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Sunday, December 11, 2011

An Interview with Meanderings Poets

Diversion Press re-visits an interview with poets of Meanderings: A Collection of Poetic Verse.

This interview first appeared on our blog July 20, 2009.




In celebrating the release of Meanderings: A Collection of Poetic Verse, our first poetry anthology, we asked our poets a few questions about inspiration and writing. Here are their answers:


What inspires you to write your poetry?

“I am inspired by anything that emotionally and intellectually attract my five senses,” Richard Eric Johnson.

"I'm inspired to write when I think about the timelessness of the craft. Poetry is an essential component to human life, dating back to the very beginnings of recorded history, and such a large span of time is both intimidating and inspiring. So, I write because of the poetic tradition, because of all that has come before, and that, hopefully, has yet to be produced," Matthew Henningsen.

“Other poets inspire me as well as images and experiences from everyday life,” Cecilia Milanes.

“I write whenever the moment grabs me - most often while I am observing, listening or reading something or someone. I am mostly inspired by others' art, nature and human experiences throughout life - my own and those of others. Human experiences are so transferrable and almost every reader can relate to a poem, or interpret a poem in a way that resonates with their own experiences,” Nadine Stanford.

“My writing is inspired by my life. Everything I write is based on my interactions with the world and people around me,” Erika K. Lueker-Tarango.

“I don’t actually consider myself a poet. I’ve written very few poems. It was an interest in exploring a new medium,” Bill Mesce.

“There is nothing more inspirational for writing than going to a poetry reading or conference and being surrounded by other who are as in love with language as you are. For subject matter, I look to my backyard, my dogs, my family and anything else that I can spend time with. Sometimes I’ll immerse myself in a subject (like tomatoes, monkeys, trees) and see where that goes,” Allison Wilkins.

“It's in the genes; my family is made up of passionate readers and committed writers,” Nancy Carroll.

“I’m a suburban guy. Born & raised in suburban Long Island; I’ve raised my family here as well. My poetry reflects those experiences and values. I find inspiration in family, especially my children, in growing up in a suburban area--sidewalks and lawns--and in the growing older, with all that entails,” Tony Iovino.

“Extremes of emotions, joy, sadness, anger trigger much of my writing. A gorgeous nature scene or a great injustice, either spectrum excites my desire to write,” Jane Herschlag.

“What inspires me to write my poetry is the clarity I find from expressing my feelings and thoughts through evocative, direct and clear images and then the intimacy it can create when shared with others,” Mary Oliver.

“Poetry offers me a unique format to make an impact in about two dozen lines. I strive for poems that deliver a message that is clear and unmistakable. I have something to say and I think the reader is entitled to my opinion. And the fewer words the better. Every word counts,” Steven C. Levi.

“I spent many years working as a healer, and I think that I view poetry in some ways as a form of healing work. I love telling stories, and I love entertaining. I also love to play with sounds and words. Sometimes I write just because a phrase or a sound or an image is stuck in my head and I have to get it out before it drills a hole through my brain,” Kristen McHenry.

“My adult poetry is inspired by emotions. Hard times. Happy Times. Sadness or Grief. Love. Poetry is a way for me to work out my feelings. My children’s poetry is inspired by what else? Children. Sometimes they say the craziest things. Their words become the kernel for a rhyming picture book or a simple stanza for a children’s magazine,” Gail Krause.

“The world around me, my personal life, eavesdropping, my dreams and the books I read,” Jeff Williams.

“I am inspired by several things, especially nature in its beauty and ugliness as well as the existential horror of living in a country like Nigeria,” Adeshina Afolayan.

Is there a season or time of year that you are able to write more poetry?

“There is no particular time,” Cecilia Milanes.

“Not really. I am equally inspired by rain and snow - as one year living in Maine last year can attest to - as I am by sunshine and fine weather (I am now living in Dubai),” Nadine Stanford.

“I find that I write more in the fall and spring. They are seasons of change, tumultuous times between the warmth of summer and the harsh cold of winter. They are unpredictable seasons, when you are never sure if you need a raincoat or a silk fan. Also, the change of these seasons is tied to so many memories. The turning leafs reminds me of my college days and the budding flowers reminds of a childhood spent exploring,” Erika K. Lueker-Tarango.

“Because I am a professor, I have more time to write in the summer, although I try to make time each week during the semester to dedicate to writing. I find I write the best poems in the winter. I think it’s because I’m a fan of cold weather,” Allison Wilkins.

“I am always looking for ideas for poems so there is no season or time or year that is best. Truth is stranger than fiction and Ifind irony and poetic fodder in the newspapers, magazines, in what colleagues say and, of course, political speeches,” Steven C. Levi.

“I write more in the winter months (I live in Minnesota), because in summer my soul needs the outdoor air and sunshine,” Nancy Carroll.

“I write in spurts. I find that life events–births, funerals, weddings, birthdays, graduations– churn ideas and emotions, and lead me to write more,” Tony Iovino.

“A particularly chaotic time in my life can cause me to write feverishly, or cause me to withdraw from my passion of writing, but generally, the seasons do not influence my output,” Jane Herschlag.

“So far, I've been inspired during all four seasons, for different reasons and with different moods,” Mary Oliver.

“I don't have one season that I write more than others; my writing tends to flux more with what's going on at my fairly demanding job. However, I love the Fall, and feel the most inspired during that time. I need darkness and quiet to write, so the noise and heat of summer is hard on my muse sometimes,”Kristen McHenry.

“No, not really,” Jeff Williams.

“I find it easier to write poems in the last three months of the year, Halloween through Christmas. Holidays are big inspirations,” Gail Krause.

“Poetry for me usually results from terrible inspiration any time,” Adeshina Afolayan


How many poems do you write per year?

“It varies,” Cecilia Milanes.

“In the year to date, I have written more than 300 poems,” Nadine Stanford.

“I write every day. Sometimes it’s a line here or there, a stanza scribbled into a notebook. These will often become the puzzle pieces of my larger works. In terms of clean, polished, finished pieces? I write about fifteen a year,” Erika K. Lueker-Tarango.

“I’ve only written a handful of poems over some 30-odd years as a writer. I’m in awe of people who write poetry regularly,” Bill Mesce.

“I’ve never thought to count. I’d guess more than 10 and less than 20. And that would include real poems, ones that are revised over and over again, not bad drafts or writing exercises,” Allison Wilkins.

“I am new to poetry, (I usually write short fiction or essays); writing it seriously only the past three years,” Nancy Carroll.

“About 20 to 30, though many don’t make it past two or three lines,” Tony Iovino

“Since I run a peer workshop twice monthly I am disciplined to produce, and write between 100-150 poems per year,” Jane Herschlag.

“I've only been writing for two years and have written about three hundred poems so far, at a fairly steady pace. I assume I won't keep up at this rate, but I guess I have a lot of expressing to catch up on!” Mary Oliver.

“I probably average a poem a week. Of these only about ten are good and three are very good and one, maybe, is great. But my great poems are really those I have re-worked over and over again. There is no short-cut to quality,” Steven C. Levi.

“I tend to be very slow to consider a piece finished. Sometimes I'll work on one poem for months, although I'm always writing other poems at the same time, and experimenting with new ideas. Right now, I am in a poetry elimination competition called "Project Verse", and I'm learning to produce decent poetry very quickly, as we have less than a week to get our work up by the deadline. So, that's getting me a poem a week for now, until they kick me off the island! Outside of that, I'm happy to average twenty four good poems per year...about two a month,” Kristen McHenry.

“I'm trying to get back into writing poetry. At present, I maybe write two or three poems a year, but when I was actively writing poetry some 16 years ago I would write two to three poems a week and maybe one of those would be a keeper or something that I would choose to edit and revise. Hopefully I will get back to those days soon,” Jeff Williams.

“I write approximately 35-40 poems a year,” Gail Krause.

“An average of four or five,” Adeshina Afolayan.


What advice would you give to new poets?

 “Never get discouraged,” Richard Eric Johnson.

 “Write everyday, even if only for a half hour,” Cecilia Milanes.

 “Listen to what you hear. Be brazen. Share your art. Believe in yourself,” Nadine Stanford.

 “Write daily. Write hourly if you can. I have a stack of small notebooks that are tucked into purses, backpacks, pockets, so that I am never without somewhere to collect my thoughts. Also, read daily. Find poets you like, poets you don’t like, poets you think you might like and read the heck out of their works. Go back and read Ovid, dive into literary journals to discover someone who just published their first poem,” Erika K. Lueker-Tarango.

 “Voraciously read all the poetry – from narrative to experimental - you can get your hands on. Support the presses with your subscriptions to their journals/books. Then you help those who publish work and you familiarize yourself with what is going on in the writing world. And then write regularly. You can’t be a writer if you don’t write! The only way that you will develop as a writer is to read and write. And be patient,” Allison Wilkins.

 “I was stimulated by a professional poet who is also a college professor and is outstanding in both areas - Ms. Deborah Keenan at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN; and continual encouragement and support from my writer friends,” Nancy Carroll.

“Go to readings and listen to other poets. You'll hear some very good poetry, and some very bad poetry. It’s like a free creative writing class. And then, ass in seat and write. Finally, edit, edit, edit,” Tony Iovino.

 “I would suggest that new poets spend lots of time critiquing, and having their work critiqued by other poets. The old idea that teaching teaches the teacher, is very accurate; one learns as one pays close attention to and analyzes the work of others. I find that my work is dramatically improved after being workshopped by writers whose skills I admire. To me, revision is like playing in a sandbox, reshaping, redesigning my work. It is almost meditative,” Jane Herschlag.

 “The best advice I can give to new poets is to make your best poems great. No great poem ever started that way. They blossomed through a labor of love. There is not a dime in poetry so there is no reason to join the rush for fame and fortune. Take your time. Rewrite. Rethink. Rewrite. And ignore people who think you are ‘different’ because you write poetry,” Steven C. Levi

“Read as much as poetry as you can. Read "Writing Down the Bones" by Natalie Goldberg. Look for a trustworthy mentor, but be very discerning. Try mastering a few types of formal verse. What you learn from that discipline will pay huge dividends down the road, even if you only want to write free verse,” Kristen McHenry.

“Write regularly, even if it is only one or two hours a week. Set aside a specific time and write, write and write. Also, read. Read lots of poetry, be aware of what is out there and what other poets are doing. Make writing poetry and reading poetry a discipline. You cannot write too much and you cannot read too much and you do not have to keep everything you write,” Jeff Williams.

“Don’t force the rhyme. If it flows from your mind fast, it usually works. If you must ponder the meter and rhythm or search for a “good” matching word, it usually doesn’t,” Gail Krause.

“Write, don't edit too much and have fun. Don't be afraid to share,” Mary Oliver.

“Listen to your muse!” Adeshina Afolayan.

In your opinion who historically is the most influential poet to you?


“I have been deeply inspired by Jack Kerouac, Leonard Cohen, and a host of traditional German poets. It helps immensely to be fluent in at least one foreign language and experience another culture's poetic insights,” Richard Eric Johnson.

“I think that Pablo Neruda is most historically influential because he's influenced all the poets I admire,” Cecilia Milanes.

"I'll always be attracted to T.S. Eliot. His verse, dealing so heavily with the concept of time, with the movement of human history, will always sound a chord. His "Four Quartets" is undoubtedly one of the most important literary works of the 20th century,” Matthew Henningsen.

“Rainer Maria Rilke (translated into English) has been the most influential poet for me,” Nadine Stanford

“Historically, it’s Byron. But not for his work, but his life. There is something amazing in the idea of being free and young and reckless. Of being lost in your own romanticism and ending up the Quixote of your own story. Plus I have unwittingly fallen in love with a series of Byronic Heroes, many of whom have found their way into my poems and stories,” Erika K. Lueker-Tarango.


“For me personally, Sylvia Plath is the most influential poet. A close second is Elizabeth Bishop,” Allison Wilkins.

“There is no one; though I fell in love with Shakespeare in high school,” Nancy Carroll.

“J R Turek. She is a local poet-activist here on Long Island. She has urged me, and countless others, to write and really enjoy poetry,” Tony Iovino.

“Edna St. Vincent Millay and Sharon Olds were my first inspirers. Millets ability to soar, and Olds’ attention to minute detail were crafts that I knew I had to incorporate in my work if I wanted my poetry to move others,” Jane Herschlag.

 “Ferlinghetti, Homer, Shakespeare, Coleridge, Harte, Guthrie,” Steven C. Levi

“To me personally, it was Anne Sexton. I credit her with saving my life. I think that she broke down a lot of barriers and taboos for women, and opened up a whole new territory for us,” Kristen McHenry.

“There is no one most influential poet for me. Certainly Walt Whitman is one I would mention and in reality all of the Prophets of the world's religions were first and foremost great poets and their influence is undeniable. In terms of recent poets, the historically remembered I have to include Jorie Graham, Joy Harjo, W.S. Merwin and Marvin Bell. In terms of poets I have known or met ( the personal historical) and who influenced me and gave me personal inspiration there is Michael Fitzgerald, Roger White, William Stafford and Jim Simmerman,” Jeff Williams.

Don't forget that we are currenlty accepting poetry for our new anthology and contest. Check out this blog and our website http://www.diversionpress.com/ for details.

If you need to purchase a copy of Meanderings: A Collection of Poetic Verse, click here.


Saturday, December 10, 2011

A Closer Look at Meanderings: A Collection of Poetic Verse

Diversion Press
Presents
Meanderings


A Collection of Poetic Verse
Meanderings: A Collection of Poetic Verse (Diversion Press, distributed by Ingram, $9.95; Publication Date July 5, 2009) combines the work of an array of first time published and seasoned poets. This collection is for a general readership and includes the winners from the Diversion Press annual poetry contest. There is something for everyone in this anthology.
Within the 136 pages of the anthology you will find poems from over 40 poets including the five winners of the 2008 Diversion Press Poetry contest: 1st “Richard” by Steven Levi, 2nd “The Shepherd Protects” by Deborah Finkelstein, and 3rd “Answering a Call from an Unknown Caller” by Allison Wilkins. Our two honorable mention poems went to “For the Love of the Game” by Erika K. Lueker-Tarango and “Miss America” by Kristen McHenry. Meanderings purposefully does not have a table of contents in the hopes that readers will meander through the entire book.

Meanderings: A Collection of Poetic Verse     Diversion Press, Poetry Anthology
Distributed by Ingram and returnable
ISBN: 978-1-935290-02-5
Paperback, 136 pages, $9.95
Publication Date: July 5, 2009


Meanderings list of poems and poets:


Meanderings:  A Collection of Poetic Verse

 Table of Contents
“Madeline’s First Poem” Madeline Thompson
“Richard” Steven Levi
“The Shepherd Protects” Deborah Finkelstein
“Answering a Call from an Uknown Caller” Allison Wiklins
“For Love of the Game” Erika K. Lueker-Tarango
“Miss America” Kristen McHenry
“Military Jacket” Joe Moffett
“Burnet Park Zoo” Katharyn Howd Machan
“Once Upon A Time” Paula Burkhart
“Storms” Angie Mingari
“Explaining” Allison Wilkins
“Without A Thought” Nayyar Shabbir Ahmad
“In Sleep’s Oasis (for Judith)” Michael Shorb
“Memories of a Dead Stranger” Jerome Teelucksingh
“The poet” Jaume Munoz
“Sweet Hibernation” Christa A. Bergerson
“Summer, 1968” Tony Iovino
“She decided” Jaume Munoz
“Cacophony at Dawn” Holly S. Boker
“Spill Forth Your Heaven, a prayer for rain” June Avant
“Elephants, Tigers, Lions, Giraffes, Crocodiles, Hippos, Snakes etc.”  Cecilia Rodriquez Milanés
“An Untitled Love Song for an Untitled Time” Matthew Henningsen
“I Just Wanted To” Sandy Feinstein
“Circular Logic” Jennifer Coates
“Beyond Sleighs & Saddle Shoes” Cherise Wyneken
“What I Remember” Bill Mesce, Jr.
“Summers on Woodbridge Lake” Stephanie Mack
“Where & When?” Tony Iovino
“Target” Stephanie Mack
“Lightening” Nayyar Shabbir Ahmad
“Good Morning” Ivan Greenberg
“Southern Rails…” Karen Devaney
“Baggage” Kristen McHenry
“Immigrant Sense” Giuseppe M. Fazari
“The Mailbox That Was Broken”  Natasha Pomakoy
“A Voice” A.F. Eidsness
“Whose feet are these anyway?” Jennifer Coates
“Wasteless” Deborah A. Belle
“All I wanted was a quiet cup of tea” Erika K. Luiker-Tarango
“Haiku Breakfast” Holly S. Boker
“One Big Database” Ivan Greenberg
“Hijacked,” Jennifer Coates
“Snow” Stephanie Kajpust
“Unspoken” Nayyar Shabbir Ahmad
“I’ve Got a Place” A.F. Eidsness
“Taking Freedom” Stephanie Kajpust
“Folded Fingers” Nadine Stanford
“Stinging Praises” Deborah A. Belle
“Beauchamp Point” Nadine Standford
“Elusive Kernel” Jeff Williams
“Where Do They Hide the Untold Stories” Jeff Williams
“(In)dependence Daze” John Walker Davis
“Simple Regrets” Antonio Thompson
“Service Station” John Walker Davis
“Curing Memory” Allison Wilkins
“Hard Work” Jeff Williams
“My Golden Lady” Gayle C. Krause
“The Table” John Walker Davis
“The Falling Clouds of Provence” Matthew Henningsen
“Phantom Father” Gayle C. Krause
“Snake Charming” Richard Eric Johnson
“No Passports Required for Boarding” Matthew Henningsen
“Here There Everywhere Then Now”  Jayne Fenton Keane
“Billy” Sandy Feinstein
“Roundabout” Paul Handley
“The Trap Ease” Richard Eric Johnson
“Let Come the Gentle Rain” Bill Mesce, Jr.
“Oh Mr. Willow” Christa A. Bergerson
“Frenzied Forsythia” Jane Herschlag
“Garden of Hope Letter #2” Dena Hawes
“Deception” Nayyar Shabbir Ahmad
“Precious Memories” Jerome Teelucksingh
“Perennials” Cherise Wyneken
“Ode to Echinacea” Deborah Finkelstein
“Scorched Memories” Renata Bur
“Obese Bumblebee” Jane Herschlag
“Olympic Torch in San Francisco” Michael Shorb
“Holey Stories” Tony Iovino
“You won’t do it” Jaume Munoz
“Too Bad” Steven Levi
“Reunion” Cherise Wyneken
“If you Miss Me” Nancy Lanthier Carroll
“A Red Balloon”Barbara R. Vance
“Kudzu” Joe Moffett
“Grocery Store Romance” June Avant
“Choose Bravely” Nancy Lanthier Carroll
“Lost Love” Cecilia Rodriguez Milanés
“Fell Apart” Nathaniel O’ Reilly
“Salvation” Paula Burkhart
“First Steps” Angie Mingari
“The Fence” Amy Thompson






Thursday, December 8, 2011

A Closer Look at People Poetry


Diversion Press
Presents
 People Poetry:
By People, For People, and Sometimes About People

People Poetry is the second poetry collection published by Diversion Press, following up on the success of the first anthology, Meanderings: A Collection of Poetic Verse.  People Poetry includes over sixty poems by over sixty different poets. You will find writing by the beginner poet as well as the seasoned writer. I bet you won't be able to tell which is which! This collection is by People, for People, and sometimes about People. It's People Poetry!
In People Poetry no more than one poem per poet was selected.  This allowed a wide variety of poets to be included.  People Poetry was not only a poetry collection, but also a poetry contest. 

Several entries stood out and are our contest winners. Congratulations!
1st Place--Francis DiClemente for "St. Peter's Cemetery"
We love a surprise ending! 

2nd Place--Jeremy Hockett for "The Me I Never Was..."
What a great poem! 

3rd Place--Kirsten Crase for "Glue for a Broken Teacup" 
Who hasn't been broken? 

Honorable Mention--Vicky Gilpin for "Everyone Said You Were Perfect"

Honorable Mention--Linda Loegel for "Las Vegas"     

People Poetry: By People, For People, and Sometimes About People    
Published by Diversion Press
ISBN: 978-1-935290-19-3
$9.95, 88 pages, paperback
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People Poetry
Table of Contents

Hominy Cherilyn Fienen
Mariners harbor Karl Madden
Pick me, pick me! William J. Joel
Requiem Alan N. Webber
I said that I didn’t want to have another birthday Amy Thompson
Intaglio Landscape 13 x 12 (planting tulips) Jason Haladyn
Mixed Marriage Betty Mermelstein
My Head Anthony Statile
Planning Ahead Ellen Friedman
Sunday Times Amanda Graham
Poisoned! Madeline Thompson
Addiction Johnathan L. Carter
The Nature of Contradiction Pauline Ada Uwakweh
Time Suanna H. Davis
Human Zoo Giuseppe M. Fazari
March Aspen Deborah Finkelstein
hodie mihi, cras tibi Ming Hwa Ting
Ode to an asparagus peeler Heather McMahon
Summer’s End Nathanael O’Reilly
A Memory As I Turn Twenty-Seven Anne Valente
Life is Silent… Prince Jacon
Las Vegas Linda Loegel
St. Peter’s Cemetery Francis DiClemente
Craving Tofu Joseph Robert White
At Age 36 Louis E. Bourgeois
The Last Chestnut Jonathan Steinklein
Damsel Without Distress Kathleen Kimball
UNTITLED Elizaveta Provorova
The Me I Never Was… Jeremy Hockett
At the Blue Mosque Scott H. Boyd
2nd Avenue Genevieve Joyner
A Poem About My Family Brian Behnken
The Tall Oak Nathan Andrew Wilson
Second-year cub Jean Maria Arrigo
Dinner at Eight Jennifer Coates
The beggars:  a reply to a cold society Jerome Teelucksingh
4am Michael Oliver
Antipasto Christa A. Bergerson
Barometric Time Rebecca Peabody
An Ice Valley Miha Pintaric
Pencil Cup Colleen Anderson
Glue for a Broken Tea Cup Kirsten Crase
On visiting the grave of the gypsy queen James Kelley
Search Himadri Roy
The Birds Now Sing Wendy A. Sarti
Gingerbread Lady (Version 2) Michael Lee Johnson
Threads Irena Praitis
The Reckoning’ Richard Eric Johnson
A Questionnaire for Determining Those Deserving of Care Kristen McHenry
Hunter Gatherers Herb Herschlag
My Mandy Lois Carlson
Alone Karen Devaney
Life’s Lights Candace Saunders
Untitled Steven C. Levi
Bonsoir, Madame Recamier Matthew Henningsen
A Clean Sweep Kathleen Bullock
Excavations Pam Laskin
Everyone Said You Were Perfect Vicky Gilpin
Gratuitous Filler Antonio Thompson
Strip Mine Susan DeVan
The Common Public Jamie Taylor
You called me “Sir” Adeshina Afolayan
Confused Articulation Lisa M. Hase
Untitled Serena Guarracino
so it seems Austen Roye
In the space between Karissa Jekel
Snap Brianna Thompson






Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Diversion Press Celebrates Poetry

Welcome to the Diversion Press celebration of poetry.

Over the coming days Diversion Press will feature blogs about poetry, poets, a giveaway, and a call for new poetry.

Stay tuned to the Diversion Press Blog for details.

Be sure to Follow the blog and check out our winter sale.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Giveaways

Readers,

Don't forget our two winter giveaways.  We only have two entries, we know that there are more readers out there.

Look above on the tabs for the Winter Giveaway tab for details.

Then, just Follow the blog and post a response and you are entered.  The books would make a great addition to your library or a gift for someone this holiday.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Pam Laskin and Visitation Rites appearing in Brooklyn at the Perch Bar and Cafe in Park Slope

---A DECEMBER LITERARY EVENT---


LASKIN * Di IORIO * BOCK

CELEBRATE THEIR EXTRAORDINARY DEBUT NOVELS

 ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1 AT 7:30 pm

Perch Bar and Café in Park Slope, Brooklyn



         Pamela Laskin, Visitation Rites, Lyn Di Iorio, Outside the Bones, and Caroline Bock, LIE, will read from their new novels on Thursday, December 1st at 7:30 pm Perch Bar and Café in Park Slope 365 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

                                                       
ALL INVITED! FREE EVENT! CELEBRATE WITH US!

COMPLIMENTARY WINE AND TREATS FOR ALL   

A VERY SPECIAL LITERARY EVENING

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Giveaways

Readers,

Don't forget we having two giveaways for the winter.  Go to our giveaways page for detals here or just scroll down through the blog.

Also, we are having our huge winter sale, so be sure to check that out.

If you have any questions, please email us.

Thanks.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Poetry for review

Diversion Press is seeking reviewers for our poetry anthologies.  We would love to see our books featured on your blog, in print, and on Amazon.

If you are interested, please contact us at diversionpress@yahoo.com

Our books are:

Meanderings:  A Collection of Poetic Verse
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AND

People Poetry:  By People, For People, and Sometimes About People
See it at Amazon




Sunday, November 27, 2011

Winter Giveaway 2: What will you do for the winter holidays?

What will you do for the winter holidays?

Diversion Press would liked to get a conversation started about what people plan to do, or normally do, for the winter holidays.  Please share your stories.

We are also going to giveaway a free book to someone just for posting a comment. Go to the bottom of this message and click the Comment Button

Prize:

The winner will have their choice of one of the following of our recently published books:
People Poetry
Notary Public Enemy
Visitation Rights

Rules:

You must post and Follow the Blog.
Free books are shipped to U.S. addresses only.
We will announce the winner on our blog, please check back.
You can only win once.

Winners will be randomly using Randomizer.org.
The winner will be announced at noon on central time December 12.
Please check back.

All responses must be approved before being posted, so please make sure that you use appropriate language.

Thanks!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Winter Giveaway 1: What did you do for Black Friday?


What did you do for Black Friday?
Diversion Press would like to get a conversation started about what people did for Black Friday.  Share your horror stories, bargain stories, or stay at home stories.

We are also going to giveaway a free book to someone just for posting a comment.  Go to the bottom of this message and click the Comment Button.

Thank you and Happy Black Friday!

Prize:
The winner will have their choice of one of the following of our recently published books:
People Poetry
Notary Public Enemy
Visitation Rights

Rules:
You must post and Follow the Blog.
Free books are shipped to U.S. addresses only.
We will announce the winner on our blog, please check back.
You can only win once.
Winners will be randomly using Randomizer.org.
All responses must be approved before being posted, so please make sure that you use appropriate language.
Winner will be announced at noon central time on December 12.

Diversion Press Winter Sale—now through the end of 2011!
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Orders received on or before December 10, will be shipped no later than December 12th. Orders received after December 10 will be filled and shipped as they are placed.

German Jackboots on Kentucky Bluegrass: Housing German Prisoners of War in Kentucky $12.00

Notary Public Enemy $8.00

Far Corners $8.00

The Darling Rebels $8.00

Urban Falcon $8.00

Ellabug $8.00

In the Shadow of the Big Apple $7.00

Wanderland $7.00    

I Can Make Out With Any Girl Here $8.00

Broomsticks $6.00

Halloween Kentucky Style $6.00

One Woman’s Life $8.00

If You Don’t Like Worms Keep Your Mouth Shut $8.00

Visitation Rights $7.00

Dakota: A Work in Progress $7.00    

Meanderings: A Collection of Poetic Verse $5.00

People Poetry: By People, For People, and Sometimes About People $5.00

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Diversion Press Authors and Poets

Dear Diversion Press Authors and Poets.

If you have a contracted book with Diversion Press, whether published yet or not, or had a poem in one of our two anthologies, you should have received a letter via E-mail from us today.  If you did not and would like to get that letter please send us your new contact information and/or check your spam filter to ensure that our letter got through.

Thanks!

Diversion Press

Thursday, November 24, 2011

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From Diversion Press

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Far Corners

Far Corners by Kathleen Bullock is a great read for Christmas or the winter.


  Once upon a Christmas Eve, the Brooks children, Matt, Jan and Willie, stumble through a portal in time and find themselves, along with their run-down old home, transported back to 1747, Colonial Virginia. A ghost has been haunting their house, which had once been a traveler's inn, for well over 260 years. Adventure and danger await the children as they try to free the elderly ghost by reuniting her with her son - but they only have until midnight to accomplish their mission. If they don't bring James Danbury back to the Inn before the deadline, the children may be trapped forever in the past. The setting and characters of the story show the complex world that existed in Colonial America in the era before the Revolutionary War, and readers will find some historical surprises!


You can view the Youtube book trailer here.

And you can visit Kathleen's webpage here.

Finally, order from Amazon here.

You may also order directly from Diversion Press.  Just send us an Email at diversionpress AT yahoo.com



Diversion Press Books

Dear readers,

If you are looking for Christmas or holiday gifts be sure to check out the Diversion Press catalog.  All of our books are available through Amazon, other online retailers, and can be ordered through any bookstore.  You may also direct order them through us.  Visit our webpage at www.diversionpress.com and keep following our blog www.diversionpress.blogspot.com

You may email us with any questions, to order, or to submit materials at diversionpress AT yahoo.com

Friday, September 2, 2011

Decatur Book Festival Updates

Diversion Press

Booth 618
Decatur Festival of Books
September 2 and 3, 2011

Events and Pricing

Author Events:  Saturday and Sunday Signings

Tony Iovino Notary Public Enemy

Sean McHugh and Katie McHugh Parker Broomsticks

Antonio Thompson German Jackboots on Kentucky Bluegrass: Housing German Prisoners of War in Kentucky, 1942-1946
Hourly Giveaways

Special Event Pricing

German Jackboots on Kentucky Bluegrass: Housing German Prisoners of War In Kentucky by Antonio Thompson $15

One Woman’s Life by Irena Pratis $15

An Easy Guide to Making Homemade Baby Food by Adrianne Hunter $10

I Can Make Out With Any Girl Here by Ryan Nemeth $10

Ellabug by Gregory Turner-Rahmen $10

Notary Public Enemy by Tony Iovino $10

Wanderland by Robert Bresloff $10

The Darling Rebels by Siobhan Nichols $10

Urban Falcon by Jennifer Caloyeras $10

If You Don’t Like Worms, Keep Your Mouth Shut by Linda Loegel $10

Halloween Kentucky Style by Charles Suddeth $9

Visitation Rights by Pamela Laskin $9

In the Shadow of the Big Apple by Tom Piantanida $9

Broomsticks by Sean McHugh and Katie McHugh Parker $9

Meanderings: A Collection of Poetic Verse $8

People Poetry $8

Far Corners by Kathleen Bullock $5

Visitation Rites by Pamela Laskin, $9.95, 118 pages paperback, contemporary young

adult.

Visitation Rites is a contemporary coming of age story. Pati must live with a mother who suffers from mental illness. When her father leaves her mother and marries again, Pati is given a second chance at a normal life, including a new stepmother, new home, and even new friends. One thing stands in the way of Pati's perfect new world, the visitation rites of her biological mother. Each week Pati must meet her mother, even if it means lying to her new friend Jayne. Pati will soon learn that Jayne is more like her than she ever imagined.


Notary Public Enemy by Tony Iovino, $14.95, 260 pages paperback, legal, mystery, thriller

Peter De Stio is a fallen star litigator, his marriage, family, and partnership in a premiere Long Island law firm long gone, settling uneasily into a quiet post-rehab life until scandal erupts thrusting him back into a world he thought he had left forever. Fake deeds have been filed and mortgages taken on a former client's properties. Millions of dollars are missing, and conspirators are turning up dead. The only lead is Peter's signature and notary stamp, which appear on the forged documents. His solitude shattered, he must defend himself against accusations of murder and fraud, a disbarment proceeding and a civil suit. His new life threatened, he is reluctantly forced to rely on old skills and the help a network of young lawyers, the old friends and clients still willing to talk to him and twin toddler nephews to find the truth about who he is, and the path to redemption.

German Jackboots on Kentucky Bluegrass: Housing German Prisoners of War in Kentucky, 1942-1946, by Antonio Thompson, history, 324 pages, paperback, $24.95

Dr. Antonio S. Thompson's work describes the story of Kentucky's housing of nearly 10,000 German prisoners of war during World War II. Who knew that while American boys were away at war, the enemy was housed right in our own backyards. Learn how these men lived, played, worked, and even helped the labor starved home front in Kentucky counties.

“Thoroughly researched and well documented, the book may focus exclusively on Kentucky but is an excellent springboard to further study of a neglected topic.” The Library Journal.

“The well-researched German Jackboots on Kentucky Bluegrass is a welcome addition to the growing canon of World War II studies on German prisoners of war incarcerated in the United States. The chapter on Nazi/Anti-Nazi conflicts is of particular value because this subject has received so little attention. Few Americans know that their government executed fourteen German POWs for murdering fellow prisoners. Even less has been written about short-handed camp commanders who allowed ardent Nazi prisoners to threaten and physically maim progressive fellow prisoners, all in the name of order,” Dr. Lewis Carlson, Ph.D., author of We Were Each Other's Prisoners: An Oral History Of World War II American And German Prisoners Of War.

Broomsticks by Sean McHugh and Katie McHugh Parker, children’s, 66 pages, $9.95

Pocky McGuire has no idea why she is different. No one else in her family can levitate books or freeze and angry dog in his tracks. She felt alone in the world until one day she met a strange boy with a goatee. Unlike Pocky, Stamp had no doubt who he was. He was raised by witches and he was a witch. Upon meeting Stamp, Pocky hoped to befriend her magical counterpart and learn a few tricks of the trade. Stamp, however, wanted no part of anything or anyone mortal, including Pocky. Will it take magic to bring these two kindred spirits together? The real magic of Broomsticks is not about the witchcraft! It is about the magic found in a special friendship and the magic of being yourself!


Don’t Forget to Stop By Booth 618 and register for our Free Hourly Giveaways.



Decatur Book Festival

The Decatur Book Festival is happening on September 3 and September 4 just outside of Atlanta, Georgia. 

Please visit the Diversion Press Booth at Booth Number 618.

We will have authors Antonio Thompson signing German Jackboots on Kentucky Bluegrass; Tony Iovino signing Notary Public Enemy; and Sean McHugh and Katie McHugh Parker signing Broomsticks.

There will be special book pricing for the fair and also hourly giveaways.

We look forward to seeing you all at the Decatur Festival of Books.

Link to the AJC Decatur Book Festival here

Signing Schedule to follow soon.








Monday, August 15, 2011

New Release from Diversion Press: NOTARY PUBLIC ENEMY By Tony Iovino

NOW AVAILABLE

Notary Public Enemy by Tony Iovino is the most recent publication from Diversion Press.

Join us in celebrating this new author and his first book.




Peter De Stio is a fallen star litigator, his marriage, family, and partnership in a premiere Long Island law firm long gone, settling uneasily into a quiet post-rehab life until scandal erupts thrusting him back into a world he thought he had left forever. Fake deeds have been filed and mortgages taken on a former client's properties. Millions of dollars are missing, and conspirators are turning up dead. The only lead is Peter's signature and notary stamp, which appear on the forged documents. His solitude shattered, he must defend himself against accusations of murder and fraud, a disbarment proceeding and a civil suit. His new life threatened, he is reluctantly forced to rely on old skills and the help a network of young lawyers, the old friends and clients still willing to talk to him and twin toddler nephews to find the truth about who he is, and the path to redemption.

Notary Public Enemy
By Tony Iovino
Mystery, Suspsense, Thriller, Fiction
260 pages, paper, $14.95
ISBN:  978-1-935290-20-9

Friday, July 15, 2011

Submissions

Do you have a new book?

Please send submissions to the Acquistions Editor via Email.  Keep the information in the body of the Email and refer to any attachments that you send (in WORD).

We are not interested in books on religion, or against religion.  We are not interested in gore, offensive material, or anything that puts children in a bad light.

We also do not publish, at this time, books of poetry or short stories by one author.

We are intersted in your works of non-fiction, history, slice-of-life, biography, memoirs. 

We are also looking at books for middle grade readers.

Check out our website for complete submission guidelines and for other books that we have published.

http://www.diversionpress.com/

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Summer is a Great Time to Read

Are you looking for a great way to beat the summer heat?  Read!  Diversion Press has something for everyone.  Ellabug for your child, Halloween Kentucky Style and Broomsticks for your elementary school reader, Far Corners and In the Shadow of the Big Apple for your middle schooler, Urban Falcon and Darling Rebels for your high schooler, and I Can Make Out with Any Girl Here for your college student.  Don't worry, adults will find something too--from German Jackboots on Kentucky Bluegrass to One Woman's Life to If You Don't Like Worms, Keep Your Mouth Shut.  Trying to beat the dog days of summer?  Try Dakota: A Work in Progress.  Looking for a good, mystery adventure novel--try Notary Public Enemy.  Having a baby or know someone who is?  Pick up a copy of An Easy Guide to Making Homemade Baby Food.  Interested in poetry?  Try our new People Poetry or meander through Meanderings: A Collection of Poetic Verse.  Have a great summer and stay cool with Diversion Press! 

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Notary Public Enemy

Forthcoming from Diversion Press

Notary Public Enemy by Tony Iovino

Peter De Stio is a fallen star litigator, his marriage, family, and partnership in a premiere Long Island law firm long gone, settling uneasily into a quiet post-rehab life until scandal erupts thrusting him back into a world he thought he had left forever. Fake deeds have been filed and mortgages taken on a former client's properties. Millions of dollars are missing, and conspirators are turning up dead. The only lead is Peter's signature and notary stamp, which appear on the forged documents. His solitude shattered, he must defend himself against accusations of murder and fraud, a disbarment proceeding and a civil suit. His new life threatened, he is reluctantly forced to rely on old skills and the help a network of young lawyers, the old friends and clients still willing to talk to him and twin toddler nephews to find the truth about who he is, and the path to redemption.

Coming Soon from Diversion Press
ISBN:  978-1-935290-20-9
302 pages

$14.95

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Broomsticks and the Schulz Museum

IT'S AN HONOR, CHARLIE BROWN!


Everyone at Diversion Press will be doing the happy Snoopy dance this September as one of their own is honored at the Charles M. Schulz Museum.

Diversion Press author and illustrator, Sean McHugh, has been invited to take part in The Cartoonist-in Residence Program at the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa, California. McHugh will be Cartoonist of the Month in September of 2011.

Jessica Ruskin, Education Director of the museum, invited McHugh after reading a newspaper article about Broomsticks, the children's book from Diversion Press that McHugh illustrated and co-authored with Katie McHugh Parker. In the article, McHugh mentioned what an impact Schulz, the creator of Peanuts, had on his work and his life.

Founded in 2004 by the Charles M. Schulz Museum and the Northern California chapter of the National Cartoonist Society, The Cartoonist-in-Residence (CIR) Program helps fulfill the mission of "building an understanding of professional cartoonists and cartoon art."

" I am thrilled that Sean has been given this opportunity!" says Broomsticks co-author,Katie McHugh Parker. "Not only will this be a chance to showcase Broomsticks on the west coast, but it will also be a major milestone in the career of a most-deserving cartoonist."

To mark the occasion, Diversion Press has given special permission to McHugh and Parker's hometown newspaper, The Ledger independent, to publish twenty of the original Broomsticks comic strips from which the Diversion Press book was originated.

"This is another dream come true," says McHugh, "and I am so grateful to Diversion Press and The Ledger Independent for making this trip possible!"

McHugh will be at the museum on Saturday, September 10th from 1 to 3 PM. He will be showing examples of his work, discussing how he and Parker turned his comic strip into a children's book for Diversion Press, and will be promoting the release of their second DP book, Broomsticks:The Halloween Spirit!

The event will be followed by a Broomsticks book signing!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Broomsticks Art Contest Results are here

Sean McHugh and Katie McHugh Parker, the co-authors of Broomsticks, recently held an art contest for kids between 6 and 12. The aspiring artists were asked to draw Stamp, Pocky, or any other character from Broomsticks, the magical children's book series from Diversion Press.


"Twenty-nine kids entered from around the globe, including Scotland," McHugh said. "It was a tough job narrowing it down to four winners. They were all so darned great!"

"I was amazed at the talent demonstrated in the entries!" said Parker. "What impressed me the most was how well the personalities and spirit of the characters were captured in the drawings, while maintaining originality."

The winners were:

Olivia, age 9, Vanceburg, Ky.



Paco, age 10, Tollesboro, Ky.




Rebecca, age 10, Scotland



Alex, age 12, Mays Lick, Ky.



The talented winners received a copy of Broomsticks signed with a personal note of thanks from McHugh and Parker. Winners also received a congratulatory certificate.

McHugh and Parker would like to thank all the kids who entered. Each and every artist really kicked some creative magic!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Diversion Press gets listed

Diversion Press was just featured on the blog The Write Path.

Feel free to stop by and look by clicking here and thanks to Dorine Write.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Adrianne Hunter to sign books on Saturday


Adrianne Hunter, author of An Easy Guide to Making Homemade Baby Food, will be signing books on Saturday July 9, from 1-4 p.m.  at Everybody Reads, 2019 E Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI 48912.



See a recent review of her book on the Blog Rave and Review by clicking here

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Bill Rosencrans, author of Dakota: A Work In Progress, reads at Altamont Elementary School

Bill Rosencrans, author of Dakota:  A Work In Progress, read to students  at Altamont Elementary School on June 22, 2011.

From Bill: 



“I had a great time today at Altamont Elementary School today reading short stories from Dakota: A Work in Progress to Cynthia Flanigan's fourth grade class. They were a exceptional  group of students, and I could see that there are many budding authors there that are eager to share their stories about their dog with the rest of the world, as I did. A huge thank you goes out to Jeff Jensen and Cynthia Flanigan for the invitation.”

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Linda Loegel and If You Don't Like Worms, Keep Your Mouth Shut

Linda Loegel, author of If You Don't Like Worms, Keep Your Mouth Shut, has been pretty busy lately.

In addition to being part of our Blog Tour, Linda signed copies of her book at the Alpine, CA, library on Apri 28 (photo below).

Linda also had a great review of her book by  The Midwest Book Review.  Below is the full text of that review:

Reviewer's Bookwatch: May 2011

James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
Midwest Book Review
278 Orchard Drive, Oregon, WI 53575

Greenspan's Bookshelf


If You Don't Like Worms, Keep Your Mouth Shut
Linda Loegel
Diversion Press
diversionpress@yahoo.com
9781935290179, $9.95, http://www.diversionpress.com/

A simpler time that is almost alien to the modern day. "If You Don't Like Worms, Keep Your Mouth Shut" is a memoir from Linda Loegel reflecting on the simpler small town life in Springfield, Vermont. Poignant, simple, and reflecting the endless curiosity of youth and a time long gone past, "If You Don't Like Worms, Keep Your Mouth Shut" is a simple and thoughtful read with plenty of wisdom and youthful spirit.

Able Greenspan

Reviewer

And Linda also had her poem, "Las Vegas" as an Honorable Mention in People Poetry: A Collection of Poems by People, for People, and Sometimes about People

Congratulations Linda!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

BLOG TOUR THANKS

Our BLOG TOUR was a huge success.  We want to thank all of our authors, hosts, and readers for making this a great time. 

We are listing the hosts blogs below, if you get an opportunity please visit their sites. 

Here is the link to all of the reviews and interviews:  BLOG TOUR DIRECTORY

If your link is missing from above or the list below, please contact us and we will fix it.

Our hosts


Write for a Reader
http://writeforareader.blogspot.com/

Tammy’s Book Parlor
http://tammybookparlor.blogspot.com/

An Abundance of Books
http://abundanceofbooks.blogspot.com/

Lisa’s World of Books
http://www.lisasworldofbooks.com/

Better Read Than Dead
http://bibliophagista.blogspot.com/

Buried in Books
http://wwwburiedinbooks.blogspot.com/

A Cozy Reader’s Corner Reviews
http://acozyreaderscorner.blogspot.com/

The Story Behind the Book
http://thestorybehindthebook.wordpress.com/

The Australian Bookshelf
http://australianbookshelf.wordpress.com/

Tales From the Bayou
http://ritamonette.blogspot.com/

Book Him Danno
http://bookhimdanno.blogspot.com/

Rave and Review
http://www.raveandreview.com/

The O.W.L.
http://owlforya.blogspot.com/

The Bookish Dame
http://abookishlibraria.blogspot.com/

Peggy’s Pet Palace
http://peggyfrezon.blogspot.com/

Allison’s Book Bag
http://allisonsbookbag.wordpress.com/

Friday, July 1, 2011

Welcome to July

This July we have a lot in store for you from Diversion Press.

If you are not a blog FOLLOWER now is a good time.



Diversion Press keeps some traditions alive-we still sign contracts with a quill pen by candlelight.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Block Party Wrap Up

The Diversion Press Blog Tour Event has been great!  We do not have enough entries yet for our giveaways, but will leave the posts up for more comments through the end of May and will award prizes if we have the minimum number of entries at that time.  Thank you again to all involved!  We appreciate your participation and support.  Keep checking back on the blog for more information about Tony Iovino's Notary Public Enemy and After Dark, the horror and ghost anthology. 

People Poetry Contest Winners

After delicious meal and yummy dessert, it is time to announce some winners. People Poetry was not only a poetry collection, but also a poetry contest. We would like to say thank you to all of our poets.  Each poem was read carefully.  Although we liked two or even three poems from some poets, People Poetry only has one poem from a single poet.  This allows a wide variety of poets to be included. 

Several entries stood out and are our contest winners. Congratulations!

1st Place--Francis DiClemente for "St. Peter's Cemetary"
We love a surprise ending! 

2nd Place--Jeremy Hockett for "The Me I Never Was..."
What a great poem! 

3rd Place--Kirsten Crase for "Glue for a Broken Teacup" 
Who hasn't been broken? 

Honorable Mention--Viky Gilpin for "Everyone Said You Were Perfect"

Honorable Mention--Linda Loegel for "Las Vegas"     

Diversion Press is Excited to Announce People Poetry

People Poetry is the second poetry collection published by Diversion Press, following up on the success of the first anthology, Meanderings: A Collection of Poetic Verse. People Poetry includes over sixty poems by over sixty different poets. This collection is by People, for People, and sometimes about People. It's People Poetry!

People Poetry  $9.95 Now $7.00

Buy People Poetry and get any other book at 20% off!

To Order:

E-mail us at diversionpress@yahoo.com with your address and your order. We will send you an invoice by PayPay with the cost including shipping.