By Kara L.C. Jones

Poetry News:

As always there are many announcements from the KotaPress Poetry front. We hope you will find these helpful, and feel free to contact us via email at or via phone at 206-297-1012 if you need further information.

»» KotaPress Reading
Wednesday, October 24th, 7 to 10pm
Sunset Hill Community Center, Seattle WA (Ballard area):
Featured readers will include winners from the two 2001 KotaPress Anthology Contest including Judith L. Wyatt, Barney F. McClelland, Janet Mae Best, Janet I. Buck, Malama MacNeil, Rebecca Ingalls, Victory Lee Schouten, Tom Flynn, Cassidy Rowe. These authors will be published in the KotaPress Poetry Anthology, Volume 2. Other featured readers will include John Fox, author of Poetic Medicine, and Dr. Elizabeth Gray, producer of Conversing with Mystery. (If any poet cannot attend, local Seattle poets will read works from the Anthology for them.) Donations at the door and proceeds from purchases made that evening will go toward the Mrs. Duck Project providing free grief support books to families around the world who are enduring the death of a baby.

»» Call for Submissions: Follow Your Dreams Poetry Contest @ RainbowMaker
Theme: Follow Your Dreams
Submit: You can submit via web form on their site
Content: 200 words or less
Deadline: Winners notified October 1, 2001
Snail mail: RainbowMaker, P.O. Box 3285, Milford, CT 06460

»» Call for Submissions: Upcoming Anthology from
Theme: Working in the corporate world
Submit: Send submissions via email, In-Text document (no attachments)
Content: Poems no longer than 40 lines
Limit: No more than 4 poems
Deadline: July 15, 2001

Work got ya down lately? Wish you could be sitting in a quiet room at your computer furiously pounding out your latest manuscript? Feel like you've got something to say about being stuck in that office cubicle eight hours a day? Perhaps this anthology is right up your alley! Have an old poem tucked away where you rant and rave about how much work sucks? Were you inspired by Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lilly Tomlin in the movie, "9 to 5"???? Then this anthology is FOR YOU!

If you would like to share your "work poems" in this anthology, please send your emailed submissions of poetry today! What do writers (who are not lucky enough yet to write full time for a living) go thru in our day-to-day 9 to 5 "day jobs"? If you have some "work-poems" in the dark recesses of your writing portfolio, dig them out! Resurrect them. Home of the Pissed Off Poet DOES NOT ask for first publishing shall retain the copyright and all contributors shall receive a free copy of the book. In lieu of this, re-prints ARE accepted as long as you credit the publication that first included your work.

»» We provide you another chance to get into print!!! Want a spot in Volume 3, 2002, KotaPress Poetry Anthology?? Submission deadline is January 1, 2002. There is no charge nor reading fee on the front end, and you don't pay for books on the back end-- if you win, you get at least 10 free copies of the book in which you are included! Check out the guidelines under Anthology Contest in our Journal section.

»» We answer your needs! Poetry Therapy workshop and other online classes are available here at KotaPress. And one-on-one writing class is open for those of you in the Seattle area. Send us email for more information or call 206-297-1012 to schedule your class today!

»» KotaPress eStore is now online for our customers! You can make credit card purchases without leaving our secure website. This means no more hassles with those other online bookstores. The eStore offers all our cd and book titles for sale with new items being added all the time. Don't miss this chance to get your very own copy of the current issue of the KotaPress Poetry Anthology! All yours for only $9.50 (+shipping). Check it out in our Store Section!

»» Are you looking for ways to support the Mrs. Duck Project? 10% of any purchase you make from Mary Kay representative Bonnie Hallock will be put toward the Mrs. Duck Project! We are so honored to have this generosity from Bonnie, and we wanted all of you to know how to participate. Go to Bonnie's Mary Kay site at and order away-- IMPORTANT: There is a place on the online order form to put a message, and you must put KOTAPRESS in there so she knows it's a Mrs. Duck order. Bonnie can take check or money order for any amount, and she can take Visa/MC for orders over $60. She can also take for orders. If you have further questions, feel free to send her an email from her site at (In the spirit of fairness, Bonnie can only accept orders from patrons who do not currently have a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant. Thank you for understanding.)

»» Want yet another way to support Mrs. Duck and SeattleMISS? Just buy your favorite products at our new online shopping village -- at no extra cost to you or us -- at Up to 15% of your purchases go directly to SeattleM.I.S.S which in turn supports The Mrs. Duck Project, providing free copies of the Mrs. Duck book to grieving families around the world. SeattleMISS shopping village includes brand name items from more than 100 leading online retailers like Amazon.comŽ,,, L.L. Bean,, and more. You don't pay more to buy things online. And your security and privacy are rigorously safeguarded. Ready to do a little shopping? Visit the SeattleMISS/GreaterGood web site at, click the "Shop" button and off you go. What's more, if you register at SeattleMISS shopping village, you'll receive a great bonus from one of our retailers. Do it today and make your online shopping really count!

»» Still want another way to support Mrs. Duck?! Now you can make a donation to Mrs. Duck through our non-profit umbrella organization M.I.S.S.. We at KotaPress believe so whole-heartedly in the work of M.I.S.S. that we house the Seattle chapter's web information in our Loss section and we offer them our office space as a base for the Seattle chapter. You can support the Mrs. Duck Project thru SeattleM.I.S.S. which is the Seattle, WA, local chapter for the national non-profit org (Mission for Infant Survival & Stillbirth In Natural Grieving/ Mothers In Sympathy & Support).

M.I.S.S. recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)3 with a tax ID number. The national office is physically located in Arizona, and the website is hosted at If you wish to support the Mrs. Duck Project, you can send a check or money order donation to the SeattleM.I.S.S. group with a note asking that that funds be earmarked for Mrs. Duck. They will use 80% of the donation to fund the making of more Mrs. Duck books which we give away free. 10% will go toward the local chapter so they can continue offering free support group meetings, one-on-one crisis help, and mailing outreach literature. And the last 10% will go to the national office to support their outreach and the medical research that is happening about stillbirth at The Pregnancy Institute. The SeattleM.I.S.S. is registered with the state of Washington Charities Programs. For more information, please feel free to email or call Kara at 206.297.1012.


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