Last night, several of the Twyckenham Notes poets gathered at LangLab South Bend to help celebrate the release of the inaugural issue. The reading event was made possible by another local group, Wordplay Open Mic based out of Elkhart, agreeing to share the evening with TN.
Craig Finlay, a South Bend native, started the night off by reading his poem “Four Winds Field” from the inaugural issue, a poem that he described as one of those funny little poems that you scribble down that someone (me) ends up falling in love with.
Stephanie L. Erdman followed, also beginning with her poem from the inaugural issue: “I Still Live”. Stephanie’s first full-length book of poetry, “Pyrrhonic”, has been picked up by Dos Madres Press and will be appearing in print soon.
Nicole Mason brought an element of humor to the night, delivered straight faced and unflinchingly. Check out Nicole’s great poem “Cleveland” from Issue One.
Finishing out the night for Twyckenham Notes was John Leonard. John was the 2017 recipient of the Lester Wolfson Poetry Prize for new English M.A. students at Indiana University South Bend. Read John’s poem, “The Half Life of Pheromones”, from Issue One.
This was the very first public event of any kind for Twyckenham Notes. I am proud of our poets and how they performed and grateful to LangLab South Bend and Krista Cox of Lit Literary Collective for making the reading possible. Krista was also published in Issue One and read her poem “First Date as Fantasy of Self-Invention” with the Wordplay Open Mic Night group from Elkhart, as some of her poetry also appeared in their anthology.
Submissions are currently open for the fall issue of Twyckenham Notes, which will be published on September 1st. The reading period ends on August 20th. If you would like an idea of what we publish, please give Issue One a read through. I would love the opportunity to read some of your poetry for Issue Two. Full submission details can be found here.
Best of luck with your writing,