Howard-Johnson with KPFK Poet's Cafe
Host Lois P. Jones
Blog Aid's MaAnna Stephenson and I talk
about marketing poetry and the best way for a writer to
poetry to fiction to nonfiction and back again.
When I'm reading at open mics and book signings,
I find even non writers are interested
in these processes.
reads her poetry on a broadcast from Lillian and Dave
Moods of Motherhood: thirty poems by award-winning poets
Magdalena Ball and Carolyn Howard-Johnson, with original photography by May Lattanzio. A beautifully presented, tender and strikingly original
gift book, ideal for Mother's Day or any day when you want to celebrate the notion of motherhood in its broadest sense.
She Wore Emerald Then was
also named a 10 Best Reads by Reviewer
Military Writers Society of America 2010
Cherished Pulse contains twenty poems which look at love from a wise, mature, sensitive perspective. Never sentimental (forget Hallmark), the poems explore love in its many guises -- cherish, longing, sensuality, and that sacred place between desire and
consummation. For less than the cost of a single card, Cherished Pulse makes the perfect Valentine's Day or Anniversary gift for someone. Pair the book with a rose, and you've got the ideal gift for anyone you love.
Imagining the Future
As part of the special celebration gift book series, Carolyn Howard-Johnson and Magdalena Ball have
produced a new poetry chapbook focusing on fathers, husbands, and men in general. This makes a wonderful gift for Father's Day or
anytime you want to say something unique in a way that only poetry can to a special male in your life.
Named to Compulsive Readers
Top Ten Reads
Palms to Pines 50 Best Reads
Tracings touches chords--both major and minor--for readers interested in nostalgia, tolerance, culture and aging. The author traces her life's experiences and for her it feels like "a movie reel running backwards."
"[Both] poets continue to write poems that don't sound either like banal Hallmark cards or the
bitter-at-dysfunctional-family jeremiads that habitually torture MFA writing workshop participants."
~Kristin Johnson, screenwriter and
founder of the Warrior Poets Project
Imagining the Future
heroic to the mundane, the poems in this book are a
beautiful tribute to all fathers. The imagery these two
authors create with their words is profound and unique. Each
poem took me to a new place and all sparked a vivid memory.
These two gifted authors paint a vivid portrait on these
pages. True magic. ~
Darcia Helle for Book List
For She Wore Emerald Then
She Wore Emerald Then is more than a collection of poems; it is a collection of life. Each is poignantly written, taking the reader to the
brink of emotion as a memory long forgotten is evoked, only to resurrect another time and place as the page is turned. Not only filled with
beauty in its words, She Wore Emerald Then is filled with the complexities and challenges life visits upon us from conception to a last breath;
a verbal and visual experience from start to finish. ~ Jozette Aaron, editor of DeSilva's News
For Cherished Pulse
"... a pleasurable collection of buoyant, spirited poetry sure to pique the interest of the most discerning reader...Each verse a true
delight. . ~ Molly Martin for An Alternative Read
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Kim while you're at it. She does so much for poets and readers of
You can see from the photo of poets above how important it is to
associate with other poets. Look at those happy faces!
Take classes (this is a group from Suzanne Lummis's persona poem
class at UCLA). Join critique groups. Hold salons. Reading is good,
too, but it's a more solitary activity. So here's a writing prompt:
Look up persona poem on Google and try it. It's a little like
writing fiction. You put yourself in the shoes of another person (or
inanimate object) and write what their heart would say.
(Find tips on evey page of this Web site--and lots of helpful
Penumbra, Calif. State Univ. Stanislaus.
Literary journal: Short story, .Helper, 2003. Copperfield Review:
Excerpt TITP summer, 2002; Poem “Peril,” 2003. The Banyan Review:
Short story .Grandfather Rock, July, 2003. Sparks Magazine
Poem “Woman’s Day,” 2003. Subtle Tea
Poem “Woman’s Day,” 2003. The Feminist Journal:
Poem “Woman’s Day,” 2003. Yarrow Brook Review:
Poem ”Where I Am,” 2002. Flash fiction,
.Remembering Joe, 2003. Poetic Voices:
Villanelle “Adaptation,” 2003. Lunarosity:
Poem, “.Pleading for Sylvia,” 2004. Mochila Review:
Poem “Big Screen Snack,” 2004. Long Story Short:
Poems, “Bon Sai,”. 2004; “Woman’s Day,” 2004; Short
story, “A Not-So-Stupid-Crook Story,” 2004;
“Shopping on Robertson,” 2004; Poem, “Children Today
Don.t Have Enough Leisure Time,” 2004, “Musing Over
a New Calendar” and .”New Year,” 2005. Apollo’s Lyre:
Poem, “Deciphering Sound,” 2004. The Pedestal Magazine:
Poem, “Olvera Street Tutorial,” 2004. The Literary Mama:
Short story “Finding the Way,” 2004. The Journal of the Image Warehouse:
Poems, “The Dangerous Lizard of Gabon,” “Poetry be
Damned,” and “Perfectly Flawed.” Re)verb:
Poem .”Faith in LA,”.2005. Mindprints:
Allan Hancock College, Santa Maria, CA., Poem “Bon
Sai,” 2005. Edifice Wrecked:
Literary Journal, poem “Shelf Life,” 2004
Top 7 Business,
Edited by Christopher M. Knight Sunspinner Magazine:
Poem, “Olvera Street Tutorial,” 2005 The Beat
“Neighbors,” 2005 Mary, Mt. St. Mary’s College
Journal, 2005. Niederngasse,
an international journal “Eavesdropping at the
“Writers’ Faire,” 2005. Penwomanship,
Poem, “Antigua’s Hope,” 2005. Barricade,
Edited by John Newmark, “Upon Safety,” “Illusion”
and a “New Way to Think,” 2005. Travelers’ Tales,
Excerpt “Ever Heard of Terezin?” 2006. A-pos-tro-phe:
Poem “The Lecture: Incomplete Considerately
Abridged." Riley Dog:
Excerpt from a poem “The Lecture: Incomplete and
Considerately Abridged,” 2006. Subtle Tea,
edited by D. Herrle, Poems, “Learning About Sex When
All Else Fails” and “Another Day.” 2006. Under the Roc,
Poem, “Shelf-Life,” 2007 Lunarosity,
Short short story, “Artemis,” 2007. Muscadine Lines:
A Southern Journal , “Dandelions in Autumn,” 2007
Romance Writers Report:
“Query Letter No-Nos,” 2008. Coffee Press Journal,
poem, “The Fragile Art of Warfare,” 2007. Life in the USA,
short story, “A Not-So-Stupid-Crook Story,” 2007. Fiction Flyer,
flash fiction, “Trying to Love Artemis,” 2008. Pear Noir,
poetry journal, “Death by Ferris Wheel,” 2009. Montana, Writings from the River.associated with
State University’, poem ”Clarion Call,” 2009 Dash,
poetry journalof the Creative Writing Club and Department of English, Comparative
Literature and Linguistics at California State
“Long Before They Closed Down the Napster,” Spring
200? Long Range Literary Journal,
associated with Montana State University short story
“Grandfather Rock,” 2010. Manzanita Literary Journal,
associated with Calaveras Arts
poem, “Sacred Stories of the Sierras,” 2011. Solo Novo 2011: Wall Scrawls
published by Solo Press, a poem, “Inevitably Walls,”
2011. Cyclamens and Swords,
"Looking forward", "Asthma", "Agonal" and "Realizing
expectations on my own postpartum schedule,”
December 2011 Voices Israel
anthology, “Sympathizing with Tantalus,” June 2011.
www.voicesisrael.com Wine, Cheese and
Chocolate: A Taste of Literary Elegance, a poem "Big Screen Snack,"anthology, 2012, published by
Manzanita Press, edited by Monika Rose. Cyclamens and Swords:
Poem, "This Grave at Ypres," August 2012.
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tenured full professor of journalism. Carolyn's Sharing with
Writers newsletter is most useful for me--and for my
students. I emphasize to them that while research is 90% of
writing, and the actual writing is about 10%, there's another
100% out there called promotion. Carolyn shows numerous ways to
get the message to the mass media."
~Walter Brasch, author
"A decade of bettering writers' careers
with how-tos, tips, and publishing news."
believe a class on the basics of poetry (or
reading a good book on the same subject) can help any
writer write better. That includes business people who
must write blogs and business letters to advertising
copywriters to writers of headlines to novelists. Think
of what a grasp of metaphor, simile, alliteration, and a
handle on rhythm can do for your work!
Find at least one tip on writing, promotion or
tech on every page of this Web site.
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Thomas, Poetry by Magdalena Ball and Carolyn Howard-Johnson
"Cherished Pulse is full of poems that describe love from the eyes and
hearts of young and old. We see love in its youthful stage,
stirring the hearts of man and woman alike and tying a bond that even
death cannot break. As we continue reading, we understand that love
deepens into an awesome, but quiet joy as the couple grows older. These
poems renew our faith in love as they remind us of our own experience
with this most sought after emotion."
Lucille P Robinson for
Third in the Celebration
of Chapbooks with Magdalena Balls, written expressly for fathers "and
other masculine apparitions.
She Wore Emerald Thenis a book of
Moods of Motherhood:
thirty poems by award-winning poets Magdalena Ball and Carolyn
Howard-Johnson, with original photography by May Lattanzio. A
beautifully presented, tender and strikingly original gift book, ideal
for Mother's Day or any day when you want to celebrate the notion of
motherhood in its broadest sense. Share this collection with someone
Sublime Planetis an e-chapbook and paperback
published in the time-honored
of poets everywhere.
This collection of
ecologically oriented poems traverses a wide terrain, moving
from the loss of species to the beauty of the natural world,
from drought to the exploration of alternative planets. It's
an exhilarating collection that breaks boundaries and leads
the reader deep into the personal heart of perception.
Released by award winning poets Carolyn Howard-Johnson and
Magdalena Ball to celebrate Earth Day, this is a collection
of poetry that weaves the personal with the universal.
Photograpy by Ann Howley.
“Whatever your age these
poems celebrating women will
speak to you of times to look forward to or to remember. These are not
poems to be read once. They will stay with you forever.”
Nancy Famolari, author.
Tracings is winner of the Military Society of
America's Award of Excellence and named to the Compulsive Reader's Ten
Best Reads of 2005