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Dear Ursula by Melissa May

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Melissa May performing “Dear Ursula” during prelims at the 2014 Women of the World Poetry Slam. Melissa placed 7th overall at the tournament!

“Dear Ursula” is one of many poems from Melissa’s book, SparkleFat, due out from Words Dance soon!

An excerpt from the Fatward, from the author:

You’re holding a loud, unapologetic, intentional book of poetry about my body, about your body, about fat bodies and how they move through the world in every bit of their flash and spark and burst. Some of the poems are painful, some are raucous celebrations, some are reminders and love letters and quiet gifts back to the vessel that has traveled me so gracefully – some are a hymnal of yes, but all of them sparkle. All of them don’t mind if you look – really. They built their own house of intention, and they draped that shit in lime green sequins. All of them intend to be seen. All of them have no more fucks to give about a world that wants them to be quiet.

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Poem Your Heart Out : Poems, Prompts & Room To Add Your Own!

20% off pre-orders until May 1st!

Words Dance Publishing teamed up with the Writer’s Digest’s Poetic Asides blog to make their Poem-A-Day challenge this year even more spectacular!

Odds are that you hopped over here from the 2014 April PAD Challenge, if so or if not:

Hey there Glitterbomb, nice to greet you!

If you aren’t yet privy to what’s going on this year, along with the fabulous prompts that Robert shares to get you poeming, there will be 30 badass guest judges!

Wait! Why will there be judges?!

Because one of YOUR POEMS could end up being in the book above! Yes, you read that right! Exciting, yes? I think so.

About the Book

Poem Your Heart Out will hover around 120-150 pgs. It will be sectioned off in days: Day One, Day Two, Day Three, etc. Each section will hold the prompt for that day, the winning poem for that day & space for you to place the poem you wrote for that day’s prompt inside.

Do I have to buy the book to participate in the challenge?

Absolutely not. The only thing we want you to do is WRITE POEMS. Check out the FAQs + tips for the challenge here.

Why Would You Offer Space Inside the Book for Me to Add in my Poems?

1. Um, hello! Because you rock & completed the challenge! Because we feel that every one of you deserve space inside the book but because that’s pretty much impossible from a publishing standpoint, we chose the next best thing: Space for you to fill with your art!

2. Although we encourage you to share your poems in the comments on the Poetic Asides blog, we get that maybe you just don’t want to & that’s totally cool, we respect that.

3. The odds of your poems being picked as winners EVERY SINGLE DAY, well… that’s highly unlikely, but if it happens… COME ON OVER HERE LOVER & LET ME PUBLISH YOUR NEXT BOOK! (;

Seriously though, you could handwrite your poems in. You could type them up on your typewriter, print them off, get all scrapbook on their asses & attach them with glue or decorative tape. You could make a sweet art project out if it & collage them in even! If one (or more!) of your poems end up being picked for the book, if it were me, I’d totally make a Look What I Did Over There, Ma! Winner’s Collage in the blank space, complete with arrows & every stuff, but that’s just me.

4. Let’s be honest, some years we just don’t finish the challenge, life gets in the way, our muse decides to go on a much-deserved vacation, this book will be a way for you to work on your poems all year if need be!

5. We feel like the book will be something for you to treasure, something tangible for an otherwise intangible experience.

When will the book be published?

With over 60 people involved in the book’s publication problems may arise, we’re optimistic though, we hope to release & ship it in August 2014.

Will the book be available on Amazon & other popular distribution channels?

Yes, in August you will be able to order it from other places!

How much is it?

During the pre-order period, between April 1st – May 1st, the book will $12 at 20% off. On May 2nd, it will jump up to $15.


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The Wars We Buried with Amanda Oaks, Donna-Marie Riley & Caitlyn Siehl

The Wars We Buried

Come join us? We’d love to meet you, hear your poems at the open mic, sign books & have drinks!

Let us know you’ll be there on the Facebook Event Page Here!

Mellow Pages is an independently-run library & reading room located in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY focused on providing limited-print fiction, poetry, philosophy and graphic novels to the local community. With a collection of over 4,000 titles, Mellow Pages is the best source for small and independently-pressed books, including zines and chapbooks, on the East coast. Though the reading room and space are free and open to the public 7 days a week, membership is required to check out books. For more info & to connect with them visit their Website, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram &/or Twitter.

Or visit!
Mellow Pages Library
56 Bogart St. 1S
Brooklyn, New York 11206

Amanda Oaks is the founding editor of Words Dance Publishing. Her works have appeared in numerous online & print publications, including Stirring, Dressing Room Poetry Journal, Glamour, Elle, Parenting & Artful Blogging. Her chapbook, Hurricane Mouth, is forthcoming from NightBallet Press early 2014.

Donna-Marie Riley is, first and foremost, a poet, albeit one with a shaking voice. At seven years old her second grade teacher personally bought her a journal and instructed her to “write everything.” So she did. Her first collection, Love and Other Small Wars, is available from Words Dance Publishing.

Caitlyn Siehl is a 20 year old writer from New Jersey who thinks poetry tastes good. She started writing about two years ago and never really stopped. Her first book of poems, entitled “What We Buried” will be available for purchase soon from Words Dance Publishing.

We hope to see you there!

Love and Other Small Wars by Donna-Marie Riley

We are excited to announce that Words Dance’s first book of the new year is available for preorder!

Love and Other Small Wars by Donna-Marie Riley

Love and Other Small Wars
by Donna-Marie Riley

Love and Other Small Wars reminds us that when you come back from combat usually the most fatal of wounds are not visible. Riley’s debut collection is an arsenal of deeply personal poems that embody an intensity that is truly impressive yet their hands are tender. She enlists you. She gives you camouflage & a pair of boots so you can stay the course through the minefield of her heart. You will track the lovely flow of her soft yet fierce voice through a jungle of powerful imagery on womanhood, relationships, family, grief, sexuality & love, amidst other matters. Battles with the heart aren’t easily won but Riley hits every mark. You’ll be relieved that you’re on the same side. Much like war, you’ll come back from this book changed.

Giveaway, snazzy free downloads, reviews + more photos of the book!

Welcome to the New Words Dance!

Click here to download the new issue for free!

Big changes ’round here, yes?!

Feel free to surf around on your own, I’m just going to highlight a few of the mega-awesome things…

The first being: The About Page… I’d love for you to peek at it.

Second: The next issue of the magazine will be taking on a new shape!

Despite how beautiful & how much I adore holding the print magazine, I want the poetry & art inside to be more accessible. So, this will be the last print edition. If you’d like a copy, you can head on over to the current issue page. Don’t worry though, we are currently in the brainstorming stages of a few spectacularly-themed printed anthologies, get on our dance card to keep up-to-date on all that jazz!

So, what’s happening with the magazine?

We are just switching formats… we are now an online bimonthly magazine!

Every two months a new issue will drop! Check out the submissions page for more details & guidelines have been tweaked a bit – submissions will open in February for the April issue & stay open indefinitely. A wee warning, the issues are going to be a little more compact though!

Another biggie: You can now download the last 3 issues for FREE! These will serve as sample issues, a loose guide for what Words Dance wishes to publish in the future.

Ginormousness: Check out the Book Store, not only to see what goods we have there, but to peep at what’s coming up this year! We announced a list of the poets we will be publishing this year! Really… it’s kind of dreamy, I am a huge fan of every single one of the poets listed there. Stoked beyond words to be working with them!

Also on the submissions page, you can see that we are still taking submissions for Literary Sexts until January 10th + Six Word Stories & anything poetry-related for the blog. Have a column idea? Shoot it this way!

Some of the formatting inside some of the back posts here on the blog are wonky due to the migration from one blogging platform to another, hope to fix some of that, slowly, but if you see anything glaringly off, don’t hesitate to say, HEY! I’d appreciate it greatly!

Lastly, let me say thank you to all the sweet support I’ve gotten throughout this relaunch, you all are the absolute best! Thank for the cheerleading, the brainstorm sessions (Kat & Amy!), the amazing tech support I received from both Bluehost & Nathan Briggs (who is a WordPress Wizard! Seriously! Get in touch if WP is giving you shit!) & of course, Kurt who is my rock through all things, big & small.

2014… let’s do this!!