Monday, October 21, 2013

Toadlily Press: Mend & Hone

I'm excited to announce that I'm the new Special Projects Coordinator for Toadlily Press. Toadlily Press is different from other poetry presses in that they publish authors in a 4-in-1 format: four poets in one handsome, perfect-bound book. I'm thrilled to be a part of it all.

My first task is to send out copies of the new book, Mend & Hone, for review. The book is a collection in four parts by poets Janlori Goldman, Dawn Gorman, Elizabeth Howort, and Leslie LaChance.

If you review poetry books, send me an email (chloemiller(at)gmail(dot)com) with your mailing address and affiliation for a review copy of the book.

Read more about the authors of Mend & Hone:

JANLORI GOLDMAN teaches at Columbia University in the fields of human rights, public health and narrative medicine. Her first manuscript was a finalist for the Alice James Kinereth Gensler Award, the Philip Levine Prize for Poetry and Crab Orchard Press’s Open Competition. Janlori holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and volunteers as a writing mentor at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She lives in Accord, NY.

DAWN GORMAN was born in the market town of Chesterfield in Derbyshire, England where, at the heels of her ornithologist father, she learned to love the natural world with a passion that now spills freely into her poetry. She refers to nature as her “muse, teacher and healer,” and the creative process as the way she makes sense of the world. She has two grown children and is the editor of an international maritime magazine.

ELIZABETH HOWORT has taught poetry at the elementary, high school and college level. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in the Seneca Review, L Magazine, The Round, Storyscape, the Best American Poetry blog and elsewhere. “Turning the Forest Fertile” is her first chapbook.

LESLIE LACHANCE edits and publishes Mixitini Matrix: A Journal of Creative Collaboration. Her poems have appeared in JMWW,’s Best of the Net, Apple Valley Review, The Greensboro Review, Juked, The Birmingham Poetry Review, the anthology A Slant of Light: Contemporary Women Writers of the Hudson Valley, and elsewhere. Born and raised in upstate New York, Leslie currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Monday, October 14, 2013

November Poetry Readings in D.C. and Northern N.J.

I'm excited to be reading poems from Unrest this November in Washington, D.C. and northern New Jersey. Hope to see you at one of the readings! Click through for a full schedule of upcoming events.

Farmstead Arts
Poetry reading
Basking Ridge, New Jersey
Friday, November 8, 7:30 pm
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Writer's Center
Finishing Line Press reading: David Ebenbach, Chloe Yelena Miller, W.M. Rivera, and Pia Taavila
Bethesda, Maryland
Sunday, Nov. 18, 2:00 pm

Monday, October 7, 2013

Reviews of Unrest and Published Poems

Everyone likes good news and I hope you don't mind if I share some with you. As a busy, working new mamma, I'm particularly excited to see that my writing life continues.

I'm excited to share two reviews of Unrest:

Eric LeMay writes in Alimentum Journal, "In twenty-two lyric poems, Miller gives us a vision that reckons with loss and love, desire and distance, all the while aware of the very human acts that make us who we are. In “Dying at Home, 1937,” the poem opens with a bedside scene. A father is about to die:

His daughter massaged his eyelids with careful thumbs,
as if petting a goldfish.

That goldfish grounds the experience, lets us grasp it as readers. And it’s Miller’s awareness of how we moor our greatest concerns in the small touch that gives her collection its power."

Jude Marr writes in Ghost Ocean Magazine, "The last, and longest, poem in this chapbook is called “Haunt Me. Repeat.” If Miller required me to “unrest” as a prerequisite for becoming her reader, then this may be my response. “Haunt me. Repeat.” Job done."

I'm also thrilled two have two prose poems published in the Beltway Poetry Review. One poem is about my great Aunt Dora and the other is a love poem to my husband.

I hope you'll click through the links to read the full reviews and poems.