I just learned this week that my one and only chapbook, Flying Beneath the Dog Star: Poems from a Pandemic, will be published by Finishing Line Press as a semi-finalist for its Open Chapbook Competition 2020.
I wrote Flying Beneath the Dog Star in the first spring of our pandemic during National Poetry Month, using many of the poetry prompts offered by NaPoWriMo (napowrimo.net). These poems, written on the front porch of my cabin, are my journey through this strange and unknown world we are still living in. Who knew when I sought solace at 9600 ft amidst the birds in my little spot above the Arkansas Valley, grieving over the deaths of eighteen hundred, that almost a year later we would have buried almost a half million in this country alone, including my mother, my aunt, and my uncle?
Finishing Line Press received 402 entries and will publish the 14 poets who make up the list winner, shortlist finalists, and semifinalists. Congratulations to the fine poet, Maura Stanton, who won the competition for her chapbook, Interiors, and to all the other first rate women poets I will share this new journey with. And thank you to my sister, who was my inspiration for writing these poems that I hoped she would love, too.
I will share this publication journey as it continues to unfold. You can find the (almost) title poem of my chapbook at Kingsview & Co, published by the lovely Michael A. King, editor: To the Three Ducks Flying Beneath the Dog Star. Other poems in the chapbook (and a few of my bird photos) will appear shortly in the Raw Earth Ink poetry and art collection, Creation and the Cosmos: A Poetic Anthology Inspired by Nature.
12 thoughts on “Flying Beneath the Dog Star: Poems from a Pandemic to be published by Finishing Line Press”
So wonderful that these fresh poems have found an immediate home.
I can’t wait to check this out!
Kathryn, congratulations on these pandemic poems being awarded publication!
Congratulations! What a fine thing, and a generous announcement. I will be following this books journey to print. Thanks for posting. You are a beautiful poet.
Thanks, Carol (:
Congratulations, Kathy!!! We are so happy and proud of you!! We love your thought provoking and beautiful language-thank you for your meaningful thoughts and ideas.
You made it to my website! Thank you, Geri!!
I am so pleased to hear about this!
Kathy, I knew you’d lost your mother, but I didn’t realize you had a triple loss this year. I am so sorry. You have my deepest condolences. I read something recently I thought was true–a mother’s love is a treasure that God gives only once.
Looking forward to seeing you some day.
Neva Gronert AKC Breeder of Merit Clannad Border Collies http://www.clannadbordercollies.com
Oh, thank you, Neva.