Poetic Lives Online: Links by Brian Spears


I realize that NBA basketball is too pop culture-y for us at The Rumpus, but the poetry contest that the Miami Herald put together for the arrival of LeBron James has been too good to pass up. P. Scott Cunningham of the University of Wynwood has been running it, and had to cull through the 1100 entries today for the final judge. He tweeted selections from the entries today at @ladypythons. You should search the stream, and then follow him, as he’s a really good guy.

Check out the Twitter poetry party on Sunday at 9:00 p.m. EST with D. A. Powell, January O’Neil, Collin Kelley, Aimee Nezhukumatathil and 32 Poems. Use the hashtag #poetparty.

We Who Are About to Die interviews Don Share.

Interesting tweet from John Lee Clark in which he suggests he might not submit to journals which don’t archive content online. I hadn’t thought about that before, but I can’t disagree with it at first glance.

Finally, I’d like you to check out Send Julia to College. It’s a site by a poet and a friend of mine, Alice Pettway, who’s working as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mozambique. She’s trying to raise money for one of her students to attend college, and I’m trying to help spread the word. I’m mentioning it here because I know Alice personally and am willing to put my reputation on the line for her. If she says it’s a good cause, then I say it too.

Remember, you can keep up with Rumpus Poetry on Twitter.

Brian Spears

Brian Spears is Senior Poetry Editor of The Rumpus and the author of A Witness in Exile (Louisiana Literature Press, 2011). His poem “Upon Reading That Andromeda Will One Day Devour Triangulum and Come For Us Next” was featured in Season 9 of Motion Poems. More from this author →