Moon Tide is proud to present Matthew Nadelson as its Poet of the Month for December 2013. An English instructor at Norco College, Matthew also leads a creative writing workshop at the Corona Public Library through the Inlandia Institute. He has been featured in more than 20 journals and anthologies and published his first book, American Spirit, through Finishing Line Press in 2011. Two of his pieces, "The World of Poetry" and "Fruits of the Flesh," can be read by clicking here.
As we wrap up another year at Moon Tide, thanks as always to our support team: consulting editor Ricki Mandeville, graphic designer Michael Wada and web designer John Turi. Thanks, as well, to our three great authors for 2013 — Sharon Venezio (The Silence of Doorways), Timothy Matthew Perez (The Savagery of Bone) and John Brantingham (The Green of Sunset). Your enthusiasm and great work help keep us going, and we wish you another great year in 2014.
December 1, 2013 : Posted by Michael Miller
CBS Los Angeles posted a list the other day of "Best Local Poets in Orange County" — and I'm proud to say that three of the five listed are Moon Tide authors. (Congrats, of course, to Chris Davidson and Lorene Delany-Ullman, who round out the list.)
Of Eric Morago, reporter Elle Toussi writes, "Performance carries as much weight as the written word for this Pushcart Prize-nominated poet. … His full-length collection of poetry in What We Ache For illustrates emotion that is raw and real." That book came out from Moon Tide in 2010, and Eric's work also appeared in our 2007 Carving in Bone anthology.
Leigh White, who contributed poems as well as the cover photo for Moon Tide's first anthology, Tide Pools, in 2006, is next on the list. Toussi writes, "The local poet is also a painter that actually discovered the world of art prior to poetry. The first time the Chicago native read her poetry in front of an audience was at the Laguna Beach Brewery in 1998 and she has since done a wide array performances from locations that include The Gypsy Den, The Ugly Mug and many more."
Third is Kate Buckley, who also contributed to Tide Pools and published her first full-length book, A Wild Region, with Moon Tide in 2008. Toussi writes, "Her accomplishments include various prizes, awards and publications. As a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Buckley’s resume is very impressive."
Congrats to Kate and the other poets on the list. Another reason to be thankful this week!
November 27, 2013 : Posted by Michael Miller
Moon Tide's latest collection, The Green of Sunset by John Brantingham, has a three-night engagement coming up this week. On Thursday, John will launch the book at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton. The reading starts at 7:30 p.m. in one of Orange County's most beautiful vintage locations.
The following night, John will share the bill with another John — Gardiner — at Tebot Bach's monthly reading at Golden West College in Huntington Beach. (It's in Community Room 102, in the parking lot off Gothard and Center…once you enter the lot, make a left and head down until you see the cars parked around.) The reading starts at 8 p.m.
Finally, on Saturday, John will read from his work at Gatsby Books, 5535 E. Spring St., Long Beach. The reading starts at 7 p.m. I hope you'll be able to make at least one of the events, as John is a fantastic poet and performer. In the meantime, you can order a copy of his book by clicking here.
November 17, 2013 : Posted by Michael Miller
Moonday West, now "Moonday on Soonday" (third Sunday of the month), will feature Sharon Venezio and Brynn Saito on November 17th at 4 p.m. 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.
Sharon Venezio received an MA in creative writing from San Francisco State University. Her first full-length collection of poems, The Silence of Doorways, was released by Moon Tide Press in March 2013. Her poems have appeared in Spillway, Bellevue Literary Review, Midway Journal, Reed, Transfer and elsewhere. She is co-director of the Valley Contemporary Poets. Read more at www.sharonvenezio.com.
Brynn Saito is the author of The Palace of Contemplating Departure, winner of the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award from Red Hen Press (2013). She also co-authored, with Traci Brimhall, Bright Power, Dark Peace, a chapbook of poetry from Diode Editions (2013). Brynn's work has been anthologized by Helen Vendler and Ishmael Reed; it has also appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, Ninth Letter, Hayden's Ferry Review and Pleiades. Visit her at www.brynnsaito.com.
The Little Theater is at 12420 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. Directions are here.
November 13, 2013 : Posted by Alice Pero