Monday, June 20, 2022

North/South Appalachia Anthology Vol. 2 Submission Call

Call for Poetry Submissions

 From North/South Appalachia! 

 DEADLINE: July 30, 2022 

 The Watershed Journal Literary Group is joining Studio Appalachia and AvantAppal(achia) to publish a second anthology of Appalachian Poetry in the fall of 2022. 

 Watershed/AvantAppal(achia)/Studio Appalachia poets are invited to submit up to five poems for consideration by the editors Patricia Thrushart, T. Byron Kelly and Sabne Raznik. 

 You can view the first edition on Amazon. 

 Submission Guidelines:
 1. You must have been published in The Watershed Journal or AvantAppal(achia) previously 
 2. Previously published poems are acceptable. Please be sure to provide any credits your former publisher requires 
 3. Submit up to five original poems via email to along with a bio of less than 100 words 
 4. There is no fee for submission 

 If selected, your poem(s) will be published on North/South’s website and included in the printed anthology, which will be available for purchase on Amazon and at Watershed Books. 

 Send questions to Learn more about North/South Appalachia at 

 We look forward to your submissions!

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Is(sue) 11 of AvantAppal(achia) is live!

 Dear Kinfolk,


Is(sue) 11 went live around 10 pm EDT on June 15, 2022. With this Is(sue), AvantAppal(achia) entered year 6. Thank you all very much!


This is(sue) features 3 countries and 12 states. Almost all of Appalachia is represented and a number of other places as well, along with Ireland and Bosnia and Herzegovina. You will also find chapter 4 of Jim Meirose’s mind-bending Beckettian novel that flips the concepts of death and resurrection on their head.


The submission period for Is(sue) 12 is now open. The deadline for that is November 30, 2022. We need your weird, fun, experimental poetry, art, and short stories. Please read Guidelines and follow them because the reading period is only 2 weeks, so we will now have to automatically reject any submission which does not follow the instructions.


Also, stay tuned for an announcement from our sister endeavor North/South Appalachia, which should be dropping into your email or on social media channels in a couple of days. Exciting, I know!


Until we meet again!




Sabne Raznik

Poetry/Art Ed(itor)

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Wednesday Night Virtual Poetry Feature - May 11, 2022


Review: "Drinking Guinness With The Dead" by Justin Hamm

Justin Hamm, Drinking Guinness With The Dead (Spartan Press, 2022) 163 pages, poetry, $15.00. At Amazon.

Justin Hamm presents us with a selection of his poems from 2007 through 2021 in this amusingly titled volume. While Hamm is strongly based in the American mid-west (he lives in Mark Twain territory), he proves himself to be a strong poet of place wherever he is writing from. Even poems that address relationships and inner child work are firmly grounded in earth and to specific locations.

"The air in this place/ is ripe/ with some kind/ of weather."- from "Ohio County, Kentucky, 1985".
"They come from the mountain, he says,/ Their faces cold as the moon's." from "Stranger at the Only Fueling Station in Kingston, Arkansas".
"a night train torches/ through the dark stomach/ of the prairie" from "A Moment in Kansas"

Hamm is a man walking the planet and keenly aware of roots, of ground, of river, of tree-sway, of time, of turning-turning-turning in outerspace at all times. He never loses sight of it. He has a connectedness to all the moving machinery of nature and reminds us that it is machinery. He raises a toast to it - to history, to place, to time, to people past and present - and passes us the pint.