New Happenings

Hello, friends of MockingHeart Review.

Since September of 2015, we’ve published the work of 175 poets in eight timely issues. With our new editorial, social media, and writing team, (see our masthead), we’re strategically adding more high-quality, relevant-to-poetry content. This includes interviews on a regular basis, with poets who’ve appeared in MHR, reviews of poetry collections four times a year, Poet-to-Poet conversations, Poet Spotlights, and articles on contemporary poetry, process, and subjects of interest to poets (and other humans).

We are gearing up for this expansion which will roll out August 1st, 2018. So, keep an eye here on the Beats blog, where the new happenings will be shared with you.

We’re very excited and hope you are, too.

We especially support the work of poets and writers who invest themselves in community “passion projects” that serve children and adults. Who doesn’t need the life-affirming literary arts to address cultural, political, economic, social, educational, and environmental issues? Interacting in positive ways in our communities through our artistic skills inspires so many. Hey, we’re poets. We’re in the Inspiration Business

And don’t forget, submissions open July 1st.  Access the guidelines from the menu above. 

Thank you for your interest and support of MockingHeart Review.

Clare L. Martin
Editor in Chief, Founder of MHR

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MockingHeart Review‘s founder and editor-in-chief, Clare L. Martin’s second full-length collection of poetry, Seek the Holy Darkis the 2017 selection for The Louisiana Series of Cajun and Creole Poetry from Yellow Flag PressHer widely-acclaimed debut collection of poetry, Eating the Heart First, was published in 2012 by Press 53. Martin’s poetry has appeared in Avatar Review, Blue Fifth Review, Thrush Poetry Journal, Melusine, Poets and Artists, and Louisiana Literature, among others. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Dzanc Books’ Best of the Web, for Best New Poets and Sundress Publication’s Best of the Net. Martin is a lifelong resident of Louisiana.

 

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Associate Editor Denise Rogers is the author of The Scholar’s Daughter, a collection of poems published by Louisiana Literature Press. Her poems and reviews have appeared in Sliver of StoneWord-RiverLouisiana Literature, and The Alaska Review, as well as other publications. She is the Director of the University’s Writing Center. She also teaches literature and composition courses in the English Department of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.

 

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Social Media Associate Charlotte Hamrick’s poetry, prose, and photography have been published in numerous online and print journals. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and a finalist for the 15th Glass Woman Prize. She lives in New Orleans with her husband and a menagerie of rescued pets.

 

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Associate Reviewer Tyler Robert Sheldon’s newest books are Driving Together (Meadowlark Books, 2018) and Consolation Prize (Finishing Line Press, 2018). He received the 2016 Charles E. Walton Essay Award and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His poetry, fiction, and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in The Los Angeles ReviewThe Midwest QuarterlyPleiadesQuiddityThe Dead Mule School of Southern LiteratureTinderbox Poetry Journal, and other venues. Sheldon holds an MA in English from Emporia State University and is an MFA candidate at McNeese State University. He lives in Baton Rouge.

Submissions open July 1st, 2018

Submission Guidelines

Submissions open JUL. 1 TO AUG. 1

 THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND INTEREST in MockingHeart Review. 

                                          ~The Editor

PLEASE READ OUR GUIDELINES BEFORE SUBMITTING

We accept poetry only. Prose poems are welcome.
Works that require extensive special formatting are discouraged.  Our apologies in advance.

Here is a .pdf of Frequently Asked Questions for submitting poetry that generally apply:  How to Submit Poetry

We seek works of the highest literary quality. We expect your best work in its final form.

We favor poems that express the complexities of the human heart in clear, precise, and lyrical language. We want poems that call out to us, that won’t let us sleep or turn away. Bring us poems that gleam and palpitate with intimacy. We hope for visionary works that are visceral and that will leave us emotionally undone. We encourage poems that speak to the personal and political inasmuch as the political relates to the person/a.

We believe metaphors. Entrance us with imagery that transforms. We are especially intrigued by imaginative language which melds the real to the surreal and are pleased when this is done well through artful craft. We question reality. So should your poems.

We do not like poems that utilize clichés or are not finely wrought. We shy away from experimental verse, unless it appeals to our aesthetic and succeeds in moving us. We want works that convey meaning and possess emotional impact, or convince us there is no meaning to be understood.

We favor poems of shorter length, generally of a line length of 30. There is room for flexibility regarding this.

If you are unsure if your work falls within these guidelines, send it to us anyway. We will respond during the selection process and may be able to help to further clarify through conversation. Please read an issue to see what we like. 

Your publishing history does not matter, but the quality of the work does.

It is customary to send only finished pieces when submitting poetry, for the reason that editors don’t have time to go back and forth between versions. Please keep this in mind. We read hundreds of submissions and try to connect deeply with each one. Be professional and send your finest work.

Our issues will showcase only the best-selected works. We will publish issues (3) three times a year.

Unpublished poems only. Simultaneous submissions okay, if the Editor is notified immediately of publication elsewhere.

Submissions outside of reading periods, unless solicited, will be ignored. If your work has been accepted for an issue, please wait six months from publication before submitting again, within an open submission period. Also, please wait to hear from us regarding a submission before sending more work.

MockingHeart Review cannot pay our contributors at this time.  Rights revert to author upon publication, although MockingHeart Review reserves the right to anthologize, in printed or electronic format, material originally published here. If work that has appeared in this journal subsequently appears elsewhere, the editor requests MockingHeart Review be acknowledged as the place of first publication.

SUBMISSION PERIODS

NOV. 1 – DEC. 1
MAR. 1 – APR. 1
JUL. 1 TO AUG. 1

ISSUES

WINTER, JAN. 1
SPRING/SUMMER, MAY 1
FALL, SEPT. 1

Attach (3) three to (5) five poems in a single Microsoft Word Document (.doc or .docx) to an email that contains a brief cover letter and 50-word, third-person bio in the body. Your document filename should be your full name. The subject line should read “SUBMISSION: YOUR NAME” only.

E-mail the Editor at: mockingheartreview@gmail.com

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Dear fans and friends of MockingHeart Review,

For the past three years, I have worked to bring you three issues a year of what I believe are works of tremendous beauty and lifted up poets in our pages for the world to admire, connect with and for all of us to be inspired. We’re in the inspiration business!

This is a one-woman operation (at this point), and while I absolutely love the work involved in putting each issue together, soliciting poets, reading submissions, editing the work with poets, and formatting the issues, I do so in my spare time in a consistently timely manner. I ‘m working on a strategic calendar for new features that will be implemented over several months.

I do this work fervently and with joy. There are no reading fees and our pages are open to highly acclaimed poets, emerging, and new poets as well. I have dedicated many hours to bring the best that comes across my desk to the world.

I hope you have enjoyed the selections I have published. I owe great gratitude to the poets and readers who have been so kind in their appraisals and who have made my work so rewarding.

It’s always a challenge to ask for money. I feel the work I do is a vocation and I am humble when it comes to soliciting donations. I was against it for some time, but I feel differently now.

The plans for MockingHeart Review need support in monetary ways. There are costs related to maintaining the website and my time has been more limited due to my own writing and the editing, ghostwriting, and sales writing I do for Childress Communication.

I’m asking now for donations to make MockingHeart Review greater than it is through more interviews, poet spotlights, new book reviews, and increased promotional activities. 

Any amount is appreciated. A few dollars here and there add up and I am thankful for whatever amount you would be able to send. Since we are not a nonprofit, I cannot offer that your donation would be tax deductible.

The button above goes to my personal PayPal account. If you have loved MockingHeart Review and feel as though your poems have been comfortably “at home” here, or if you are a reader who has enjoyed perusing our pages, I hope you will find it in your heart and pocketbook to give a little so that we can do so much more.

Thank you for your support and interest in MockingHeart Review!

Clare L. Martin, Founder, and Editor-in-Chief, MHR

 

 

 

 

Year 3. Thank You.

Dear MHR aficionados and aficionadesses, 

It’s been such a deep pleasure to do the work for MockingHeart Review. Just sublime. 153 poets. All worthy. All of the poems struck me as deeply meaningful and well-crafted.  It’s not just a one-woman operation. It’s a collaboration of our poet-contributors and readers, too.

MockingHeart Review loves you. Love us back with a donation, if you can, to help defray costs. We have a new LOVE BUTTON on the sidebar if you feel so inclined to show your appreciation to keep the flow going.  Like our Facebook page, too. 

Really, thank you for this, and for devoting yourselves to and supporting the vital work of poetry.

~Clare L. Martin
Founder, Editor of MHR

P.S. Here’s a full list of our Contributors so far– asterisks for those who have appeared more than once.

MockingHeart Review Poets:
Candelin Wahl
Meggie Royer
Kristin Berger
M. Stone
Karla Linn Merrifield*
Sarah Dickenson Snyder
Judith Skillman
Martin Willitts Jr
Tyler Robert Sheldon*
Howard Faerstein
Jeffrey Zable*
O Mayeux
Anne Leigh Parrish
Cliff Saunders
Connie Post
Jordan Sanderson
Jennifer Martelli
John Warner Smith*
Zofia Provizer
Jack Bedell, Featured Poet
Ellis Victoria
Jon Tribble
Megan Burns
Allison Joseph
Devon Balwit*
Carolyn Gregory
Tom Montag*
Brittney Corrigan
Sarah Bigham
Lynne Burnett
Robert Okaji*
tanner menard
Alec Solomita*
Karen Craigo
Claire Donohue Roof
Michelle Reale*
Jeremy Hight
Featured Poet: T.M. De Vos
January Pearson
BD Feil
Stephen Frech
Roy Beckemeyer
Kelli Allen*
Stella Nesanovich*
Catherine Arra*
Michael Dwayne Smith
Anne Elezabeth Pluto*
Kayla King
Jim Zola
C. Wade Bentley
Jared Pearce
Margarita Serafimova
Gary Beck
Beate Sigriddaughter
Featured Poet: Debra Bailey*
Paul Ilechko
David Spicer
Ronda Broatch
Beth Copeland
Ace Boggess
Ira F. Stone
Anja Benevento
Ava C. Cipri
Nolan F. Meditz
William A. Greenfield
Joel Fry
Richard King Perkins II
Byron Beynon
Tree Riesener
Simon Perchik
Phyllis McLaughlin Nauman
Larry D. Thacker
Howie Good*
John Riley
James T Blanchard
Elizabeth Kirkpatrick-Vrenios
Edilson Afonso Ferreira*
Denise Rogers
David Ishaya Osu
Carolyn Gregory
Bessie Senette*
Ashley Mares
Annie Bien
Amanda-Jane Terlesky
Featured Poet – Mary Carroll-Hackett*
Andrea Wyatt
Aden Thomas
Katie Manning
John Grey
Robert Crisp*
Kelli Simpson
Bill Yarrow
Helen Losse
Diana Raab
Kevin Dwyer
Jeremy Spears
Inalegwu Omapada Alifa
Christine Beck
Meredith McDonough
Charlotte Hamrick
Karen Corinne Herceg
Arlene Ang and Valerie Fox (collaboration)
Nicole Scott
Ajise Vincent
Terri Kirby Erickson
Susan Ferraro Prevost
Sheryl St. Germain
Sandra Sarr
Samuel J. Fox
Richard Krawiec
Rachel Dacus
Lisa Ludden
Lindsey Royce
Laurie Kolp
Kimberly Ann
Juanita Rey
Genaro Kỳ Lý Smith
erin wilson
Elizabeth Burk
Yuan Changming
Darrell Bourque
d. n. simmers
Christine Swint
Tim Suermondt
Sally Stevens
Stacey Balkun
Jason Jones
J. Bruce Fuller
Nicole Melchionda
M.S. Rooney
Alessandra Bava
Charles Bane, Jr.
Arlene Ang
Seth Jani
Mathew Pereda
Keith Nunes
Domenic Scopa
Patrice Melnick
Sam Rasnake
J. K. McDowell
Melinda Palacio
Cathy Safiran
Gina Ferrara
Amber Edmondson
Carl Boon
Kenneth Pobo
Mary Wallach
Susan Tepper*
Hillary Joubert
Alisha Goldblatt
Charles Garrett
Lisa M. Cole
Rich Boucher