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New Collection by Nettie Farris: The Wendy Bird Poems
Author Update



A new collection by Nettie Farris has been released from Dancing Girl Press. The Wendy Bird Poems continues the short-line style we saw in Communion (Accents Publishing, 2013). Here are some comments about the chapbook by Jeremy Paden and Katerina Stoykova-Klemer:

Indeed! I simply adore these slender poems. Farris knows how to spin and craft and shape the smallest of poems, how to turn the word as on lathe to shave away all that is unnecessary. It is not that she has grown accustomed to the diminished size, it is that she works with the tension between what is said and unsaid, with the tiniest of head nod and wink, and in the smallest of spaces she lays bare great psychological drama that opens up into insight. Do not think because the line is minimal and the poem short that you can skim across the surface of these words.

-Jeremy Paden,
Author of ruina montium
(Broadstone Books, 2016)

The Wendy Bird Poems is a truly unique book, and Nettie Farris is a truly unique poet. The collection encompasses a tender love story, so delicate, that it needs to be told not in sentences, not in words even, but in syllables. The content is distilled to such an extent that we need to be aware of the importance and the weight of every sound. Nettie Farris gives us a huge gift with this book – not only does she present a new kind of poetry, but also she teaches us to read in a new way, to see poems anew. Dear reader, enjoy this work, read it slowly and multiple times. These poems will teach you about sound, lineation, intention.

-Katerina Stoykova-Klemer,
Senior Editor/Founder Accents Publishing

Nettie’s book is currently available at the Dancing Girl Press & Studio website.


Katerina Hosts Seminar on Bulgarian Methods for Health, Beauty, Protection and Connection to Spirit
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Founder and Senior Editor of Accents Publishing, Katerina Stoykova-Klemer, will be hosting a workshop this weekend in Danville, Kentucky focused on health, beauty, protection and connection to spirit.

Here is information from Katerina:


Would you like to learn a series of time-tested and widely-used methods and recipes created and used by the Bulgarian people? What are some typical spiritual rituals and traditions? What are some things Bulgarians do when they need to boost their immune system, get over a cold, take care of their skin, protect from negativity, get rid of a headache or heal from an emotional shock?

This one-day workshop is taught by the Bulgarian-American Katerina Stoykova who was born and raised in Bulgaria and has lived in the USA for over twenty years. Workshop is offered on Saturday, the 14th of January 2017 and Sunday, the 15th of January 2017, so choose the day that works best for you. We will start at 10 am and will finish at 2pm, with a short lunch break in between. Cost is $50.00, and it includes a delicious, authentic Bulgarian lunch.


If you would like more information about specific locations, dates, and reservations, please fill out the following contact form, which will send an email directly to Katerina.


Bigger Than They Appear Reading summary (Part 1)
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In 2012, the Lexington Public Library recorded and produced a reading held at the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning. This event featured readings from Bigger Than They Appear: Anthology of Very Short Poems.

For the full list of videos, click here.

The poets were asked to read one of their poems as well as someone else’s. Below are the poets, the time stamp where they appear in the video, and the poems they read. The emcee is Katerina Stoykova-Klemer.

NOTE: The anthology was dedicated to the Memory of Mark Russell Brown. In this video, Katerina discusses who he was at 08:59 and a poem of his is read by K. Nicole Brown.


Bigger Than They Appear Reading summary (Part 3)
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In 2012, the Lexington Public Library recorded and produced a reading held at the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning. This event featured readings from Bigger Than They Appear: Anthology of Very Short Poems.

For the full list of videos, click here.

The poets were asked to read one of their poems as well as someone else’s. Below are the poets, the time stamp where they appear in the video, and the poems they read. The emcee is Katerina Stoykova-Klemer. (more…)


Poetry Reading: Circe’s Lament: Anthology of Wild Women Poetry
Free Poetry Events,
Poetry Readings



The Wild Fig Coffee & Books will be hosting a reading from Accents Publishing’s newest release Circe’s Lament: Anthology of Wild Women Poetry this upcoming Thursday, December 17th. Many of the contributors from the anthology will be reading, including:

Kate Hadfield
Bianca Spriggs
Karen George
Marilyn Kallet
Sherry Chandler
Tina Parker
Lynnell Edwards
Frank X Walker
Jeremy Paden
Tina Andry
K. Nicole Wilson

Circe’s Lament has been described by Cecilia Woloch, author of the 2014 Two Sylvias Press Chapbook Prize Earth and Narcissus, as a “celebration of the wild feminine: the fierce, the furious, the bruised and battered, the hilarious, the mythical, the stereotypical, the fairytale turned inside out.”

Circe’s Lament: Anthology of Wild Women Poetry can be ordered at our website here.

When: Thursday, December 17, 2015 @ 7pm
Where: The Wild Fig
726 N. Limestone
Lexington, KY 40508
(859) 252-3052

Bigger Than They Appear Reading summary (Part 4)
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In 2012, the Lexington Public Library recorded and produced a reading held at the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning. This event featured readings from Bigger Than They Appear: Anthology of Very Short Poems.

For the full list of videos, click here.

The poets were asked to read one of their poems as well as someone else’s. Below are the poets, the time stamp where they appear in the video, and the poems they read. Katerina Stoykova-Klemer is the emcee between poets.


Circe’s Lament: Anthology of Wild Women Poetry
Book Release


Edited by Bianca Spriggs and Katerina Stoykova-Klemer

Circe’s Lament is an exciting new anthology of poetry about wild women. Poets from around the world have contributed narratives and given voices to an amazingly diverse female cast—women who neither flinch nor apologize, and who mesmerize us generation after generation with their strength. We invite you to welcome the wild into your home with this anthology.

What others say about Circe’s Lament

Circe’s Lament collects work by some of the best poets writing today—from Ellen Bass to Frank X Walker—in celebration of the wild feminine: the fierce, the furious, the bruised and battered, the hilarious, the mythical, the stereotypical, the fairytale turned inside out. Here you’ll find Miss America and Janis Joplin, Barbie and Medusa, along with—in Nickole Brown’s stunning and tender homage—a grandmother who can cuss up a storm and uses “fucker” as a term of endearment. The women in these poems behave in the most unladylike ways—swearing, sexing, drinking, dancing, hitting back, running away, bleeding, broke and broken. But just when you might start to think this celebration of “the bad girl” is veering toward romanticizing her, comes a poem like “The Girl,” by Linda Casebeer—as heart-breaking and frank and true a poem about being young and female and vulnerable and tough as I’ve ever read anywhere. Read it and weep. And be grateful for the work these editors have done to bring these voices to us.

Cecilia Woloch

Circe’s Lament is a collection of powerhouse poems by women that make you want to get down and growl. These aren’t poems for the faint of heart or the bashful. These are poems for the she-wolves. These are poems for the brazen hussies. These are poems for the wicked, the loud-mouthed, the ballsy, and the big-hearted. Lean in and listen closely. They’ll teach you how to bite.

Ada Limón

Authors

tina andry, Britt Ashley, Stacey Balkun, Makalani Bandele, Bianca Bargo, Ellen Bass, Roberta Beary, Elizabeth Beck, Lauren Boisvert, Roger Bonair-Agard, Nickole Brown, Elizabeth Burton, Greg Candela, Linda Casebeer, Sherry Chandler, Sharon L. Charde, Lucia Cherciu, Elizabeth Cohen, Star Coulbrooke, Barbara Crooker, Lucille Lang Day, Nancy Diedrichs, Joanie DiMartino, Laurel Dixon, Teneice Durrant, Meg Eden, Lynnell Edwards, Marta Ferguson, Ruth Foley, Sarah Freligh, Karen L. George, Kate Hadfield, Ellen Hagan, Gwen Hart, Lisa Hartz, Sheryl Holmberg, Karen Paul Holmes, Hope Johnson, Julia Johnson, Susan Johnson, Amanda Johnston, Marilyn Kallet, Penelope Karageorge, Diane Kendig, Karen Kovacik, Shayla Lawson, Emily Leider, Marsha Mathews, Andrew Merton, Teresa Milbrodt, Pamela Miller, Holly Mitchell, Maria Nazos, Sheryl Nelms, Jeremy Paden, Julia Paganelli, Tina Parker, Catherine Perkins, Kiki Petrosino, Sosha Pinson, Carol Quinn, Hila Ratzabi, Nicholas Samaras, Leona Sevick, Hilary Sheers, Dan Sicoli, Joan Jobe Smith, Bianca Spriggs, Alison Stone, Katerina Stoykova-Klemer, Victoria Sullivan, Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie, Sheree Renée Thomas, Jessica D. Thompson, Alison Townsend, Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, Elsa Valmidiano, Frank X Walker, Amy Watkins, Patricia Wellingham-Jones, July Westhale, K. Nicole Wilson, Laura Madeline Wiseman, Debra Woolley, Jessica Wright, Katy Yocom

From the Preface

Women who break stereotypes and societal expectations continue to thrill our imaginations with how they did it. How did these women manage to balance their gender, sexuality, and power? Where did they find the strength to shoulder the consequences of rejecting the expectation of how women should behave? What do we continue to learn from the stories we tell one another of these icons, characters, and legends? What does a woman sacrifice in order to come into her own power? What does she mourn? What does she celebrate? This anthology seeks to answer these questions by highlighting the legendary, the local, the familial, and the self. It also explores the bigger question: Why do audiences continue over the ages to be spellbound by women who challenge and complicate convention?

Circe’s Lament should certainly not be read as comprehensive in terms of the narratives we chose to highlight, but rather treated as a summoning, as a kind of welcome table. We hope that as you read through this host of poetry about wild women—from the classic to the contemporary, from the legendary to the little-known—you’ll get the sense from their collective narrative that no woman ever needs to feel alone or exiled. It is our hope that you will read and celebrate, not just those highlighted in this collection, but all of the bold, bright, wild women in your own life.

—The Editors

Cover photo by Nadezda Nikolova-Kratzer


Bigger Than They Appear Reading summary (Part 2)
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In 2012, the Lexington Public Library recorded and produced a reading held at the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning. This event featured readings from Bigger Than They Appear: Anthology of Very Short Poems.

For the full list of videos, click here.

The poets were asked to read one of their poems as well as someone else’s. Below are the poets, the time stamp where they appear in the video, and the poems they read. Katerina Stoykova-Klemer is the emcee between poets.


Holler Poets Series 89: Katerina Stoykova-Klemer, Pauletta Hansel, & DeBraun Thomas
Free Poetry Events




image by John Lackey

image by John Lackey

The 89th Holler Poets Series will feature Accents Publishing’s Katerina Stoykova-Klemer, Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel’s Pauletta Hansel, and the musical guest will be WUKY’s DeBraun Thomas.

 

 

 

Katerina Stoykova-Klemer

Katerina Stoykova-Klemer is Accents Publishing’s Senior Editor and founder; she also starred and co-wrote Thomas Southerland’s Proud Citizen.

 

 

 

pauletta-hansel-closePauletta Hansel is celebrating her fifth book of poetry, Tangle (Dos Madres Press, 2015) which came out in September.

 

 

 

image by Bev Denton

image by Bev Denton

Also, DeBraun Thomas is celebrating the release of his debut album All My Colors Are Blind.

 

 

 

 

Check out the Facebook Event page for more information.

When: Wednesday, October 28, 2015 @ 8pm
Where: Al’s Bar
601 N. Limestone
Lexington, KY 40508
(859) 309-2901

Katerina Reading from The Porcupine of Mind
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This is from the release of Katerina’s The Porcupine of Mind (Broadstone Books, 2012). The introduction is from Broadstone’s Larry Moore. This took place at the Carnegie Center in Lexington, Kentucky on May 24, 2012.

Katerina is the founder and Senior Editor of Accents Publishing. Originally from Burgas, Bulgaria, Katerina first stepped foot in the United States country 20 years ago. She recently celebrated this landmark with a reading at the Lexington Public Library’s Farish Theater.