“Grace Song” by Lane Falcon
Issue One, December 2008, http://www.hollyrosereview.com/decissue1page5.html

“Blue Place” by Beatrix Gates
Issue One, December 2008, http://www.hollyrosereview.com/decissue1page16.html

“Brother” by Jee Leong Koh
Issue Two, June 2009, http://www.hollyrosereview.com/junekohevyonzy.html

“Love Note, Date Unknown” by Jayne Pupek
Issue Two, June 2009, http://www.hollyrosereview.com/junepupek.html

“Rehearsal for Living Without You” by Pamela Johnson Parker
Issue Two, June 2009, http://www.hollyrosereview.com/junejohnsonparker.html



Christine Klocek-Lim, one of the poets featured in HRR’s Issue Two, has a chapbook coming out in December from Seven Kitchens Press called “The book of small treasures.”

Here’s a link: http://sevenkitchens.blogspot.com/2009/07/christine-klocek-lim-news-events.html.

Congrats, Christine; we’ll look for it!

Karen Neuberg, a poet whose work appeared in HRR’s first issue, has a chapbook out. Detailed Still was published July 2009 from Poets Wear Prada Press. Check it out at

Way to go, Karen!

Jee Leong Koh’s new book of poems Equal to the Earth has just been published by Bench Press. It has been said that “in his first full-length collection, Koh speaks with a range of voices–ancestral, recent and contemporary–and travels a span of ground to investigate the imaginary claims of community 
and self. At the center of this investigation, as of the book, 
lies the great question of love.”

“Koh is a vigorous, physical poet very much captured by the expressive power of rhythm, rhetoric, and the lexicon. He is also, paradoxically, a poet in pursuit of the most elusive and delicate of human emotions. The contradiction is wonderful and compelling, and so are his poems.”—Vijay Seshadri, author of The Long Meadow (Graywolf Press)

“His poems are like the sexy nerd you meet at a bar, the one you really want to get to know better—with his glasses and ties on and nothing else.”—Christopher Hennessy, Outside the Lines: Talking with Contemporary Gay Poets (University of Michigan Press)

Koh is also the author of Payday Loans, a book of sonnets. His poetry has appeared in Best New Poets and Best Gay Poetry. Born in Singapore, he now lives in New York City, and blogs at Song of a Reformed Headhunter.

Congrats to Jee!

SOFTBLOW back online!

August 3, 2009

According to Singapore-based poet, Cyril Wong, founder and former editor of SOFTBLOW, “the journal was located previously at softblow.com, . . . and with the help and encouragement of Alvin Pang, a Singaporean poet whose work has been featured in the former version of this journal, [the staff was] able to retrieve the works of close to everyone who has ever been featured in SOFTBLOW.
SOFTBLOW has been a home for contemporary poetry from all over the world since Sep. 2004, featuring writers such as Bernadette Mayer, Jenny Boully, Jordie Albiston, Boey Kim Cheng and Wong Phui Nam, among numerous others. From Nov. 2009, we will have a new selection and editorial team comprising of Eric Low, Gwee Li Sui, Jason Wee and Christopher Ujine Ong.”
This is great news for poets and artists, as both poetry and art in SOFTBLOW are unique!

Check out the new site under construction at http://www.softblow.org, and look for the new issue this November.

Glad to see it back online! 







Free contest

August 2, 2009

Something for poets here…and it’s free!  You don’t get too many of those, do ya???

Via Robert Smartwood’s blog and thanks to Dana Biscotti Myskowski here you go:

“hint fiction (n) : a story of 25 words or less that suggests a larger, more complex story

It’s possible to write a complete story in 25 words or less — a beginning, middle, end — but that’s not Hint Fiction.

The very best Hint Fiction stories can be read many different ways.

We want stories we can read again and again and never tire of. Stories that don’t pull any punches. Stories that make us think, that evoke some kind of emotional response.”

Sounds like a great poem to me!

Check it out here: http://www.robertswartwood.com/?page_id=8

Pamela Johnson Parker, a poet whose work appears in HRR’s June issue has won the qarrtsiluni chapbook contest for her piece A Walk Through the Memory Palace. Selections from the chapbook will be available on the press’ Web site in September http://www.qarrtsiluni.com.

Congrats, Pamela!

See her poem in HRR’s June issue at http://www.hollyrosereview.com/junejohnsonparker.html.