Greetings and salutations:
It’s been a bit since I last updated this blog. October has been a event-filled month for me, in both my personal life and in my writing/publishing career. Here are some of the highlights of my October:
- Poet of the Month. The Poetry Company named me their Featured Poet for October. I shared a couple of poems and left a statement about myself and my writing. It was a great honor to be showcased by this group that is doing amazing things for poetry and poets.
- College Visit. I was invited to speak to a class of Freshman Comp. students at Towson University. I talked about ways to use writing in everyday life, and a little about myself as a writer, poet and publisher.
- Postcard Prose. My publishing company, Hidden Clearing Books, LLC, released its first installment in a series called Postcard Prose & Poems (PP&P). Basically it is a work of micro-fiction or a short poem on a postcard. The first one is a a micro-fiction piece by a gifted Baltimore writer, Timmy Reed, titled “The Bridge.” The illustration for the postcard was done by a guy I’ve worked with before, Goodloe Byron. Next month will be a short poem by another Baltimore writer, Stephanie M. Barber. They make great gifts for the holiday season or any occasion.
- Exemplary Review. My poetry collection The Collected Poems of A. Jarrell Hayes was reviewed by Grace Cavalieri in her October 2013 Exemplars feature for Washington Independent Review of Books. In her review, she says, “[t]he poems are folkloric, mythical and personal. An intelligent rhetoric illustrates this poet’s life process.” I am pleased that my book was well-received.
- Good King In Print. I finally released the first 3 books in the Good King Saga fantasy series in print. Books 1 & 2 are re-releases, while this is the first time book 3, Death of the Good King, has been in print. I’m excited by this accomplishment that took 9 years to happen!
October was full of treats for me, including receiving pleasant life-altering news. How was your month? Anything new you’d like to share? Leave a comment.
A. Jarrell Hayes