Friends — while we’re gearing up to write we can also read something. Read something by a friend or a stranger. Read something by a stranger who became a friend.
A couple of weeks ago I received a copy of Gloss, the new poetry collection by Wendy Barker. It’s fantastically good. I met Wendy at Chevaliers Books in LA a few years ago at a reading organized by my writing teacher, poet extraordinaire Carolyne Wright. I don’t generally like people right away, but I liked Wendy instantly. She’s this interesting combination of charm and no bullshit. She has a fancy academic position at the University of Texas, San Antonio, but she doesn’t ever say anything about that.
Although I make poems, I don’t love all poetry, and I have spoken to friends and students about how tough poetry world is. But I really like what Wendy does, and I appreciate how kind and encouraging she is to fellow-writers.
Take a look at some of her work online. She’s been quietly compiling quite an oeuvre.
Wendy Barker at the Poetry Foundation
Published by Stephanie Barbé Hammer
Stephanie Barbé Hammer is a magical realist prose fiction writer, novelist, occasional essayist, and a committed, intermittent poet, as well as a passionate instructor of writing. A 7-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize she has published work in Hayden's Ferry, Pearl, CRATE, Rhapsoidia, NYCBigCityLit, the East Jasmine Review, Apeiron, Inlandia, Literary Alchemy and the Bellevue Literary Review among other places. She is the author the fabulist novel THE PUPPET TURNERS OF NARROW INTERIOR (Urban Farmhouse Press), a novelette, RESCUE PLAN (Bamboo Dart Press), a prose poem chapbook collection, SEX WITH BUILDINGS (dancing girl press), and a poetry collection, HOW FORMAL (Spout Hill Press).
Stephanie's new novel PRETEND PLUMBER is available for order from your favorite bookstore, and her poetry chapbook CITY SLICKER appeared in July 2022. Stay tuned for her novella, JOURNEY TO MERVEILLEUX CITY, coming out in 2023!
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