ACL 2014: Top Ten Field Recording & Soundscape


Originally posted on a closer listen:
Field recordings and soundscapes do much more than reflect the sounds of nature.  They also delve into local culture and artificial sound environments; they serve as travelogues, historical statements, and calls to political action.  An environment once captured is never the same, and some are disappearing. An exemplary field…

Boris Berlin ~ Soundtrack for an Imaginary Film


Originally posted on a closer listen:
The title may be a cliché, but the music is not.  New York composer Boris Berlin has simply been bold enough to use the phrase.  And so, yes, this is the soundtrack to an imaginary film (with an actual plot), but it’s also a work that might become the résumé for a…

Submissions are now open!


Originally posted on Reluctant Repose:
Reluctant Reprose is accepting submissions!  That’s right, we want you!  We want to feature writers and poets works to be analyzed and shared.  Look over your work, look over our submission guidelines and decide if you would like to be one of our next featured writers.  You may submit a…

Where can I send my poems? Part 1.


Originally posted on Roy Marshall:
Part 1. This post has nothing at all to do with the process of writing or with enjoying writing. But, regardless of whether you enjoy submitting to magazines or not, if you want to get your work published, you will need, at some point, to try and learn and understand as much as you can about the…

Putting a poetry pamphlet together.


Originally posted on Roy Marshall:
This piece is addressed to those poets who haven’t had a collection published before, so I’ll be covering what I consider to be the basics of putting a pamphlet together based on my own experience and including ideas and advice I’ve picked up from my reading and listening to others.…

Giving a reading


Originally posted on Roy Marshall:
This piece is for poets who are going to be reading a set of 10, 15 or 20 minutes, or perhaps longer – the sort of length you might read as a guest poet or at the launch of your pamphlet or book. I’ve been lucky enough to have given a few of these readings…

Some thoughts on not writing


Originally posted on Roy Marshall:
Header photograph by Clare Taylor This piece is for writers who are not writing as much as they would like and are worried about it.    I don’t like the term ‘writer’s block’. I don’t think it is helpful. That doesn’t mean I don’t have periods when I start to wonder if…

Where can I send my poems? Part 2


Originally posted on Roy Marshall:
Yes, you are a brilliantly creative person who writes wonderful poetry. We both know that. But if you want anyone to see your work  (and there are many good reasons for having work published, as expertly pointed out by Helena Nelson here,) you must approach the submissions process systematically and methodically.…