetry Open Mic is your cure . . .

Every Friday night at 8pm MT / 7pm PT tune in online to hear poetry or read your own. This show is in it’s third year and you can check out archive shows to see if it’s the poetry forum you’re looking for. (It appears they play music for about the first 30 minutes of the archived recordings, so you may need to skip ahead to the poetry show). The hosts are experienced and entertaining. Definitely worth a listen!

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If you’re going to read your work on the air, there are only a few basic rules:

1. Poems should be 1 to 3 minutes in length

2. No F-bombs

3. No hate speech

You can also follow WPOM on Facebook.


Slam This! Check out this local article/interview with my favorite slam poet Jesse Parent . . .

Watch the news clip about Utah’s local slam poetry scene and check out the interview with Jesse Parent.

If you’ve never been to a SLC slam poetry event, you’re missing out… even if you don’t consider yourself a lover of poetry, these events are pretty interactive, engaging and entertaining. Not to mention, Jesse Parent is one of the kindest and most spirited people I know. He’s been a great support of all things poetry/spoken word, etc. in Utah for years. Get out and support these talented locals! You won’t regret it.

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From the Slam This! article:

“Parent said: ‘You go to a Slam poetry reading and you’re going to see everything from really literary poetry that you would recognize in any classroom to big political rants to folks that are just pouring their story out on the stage. . . . I’ve had mostly positive responses. The best possible response you can have is for someone to come up you and say ‘Your words matter’ and that’s just brilliant.’

Slam poetry events are at Greenhouse Effect Coffee and Crepes, 3231 S. 900 East, Salt Lake City, on Sundays at 7:30 p.m. Call 801.466.3273 for more information.”

For more from Jesse:

- check out the many videos of his performances on YouTube

- go to the Jesse Parent web site to order his book, The Noise That Is Not You

- follow him on Facebook


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