We are proud to announce that we asked Linda Parsons if she’d consider being our Poetry Editor, and she said yes!
Linda Parsons is a poet, playwright, and editor. In addition to being poetry editor for Madville Publishing, she coordinates WordStream, WDVX-FM’s weekly reading/performance series, with Stellasue Lee. Her poetry has appeared in The Georgia Review, Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, Southern Poetry Review, The Chattahoochee Review, Baltimore Review, and Shenandoah, among others. Candescent is her fifth poetry collection (Iris Press, 2019). Linda is the reviews editor for Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel and the copy editor for Chapter 16, the literary website of Humanities Tennessee. Her most recent play is SuffRAGE: To Give Voice, written with Jeannette Brown, for Flying Anvil Theatre in Knoxville, Tennessee.
If you’ve been following us for a while, you will have seen our calls for submissions to the Dancehall Poetry Anthology.We are happy to announce that it has gone to press, and we hope to have copies available at AWP! Editor Janet Lowery named the collection By the Light of a Neon Moonand Jacqui Davis created this eye-catching cover for it. We are humbled by the quality of the poetry we received, and we cannot wait to share it with everyone. The contributors are already discussing the fact that the launch party should include a dance. We aren’t sure how we’ll pull that off, but we love the idea!
We had several poets laureate contribute to the collection as well as many other award-winning poets from around the country. Have a look at the Table of Contents.
Introductionby Janet Lowery
Beloved, After These Thingsby Alan Birkelbach Like People in Loveby Kimberly Parish Davis A Thing About Rhumbaby Gianna Russo Pretty Womanby Luanne Smith Not That Sallyby George Drew Dear Will’s Pubby Pj Metz Rose-Coloredby Janet Lowery Old Flameby Winston Derden Music for Arms Like Oursby Mike Schneider Oh, That Buckskinby Christine Cock Dancing Foolby John Grey Always Openby Karen Head Words from My Fatherby karla k. morton One Way Trafficby Alan Birkelbach Dancing at Dirty Frank’sby Lisa Naomi Konigsberg
The Bull Riderby Katherine Hoerth The Archaeologist Dreams of Sleepby Kimberly Parish Davis Chevy Pick-Up, Loadedby Ed Ruzicka Integration 1964by Dave Parsons Dallianceby Ruth I. Healy Triple-Two at the Danceby Janet Lowery Prickly Pearby Katherine Hoerth Partnerby Sarah Cortez You Ain’t the First Singed Hash Browns on My Plateby R. Gerry Fabian Just Believe Her!by Alan Birkelbach Rodeo Exchangeby karla k. morton Backby Juleigh Howard-Hobson I May Not Be Drunk, But I’ll Get Thereby Herman Sutter Your Dancing Lessons Didn’t Pay Offby J. J. Steinfeld Little Hereticby Gerry LaFemina Waiting for Resurrectionby Leah Mueller Alwaysby Anusha VR The Way We Danced Before I Became Another Ex in Texasby Laurie Kolp Dancing with a Cue Stickby George Drew Death at the Dancehallby Janet Lowery Two Dogs Howling at the Moonby Dave Parsons Resurrection Maryby Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda
Standing on the Edge of the Roadhouse Charybdisby Alan Birkelbach Dancing Beforeby Lesley Clinton Zydeco Shindigby Dolores Comeaux Friday’s Danceby Mike Schneider Road House on the Way to Cheyenneby Rick Campbell Guitar and Mandolinby Gerry LaFemina Dress Code at the Dance Hallby Alan Birkelbach Here at Ransom’s Saloonby George Drew Hard Woodby Jerry Bradley Bootstrapby Winston Derden 6 a.m. Outside the Dance Hallby John Grey Empties by Gerry LaFemina