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19th annual free contest, sponsored by Winning Writers and Duotrope. $2,250 in cash prizes, including a top prize of $1,000. No fee to enter. Submit one humor poem online by April 1 deadline. Both published and unpublished work welcome.

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Music Speaks by Bill CushingCheck out Music Speaks, Bill Cushing’s award-winning chapbook—now re-published

Called “a visceral experience of music through words” by contest judge and publisher Don Kingfisher Campbell, this winning entry of the 2019 National Poetry Month San Fernando Poetry Festival chapbook competition is now updated to include illustrations along with an “encore” of two new pieces.

Vatsala Radhakeesoon (Mauritian poet, translator, and artist) wrote that “Music Speaks is a lovely tribute to the multi-faceted aspects of music and musicians.”


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John Sibley Williams, author of As One Fire Consumes Another (Orison Poetry Prize), Skin Memory (Backwaters Prize), and Summon (JuxtaProse Chapbook Prize) specializes in poetry consultations, critiques, coaching, marketing, representation. 

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Check Out A Decade of Sundays Anthology

A Decode of Sundays
Founded in 2009, the Second Sunday Poetry Series has become one of the leading poetry events in the Los Angeles area. This anthology collects 59 of the more than 100 poets who have appeared over the last ten years.

Check it out on Amazon here.

The Poetry Salon presents The Poetry Saloncast

The Poetry SaloncastTune in to our new weekly podcast, where award-winning poets Tresha Faye Haefner and Kelly Grace Thomas interview their favorite poets, asking them what got them started writing, what keeps them going and what advice they can give others about revising a rough draft! At the end of each season Tresha and Kelly put those techniques into practice and discuss how the advice they received helped them grow as poets and as human beings.

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The Night Goes on All Night – Noir Inspired Poems edited by Rick Lupert

The Night Goes On All Night - Noir Inspired Poems

Turn out the light, then turn it back on, then do it again…someone outside is watching and this is the code they need to see. Read this book and enter a world where the night goes on all night. Conceived as part of the Los Angeles Poetry Festival’s “Night and the City”, 2011 Noir Festival, this collection was released as part of the “Valley Noir” event at the Cobalt Cafe in Canoga Park. It includes noir-inspired new and selected poems from E. Amato, Michael C. Ford, Michael Cluff, Brendan Constantine, Mike Daily, Gloria Derge, Peggy Dobreer, Jerry Garcia, Joelle Hannah, Kris Huelgas, Elizabeth Iannaci, Jack Bowman, Ruth Nolan, Marc Olmsted, Kevin Patrick Sullivan, Angela Penaredondo, Douglas Richardson, Anthony Seidman, Eric Steineger, Eric Tuazon, Mehnaz Turner, Wyatt Underwood, Wanda VanHoy Smith and Florence Weinberger. Edited by Los Angeles poet and Cobalt Cafe series curator Rick Lupert.

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Hunka Hunka Howdee! by Rick Lupert – New Poems from Memphis, Nashville, and Louisville


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Ain’t Got No Press
May 2019
276 Pages
Hunka Hunka Howdee! Poems written in Memphis, Nashville and Louisville

Rick Lupert’s 23rd collection of poems and latest travelogue written on the go in Memphis, Nashville, and Louisville. Two music cities, the birthplace of rock and Roll, Martin Luther King’s final steps and barrels full of bourbon are no escape from Lupert’s keen poetic eye and wit.”The best of these poems come close enough to being both seductive satire and genuinely sentimental encounters that you will want to linger with their wit…Lupert’s deftly sketched poems will help you keep “one foot each on and off / the beaten path” of skeptical wonder at the world’s on-going peculiarities.”

–Bill Mohr, author of The Headwaters of Nirvana,
and HOLDOUTS: The Los Angeles Poetry Renaissance 1948-1992

“Being a Memphian I was particularly enthralled by how much of my city he captures in his short, beguiling lines. This delightful collection is a trip with such a charming guide you’ll want to take it over and over.”

–Corey Mesler, author of Madstones and Memphis Movie

Click here to read poems from Hunka Hunka Howdee!

Three New Books by Rick Lupert

Professor Clown on Parade by Rick Lupert.

Professor Clown
on Parade

poetry written in Vermont, Maine and Connecticut

“A brilliant, beer-fogged take on America by one of the funniest, smartest poets around.”

Alexis Rhone Fancher
poetry editor, Cultural Weekly, seven-time Pushcart nominee

Donut Famine by Rick Lupert.

Romancing the Blarney Stone
poetry written
in Ireland

“Funny, observant and comforting, “Romancing the Blarney Stone” is a fine read from one of my favorite poets.”

Amber Tamblyn
author and Actress

Donut Famine by Rick Lupert.

Donut Famine
poetry written in
New Orleans

“…a delicate balance of reportage, recollection, and lyric introspection. More than an anthology of latest work…a complete experience. All aboard.”

Brendan Constantine
author of ‘Dementia,
My Darling’

$19.95, Paberback, 296 pages
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$19.95, Paberback, 258 pages
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$19.95, Paberback, 232 pages
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Rick Lupert Live and Dead – Spoken Word Album

Rick Lupert Live and Dead - Spoken Word Album - 23 live and studio recordings.Rick Lupert’s first (and possibly last) spoken word album features 23 tracks – 15 studio and 8 live recordings – It captures his unique humor and poetic sensibility and is available now digitally and as an actual physical CD. (We’re all old enough to remember physical media, right?)

Check out clips from the entire album and get your own physical or digital copy here.

Making Love to the 50 Ft. Woman, Poems 1998-2015, Rick Luperts 17th Book

Making Love to the 50 Ft. Woman, Poems 1998-2015, Rick Luperts 17th BookWith a foreword by Brendan Constantine

Rick Lupert’s seventeenth poetry collection, Making Love to the 50 Ft. Woman (Rothco Press, May 2015), is the long awaited follow up to, and first collection of Lupert’s selected works since, 1997’s I am My Own Orange County. Lupert’s poetry exists at the intersections of the wise and the ridiculous, the spectacular and the mundane. The humor and deeper themes throughout his work will win over the generations of people who’ve come to regard poetry as an inaccessible literary art. These poems, written over the last two decades, have been widely published in dozens of journals, zines, and anthologies from all over the world. They’re rooted in the every day Los Angeles experience and take you through fatherhood, traffic, love, death, and the inevitable experience of finding a wrapped sausage on the sidewalk. You’ll learn how to kiss, you’ll meet the cutest leaf in the world, you’ll say goodbye to Pete Seeger and Robin Williams, you may even relive your own childhood. Get ready to Make Love to the Fifty Ft. Woman. Don’t wear anything complicated.

Click here to read poetry from Making Love to the 50 Ft. Woman and get your copy.

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We are now accepting poems & short stories!

DREAM QUEST ONE POETRY & WRITING CONTEST is open to anyone who enjoys expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful literary art of poetry and/or writing a story that is worth telling everyone!

Guidelines: (1) Write a poem, 30 lines or fewer on any subject, form or style. And/or (2) Write a short story, 5 pages maximum length, single or double line spacing, on any subject or theme, fiction, non-fiction, or creative nonfiction. Multiple entries are accepted.

Prizes: Writing First Prize is $500; Second: $250; Third: $100.
Poetry First Prize: $250; Second: $125; Third: $50.

Entry fees: $5 per poem/$10 per story.

Postmark deadline: December 28, 2019

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Ekphrastia Gone Wild: poems inspired by art edited by Rick Lupert

Ekphrastia Gone Wild: Poems inspired by art - edited by Rick Lupert

Ekphrastia Gone Wild (Ain’t Got No Press, July, 2013) is an anthology of ekphrastic poetry – poetry inspired by other works of art (including painting, film, literature, photography and more) including work by Nobel Prize winning poet Wislawa Szymborska along with a roster of 87 poets from all over the world including Suzanne Lummis, Laurel Ann Bogen, Jerry Quickly, Brendan Constantine, Gerald Locklin, Robert Wynne and many more, edited by Los Angeles poet Rick Lupert

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The Gettysburg Undress – Rick Lupert’s 16th Book

The Gettysburg Undress: Poems from Gettysburg, PA, Washington, DC, Richmond, VA, Baltimore, MD., and environs - Rick Luperts 16th BookThe Gettysburg Undress: Poems from Gettysburg, PA, Washington, DC, Richmond, VA, Baltimore, MD., and environs – Rick Luperts 16th Book

“Rick Lupert’s The Gettysberg Undress is a delightful romp through the museums and tourist attractions of the mid-Atlantic States. I found it more believable than Steinbeck’s Travels with Charlie. His wife, Addie, is a more interesting personality by far than a poodle. His observations are written in a minimalist style which is a cross between Basho and Brautigan. Each poem is a tiny masterpiece. Some poems, like “Animal Hospital,” strike a ghostly chord. His humor is inclusive, making the reader part of the mission – to bring the fun back to poetry by entertaining the heck out of you, plus making you think about the world.”

~ Hal Sirowitz, former Poet Laureate of Queens, New York, Author “Mother Said”

I’m very excited to have joined the Rothco Press family with the very first title in their Caffeine Poetry Series, and my sixteenth collection of poetry, written on location while traveling through the sites, museums and restaurants of the cradle of the Civil War.

Click here to read poetry from the book and to see about getting your own copy.

Death of a Mauve Bat by Rick Lupert

Death of a Mauve Bat by Rick Lupert

Death of a Mauve Bat: The Poet’s Experiences in, and on the way to and from, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

“I know of no other poet able to establish intimacy with the reader as fast as Lupert. If this is your first experience of his work, I urge you to receive him as you would any friend of a friend.” ~ Brendan Constantine

Rick Lupert’s brings you back to the hidden Canada in the follow up to his 2011 collection, Sinzibuckwud! written in Montreal, Death of a Mauve Bat steers you through Toronto and Niagara Falls with Lupert’s one of a kind satirical filter. You’ll learn Toronto like no-one ever should. You’ll climb an unfinished castle, drink a blue drink, mosey in and out of the requisite museums and wonder at the ekphrastic glories that are revealed. You’ll wander the streets in search of vegetarian hot dogs and stand in the lights which illuminated the most famous funnytarians of our time. Throw away your guidebook, bring this instead. (okay, maybe bring both.) This is travelogue poetry for the 21st century. (160 Pages, Ain’t Got No Press, January 2012)

Learn more about Death of a Mauve Bat, read sample poems and get your own copy here.