RECENT CREDITS, 2010-2017
(This listing is an informal, selective sampling. Contact me if you prefer to see my formal CV.)
In November 2017, my full-length manuscript, Breath-Debt: Poems, was accepted for publication by Page Publishing. My book will be published around May 2018.
During 2017, three of my poems appeared in local publications: Cloudburst, Pine Hollow Haiku, and 36 Views Of Ononta’kahrhon; and one of my poems was a finalist for the Stephen A. DiBiase Poetry Prize.
In 2017, I was a guest poet or featured reader at the Palace Poetry Group, the Creative Harvest, the Cloudburst Council, and an Albany book discussion group.
In June 2017, I attended the West of the Moon annual retreat in New Harmony, Indiana.
In May 2017, I led a booklet-making session at the Cloudburst Council annual gathering in central New York State.
In 2016, I was a featured reader at the Breathing These Words sub-project of the major public arts project Breathing Lights.
In late 2016, my chapbook Green-Weak was published online by Red Wolf Editions of Red Wolf Journal.
In July 2016, two of my poems were published in By&By Poetry, issue four.
On June 30, 2016, I was one of the featured readers at the Hudson River Coffee House in Albany, New York.
In mid June 2016, I attended the West of the Moon annual retreat in New Harmony, Indiana.
In mid May 2016, I led a prompt-writing session at the Cloudburst Council annual gathering in central New York State.
In late December 2015, my poem “The Uncle Whose Only Daughter Died” was published in the “four elements” themed anthology (online & print) entitled Element(ary) My Dear, and published by Kind of a Hurricane Press.
On November 28, 2015, I served as one of several judges for the annual Capitaland Cup “Day of Poet” out-loud poetry contest organized by Brian Dorn and held at the William K. Sanford Town Library in Colonie, NY.
On October 27, 2015, I was the visiting guest poet at an undergraduate class, Visual Poetics and Narrative, at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.
In May 2015, my poem series “Metal Arts I, II, III” won first place in the 2015 Joy Bale Boone poetry prize sponsored by The Heartland Review.
Since November 2013, I have been the organizer of a monthly MeetUp.com group called Albany Area Poetry Chat.
For several years, I have volunteered for the non-profit Hudson Valley Writers Guild, working behind the scenes to answer phone and email inquiries from the general public.
On April 20, 2015, I was the co-featured reader at Harmony Club (Woodstock, NY). On February 11, 2015, I was the featured reader at Arthur’s Market (Schenectady, NY).
On February 19, 2015, I was the guest speaker at the poetry club of SOS, a singles organization (Colonie, NY).
In April 2015, I was a volunteer judge for a local college’s two annual poetry contests (graduate and undergraduate).
On November 23, 2014, I was one of the features at the annual Community of Writers public library event (Schenectady, NY) sponsored by the Hudson Valley Writers Guild.
On December 5, 2014, I was the audio-visually “streamed” poet for the monthly open mic of Calling All Poets (Beacon, NY).
Five poems of mine appear in the Summer 2014 issue of Sixfold.
During summer 2014, I attended The Frost Place Poetry Conference, and also the West of the Moon retreat for artists and writers.
Winter 2013 to Spring 2014 — several of my poems were published in the print journal Up the River, and in the digital journals Misfit Magazine, Red Wolf Journal, and Barzakh.
April-May 2013 — two of my poems were published by the online journal Barzakh.
On April 28, 2013, I served as Head Judge for the fourth annual Smith’s Tavern Poet Laureate contest in Voorheesville, NY.
In March 2013, I was one of the judges for an undergraduate poetry contest at a local college.
In October 2012, I led a workshop “Poetry Prompts Via Robert Frost” at a local indie used bookstore. In October 2012, I joined other local poets reading poems to local schoolchildren in a city garden. In July 2012, I attended The Frost Place Poetry Festival and Conference. In April 2012, I was selected as the “Smith’s Tavern Poet Laureate” after competing and winning first place in the Third Annual Smith’s Tavern Poet Laureate Contest (Voorheesville, NY).
During the spring semester 2012, I was a volunteer participating team teacher in a local (Troy, NY) college classroom. I lead or assisted with introductory poetry classes for undergraduates.
In February 2012, I served (for the third time) as a volunteer judge for the regional high school competition of the annual Poetry Out Loud recitations. In early January 2012, I visited a local high school classroom to talk about my life as a poet.
In September 2011, I attended a session led by poet and professional editor April Ossmann. April demonstrated her unique Ossmann Method of poetry critique.
In August 2011, I led a poetry workshop at the public library in Hillsdale, New York. Seventeen people attended.
In August 2011, I was one of several poets reading at the Pine Hollow Arboretum in Slingerlands, New York.
In July 2011, I attended The Frost Place poetry conference and festival in New Hampshire.
On May 7, 2011, I was one of several readers at an afternoon reading sponsored by The Saratoga Poetry & Song Focus Group.
In April 2011, I placed fourth (out of 15 readers) in a community poetry contest held at Smith’s Tavern, Voorheesville, NY. A published anthology of work by the contestants is forthcoming.
On March 5, 2011, I served as one of several volunteer judges for the New York statewide finals of the Poetry Out Loud competitions.
On February 18, 2011, I was one of several poets reading at the Moon and River Cafe, Schenectady, NY, during that city’s Friday arts night.
I led a “Surprise of Poetry” class at the local Knowledge Network on February 14, 2011.
In early 2011, my collection At April’s End: Poems for a Daughter was printed at The Troy Book Makers in Troy, NY.
On January 23, 2011, I was one of three local panelists speaking at the Sunday Four poetry series in Voorheesville, NY.
In October 2010, I visited a local college class to talk about poetry. In October 2010, I led a poetry class at the local adult ed center Knowledge Network. In April 2010, I was one of two judges for a local undergraduate poetry contest. In April 2010, I made an informal presentation to a local study group on the poetry of Eavan Boland. In March 2010, I led an informal class on prose poetry for a local writing group. In February 2010, I was one of several volunteer judges for the regional Poetry Out Loud student recitation contest.
In late 2010, I worked with a local bookbinder to create a hand-bound collection of poems At April’s End. In July 2010, a podcast of my poem “Raking with the Math Whiz” was posted on Red Lion Square.
EARLIER CREDITS 2000-2009
In late 2009, a Paper Kite Press anthology entitled poem, home was published, including my short poem “Ars Poetica.” In fall 2009, the Hol Art Books project team on which I worked published an chapbook Nostalgia’s Thread: Ten Poems on Norman RockwellPaintings by Randall R. Freisinger. In fall 2009, two of my ekphrastic poems were published in the booklet 25 released by the Arts Society of Kingston. In October 2009, I read three of my poems at The Arts Center of the Capital Region (NY). In June/July 2009, a visual artist created three works of art inspired by my poetry: see the combined e-chapbook at http://www.issuu.com/poetry. In June 2009, a podcast of my comments & poems became available at — www.eastlinebooks.vpweb.com
My poetry prizes include: Third Place (tied) in the Palettes & Quills 2008 poetry chapbook contest; an “Intro Journals Project” award from the Association of Writers and Writing Programs; a Third Place, a Special Honorable Mention, and an Honorable Mention award from the ByLine freelance writing magazine; an Honorable Mention award from the website Tattoo Highway; a First Place in one local poetry invitational; a First Place in one local poetry contest. One of my poems was selected for a juried art gallery show. I received state arts monies as a featured poet at one Saratoga Poetry Zone reading.
I received my MFA degree in poetry from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. In addition, I have attended two New York State Writers Institute seminars, the Writers@Work conference, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Duluth Writers’ Workshop, the Colrain Manuscript Conference, the Palm Beach Poetry Festival, one weekend seminar at Poets House, one weekend workshop at The Poetry Factory, and one home seminar with Bernadette Mayer. I have received professional development credit for attending a teacher’s workshop on “writing from art” at the Williams College Museum of Art. I have received continuing education credit for completing an online class at Union Institute & University. I was trained as a poetry coach by professional storyteller and coach Doug Lipman.
My publication credits include: Rootdrinker, Cats with Thumbs, Poet Lore, Spoon River Poetry Review, The Louisville Review, TheHeartland Review, Arts Across Kentucky, Puerto del Sol, Other, La Fovea,Barnwood, The 2River View, qarrtsiluni, Innisfree Poetry Journal, Poet’s Ink Review,Aurorean, The Capital Flip, the Spotlight “On Poetry” newspaper column, two local chapbooks, one local anthology, and the nationally-distributed anthology Women.Period. One of my poems was broadcast on Radio Calling America. Other poems were broadcast on three other radio programs. One of my poems appeared in a locally-produced greeting card. The River Reporter newspaper published my two book reviews.
You may email me at : brdrck AT gmail DOT com