Queen of Cups Last Issue

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Queen of Cups has ended its one year run this month as an alternative mini lit mag delivered weekly to subscribers’ inboxes. Over the past year, QOC has featured 53 writers, 53 original writing prompts, 53 tarot cards and around 100 tarot readings! 100 because nearly every issue included a general reading as well as a reading specifically for writers and artists. Check out the last issue featuring poet Courtney LeBlanc and The Empress. The full year of back issues is archived and available for viewing. Thank you to all subscribers and occasional readers alike. It’s been a surprising journey from quirky idea to fruition and such a learning experience.

Vintage Photo Writing Prompt

These vintage photos are from my ever-growing collection. None of the individuals are family and I have no knowledge of their back stories, which makes creating poems and stories around them so much more fun. I use photos quite often as writing prompts. The last of this bunch sparked one for me. In a future post I’ll include a couple photos and their companion poems. For now, enjoy these great images, maybe one of them will inspire a little writing.

Woman with birds in unknown city

Woman with birds in unknown city

Great perspective. That sidewalk into infinity!

Great perspective. That sidewalk into infinity!

Child bride, forced marriage? The possibilities  are endless.

Child bride, forced marriage? The possibilities are endless.

First communion dress handed down in an eccentric family.

First communion dress handed down in an eccentric family.

I think she's in mourning but stylishly so. Reminiscent of Dickens' Bleak House.

I think she’s in mourning but stylishly so. Reminiscent of Dickens’ Bleak House.

Look close, the original boy band. Love the jacket falling off the guitarist's shoulder.

Look close, the original boy band. Love the jacket falling off the guitarist’s shoulder.

Family photo with cemetery.

Family photo with cemetery.

Oh that hat!

Oh that hat!

There's a companion photo to this where they're all facing the camera. Love that sense of humor.

There’s a companion photo to this where they’re all facing the camera. Love that sense of humor.

Lady with two dapper gentleman. Love triangle?

Lady with two dapper gentleman. Love triangle?

And my favorite. I had to write a poem about this one, I'll include it in another post. The woman in mourning laying flowers, the shadowed photographer. I love the second photo where she seems to disappear completely in all that black.

And my favorite. I had to write a poem about this one, I’ll include it in another post. The woman in mourning laying flowers, the shadowed photographer. I love the second photo where she seems to disappear completely in all that black.

Inspiration for a poem

My poem Man Shields Man, the story of one man saving the life of another when he fell from a subway platform onto the tracks was inspired by a story which I first heard on the public radio show Radio Lab a couple years back and also appeared in the New York Times  The poem was included in The Best of Kore Press 2012: Poetry now available on their website (and through Paypal, so easy). The amazing Native American poet Nathalie Diaz was an editor; the anthology includes poems by Anna Ross, Dawn Losinger, Laynie Browne, Meg Day and many others. As an extra benefit, the cover is great. I love it.

Breaking News!

My first book Church of Needles has won the Red Mountain book prize and wil be published in fall 2014. More on that later. I also have a poem forthcoming (Oct 15) in the inaugural issue of Tupelo Quarterly where my second book Split the Crow was a finalist for the first second book contest. Coming soon: poems in Barn Owl Review and Cider Press Review.