I like to write short stories and poetry. Some of my stories have made finalist with Glimmer Train (2012) and 2011 and 2013 Press 53 Open Awards for short-short story category. The Light is posted at 100 Word Story (July 2013). One of my 53-word stories written for Prime Number was selected by Wigleaf as one of its Top 50 (2013).
My first chapbook, unsettled (Author's Choice, Main Street Rag), was runner-up for the 2010 Oscar Arnold Young Award: best book of poetry in NC. Other work is in Iodine Journal, four Main Street Rag anthologies, a Jacar Press anthology and Blue Collar Review. A lot of my work is about work.
I started 14 Words for Love, a social-literary activist project, in January 2013. Valentine's Day, Pay it Forward Day, Peace One Day and 100,000 Poets for Peace are our main events. Writers and non writers are encouraged to write 14-word poems or stories and share these on our site or on social media. All work posted is downloaded and available for everyone to print out and distribute to communities. During Valentine's Day 2013, several thousand people wrote poems; they were distributed on four continents. http://14wordsforlove.com
My author webpage: http://jodibarnes.com
To read a sample of my poems, please go to http://unsettledpoems.com.
Meg Pokrass's Damn Sure Right and Darlin Neal's Rattlesnakes & the Moon are two collections I really love. Cliff Garstang's What the Zhang Boys Know and Joe Bathanti's the High Heart also rock.
Meg Pokrass's Damn Sure Right and Darlin Neal's Rattlesnakes & the Moon are two examples of writing that get me excited about stretching my imagined boundaries. I am also fueled by The Sun, a stunning, monthly stream of good poetry, fiction and nonfiction, based in Chapel Hill, close to where I live.
Other authors I admire: Tom Robbins, Studs Terkel, Philip Levine, Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, Auden, Dorianne Laux and countless others.
I am most concerned about social justice and multicultural issues. Many times, these revolve around the contexts of work and education.
Some authors are cited, above.
Skinny Legs and All, Tom Robbins
The Hours, Mark Cunningham
The Antidote, Oliver Burkeman
Working, Studs Terkel
The Book of Men, Dorianne Laux
The Odyssey and The Iliad
Damn Sure Right, Meg Pokrass
Rattlesnakes & the Moon, Darlin Neal
Native Guard, Natasha Trethewey
Lighthead, Terrance Hayes
High Heart, Joseph Bathanti
Just noticed your kind comments on my piece, "Oyster." Thank you so much...
Many thanks Jodi for your comments on "Manhattan Billy Budd". Much appreciated. Very glad to come to your work also!
Jodi, thank you for reading Brides!
Jodi, hi! Thank you for reading The Chance of Rain. Can't wait to dig into your work!
Thank you for reading and commenting on "Let the Others Drool," Jodi. Much appreciated.
Hi Jodi, thanks for reading Sliding Windows, and thanks for commenting, too; i appreciate both. fos.
Thanks so much for the comment on The Wall, my little love story. Appreciate you reading my work. Great seeing more of you here, too.
Thanks for your insightful comments about Eleventh Hour, Jodi.
Thank you, Marcy. I am only now realizing how wonderful this site is. Taking some time to post and read. I am honored to be part of it!
Welcome to Fictionaut. Glad you are here.