Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Week 1: Meet the Weekly Judges


Beth Gylys: Beth is a professor at Georgia State University and the author of Bodies That Hum (winner of Gerald Cable First Book Award) and Spot in the Book (winner of the Ohio State University Press The Journal Award in Poetry). She is widely published in such journals as the Paris Review, The Southern Review, The Kenyon Review, The New Republic, Antioch Review, Columbia Review, Limp Wrist and many others! Click here to check out a poetry sampler by Beth, which includes a poem that landed Beth in Drury's Poetry Dictionary.

Dana Guthrie Martin: Dana maintains an interesting and entertaining blog titled My Gorgeous Somewhere, and she co-maintains, with Nathan Moore, a blog titled Mutating the Signature. She is the creator of Read Write Poem, and her work has been published or is forthcoming in Blood Orange Review, A Handful of Stones, Fence, Knockout, Ouroboros Review, qarrtsiluni, and many more mags! Take a moment to check out her project titled Shore Tags.

Dustin Brookshire: Dustin is the founder of Project Verse, and he hopes you'll take a moment to Tweet about the competition and link it on your Facebook page. He is also the founder of Limp Wrist, an online magazine with queer sensibility, and Quarrel, a blog that aims to take readers on the journey of revision. He is currently seeking submissions for Queens of Poetry: A Tribute to Bosselaar, Duhamel, Laux, and Wier. Dustin has been interviewed on the Joe Milford Poetry Show, and his work has been published or is forthcoming in Ouroboros Review, qarrtsiluni, Ducts, Subtle Tea, OCHO, David and more.

Starting next week, Beth, Dana, and I will be joined each Wednesday by a guest judge. Project Verse's guest judges range from Pushcart Nominees to Pushcart Winners to NEA fellowship recipients to a Lambda Literary Award winner. Drop by Wednesday of each week to find out the identity of that week's guest judge!

What's at stake in the Project Verse competition
 a contract for a limited edition chapbook published by Limp Wrist
 a weeklong residency at Marilyn Nelson's Soul Mountain Retreat* (for the poet to revise and finish his/her chapbook)
 an interview with Joe Milford of “The Joe Milford Poetry Show
 a review of the chapbook that will be published in ouroboros review and Limp Wrist
 a year subscription to the Naugatuck River Review
 a copy of Best Gay Poetry 2008