02 October 2013

A Joe Brainard Documentary free and online until October 9th!

Joe Brainard was a writer and artist associated with the New York School.  He is most well known for his book I Remember.

His work has inspired some of my own writing, and reading him always motivates me to write in new directions.

Until October 9th, you can watch a short, captivating documentary about Joe Brainard and his work online for free.  Do yourself a favor and check it out HERE!

19 September 2013

The Los Angeles Review of Books Tackles Poetry in a Post-AIDS Crisis World

The Los Angeles Review of Books, often features strong writers who find compelling topics to write on.  This morning's article about reclaiming poetry from the AIDS crisis has a lot of meat and almost no gristle. 

I think this article is a great way to begin a larger conversation about AIDS in general.  Is the AIDS crisis over?  If so, for who?  The latest statistics from the CDC say that after a decade of lowering numbers HIV infection is on the rise again.  Is there another AIDS crisis headed our way? 

18 September 2013

Literary Gossip: Walt Whitman Does Kiss and Tell

So Laura Chandra, a Fellow from this year's Lambda Literary Writer's Retreat posted this link on her Twitter Feed yesterday.  It was one part gossip column and three parts historical fact. The article discusses an American visit between Oscar Wilde and Walt Whitman.

Apparently, they were on "Thee" and "Thou" terms.

READ THE ARTICLE and see what Walt Whitman had to say to a reporter the morning after!

Thanks again Laura for bringing this to my attention and to Mallory Ortberg  over at The Toast for putting it together.

13 September 2013

Some Attendees Experiences at Lambda Literary's Writers Retreat

So this photo of deeply troubled folks are some of the poets from the Lambda Literary Foundation's Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices.

I was fortunate to attend this July and it did a great deal for both my writing and my spirits in the post-MFA world that I found the rest of you have all been living in.  I had no idea the rest of the world wasn't so writerly!

PLEASE READ what I and other fellows had to say about our week in Los Angeles working with a great faculty of LGBTQ authors.

11 September 2013

Sometimes, Not Often, My Worlds Meet on the Page

It often feels as thought gay men who live outside the urban (even costal urban) experience don't exist in terms of news, culture, and writing.

I grew up in a town of less than 3,000 people, before the rise of the internet.  There were no visible LGBTQ folks in either my life or my community.  Hearing voices from these communities remind all of us of the work that still must be done.

Sometimes, all my worlds collide on the page.  Check out this article over at The Advocate by a gay man living in Missoula, Montana.  READ IT HERE

08 September 2013

Check out a new LGBTQ Microblog by the Gay and Lesbian Review

The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide has a new microblog.  It's filled with a good many things for LGBTQ readers and Writers.

Check it out HERE

Consider subscribing the the actual magazine over HERE

06 September 2013

Lightning Strikes Several Times

This week marks the second time that my work has appeared in The Adirondack Review.  I am deeply honored to have my poems see the light of day in this journal.  The poem "Orizaba" is featured in the fall issue HERE.

If you want to read my poem "The nights are long here. Nowhere, a torch." from an earlier issue, you can check it out HERE.

Also this summer, The Collagist (which is one of my favorite online journals btw) featured my poem "Chapel" in issue 48.  You can read that one HERE

Please stop by and check out my work.  Also please continue to read these amazing journals.  Tell your friends about them.  Send them your best work!

I also had a nice surprise this morning when Eduardo C. Corral kindly pointed out to me (on Twitter) that Poets House was tweeting a line from my chapbook SLOW DEPTH.

Thanks for checking back in.  Keep writing and keep in touch!

11 July 2013

There Are A Lot of Fellows Who Could Use a Little Help!

Folks, please help me get Dakota Shain Byrd, to the Lambda Literary Retreat. He needs to raise less than $300 to make it. PLEASE kick in a little bit AND repost this.
I will send you all a glorious hand drawn postcard of thanks with a poem on the back.  For any of you who have participated in my Valentine's Day Postcard Frenzy, you know what you will be in for!  Except this time each postcard will be an original drawing.  Donate more than once?  Get more than one!

The same goes for Stephen Sanchez in poetry: 

It also goes for Joshua Barton in the fiction workshop:

And Eric Kossina in the fiction workshop:

Repost this everywhere.  Twice.  Get on the computer and give.  Then repost.  Challenge your friends. This is a chance for you to directly impact the lives of other writers.  Now.  Concretely!

25 June 2013

Where or Where has My Little Blog Gone?

Shamefully, I realized that I have no updated this blog since May!  And worse yet, the last time I updated it, I was asking for funds to help me get to the Lambda Literary Writers Retreat.  Well, thanks to everyone's generosity, I made my funding goal and also some extra to help with travel expenses.  I am thoroughly excited to head to Los Angeles at the end of the month and work with other writers from across the U.S., Canada, and the UK.

I find myself back in Bellingham, WA where this blog started so many years ago.  My life is nothing bus cyclical.

Last night I read at Poetry Night.  It is the first time I have read any poems publicly since my thesis defense way back in March.  It was good to be among people who love writing, reading, and listening to poetry and spoken word.  I look forward to attending again.

I don't have too much to add to the poetry news of the world tonight, but I wanted to let you know that I was still out there, writing and reading, and thinking of all of you.

15 May 2013

Lambda Literary Foundation's Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices


I was just accepted to LLF's Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices in LA this summer.  I was also given a partial scholarship to attend.  This leaves me to raise another $800 for the cost of attendance.  Please stop by my fundraising page and do what you can or just spread the word to your own network of friends and writers.

I am offering several kickbacks for those who donate, including handwritten thank you notes, broadsides of my poems, and signed copies of my chapbook SLOW DEPTH.

Thank you in advance!  Help me make this dream come true.


Jory Mickelson

28 April 2013

New Work featuring New Wave music and Noir


I forgot that you can see three new poems of mine over at Ishaan Literary Review.

"Double Track" features one of my favorite New Wave bands YAZ.
"Connexion" is a tribute to Raymond Chandler's final novel PLAYBACK.

Check them out HERE

(Incidentally, this is the cover of the paperback I read that inspired Connexion.)

10 April 2013

March Reading List

As many of you know, I keep an annual reading tally.  I thought I would post what I read in March so you could all see where my head has been.  This year's reading has been off to a slow start compared to last year's 120 books.

March             (total page count 1,106 )

1.     Maiden Voyage by Denton Welch (fiction) 303 pages.
2.     Robert Duncan in San Francisco by by Michael Rumaker (nonfiction) 146 pages.
3.     Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith (poetry) 75 pages.
4.     The Valley of the Upper Yellowstone by Charles W. Cook (nonfiction) 79 pages.
5.     Self-Portrait in Crayon by Allison Benis White (poetry) 64 pages.
6.     Meadowlands by Louise Gluck (poetry) 62 pages.
7.     The Folded Leaf by William Maxwell (fiction) 271 pages.
8.      Lent with Evelyn Underhill ed. G.P. Mellick Belshaw (nonfiction) 106 pages.

25 March 2013

Blogging Thaw

What a terrible sounding headline!  Blogging Thaw.  It sounds like medical condition or a figure from Scottish myth.  "Stay away from the moors, the BloggnTha 'ill get ye."

But it is spring and this year it means that the ground is either dusted with snow or an ugly viscous mud.  Welcome to the long thaw of Northern Idaho.  Or wherever you may be reading from.

This is the start of the long unfreezing of my blog Literary Magpie.  If you have been  a reader in the past, I say let's continue!  If you are new to this blog, well welcome!  I will do my best to talk about writing, poetry, inspiration, and what is happening in the writing world every week from here on out.  Keep me accountable.  Let me know what you would like to hear about next.

To get you moving, HERE is a great interview with the poet D.A. Powell over at Lambda Literary this week!

19 March 2013

Catching Up With Depech, er Me

I looked at the last entry for this blog and was a shamed by how long I have neglected Literary Magpie.  What is the saying about good intentions?

Very quickly, two of my poems appeared in print this Fall/Winter and I wanted to let you know about them.  The first is the poem "Lullaby" which appeared in Boxcar Poetry Review.  It won the "Poem of the Issue" award, which was thrilling.

You can read "Lullaby" online HERE.

The second poem that appeared in print was "Night Shifts" and the great folks over at The Cossack Literary Review.  I am excited to say that they nominated it for  Pushcart Prize.  I am still waiting to hear back on that.

You can read "Night Shifts" online HERE.

If you take the time to read my poems, prowl around the websites of these two great literary journals.  And if you like what you see, send them an email saying so.  Send a donation to support the work or even subscribe.

I promise to post some real content on this blog within the next week.


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