Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Jazz & Blues Anthology ISO Poems

Why are all the really interesting calls for submission for poetry (previously published is okay):

CALL FOR POEMS: 21st Century Howlers: A New Generation Jazz and Blues Anthology

In the past ten to twenty years, a new generation of poets has emerged that seeks to expand and deepen the call-and-response tradition of Jazz and Blues music into the 21st century. Many of these poets may have not experienced a time when Blues or Jazz were the country’s common vernacular or were played with any heavy rotation on their local radio stations.

As we quickly approach the centennial of Jazz and Blues, this anthology seeks to gather the voices of a new generation of Howlers: those poets whose work embodies or addresses the musical traditions of Jazz and Blues, and who began actively publishing no earlier than 1995. Editors are particularly interested in innovative approaches, reinterpretations, and engagements with the contemporary socio-historical moment and/or Jazz and Blues scene. Each poet featured in the anthology will provide a shortcommentary or anecdote on the ways Blues and/or Jazz have affected their writing.

E-mails should contain a cover letter and submission as one attachment in Microsoft Word. Previously published work must be acknowledged in the cover letter. Submissions will be taken on an ongoing basis until March 15, 2010, e-mail

Co-editors of this anthology are Tyehimba Jess, Duriel E. Harris, and Patricia Smith.


DC-area author Leslie Pietrzyk explores the creative process and all things literary.