SS Photo By Natalee MalloryLee Mallory may have departed the Orange County poetry scene, but that doesn't mean that he's retired from poetry — or, for that matter, that the local media is through with him. John Glionna of the Los Angeles Times wrote a front-page story last week about Lee's mission to bring poetry to a decidedly non-poetry city: Las Vegas, where he recently moved. Here's hoping that as a result of this story, "I'm talking up here!" will become a catchphrase for streetwise poets, in the same vein of Dustin Hoffman's "I'm walking here!" in Midnight Cowboy encouraged pedestrians to stand up to errant cab drivers.

Glionna's piece pulls no punches — he describes the reactions of a less-than-receptive crowd, among other things — but it gives a perfect sense of Lee's passion for bringing poetry beyond the classroom, and also his refusal to take no for an answer. You can read the entire piece here.

July 20, 2014  :  Posted by Michael Miller

A-LIKELY-STORY-052314-CVRMoon Tide is proud to announce the release of its 22nd book, Robbi Nester's A Likely Story. The book, which consists of 59 poems and features a wrap-around cover painting by Mary Boxley Bullington, is Nester's first full-length collection. Coincidentally, it follows the first full-length collection by her husband, Richard Nester, whose Buffalo Laughter came out from Kelsay Books in February.

Robbi’s past credits include the chapbook Balance (White Violet, 2012) and the anthology The Liberal Media Made Me Do It! (Nine Toes, 2014), which she edited. A longtime fixture at Orange County open readings, she lives in Lake Forest and has had poems published in Broadsided, Qarrtsiluni, Prompt & Circumstance, Poetic Diversity, Edwin E. Smith Publishing and elsewhere.

Robbi's book will have its official launch at a private party July 10, with public readings July 27 at Gatsby Books in Long Beach and July 30 at the Ugly Mug in Orange. In the meantime, you can click here to order a copy or check out two of her poems on our Poet of the Month page.

July 1, 2014  :  Posted by Michael Miller

TheaFormal300dpiMoon Tide is proud to present Thea Iberall as its Poet of the Month for June. The poetry editor for Hummingbird Review, Thea focused her first book of contextual poems, The Sanctuary of Artemis (Tebot Bach), on the roots of Western patriarchal culture. She just published a visionary novel, The Swallow and the Nightingale, where a scientist puts her life on the line to help wake up humanity.

Thea takes care of her 100-year-old mom, experiencing life at its fullest at the edge of death, and this experience provided the subject matter for her two poems featured here, "Hard K Sounds" and "I should know something about death. I have been in the seat." Click here to read both pieces.

June 1, 2014  :  Posted by Michael Miller

idon'tlikestraws_mdAs some of you may know, Moon Tide author Eric Morago is a huge comic book fan and has an encyclopedic knowledge of Marvel Comics (see his poem "Thor Loses His Hammer" from the 2010 book What We Ache For). Now, he's parlayed that expertise into a new gig hosting videos with the YouTube channel BoredomBreak, and the site is offering a special deal. Viewers can win a one-of-a-kind X-Men collage by artist Erick Ruvalcaba (@nerdfestEtsy on Instagram) if they take three easy steps:

1. Subscribe to BoredomBreak's YouTube channel.

2. Watch the GeekBreak video segment in which Eric and Hayley Katherine Briggs discuss X-Men: Days of Future Past and the X-Men franchise.

3. Leave a comment either agreeing with Eric or Hayley or provide your own opinion of X-Men: Days of Future Past.

One lucky subscribed entrant will be chosen to receive the collage. As they say, excelsior!

May 27, 2014  :  Posted by Michael Miller