A first for me–Poetry!

Here’s a run-down of my publishing creds:

  • Non-fiction: 99 percent
  • Fiction: 1 percent
  • Poetry: 0 percent

Until yesterday, that is.

Teach. Write. Fall 2017

Yesterday, I had my first poem published in the inaugural issue of Teach. Write.  This is a literary journal for teachers of writing, and, as you’ve probably already surmised since I am included, it is amazing.

It gets even better because I actually had two poems published.  The first is The Rule of Apostrophes, which resulted from my rather awkward attempts to explain what I thought was an easy grammar rule.  Somehow I was struck by the two contrasting functions of the Apostrophe and I wondered what this might mean in the cosmic scheme of things.  It’s an exploration!

My other poem is part of the journal’s ongoing Write Your Own series in which teachers write a piece based on a writing prompt they use with their students.  I wrote Sensing Blue, a poem cycle based on the prompt:

Describe a color without using the sense of sight.

I love that prompt, but I can’t claim it as my own.  I completely stole it from my writing friend, Melody Lindsey, who died unexpectedly a few years ago.

I have to say that as special as it is to have my first poetry published in the journal, it is even more special to have the privilege of writing a tribute to Melody as an introduction to the poem.

Teach. Write. is worth your time, especially if you are a teacher of writing.  You can read it online for free or buy your own print copy.



About Elizabeth Jennings

I am an author living in the Blue Ridge Mountains. My first book, The Button Collector, was released May 6, 2013, by PageSpring Publishing.
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3 Responses to A first for me–Poetry!

  1. aawgreen says:

    Hi Elizabeth,

    Thanks for sending this. I met Kate at the Looking Glass Rock Writers’ Conference at Brevard College in May.

    I tried to find your e-mail a few days ago to send you the link to a piece in the NYT. It’s by the President of LaGuardia Community College who was quoted in the NYT article that inspired my blog post in the blogging class a couple of years ago.

    I enjoyed reading you Blue poem. I have one in the upcoming 2017 Kakalak and a series in the upcoming Fall issue of Great Smokies review.

    Hope you are edging well.

    Anne Green


    • Great to hear from you!!! And congrats on your upcoming poem. I’ll look that up in the NYT. I still think that is an awesome idea and maybe one that could be implemented here with El Centro or something like that….Thanks!!

  2. aawgreen says:

    Not “edging.” “Doing.” I hate autocorrect.

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