Footsteps – Call for Poems

032715_Homeless_Vets_Cover_CallDoug Johnson of Cave Moon Press has invited me to edit a book that will benefit homeless veterans. The call is below and a pdf attached so you can spread the news far and wide. This is a worthwhile project which will have some big name poets involved and Alfredo Arreguin’s wonderful cover art. (pdf of call here).

步Footsteps Poems for Homeless Veterans Edited by Paul Nelson and Doug Johnson April 2015-September 2015 Send Submission to: cavemoonpress (at) gmail (dot) com

Subject Line: Footsteps for Homeless Veterans Call for Submissions 洞月亮 CMP Footsteps 步 To celebrate ten years of helping communities Cave Moon Press will produce a book to aid homeless veterans in 2016. This is a book of witness to the invisible.

Alfredo Arreguin has already been kind enough to donate the cover art. Cave Moon Press is blessed to be a part of such a rich artistic community. Soldiers march for liberty. Carbon footprints stomp watersheds. People wander without hope. As a poet holds their duty to the page, soldiers hold their duty to serve. Others hold their duty to the environment. We all know of someone setting out on their quest without ever getting the homecoming of Odysseus. When duties disillusion people wander.

To that end, Cave Moon Press is requesting original poems centered around the theme of footsteps. Take license in interpreting whose footsteps you honor. Translations welcome. We will also be checking with past contributors to the blog about reprinting their pieces. This book is to honor the people instead of the causes. Cars wage war on the environment. Politics change like the newspaper wrapping fish. The invisible still wander. Write to honor the ignored.

After publication it is hoped that each accepted poet will combine readings around food and music with proceeds going to the local homeless network of their choice. This can be through your VA or YMCA programs. This can be like Solid Ground in Seattle – a clearinghouse for poverty. Feel free to contact us with questions. Submission requirements:

Ф Subject line of email: Footsteps for Homeless Veterans-Name
Ф 2-5 Poems in one MS Word document.
Ф Include demographic information (Name, Physical Address, email) as a cover letter.
Ф Name the file in this format: F_NAME_041515 (041515=April, 15, 2015 for date you submit)
12 pt Garamond preferred in Latin alphabetic languages. SimSun preferred in Asian Kanji Write a poem. Help a friend. Sincerely, Paul and Doug Cave Moon Press cavemoonpress (at) gmail (dot) com
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About Splabman

Paul Nelson is founder of SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) in Seattle, the Cascadia Poetry Festival and the August POetry POstcard Fest (PoPo). He has published a collection of essays, Organic Poetry & a serial poem re-enacting the history of Auburn, WA, A Time Before Slaughter (shortlisted for a 2010 Genius Award by The Stranger) and American Sentences, a book of 17 syllable poems drawn from the first fourteen of his 20 years of daily practice. The tenth anniversary edition of that book includes Pig War: & Other Songs of Cascadia. He’s interviewed Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Wanda Coleman, Anne Waldman, Sam Hamill, Robin Blaser, Nate Mackey, Eileen Myles, George Bowering, Diane di Prima, Brenda Hillman, George Stanley, Joanne Kyger & many Cascadia poets (see: has presented his poetry and poetics in London, Brussels, Bothell, Cumberland, BC, Qinghai and Beijing, China, Lake Forest, Illinois, Ukiah, CA, and other places & writes an American Sentence every day.
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1 Response to Footsteps – Call for Poems

  1. Are You in touch with Warrior Writers? Or Brian Turner us none hell of an ex-combat Poet! My life as a Foriegn Country? Or Here, Bullet…. I know combat vets who are in touch with homeless vets….just make sure vet poets are included.

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