We hope you are all enjoying spring, and getting into the spirit of National Poetry Month! If you’re in a bit of a writing slump, or too distracted by the gradually warming weather and lengthing days to keep your focus, you may want to check out the daily prompts available at http://www.napowrimo.net/ (fiction writers, don’t despair – they might be useful to you, too!) T. S. Eliot notwithstanding, April is looking pretty good for us writers, and hopefully this project will give you a nice little boost.

At Paper Nautilus, we’re busying ourselves with the excellent submissions you’re sending, and are looking forward to an excellent range of powerful work for our 2014 issue – which we’ll be taking submissions for until the end of August, so there’s still time!

We’re also busy with the production of our two prize-winning chapbooks, “From the New World” by Oriana Ivy, and “Mother, Less Child” by Jason McCall. Both should be available in time for the Massachusetts Poetry Festival (http://masspoetry.org/category/2014-festival/), which runs from May 2nd – May 4th, and we hope to have them available to debut at the Festival’s bookfair. Folks local to Salem, MA (or the greater Northeast, if you’re up for traveling) should definitely check it out: beyond the bookfair, there are panels, readings by some of the most popular poets in the country, other poetry-related activities, and it all takes place in a historical, coastal New England town. I’ll be leading a panel and reading on Sunday morning on poertry and Illness, alongside three stellar poets. If you’re interested in attending, you can find out more information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/807152729312227/

Also, don’t forget we’ll be opening up to chapbook submissions again next month, for our annual Vella Poetry Prize Chapbook Contest – open to prose, poetry, and any combination of the two!


Lisa Mangini