Writing Pens by Maurice G. Lyons
Winner of the 2021 Poetry Is Life Book Award.
How many pens
Have you written
Out of ink -
Did it take?
How many pens
Have you lost -
How much time lapsed
Before they were replaced?
How many pens
Have you trashed -
Because their particular brand
Was not your fit?
How many pens
Have you loved -
Because you were allowed
To speak through it?
Poem of The Week
A Fresh Cut Poetry & Essay Contest - The Fresh Cut Poetry & Essay Contest provides the opportunity for youth ages 8-13 to earn a haircut by writing one original poem, any style or line length or one essay (500 words or less) about family, and what it means to them. Three poems and two essays will be chosen as winners of the contest for each barbershop represented. Vouchers will be given to the winners to be used at the specified barbershop for their haircuts.
Dear Bully: Poems & Compilation Book - Submission dates May 2 - July 29, 2022. Submit poems about your experiences dealing with bullying.
Collecting Ghosts: The Antique Future is available now. This is Jason's fifth boo. These poems are personal in the way that most of them are my direct life experiences. Sharing these very personal feelings and experiences forced me to grow not only as a poet but also as a person. These poems allowed me to speak to pain with peace, shame with salvation, doubt with determination and loss with life.
Tic Tac T(P)oetry:Tic Tac T(P)oetry is a creative poetry project that takes the classic tic-tac-toe game to another level. Instead of putting X’s and O’s in the spaces, you will put words there and those words make up Tic Tac T(P)oetry. There are many options when it comes to how you number your spaces and it gives you many different ways to create a Tic Tac T(P)oetry poem.
Featured Poet - Carolyn June-Jackson
Carolyn June-Jackson, winner of the 2022 Poetry Is Life Book Award shares her book: A Poetic Tribute To Melanin Sisters Reclaiming Their Time & Standing In Their Power. She believes “her first calling” is to showcase, celebrate, and applaud African-American females of all ages and walks of life: their unique features, inner strength, and dominant influence within their race. Though she began writing in the 1980’s, she didn’t take her writing seriously until the 2000’s.
Quote Of The Month
If you look at what you have in life, you'll always have more.
If you look at what you don't have in life, you'll never have enough.
- Oprah Winfrey
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In the contest tab, there are contests that feature motherhood, fatherhood. There are also contest focused on youth and their writing. New contests are in the works.
Submissions for The Voices of Real 7 will be available soon.
Info on the 2023 Poetry Is Life Book Award will be available soon.
You've taken the time to write down your thoughts, your feelings and your experiences on paper bags, on the back of grocery receipts, on take out menus, on utility, credit card and medical bills, you've even temporarily tattooed your skin with ink so you wouldn't forget that thought, that feeling or that experience. Inspiration, like life, cannot be predicted. You have made yourself vulnerable and open to criticism,...
The End Is Near - $10
Marjorie F. Burr
Just Like Me - $12
Emma J. Harris
My mother would say all the time how blessed she was to have met Jason. She had been writing songs and poetry since she was a teenager and it was always her dream to be published. I remember being young and retrieving manilla envelopes from the mailbox that were self addressed. When I asked her about she tried to explain that since she neither knew nor could afford a publisher, this was the only way she knew to get some type of protection for her work.
-Nyiesha Peake, daughter of Valarie Pugh Peake; author of A Time To Heal.
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Poetry Is Life Publishing is a book publishing company that takes great pride in helping poets turn their lives into books, while also helping poets turn their books into life. This is achieved by providing affordable, quality, personalized, professional and genuine book publishing and related services.
To bring awareness & change to sensitive issues in society through poetry. To create and promote programs that feature poetry, other forms of creative writing and art centered around a specific topic, theme or cause. To provide a creative platform to showcase poetry that challenges life, creates a community, a culture of listening, with the ears of the heart.
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