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20121020_180949-1Moon Tide is proud to present Loraine Ferrara as its April Poet of the Month. A Massachusetts native and nurse at Hospice of Saddleback Valley, Loraine has been published in the 2011 Windflower Press anthology She Writes and belongs to the venerable Laguna Poets Workshop. Two of her fine pieces, "Autumn Journey" and "I Miss Those Old Men," can be read by clicking here.

For those keeping track, April is National Poetry Month. Some celebrate this month by undertaking the "30/30 Challenge," writing one poem each day from April 1 to 30. Is that hard? Read my column in the Daily Pilot from last year and be the judge!

April 1, 2014  :  Posted by Michael Miller

EMBERS ON THE STAIRS 012314 CVR.inddMoon Tide is proud to announce the release of its 21st book, Embers on the Stairs by Ruth Bavetta. This autumnal collection continues the recent streak by its author, whose Fugitive Pigments came out last year from FutureCycle Press. Ruth's poems have also appeared in North American Review, Rattle, Poetry New Zealand and other publications.

Embers on the Stairs, which will launch March 13 at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center, marks a new creative phase for Moon Tide. Last March, the press began its 2013 releases with Sharon Venezio's The Silence of Doorways. In July, it followed with Timothy Matthew Perez's The Savagery of Bone. Then, in November, John Brantingham's The Green of Sunset closed out the year. Ruth's book, on the other hand, is titled Embers on the Stairs. So, after three consecutive titles structured around the word "of," Moon Tide has boldly embraced a new preposition.

Once again, the press thanks its contributors and the patrons who have helped fund it over the years. Embers on the Stairs features an evocative cover photo by Jeff Alfier as well as a foreword by Joan Colby. Gratitude, also, to Moon Tide's production team: consulting editor Ricki Mandeville, graphic designer Michael Wada and web designer John Turi.

As with all new authors, Ruth is Moon Tide's Poet of the Month, and two pieces from the book can be read by clicking here. And if you'd like to purchase an advance copy of Embers on the Stairs, you may do so here. We hope to see you at the Muckenthaler!

March 1, 2014  :  Posted by Michael Miller

John Brantingham photoDear Friends,

Moonday West, now "Moonday on Soonday," will feature the video montage "Ants on the Sidewalk" and John Brantingham on Sunday, Feb. 16 at its new venue, the Little Theater on the West Side. Conveniently and centrally located, the Little Theater offers an intimate yet theatrical setting for our excellent readers. We look forward to a very exciting afternoon of poetry from these two excellent poets and our usual amazing open reading.

John Brantingham is an MFA from Cal State Long Beach and teaches composition and creative writing at Mt. San Antonio College. He has had hundreds of poems, essays and short stories published in the United States and Europe in venues such as Garrison Keillor's Writer's Almanac, Tears in the Fence, The Journal, Confrontation and Pearl Magazine. Along with his wife and friends he helps to run the San Gabriel Valley Literary Festival, a nonprofit that brings poetry readings to the San Gabriel Valley. His books include Let Us All Pray Now to Our Own Strange Gods (literary short stories), The Green of Sunset (prose poems), Mann of War (a crime novel), East of Los Angeles (a poetry collection), and The Gift of Form (an instruction guide for writing formal poetry).

The reading starts at 4 p.m. at the theater at 12420 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. There is an open reading, so come early to sign up.

February 8, 2014  :  Posted by Alice Pero

chris_wesley_web_pixMoon Tide is happy to present Chris Wesley as its February Poet of the Month. A versatile artist who works in fiction, theater, film and more, Chris will be featured along with myself and Ethiopian poet Christine Johannes on KPFK's Poets Cafe, and two of his pieces, "Emergency" and "Simple Pleasures," can be read by clicking here.

There's plenty of poetry action ahead this month, with the San Gabriel Valley Literary Festival, the Orange County Department of Education's Poetry Out Loud competition and more. Check in for updates as the weeks roll out.

February 1, 2014  :  Posted by Michael Miller