Rebecca Schumejda

Rebecca Schumejda News 2009

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November 11, 2009
My new chapbook The Map of Our Garden was just released by verve bath press on November 1st, also my brother's birthday! I can't tell you how great it was working with Amanda Oaks, she is amazing! The chapbook is a piece of artwork. The poems are all new. Nathan Graziano, my good;friend and fellow poet, wrote the introduction. Hosho Mccresh, friend and fellow poet, kindly drew my picture. The design of the book is amazing, thanks to Amanda! The cover is magic-check it out in the dark! The book includes a map I drew of my garden, and a bookmark that has a pressed petal from my garden. In addition, I signed each one of the bookmarks. I can't begin to tell you how exciting this new chap is to me.

In addition, Cheryl Rice wrote an awesome review in Home Planet News about Falling Forward. In the issue, Alan Catlin wrote a review of Lyn Lifshin's new book-you have to get your hands on a copy of HPN to read it! HPN is wicked and Don Lev is an amazing man!

I was honored to read, this past weekend, at the Dire Series in Cambridge, Massachusetts with Nathan Graziano and Daniel Crocker. They are two amazingly funny and talented writers! We also all read back in Kingston, NY at Half Moon Books where we were joined by Alan Catlin and Tim Gager. Some awesome poets showed up to support us including Pauline Uchmanowicz, my mentor; Aleathia Drehmer, who is now doing Durable Goods; Dan Provst, who I read with last year at the Connecticut Beat Fest; Mary Panza, of Poets Speak Loud; Keith Spencer and Thom Jobb, two awesome poets from Albany; Don Lev, HPN; Teresa Costa, who is simply an amazing poet and woman... and some great friends and family members-it was an absolute blast!!!

I have new work coming out soon in Mannequin Envy, HPN, and The New York Quarterly.

August 4, 2009
Wow, the summer went by way too fast, but I enjoyed every moment of it. Currently, I am finishing up a new chapbook collection "The Map Of Our Garden," which will be published by verve bath press this upcoming November. I am thrilled to work with Amanda Oaks! Please check out the link for "The Map Of OUr Garden" to see pictures of the collaboration. That being said, I have been reading some great titles this summer including No Glass Allowed (verve bath press) by Tammy Foster Brewer, and William Taylor Jr.'s The Hunger Season (sunnyoutside). Oh and my new favorite female writer Annie Menebroker's Tiny Teeth (Wormwood Review). Also I am eagerly awaiting Nathan Graziano's new book that will be released in a few weeks from sunnyoutside: After The Honeymoon. Nate was also kind enough to write the introduction to my new collection.
Scot Young from Outsider Writers is running a series of weekly interview questions and I am among many writers that he invited to participate, so check it out at:
Scot also did a really cool project where he wrote a poem called $1.29, which is a project based on a poem Scot wrote and asked other poets to respond to. I wrote a little something and am proud to be part of the creative collaboration! He is selling a limited amount for guess how much: $1.29.
I will be doing some upcoming readings, including one this upcoming weekend and then some more after the release of my new chapbook. You can find information about my readings if you click on "readings." Hope to see some of you there!

June 29, 2009
The summer is officially here! As far as news, nibble, Jeff Fleming, accepted a few pieces of my new work for upcoming issues. Also, Jeff was kind enough to ask me “eight questions.” I love his eight questions and think everyone should read them. His latest eight were with Hosho McCreesh, an amazing poet and artist! Hosho’s book For all These Wretched, Beautiful, & Insignificant Things So Uselessly & Carelessly Destroyed… is available from sunnyouside press. He is also working with Leah from Propaganda Press Trailer Park Quarterly also published two of my poems.
In addition, I added one more summer reading to my schedule. I will be reading at Tess’ Lark Tavern on July 27th. If anyone is reading this drop me a line… Best, B

June, 1, 2009
Wow, it has been a busy few months between work, readings, writing... everything! So, I have a lot of news. First, my poem "Table of Truth" was accepted by the New York Quarterly! You can check out my website there at; In addition, my work has been accepted for future publication or already published by:
Home Planet News, Night Train, Outsider Writers, Rusty Truck, Thieves Jargon, & Wilderness House Literary Review

In addition, Aleathia from Full of Crow review Falling Forward.; I was; extremely excited because I feel that her and Lynn are doing such a great job at; representing great poets in the small press! Be sure to check out their site: Full of Crow
Aleathia was just interviewed by Jeff Femming from nibble. Also Midwest Book Review reviewed Falling Forward.

March 21, 2009
Farewell Winter! sunnyoutside just released Falling Forward in February, so I have been doing many readings including one in March with some great poets: Nathan Graziano, Pauline Uchmanowicz, and Dan Wilcox. Check out my reading section to see a complete list of upcoming readings.; I was also interviewed by Doug Holder I am working on a new collection about the pool hall subculture. style="font-style: italic;">Night Train and; style="font-style: italic;">Zygote in my coffee will be running two of these poems in upcoming issues. Other than that, life is great and my daughter is keeping me busy, busy, busy!

January 5, 2009
My collection of poems Falling Forward will be released at the end of February by sunnyoutside press. I will be uploading more information as it comes up. I just read Alan Catlin's new chap from sunnyoutside and really enjoyed it! I am actually planning on going up to Cafe Lena's to see him read in April along with Ed Sanders and Lyn Lifshin... Other than that I am still plugging away on some new pieces... I have many upcoming readings that you can view on my reading page. May everyone have a terrific and enlightening 2009!