Two years ago in the pages of this esteemed journal, I put down in black and white my writing resolutions for 2012. I checked back, for accuracy’s sake, and found that I did hold true to one or two resolutions: I still use my spell checker function and I still procrastinate (…but more on that later…perhaps.)
But in reviewing 2014, I’ve taken stock of these past 365 days. Admittedly, for me, this year has not been without its challenges, its dark times and its moments of celebration, occasions about which I have written very little if anything.
I truly hope to change that in this coming year. I will still carry a pen with wherever I go. It is always easier to find something on which to write than it is to find something with which to write.
Not only is it important for making the time to continue writing, it is also important to keep your eyes open for upcoming opportunities to get your work in print. Think about it. You have set your mind to it and you have promised those around you that this year, 2015, is the year you will get your poetry in print. We all know the drill and many of us have been there, done it, and have received either a complimentary copy of said publication or have received a semi-polite rejection letter for our efforts. But we did it. And this year, so will you.
A simple online search for “poetry contests” will provide in excess of 3 million results. Finding the mother lode of listings is the easy part. Finding the right contest is what matters. What to look for in reputable poetry contests has been discussed in this column before. Just remember a good rule of thumb: entry fees. If the contest does not require any entry fee, be careful.
But I digress. Aside from hoping to see local writers experiencing some measure of success on the contest front, there is also plenty of room to spread one’s wings, so to speak, on the Spoken Word front. The slam scene is growing and the Waterloo-Wellington-Brant region is alive with competitive slam poetry.
The Brant Rant (www.thebrantrant.com) is a gathering of slammers, meeting on a monthly basis at the Brantford Station Gallery, 5 Wadsworth St., in Brantford.
Guelph Spoken Word (www.guelphspokenword.com) meets regularly at the eBar, 41 Quebec St. in Guelph. Check out their website for upcoming events.
Kitchener-Waterloo Poetry Slam (www.kwpoetryslam.com) events feature slam poetry from a variety of venues across the K-W area.
But…sadly, all seems quite-ish on the local (Cambridge) scene. Let’s step up to it, people! Tell me the wheres, the whens, the whos…and the whys, if that’s important as well.
I’m looking for and predicting great poetic events in 20152 in and around Cambridge. I will also strive to write more poetry and to write more about poetry. I want to hear from you, the reader. What do you want to know or share about the world of poetry? Drop me a line. My email address is: [email protected]