Ruminate Magazine- Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize $1500

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Friends, we’re now accepting entries for the 2017 Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize! 

Every year the poetry prize lifts us up. Poets invite us to experience moments with them, calling us to be present and reflect on this beautiful, fragile, mysterious life. We join them, honored to take part in this witnessing.

Share your poems with us this year!

Here are the details:

  • Two poems per entry, up to 40 lines each.
  • $20 entry fee
  • $1500 cash prize and publication in an upcoming issue awarded to the winning poet
  • $200 and publication in an upcoming issue awarded to the runner-up poet.
  • Final judge Shane McCrae

The contest closes May 15th, 2017, so click here to mark the date on your calendars!


Kristin George Bagdanov

Poetry Editor
Ruminate Magazine

Our days are often busy and loud, yet we feel empty and asleep. Storytelling and art reminds us to slow down and live more fully awake with compassion, creativity, and curiosity. 

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J J Amaworo Wison Author- DAMNIFICADOS Novel Awarded 2016 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award

News from PM Press
JJ Amaworo Wilson has been awarded the 2016 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award in the fiction category for his novel Damnificados. The awards list is comprised of published authors from the two neighboring states recognized in several categories ranging from Anthropology to Young Readers. To celebrate, both the novel and the eBook are now available for half-price!
$15.95   |  288 Pages
ISBN: 9781629631172

A Novel   


JJ Amaworo Wilson


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Damnificados is loosely based on the real-life occupation of a half-completed skyscraper in Caracas, Venezuela, the Tower of David. In this fictional version, six hundred “damnificados”—-vagabonds and misfits—-take over an abandoned urban tower and set up a community complete with schools, stores, beauty salons, bakeries, and a rag-tag defensive militia. Their always heroic (and often hilarious) struggle for survival and dignity pits them against corrupt police, the brutal military, and the tyrannical “owners.”

Taking place in an unnamed country at an unspecified time, the novel has elements of magical realism: avenging wolves, biblical floods, massacres involving multilingual ghosts, arrow showers falling to the tune of Beethoven’s Ninth, and a trash truck acting as a Trojan horse. The ghosts and miracles woven into the narrative are part of a richly imagined world in which the laws of nature are constantly stretched and the past is always present.
“A community of indigents attempting to settle in an unfinished skyscraper lock horns with the wealthy and powerful in this willfully strange debut novel. The crippled walk, two-headed beasts emerge from the gloom, and the earth swallows armies whole in a climax that’s an apocalyptic revenge fantasy.”
—-O Magazine, “16 Books to Start 2016 Right”
“Mr. Wilson, whose influences run from sci-fi to Steinbeck, tells his underdog story with lusty energy, filling it with all manner of portents and miracles, ‘like something out of the Bible,’ as one onlooker exclaims.”
—-Wall Street Journal 
“The author’s elegant language makes even the darkest of situations beautiful. Sure to attract readers who enjoy a touch of magic mixed in with their tales of social justice.”
—-Library Journal



JJ Amaworo Wilson is a German-born, British-educated debut novelist. Based in the U.S., he has lived in 9 countries and visited 60. He is a prize-winning author of over 20 books about language and language learning. Damnificados is his first major fiction work. His short fiction has been published by Penguin, Johns Hopkins University Press, and myriad literary magazines in England and the U.S.

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The National Writers Union Tucson- Hosting Norah Booth at new location and open mic

The National Writers Union Tucson- Hosting Norah Booth at new location and open mic

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GDCA – February 2017 Invites you to two receptions “Echoes” & “Presidential Distress”

GDCA cordially invites you to join us for our February, 2017 Artist Reception,
celebrating not one, but two exhibits this month: “Echoes” & “Presidential Distress”.

“Echoes” is a group-show, featuring Mixed Media Works, Digital Art and Paintings.

“Presidential Distress” is a solo offering in 2 parts, of Architect/Artist/Activist
Neil Bernstein, whose politically charged installations have gained attention
since his internationally exhibited museum works collection of
“9.11 WTC Ash-works & Debris Memorial Paintings”.
This month he is launching his latest series of “Presidential Distress Flags”.

What ties both exhibitions together, is an inherent advocacy and expression of diversity,
while examining the dialectics of the ‘American Dream’, as it is being redefined.

Additionally, we are excited to announce a surprise-unveiling of the most recent
and final piece in artist Ni Li’s ‘We Are Parts of the Culture’
Calligraphy – Mixed Media series: “Velvet Dreamers”!

Please join us!

WHEN: Saturday, February 18th from 6pm – 10pm.
WHERE: GDCA Gallery / 727 South Spring Street / Los Angeles, CA 90014 (between 7th & 8th Streets)

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Society of Southwestern Authors- John Newport Presents “Heroes of the Shooting of Gabrielle Giffords & Lessons to be Learned”

The Society of Southwestern Authors
At the Hotel Tucson (Inn Suites)
From 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Hotel Tucson
475 N. Granada, Tucson, AZ 85701
Coming from the north or south on I-10, take the St. Marys/Speedway exit. Go East to Granada St. traffic light. Turn right on Granada. Second driveway is the Hotel Tucson. OR traveling west on Speedway, cross Stone Ave.  Next left is Main St. Turn left, cross RR tracks. Go straight. Main becomes Granada at traffic light, and second right driveway is The Hotel Tucson.
John Newport
“Heroes of the Shooting of Gabrielle Giffords & Lessons to be Learned”
**(Also SSA pays Tribute to Penny Porter for her years of hard work and many contributions to the writing community of Tucson and SSA. Yea Penny!)
**Please save March 4th, 2017 for our NEW SSA
Self-Publishing Expo to be held at the Expo Center on Irvington** Please check the website: for exciting details and plan to join the fun. Win the raffle prize-enjoy a weekend in Napa Valley in fabulous wine country.
Forum Reservations:
**Email Only Please:
 Phone# 520-809-5008 leave a message for Danette
by Wednesday Feb.15th,2017
Cost: $25.00 w/ RSVP $30.00 at the door

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Trinity University Theater- Presents A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

Photo Credit: Siggi Ragnar of sRagnar Fotografi
A Midsummer Night’s Dream

by William Shakespeare

Directed by Stieren Guest Artist Nona Shepphard
The well-known comedy follows four Athenian lovers as they lose themselves in a wood of mischievous fairies, rustic players and misfired love potions.  Everyone pursues each other on the eve of midsummer-a night when anything can happen. Trinity’s production relies on its actors to create the world of the play using physicality, music, and imagination. “I don’t want to tell the audience what to think,” says Nona Shepphard. “The theatre can create spectacle and magic with practically nothing.”
Director Nona Shepphard
A Midsummer Night’s Dream opens the weekend of February 17-19, and will continue February 22-25 in the Stieren Theatre, located in the Ruth Taylor Theatre Building. Curtain times are 8:00pm Friday and Saturday, 2:30pm Sunday, and 7:00pm on Wednesday and Thursday. 
Ticket prices are $12.00 for Adults, $8.00 for Seniors, Faculty/Staff, Alumni, and $6.00 for Students. Tickets can be purchased online at and at the theatre box office Monday through Friday, 2-5p.m. Reservations can be made by calling 210-999-8515 or emailing The box office is also open one hour prior to each performance.
February 17-19 & 22-25
Curtain times: Friday & Saturday | 8pm
Wednesday & Thursday | 7pm

Sunday | 2pm

Located in the Stieren Theatre inside the Ruth Taylor Theatre Building
THURSDAY, February 16: Free preview performance at 7pm! Come encourage our cast and crew during their final dress performance. 
All are welcome! 
$12: Adults
$8: Faculty/Staff
$8: Seniors
$8: Alumni
$6: Non-TU Students
Reservations are strongly encouraged. Call 210-999-8515, email, or CLICK HERE buy your tickets online. 
Trinity University Theatre. 1 Trinity Place, Ruth Taylor Theatre, SA, TX 78212


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Neil Bernstein Artist- Art Exhibition PRESIDENTIAL DISTRESS

Subject: “PRESIDENTIAL DISTRESS-9.11″Art exhibition Downtown L.A. opens February 9th Artwalk @GDCA Gallery 727 S. Spring st 90014

PBS, Univision, CBS, Telemundo, NBC, NPR, S.A.TV , NOVA TV Eastern Bloc Europe . “Born on Memorial Day” Commander-“Creative Department of Defense” ” Crrreators ” see” The Politics of Haunting and Memory in International Relations” “Trans-Pacific WWII -Japan Memorial 2017″ , Intelligent museum, diplomatic, and public arts since 1976 U.S. Army Artist Ft. Gordon, Ft. Jackson etc. . Designed and built First-responder memorials from wreckage at World Trade Center 2001-2003 , The New Lincoln Veterans Memorial 2015-, Golden Gates Immigration Water Bridge -Memorial gateways @U.S.-Mexico Borders, FEMA Area 3 Seaside Heights NJ, Lower 9th Ward- Hurricane Katrina, The Working Man’s Memorial -Scranton, Pennsylvania . International media spokesman for” Art After 9/11″ . Bringing museum Arts and memorials to the six-O’clock news since 9/11. Museum exhibitions: The
Netherlands, South Africa, Eastern Europe, Israel and America since 1989. Museum -University lectures on request.

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