Poets Coffee Table Talk – April 5th!

Click this Meetup Link to attend!!

What we’ll do

Just like in the old days when poets came together, perhaps imbibed, or had some coffee, and talked about the problems of the world and how they would use poetry to speak their minds. This is a Coffee Table Talk.

We will have a select group of panelists:

Susi Bocks
Chyrel J. Jackson
Maxima Kahn
LaVan Robinson

For this event, Susi Bocks will be sharing about her anthology of poetry as well as some of the poets involved will share their poetry.

We will also be talking about using poetry for social change.

Lisa Tomey will be the moderator.

Audience participation is encouraged after the panel discussion.

About Our Panelists:

Susi Bocks, writer/author/poet, has self-published two books – “Feeling Human” and “Every Day I Pause” and is the Editor of “The Short of It,” which she is developing into a anthology. You can find her work at IWriteHer.com or follow her on Facebook, where she invites you to read her thoughts to get to know her. Bocks’ work has been published in the anthology “SMITTEN: This Is What Love Looks Like: Poetry by Women for Women” and in VitaBrevis, Spillwords, Literary Yard, and other literary magazines.

Chyrel J. Jackson is a poet and artist who, along with her sister Lyris D. Wallace, published “Different Sides of the Same Coin.” It is a modern collage of poetry as experienced from the Black female perspective of 2 sisters and authors. This collection of poems is refreshing and unique. It is a heartwarming work of new age black voice and spoken word. This adaptation highlights the human experience of life, love, loss, parting and sorrow. Timeless wording, honestly written with a little of the unexpected. Black Expression has never been more relevant and real. This work is an interesting twist on Harlem Renaissance revisited as it collides with 2020 social struggles of our current time. In no short order we are reminded of why written and spoken word is so vital to the sustenance of African American Literature. Website: sistersrocnrhyme.com

Maxima Kahn is a writer of poetry, essays and fiction. Her debut collection of poems, “Fierce Aria,” was published by Finishing Line Press in 2020. Her work has been featured in numerous literary journals and on popular blogs and she has twice been nominated for Best of the Net. She has received scholarships and fellowships to the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley and the Vermont Studio Center. Her popular workshops and one-on-one mentoring in poetry, creative writing and The Artist’s Way have helped hundreds of people to unleash their creative gifts, realize their aspirations and create lives of passion, purpose and deep play. Having taught formerly at the University of California, Davis Extension, she now teaches and blogs at BrilliantPlayground.com. You can get intimate, insider access to her creative projects and process at Patreon.com/MaximaKahn. She is also an improvisational violinist, an award-winning composer and a dancer.

Veteran Larry Richardson started writing poetry in high school and as of October 2010 he published the second edition of “Songs of Lala – the Poet” Richardson shared, “I love poetry and will use it to inspire people and bring them closer to God.” He writes under the penname of LAVAN ROBINSON in honor of his mother, Mary Robinson. Robinson has published 4 books of poetry and is working on his 5th, a collaboration. Other books by Robinson: “Love’s Rhapsody,” “Cries of a Society,” and “Love’s Anticipation.”

The Short of It – Anthology Update!

Work on the publication is chugging along quite well! The pieces are selected, the cover has been produced and the rest is coming together nicely. I hope that you are all as excited as I am! Stay tuned, the compilation of the fine work of our contributors will be published very soon. 🙂

Prolific Pulse Press – Heart Beats Anthology Update!!

My hiatus was interrupted with a wonderful email from Lisa Tomey. I just had to share it with you! 🙂

Such a great way to start the day – good news in my inbox. I received the notification that my submitted pieces were accepted for Prolific Pulse Press’ Heart Beats Anthology! The publication date of the anthology is scheduled for April 1 or sooner. More details to follow!

It is an honor to be a part of this “anthology of poetry about the various aspects of what makes us tick or makes a heart beat. This will be about love, life, happiness, anything that makes life more joyful or tolerable.

Anthology Update


Some of you already know I will finish out the last featured writers this month. There are five more left to present their work. Beginning next week, they’ll be presented throughout the rest of the month, not just on Fridays. I’ve closed down submissions to The Short of It in order to concentrate on the anthology to be produced in 2021, target month June but hopefully much sooner than that! I look forward to seeing our featured artist’s work reproduced in book form! Stay tuned for more information in January.

For anyone who has experience with graphics or interested in helping with the cover design, please email me so we can discuss it further. sushibocks@gmail.com

Here’s to a wonderful holiday season, and may we all soon feel better about the world around us.

3rd & Final Arturina Piece Published at Pure Haiku!!

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Freya Pickard for including my work for this theme! Arturina was such an inspiration, as you can see from the images which inspired me. I appreciate the opportunity to participate along with all the other beautiful minds she featured.

To read the piece I submitted, click here.

It is always thrilling to be a part of Freya’s Pure Haiku themes. They are not only thought-provoking but she picks interesting perspectives from the submissions. I look forward to the next one! It will be coming up February 2021. Where will she take us this time? Who knows but I’m sure it will be wonderful! 🙂

2nd Piece Published – Arturina Theme at Pure Haiku!!

Freya Pickard gave us such a wonderful theme, so many fascinating images to be inspired by! I’m so happy to have this second piece presented at Pure Haiku to share with her readers.

You can read the piece by clicking here.

Happy Sunday! 🙂

Published at LIQ Project!


Honored to have Life Is Off and Taking My Temperature accepted for this project! It is so important that we have places to store the feelings and the emotions this year of upheaval has given us. Hopefully it will gain us insight for what not to do in the future should this type of life-altering event occur again.

I’d recommend you browse through all the other submissions too. The creativity, the honesty, the heartbreak of all their experiences is rich with what we would call “The Human Experience.” So much resonates with the fear, the uncertainty and just how much life stays the same too. We share in order to survive.

If you have something you’d like to share, please do become a part of this project!
Submit your story

Published at Pure Haiku – Arturina Theme!

I thank Freya Pickard again for selecting a few of my pieces to have included in this theme, here is the first one. The second and third will be published in December. Stay tuned for that! The Arturina theme was such an inspiration, so many exquisite images!

You can read the piece by clicking here.

Please do go read all the other wonderful submissions. They are all amazing!!

As The World Burns Is Now Available!!!

I’m so happy to share that this book has published!! It is such a relevant anthology of the times, showcasing the arduousness of 2020. 114 writers, poets, and artists have contributed to this book filling it with stories of the difficulties and raw emotions in navigating current social, political, and medical travesties. Black Lives Matter, the Covid-19 pandemic, Trump, and the insecurities felt during the upheavals occurring in our nation, and our world is front and center in this anthology. It is a book facing them all head-on, revealing our humanity but also our strength. I would encourage you to get your copy!

If you prefer paperback, click here or Kindle, click here. And remember, I’d be happy to Authorgraph it digitally, if you choose to purchase an electronic version instead. Thank you for your support! 🙂

About Fables

A Love Story
One day, as you walked outdoors, you found a stone. At first you thought it might be a toad; but it was not warm, it was not slimy, and it did not quiver as you held it in your hand. You left it in your pockets. I occupied space. It had mass. But it was not an abrasive or obtrusive stone. You were not troubled; and the stone, in turn, was probably content. When you came home that night and undressed for bed, you took the stone out and set it on the dresser. It is possible, of course, that the stone watched you all night long. But then it must be remembered that the stone had no eyes. It is much more likely that it merely sat. It was contiguous in space. It was, if you like, a contemporary of yours. The following morning you lost the stone. You may have noticed its absence in your pocket. The stone may have sensed the increased distance from a source of warmth. But that was all. It is not conceivable that anything else could possible have been felt. I conjecture, of course. The tale is, after all, a fanciful invention, a playful variation, on the species of love.


My talented and exquisite writer friend, Candice Daquin, sent me this book. As I mentioned to her, I’m not usually a fan of fables. In my youth, I grew up with Struwwelpeter. While the stories, written to be valuable lessons, more often than not, were very frightening rather than helpful. Traumatizing, almost.

Even into adulthood, I’d steered away from books like these. I preferred to learn things through my actions rather than receive frightful warnings about consequences. Or at least, this is what I expected about most fables. Since I do enough damage to my psyche, supposing what events could occur, while telling myself, I’m just preparing for “if in the event,” I felt it was best to leave books like this on the shelf. Who needs to invite more drama into their imagination? That was my thinking.

Well, it seems things have changed. Or maybe I have? First, this was not a traumatic read, and second, the morals of the stories align very closely with my own. As it says on the back cover, these are artful feminist fables that highlight, yet camouflage well, the stories women have told around the globe for millennia. The characters were highly relatable, and at times, the words were infuriating. We are still dealing with much of what the stories share with the reader. But still, well-written, and more than once, I found a wry smile on my face after reading them. I think you might too.

If you are interested, click on the link to Amazon underneath the image of the cover.