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Using the theme and photo muse above, submit your poetry at the links below. (Submit photography at the photography link below).
Let your imagination run wild . . .
• DIGITAL SUBMISSION ONLY through Submittable
• Anyone over 18 anywhere in the world can enter
• All entries must be in English
• Poems should be titled and will publish with a “By” line
• Poems should be 5 to 25 LINES in length
• Poems should be appropriate for general audience
• All entries must be the original work of submitter
• All entries to include author’s name and information
• Author retains copyright to material
• All submissions grant ZO permission to nonexclusively use submitted material
..in perpetuity (author’s credit will remain)
You may submit up to 3 poems. First Entry is Free! Fee for Second and Third Entry is $5.00 each
*Please do not submit more than one poem at a time. Multiple poems on one entry cannot be processed.
2016 POETRY EXPOSÉ JUDGES
Matthew “Cuban” Hernandez is the Coach of the Get Lit Players and the Los Angeles Brave New voices Slam team in Los Angeles CA. He is a 3-time Southern Fried Poetry slam champion. From 2007-11, Matthew founded and coached the Jacksonville youth poetry slam team, “Shattered Thought.” Through “S.T,” he facilitated writing and performance workshops in schools and juvenile detention centers all over the country, and in 2009 was the youngest coach to ever take a team to final stage at the Brave New Voices, International Poetry Slam. In the summer of 2012, Matthew accepted a residency with the poetry organization, Slam Richmond (Richmond, VA). He was able to coach their youth team to a 3rd place finish in San Francisco, CA at the Brave New Voices, International Poetry Slam. Matthew recently finished a writing teaching and performance residency with Leeds Young Authors in Leeds, England, during which he created Voices of a New Generation program, leading workshops in over 5 schools in Leeds, as well as coaching their Brave New Voices youth team in August 2013. In 2014 he coached the Get Lit poetry team representing LA to a 3rd place finish, leading to showcases on the Queen Latifah show as well at the Hollywood Bowl with John Legend.
Katch Campbell is both a scientist and a writer. With a masters degree in science from UPENN and an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts she works by day as a clinical educator for Big Pharma. In her spare time she is raising two teenagers, training for triathlons, and attempting to perfect the chocolate cake recipe. She is Treasurer of the River Pretty Arts Foundation and volunteers for HBA of Greater Philly. Her work can be found at Zomag. QueenMobs. and in the Paddle Shots Anthology. Direct inquiries can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Mohamad Fahs is a 25-year-old writer from Lebanon who was born and lived in Dubai for 23 years.
Mohamad has been exposed to over 100 nationalities that inspired his love for writing and directing documentaries that emphasize humanitarian stories. His poetry and writing stems from a place of emotion. Be it sadness or happiness, if it moves him, it shall be written.
He has taught Sylvia Plath’s ‘The Bell Jar’ at a University course, and much like her, he draws most of his inspiration from pain.
Mohamad has worked in politics for 2 years covering the war in Syria. He launched an English as well as a Kurdish news bulletin to broadcast Syria’s tragedy in as many languages as possible. His goal is to always tell the story, whether through poetry, short stories, or film. He believes everyone has the right to tell the world their emotions.
Mohamad moved to Los Angeles two years ago and is currently a writing student at the James Franco filmmaking masterclass.
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The theme for our 2015 Poetry & Art Expo was abstractly connected to the artwork pictured here by John Vega and the word “Convergence.” We had a lot of fun with this!
2015 GOLD POETRY WINNER
“Procession in Zizkov”
2015 GOLD ART WINNER
“il-giocoliere — juggling”
We are really encouraged by the people working with us. It is inspiring to meet people who are so passionate about the impact of poetry.
Shikha (Saklani) Malaviya is a poet & writer, born in the U.K. and raised in Minnesota and India. Her book, Geography of Tongues, was launched in December 2013, in India, and featured in The Times of India Literary Carnival, Lit.mus & other festivals. Shikha is co-founder of The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective, a literary press.
Jane Varley is the Chair of English and Coordinator of Creative Writing at Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio. She teaches writing and literature, and writes and publishes poetry and nonfiction.
My name is Don and I am a poetryholic. I find myself spending several hours a day either reading or writing poetry. I cannot stop. Please feed my addiction by sending poems to this website so I can judge them. Thank you. Your efforts will no doubt satisfy this poetry junkie.
Don Kingfisher Campbell has just earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University, Los Angeles. His poems have recently appeared in About Place, ..and it happened under cover, A Poet Is A Poet No Matter How Tall, Bicycle Review, Crack The Spine, L.A. Poetry Examiner, Literary Burlesque, Lummox, Men In The Company Of Women, New Verse News, Poetic Breakfast, Poetic Diversity, Poetry & Cookies, Poetry Super Highway, Revolutionary Poets Brigade, Sassafras, Spilt Ink, Statement, Subtopian, Sun Runner, Tower Journal, The Write Room, Writers At Work, and Zouch. He is also the editor of the San Gabriel Valley Poetry Quarterly and host of Saturday Afternoon Poetry at the Santa Catalina Branch of the Pasadena Public Library.
Harry Grammer is a poet/musician, mountain climber and founder of New Earth, an innovation arts and leadership program for youth.
As the Founder and Director of New Earth Programs, Harry brings leadership and vision, along with an extensive background in teaching poetry and self-expression to incarcerated and at-risk youth. For ten years, Harry has been the head instructor for all New Earth programming – offered to over 2,500 incarcerated and formerly incarcerated youth per year in Los Angeles, CA. In addition to developing and teaching core curriculum, and designing new programs, Harry also trains and manages New Earth teaching staff. He has a stellar track record-with an 83% success rate in keeping the kids he works with out of the juvenile probation system once they are released. Harry was the winner of Los Angeles Social Venture Partner’s 2013 Fast Pitch Competition as well as the recipient of the 2012 Josephine “Scout” Fuller Award from Psychologists for Social Responsibility (PsySR).
Harry is currently a Ph.D. student at Pacifica Graduate Institute studying Depth Psychology with an emphasis in Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology, and Eco-Psychology.
A personal note from Mario:
I love to read poems by aspiring writers—to witness their commitment to poetry, their belief that it can express their artistic self, their social-conscious, political ideas, and existential expression of life’s struggles and joys.
Mario René Padilla is a writer of prose, poetry and songs. His poetry and fiction have appeared in North American Review, The Antioch Review, New Letters, Alligator Juniper, The Ledge, INKWELL Magazine, Americas Review, Atlanta Review, Visions International. His first collection of poetry, Reaching Back for the Neverendings, appeared in 1994. He wrote the music and lyrics for Hercules on Normandie in 2006 at the Greenway Court Theater. His unpublished manuscript of poetry, Postcards on the Invented Road, has been a recent finalist in book awards: Red Hen Press, Crab Orchard Review and Silverfish Review’s Gerald Cable Book Award. He earned his M.A. in English from Loyola Marymount and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from U.S.C. He teaches Creative Writing and English literature at Santa Monica College in California.
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I decided that it was not wisdom that enabled poets to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets who deliver all their sublime messages without knowing in the least what they mean. — Socrates