Happy Thanksgiving to me (or rejection #1)

Well, GFT Press doesn’t want the four poems I sent. They zapped over the rejection letter the day before Thanksgiving. I guess they didn’t want me worrying about whether my work would be accepted during my holiday dinner, which very well could have given me indigestion. It was a nice rejection letter, though. They even… Read More Happy Thanksgiving to me (or rejection #1)

Don’t let rejection freak you out (and goodbye, Phillip Levine)

I’ve mentioned it before: I receive a lot of rejections. The actual number, of course, varies upon the time of year, my confidence level and my writing output. I usually have three pieces out in circulation at any point, and with the average literary magazine accepting less than 1-5% of submissions–well, you do the math.… Read More Don’t let rejection freak you out (and goodbye, Phillip Levine)

A rejection, and an epiphany on Mount Marathon

The Helen Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico doesn’t want to offer me a three-month residency in 2014. Rejection always, always hurts. No matter how many you receive, and believe me, I’ve received boatloads, it still stings. It’s still impossible not, for those first few blaring minutes, to take it personally, to think that someone is… Read More A rejection, and an epiphany on Mount Marathon