• Great post, Jeannine! I appreciated the link to Kelli’s piece, too, because I’d never seen that and I am SO guilty of the behaviors she describes.

    January 11, 2018
  • I can’t tell you how exciting it is to be a poet now with all the social media activity. I just wish I had more time to write.

    I do understand the fighting back against discrimination thing; I did that in college — I really couldn’t understand why others told me to hang back and let it blow over. It wasn’t going to blow over…I needed it to change.

    I really love this post. I think writers need to remember to take chances. We often take creative risks in what we write, why not in where we send, how often, and where?

    January 11, 2018
  • One more cool thing is how great these posts are! Incredibly well written (as usual) and you always talk about really important topics in a way that everyone gets! When I first joined Twitter, two of the first people to say welcome were Paige Lewis and Ruth Madievsky-Both young female poets full of life and positive energy. I’ll always be grateful for that!

    January 11, 2018
  • Jeannine Gailey

    Thank you! Lesley, so glad you got to see Kelli’s post – invaluable, I think!
    Serena, yes, I’m still trying to get the hang of social media, esp. not Facebook as I think it is on the wane.
    Brian – those first few tweets are so encouraging, right Brian? Thank you for your kind words!

    January 11, 2018
  • Boy, did I connect with your “That’s how things are, you can’t change anything” comment about growing up Gen X.

    I think the “millennial attitude” has brought a lot of much needed change to the entire publishing climate. My anecdotal support for this thesis, observed from the crow’s nest I once occupied in the genre poetry corner, would be what happened to the speculative poetry scene when twenty-somethings Amal El-Mohtar and Jessica Wick founded Goblin Fruit in 2006.

    They didn’t simply start a zine, they gathered a community around them, it was really exciting to see. They went to conventions in different cities and held group reads and kind of accumulated a flock of like-minded young poets (and more than a few older ones). They came to Readercon in Boston in 2008 and held a Goblin Fruit party on a Thursday night that was packed — and apparently, it was the first time anyone had ever done anything like that at a Readercon! Writers like C.S.E. Cooney (2016 World Fantasy Award winner) and Nicole Kornher-Stace (2015 Andre Norton Award finalist) first came to my attention through Goblin Fruit.

    January 11, 2018
  • Jeannine Gailey

    Dear Mike, Thank you for this! Such an inspiring story – I never knew that’s how Goblin Fruit came to be!

    January 11, 2018
  • They approached people in the field (like me, so you know, no bias there!) and picked their brains before the zine launched. And they incorporated audio at a time when few were doing it. Etc. etc. etc., hee.

    January 12, 2018

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