Acquisition Notice: St. Austin’s Review

Now, I don’t want to play favorites or anything but I am super excited to finally have my work being published through a Catholic journal. There’s a lot of times when I don’t feel I can submit certain pieces, or I have certain pieces rejected, from mainstream Protestant Christian publications because the imagery used in said pieces are ‘too Catholic’. Considering that ‘Catholic’ is my own main tradition, and influences me in pretty much everything, this has been rather limiting. Not that I am not extremely grateful to the mainstream Christian publications that have picked up my work- I’m come to realize that it is exceedingly difficult being a modern Christian poet (most every publication not specifically Christian have their one ‘don’t take’ caveat as ‘cannot be a religious poem’ and many Christian publications have very strict guidelines as to what can/cannot go into their publications, subject-wise, rhyming-wise, what specific tenants of doctrine may or may not be mentioned, etc.) So to those who do take a chance on my work, I am exceedingly grateful.

So with that in mind, I’m extremely proud to announce that five of my poems have been picked for inclusion in future print issues of the St. Austin’s Review. I don’t have a set schedule for when they will be published, but I will be keeping everyone updated on that because I AM JUST SO EXCITED. The poems are ‘Our Lady of the Advent’ and ‘Salve Regina’, both of which take a poetic look at the Hail Mary and Hail Holy Queen prayers, ‘The Fall’, ‘Replacing the Tabernacle Candle’ and ‘At the Vigil’.

I will post more about this publication as I get to know about it, but for now, don’t mind me- I’m just having convulsing fits of joy over in the corner.

‘Where to Find Me’ Undergoing Edits

Under the suggestions of one of my professors, I’m editing my ‘Where to Find Me’ page  to make it more easily understandable. To be honest, when I started this blog, I had no idea how much I would actually be able to get published. Only a year into my ‘serious’ career, however, I already have published more than sixty poems and a full collection (including those random pieces I published in high school and whatnot). I’ll be  going through and fixing it more over the next couple of days to make it the most accurate record of my publications available, and will be adding links to the websites of publications that I have been included in. I’ve also been editing my website to make it much more user friendly- if you want to take a look at it and leave me some kind of comments or criticism regarding the changes, or regarding changes you would like to see made to the website, that would be wonderful.

I’m going to be finishing up this current semester of college here in the next week, and I look forward to being much more active on this blog in regards to posting and keeping you all updated on how we will proceed regarding how we will be kicking off the June book-blog tour, planned readings and workshops, and if I will ever actually get around to compiling my next manuscript like I keep promising that I will! (I just finished writing my second novel, so I actually will have more time for other writing projects this summer. I don’t think I was fully aware of how time-consuming each different project can be, if you’re trying to complete more than one!)