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Smartish Pace Smartish Pace is a non-profit poetry magazine in Baltimore founded in 1998 by Stephen Reichert (contact: https://www.facebook.com/stephen.r.art).

The magazine hosts poetry readings including the monthly HOT L Poets Series in Baltimore. EDITOR Stephen Reichert

SENIOR EDITOR Daniel Todd

ASSOCIATE EDITORS Clare Banks, William Camponovo, Daniel Cryer, Traci O'Dea, Freeman Rogers

ASSISTANT EDITORS Jared Fischer, Kari Hawkey, Jocelyn Heath, Kristin Lindholm, Clifford Williams

GRAPHIC DESIGNER Karen Siatras

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT Diane Banks

INTERNS Meg Eden, Austin Trembly, Samuel Cheney, Micahel Goodfellow

09/29/2022

Beverly Burch reads her poem from Smartish Pace, issue 29.
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BEVERLY BURCH’s third poetry collection, Latter Days of Eve (BkMk, U. of Missouri-Kansas City, 2019), won the John Ciardi Poetry Prize. Other work won the Lambda Literary Award, the Gival Poetry Prize, was a finalist for the Audre Lorde Award and received multiple Pushcart Prize nominations.
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09/27/2022

Leigh Lucas reads her poem “The Kiss” from Smartish Pace issue 29. Leigh holds a BA in Creative Writing from & an MFA in Creative Writing from & won AWP’s 2020 Kurt Brown Prize for an emerging poet. She lives in San Francisco & is the founder of 💋
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09/26/2022

Todd Boss reading his poem from Smartish Pace, issue 29. Order yer copy now, with free shipping world wide, at www.smartishpace.com.
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09/21/2022
Roger Lathbury

Roger Lathbury of Orchises Press & AWP Bookfair fame appearing in and reading from by Joanna Rakoff Vintage Books 🎥 Stephen Reichert Art
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09/21/2022

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09/20/2022

Cynthia Marie Hoffman reading her poem "None of This Happened" from the current issue of - grab your copy with free shipping here: https://smartishpace.com/issues/
⚪️ CYNTHIA MARIE HOFFMAN is the author of the three poetry collections Sightseer, Paper Doll Fetus, and Call Me When You Want to Talk about the Tombstones, as well as the chapbook Her Human Costume. Hoffman is the recipient of a Diane Middlebrook Fellowship in Poetry at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Wisconsin Arts Board, and a Director’s Guest fellowship at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Italy. ⚪️

09/14/2022
Sylvia Jones

Sylvia Jones reading for us in The HOT L Poets Series! Up next, Lynn Levin & Amy Woolard will read on Oct. 9th (4 pm) at The Ivy Bookshop! Then we have Natalie Shapero & Elizabeth Scanlon on Nov. 13th! Lia Purpura on Dec. 11th . . . it never ends. : ) Remember, we always have an open mic so bring your poem to read! This past Sunday we had 12 excellent open mic poets for our reading with Adam Vines. Thanks to each of you.

New author headshot: Leigh Hunt. 🌹 Not oaks alone are trees, nor roses flowers; / Much humble wealth makes rich this wor...
09/13/2022

New author headshot: Leigh Hunt.
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Not oaks alone are trees, nor roses flowers; / Much humble wealth makes rich this world of ours.
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09/12/2022
Dan Brady

Dan Brady reading for us in The HOT L Poets Series! Up next, Lynn Levin & Amy Woolard will read on Oct. 9th (4 pm) at The Ivy Bookshop! Then we have Natalie Shapero & Elizabeth Scanlon on Nov. 13th! Lia Purpura on Dec. 11th . . . it never ends. : ) Remember, we always have an open mic so bring your poem to read! Yesterday we had 12 excellent open mic poets for our reading with Adam Vines. Thanks to each of you.

09/12/2022

Smartish Pace Poet, Michael Salcman, reading for us in The HOT L Poets Series!

New author headshot: John Keats. Beautiful Junkets. 📸 Reichert Art⚪️
09/06/2022

New author headshot: John Keats. Beautiful Junkets. 📸 Reichert Art
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08/28/2022
Jenny Molberg

Jenny Molberg reading her poem from Smartish Pace #17 at . Jenny is the author of the poetry collections Marvels of the Invisible (winner of the Berkshire Prize, Tupelo Press, 2017), Refusal (LSU Press, 2020), and The Court of No Record (forthcoming from LSU Press, 2023). She edited the Unsung Masters book, Adelaide Crapsey: On the Life & Work of an American Master. She has received fellowships and scholarships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, Vermont Studio Center, and the Longleaf Writers Conference at Seaside, Florida.

08/18/2022
Adam Vines

Adam Vines reading his poem from Smartish Pace, issue 27 at in Philly. Adam will read in our poetry series, The HOT L Poets Series, on September 11, 2022 at 4 pm The Ivy Bookshop along with Alicia Ostriker. Adam is a prof at UAB - The University of Alabama at Birmingham with books published by University of Arkansas Press and LSU Press
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08/12/2022

New author headshot: John Donne, poet and divine.
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Smartish Pace editor  drumming for Jay Jay 🔥  💥
07/14/2022

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“In your eyes over the phone, a train of ex-ballplayers cry themselves to sleep.”  - this delightful and brilliant book ...
06/15/2022

“In your eyes over the phone, a train of ex-ballplayers cry themselves to sleep.” - this delightful and brilliant book by one of our favorite poets published by - this is the 2nd edition; it originally appeared as handmade 75 copy editions, if anyone is looking for a present for just sayin’.
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06/07/2022
Lisa Rhoades Poetry Reading

Lisa Rhoades reading her poem "The Long Grass" from issue 25.

Lisa grew up in the Midwest and moved to New York City in 1987. She holds an MFA in Writing from Columbia University and is the author of Strange Gravity, selected by Elaine Terranova for the Bright Hill Press Poetry Award Series and published in 2004. A chapbook, Into Grace, was published by Riverstone Press in 2003. In addition to teaching in a variety of venues, she works as a pediatric nurse in a private office in Manhattan. She lives on Staten Island with her spouse and two children.

06/06/2022
David Yezzi Poetry Reading

David Yezzi's wonderful poetry reading for us in Philly - his poems have twice appeared in Smartish Pace.

05/18/2022
Joseph J. Capista

Joseph J. Capista reading his poem from Smartish Pace. Joesph’s book is published by Ohio University Press, he teaches at Towson University, you may spot him jogging around & he read for us in the HOT L Poets Series.
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Photos from Daisy Bassen's post
05/18/2022

Photos from Daisy Bassen's post

05/16/2022
Teresa Pham-Carsillo

TERESA PHAM-CARSILLO reading her poems from the new issue of Smartish Pace. Teresa earned a BA in Creative Writing from the University of California, Davis. Her work appears in Passengers Journal, Poetry, Salt Hill Journal, The Minnesota Review, The Penn Review and St. Katherine Review.

Order the new issue here: https://smartishpace.com/issues/

05/14/2022
Emily Schulten

Emily Schulten reading her poem "When My Stepbrother Went Missing" from Issue 24 of Smartish Pace. Emily is the author of Rest in Black Haw (New Plains P) and The Way a Wound Becomes a Scar (Kelsay Books). She is from Bowling Green, Kentucky, and she earned her master’s degree in English from Western Kentucky University and her PhD in creative writing from Georgia State University. She received the 2016 Erskine J. Prize for Poetry from Smartish Pace and a Tennessee Williams Scholarship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Currently, she is a professor of English and creative writing at The College of the Florida Keys in Key West, where she lives with her husband and their son.

05/13/2022
Bill Hollands

Bill Hollands reading his poem "Old Flame," selected as a Finalist for the 2022 Erskine J. Poetry Prize by judge Stephen Reichert, and appearing in the new issue of Smartish Pace. Bill's poems appear in Diagram, Hawaii Pacific Review, One, Rattle, The Account, and Wildness. He was recently named a finalist for North American Review’s James Hearst Poetry Prize and Sycamore Review’s Wabash Prize in Poetry. Bill lives in Seattle, WA. Order the new issue of SP here and have it shipped free to your door and then get off Facebook, sit outside, and read some brilliant poems: https://smartishpace.com/issues/

05/12/2022
Danielle Cadena Deulen

Danielle Cadena Deulen reading her poem from Smartish Pace at AWP. Danielle’s books are published by and she’s a prof at
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05/11/2022
Dawn Manning

Poet Dawn Manning reading her poem from at . This poem won the 2015 Beullah Rose Poetry Prize. Dawn’s book is published by Burlesque Press
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🔥reading this past Sunday with William Fargason & Dan Brady at The Ivy Bookshop - our next reading is June 8 and feature...
05/10/2022

🔥reading this past Sunday with William Fargason & Dan Brady at The Ivy Bookshop - our next reading is June 8 and features Lindsay Bernal & Sylvia Jones with guest host Jalen Eutsey 💥

Sunday Sunday Sunday! We’ll see ya at  at 4 pm. Bring your moms. Poets  &  & as always the best open mic in town so brin...
05/07/2022

Sunday Sunday Sunday! We’ll see ya at at 4 pm. Bring your moms. Poets & & as always the best open mic in town so bring a poem to read!

Here's Jason Gray reading his poem "Good Friday, 2020" from the new issue of Smartish Pace. This poem received 2nd prize...
05/07/2022
Good Friday, 2020. Going Nowhere

Here's Jason Gray reading his poem "Good Friday, 2020" from the new issue of Smartish Pace. This poem received 2nd prize in the Erskine J. Poetry Prize.

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This is a video for the poem "Good Friday, 2020. Going Nowhere" by Jason Gray. The poem was written in response to the growing COVID-19 pandemic and referenc...

This Sunday 4 pm our reading series continues with poets Dan Brady & William Fargason! Held on the covered patio at  rai...
05/04/2022

This Sunday 4 pm our reading series continues with poets Dan Brady & William Fargason! Held on the covered patio at rain or shine. The reading includes the two featured poets along with an open mic so bring a poem (1 poem, 3 min. or less).
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05/03/2022
Alicia Ostriker

Alicia Ostriker reading her December poems from the new issue of Smartish Pace. Grab your copy now; shipped free to your door: https://smartishpace.com/issues/

Alicia Ostriker has published nineteen collections of poetry, been twice nominated for the National Book Award, and has twice received the National Jewish Book Award for Poetry. Her most recent collections of poems are Waiting for the Light (2017) and The Volcano and After: Selected and New Poems 2002-2019 (2020) both from the University of Pittsburgh Press. She was New York State Poet Laureate (2018-2021).

04/29/2022
Jim Whiteside

Jim Whiteside reading his poem “Before the Elegies” from Smartish Pace. Jim’s first chapbook appeared from Bull City Press in 2019.
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04/27/2022
Gilbert Allen

Gilbert Allen reading his poem "Black Friday at Inner Spring" from Smartish Pace, Issue 26.

Allen is the author of six books including, most recently Catma (Measure, 2014) and The Final Days of Great American Shopping (South Carolina, 2016). His work received the Robert Penn Warren Prize from The Southern Review and was featured on Verse Daily, Poetry Daily and The Writer's Almanac. He was elected to the South Carolina Academy of Authors in 2014 and he is the Bennette E. Geer Professor of Literature Emeritus at Furman University.

04/27/2022
Lauren Brazeal

Lauren Brazeal reading her poem "How to Train Your Pony Up" which appeared in Smartish Pace, Issue 23.

04/21/2022
Caki Wilkinson

Caki Wilkinson reading her poem “Stick Man” from Smartish Pace. Caki is a professor Rhodes College with books published by Persea Books and UNT Press
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04/20/2022
Leigh Anne Couch

Leigh Anne Couch reading her poem “Mean Sense of Humor” from Smartish Pace. Leigh’s poetry books are published by University of North Texas Press Zone 3 Press Finishing Line Press & ed. of The Sewanee Review University of the South
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04/18/2022
Jim Daniels

Jim Daniels reading his poem “I Dreamt I Wrote a Poem About Jazz” from Smartish Pace, issue 15. Jim teaches at Alma College MFA in Creative Writing and has books from
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04/12/2022
Annie Finch

Annie Finch reading her poem “Now in November” from . Annie has books of poetry, translations & poetics from Salt Publishing, CavanKerry Press, University of Arkansas Press, Random House, University of Michigan Press, Tupelo Press & Red Hen Press
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04/11/2022
Rick Bursky

Rick Bursky reading his poem “The Spiritual of Twelves” from the new issue of Smartish Pace. Rick has two books out from BOA Editions & is a lecturer at USC Annenberg.
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04/04/2022
Bernard Welt reading a poem by Terence Winch

Bernard Welt reading his friend Terence Winch’s poem “Band Practice” from Smartish Pace, issue 20. Terence was Head of Publications for Smithsonian Native American Museum for many years & Stephen Reichert dearly misses their lunch dates at the museums back in the day.

Order issue 20: https://smartishpace.com/issues/
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04/02/2022

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04/01/2022
John Poch

John Poch reading his poem “Great-tailed Grackles” from Smartish Pace at
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03/31/2022
Alison Hicks Poetry

Alison Hicks reading her poem “Debriefing With an Archangel,” a finalist for the Beullah Rose Poetry Prize, that appears in Smartish Pace issue 28. Her new book is published by Meadowlark Books & prior books by Finishing Line Press Unsolicited PS Books
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Sylvia Jones reading in The HOT L Poets Series! The HOT L Poets Series is a reading series presented by Smartish Pace magazine and Baltimore Poets Theatre. Readings are held on the second Sunday of the month at The Ivy Bookshop in Baltimore and feature two or three poets along with an open mic.

Sylvia Jones is a writer, editor, and prison abolitionist. At the moment, she works as an associate editor for West Branch Magazine and is a 2021-22 literary editing fellow at The Stadler Center for Poetry & Literary Arts at Bucknell University. Sylvia's writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Diagram, Shenandoah Literary Magazine, Windfall Room, New York City’s Le***an, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, The Hopkins Review, Poet Lore, and elsewhere. She earned her MFA at American University in Washington D.C. She lives in Baltimore, near the train station with her partner, and their buff tabby.

Support yr local poets!! Cold at Ivy Bookstore reading 4/10- dave eberhardt and Michael Salcman= good hosting by Hot L Baltimore
Congratulations to the wonderful Gabby Vachon from Literacy Quebec! (thought we wouldn’t see your accomplishment!) 🏆

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Please join us Tuesday evening for a virtual celebration of the 2020 Poetry Contest finalists!

Celebrating the 2020 Poetry Contest Finalists with Little Patuxent Review
Tuesday, August 18, at 6:30 p.m.

Finalists Dave Eberhardt, Shane Moritz, and Kelechi Nwankwoala read along with Jalynn Harris, 2019 contest winner, and Steven Leyva, one of the judges.

For more information and the link to the virtual event, please visit our library calendar ad or Facebook event ad.

Stay safe!
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this yr's prize winning p;oem by dave eberhardt- enoch p;ratt and little patuxent review contest

After “Bladerunner 2049 “ and Anton Webern “Piano Variations”- Op 27
Ruhig, fliessend (quiet, flowing)

Your code is to sing the following tone row (Webern and other serial composer technique):

Pale grave stones the color of Indian Pipe…
“Soundless as dots on a disc of snow”

The difference, replicants, rogue replicants…
Dial me a veritable woman, a vertebrate woman…
Her gate opens in Iceland, in volcanic fissures,
A pale blue luminous landscape. Scan
The whole field. Type in “Emily Dickinson” enlarge…
Access to my memories permitted, unscramble
The plumbago and pale blues I have knitted.
Dead space between stars, a dessicant,
But I want the real rain that is treasured
Not some hologram rain, interstitial,
To see her world I had to imagine it.
“You are granted
5 minutes with Ms Dickinson and off world papers;
But when you return you’ll be scanned.”
Returning from Reykjavik, its hot spring baths,
Report to your memory designer, room 27”.

Cyber directions:

to go to full screen, double click, .
if picture stutters, hit reset.
if Ms Dickinson stutters, hit eternity!!
Issue #24 of Ginosko Literary Journal now online, GinoskoLiteraryJournal.com
Open call! Brighten Press is publishing a paperback and e-book anthology of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction with a SCORPIO theme. Deadline March 31, 2020. Previously published work welcome. brightenpress.com/creatives.shtml
Please submit your poems to the Smartish Pace Beullah Rose Poetry Prize for Women Writers. Deadline January 1, 2020.
David Yezzi poetry reading on November 3, 2019 at the Baltimore Book Festival. The HOT L Poets Series is a reading series sponsored by Smartish Pace magazine and the Baltimore Poets Theatre.

The HOT L Poets Series is a reading series held on the second Sunday of the month at Bird in Hand, Baltimore, and is sponsored by Smartish Pace and Baltimore Poets Theatre.
Clariinda Harriss poetry reading May 12, 2019.

Clarinda Harriss, a professor emerita of English at Towson University, is the author of several books including two academic texts, five collections of poetry, and one short fiction collection. Her poems have appeared in many publications including Smartish Pace; she also co-edited, with poet Moira Egan, Hot Sonnets: An Anthology. Harriss has worked with prison writers for over four decades, and, for even longer, has directed and edited BrickHouse Books, Inc., Maryland’s oldest literary press.

THE HOT*L POETS SERIES, a monthly reading on Second Sundays, is co-sponsored by the Baltimore Poets Theatre Theater and Smartish Pace magazine.
ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS
Accepting submissions of short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, social justice, literary insights for Ginosko Literary Journal.
Editorial lead time 1-2 months; accept simultaneous submissions & reprints; length flexible, accept excerpts.

Publishing as semiannual litzine. Check free downloadable issues on website for tone & style, http://GinoskoLiteraryJournal.com.

2019 Ginosko Flash Fiction Contest, $500 prize, $5 entry fee. Deadline March 1st, 2019. See website for details.

Ginosko γινώσκω
A Greek word meaning to perceive, understand, realize, come to know; knowledge that has an inception, a progress, an attainment. The recognition of truth from experience.

Authors retain copyrights. Read year-round.

Robert Paul Cesaretti, editor
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