THREE, TWO, ONE… ZERO

THREE, TWO, ONE…ZERO!!!

TODAY at 4:00PM:

A. i. Firefly & Mike Jurkovic Rock great weather for Media’s Spoken Word Sunday’s

great weather for Media is bringing you another great poetry event with 2 amazing features:

Mike Jurkovic, Poet – Walkill, New York
-and-
Ai. Firefly, Poet – Staten Island, New York!

When:
Sunday, November 22nd – 4pm-6pm EDT

Where: ONLINE ZOOM

YOU MUST PREREGISTER FOR ZOOM ADMITTANCE: click link to register via
Eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ai-firefly-and-mike-jurkovic-tickets-124164295751

Also: ONLINE – STREAMED LIVE on great weather for MEDIA’s facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/great.weather/

Plus open mic. 3 minute time limit. The host will be taking open mic signups during the event.

Hosted by Jerry T. Johnson

21+

POET BIOs

A.i. Firefly was born in 1979 in a crazy little town called Staten Island, NY. Poet, musician, educator, wife & mama, she has been featured in print and on the web by publications such as NYSAI, Having A Whiskey Coke with You, great weather for MEDIA, and is active in the expansive international poetry scene on Instagram as @a.i.firefly.
Photo by Kristopher Johnson, Deep Tanks Studio

A 2016 Pushcart nominee, Mike Jurkovic’s poetry and musical criticism has appeared in Main Street Rag, Conclave, Comstock Review, North Dakota Quarterly, California Quarterly, Chronogram, Wisconsin Review, etc., with little reportable income. His full-length collections are AmericanMental (Luchador Press 2020), Blue Fan Whirring (Nirala Press, 2018), smitten by harpies & shiny banjo catfish (Lion Autumn Press, 2016), and Eve’s Venom (Post Traumatic Press, 2014). Anthology credits include Calling All Poets 20th Anniversary Anthology, Reflecting Pool: Poets & the Creative Process (Codhill Press, 2018), and Like Light: 25 Years of Poetry & Prose (Bright Hill Press, 2018). He is the President of “Calling All Poets” (New Paltz /Beacon, NY.)
He loves Emily most of all.

http://www.mikejurkovic.com / http://www.callingallpoets.net

Eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ai-firefly-and-mike-jurkovic-tickets-124164295751

ONE!!!

ONE!!!

We are ONE DAY AWAY from:

A. i. Firefly & Mike Jurkovic Rock great weather for Media’s Spoken Word Sunday’s

great weather for Media is bringing you another great poetry event with 2 amazing features:

Mike Jurkovic, Poet – Walkill, New York
-and-
Ai. Firefly, Poet – Staten Island, New York!

When:
Sunday, November 22nd – 4pm-6pm EDT

Where: ONLINE ZOOM

YOU MUST PREREGISTER FOR ZOOM ADMITTANCE: click link to register via
Eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ai-firefly-and-mike-jurkovic-tickets-124164295751

Also: ONLINE – STREAMED LIVE on great weather for MEDIA’s facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/great.weather/

Plus open mic. 3 minute time limit. The host will be taking open mic signups during the event.

Hosted by Jerry T. Johnson

21+

POET BIOs

A.i. Firefly was born in 1979 in a crazy little town called Staten Island, NY. Poet, musician, educator, wife & mama, she has been featured in print and on the web by publications such as NYSAI, Having A Whiskey Coke with You, great weather for MEDIA, and is active in the expansive international poetry scene on Instagram as @a.i.firefly.
Photo by Kristopher Johnson, Deep Tanks Studio

A 2016 Pushcart nominee, Mike Jurkovic’s poetry and musical criticism has appeared in Main Street Rag, Conclave, Comstock Review, North Dakota Quarterly, California Quarterly, Chronogram, Wisconsin Review, etc., with little reportable income. His full-length collections are AmericanMental (Luchador Press 2020), Blue Fan Whirring (Nirala Press, 2018), smitten by harpies & shiny banjo catfish (Lion Autumn Press, 2016), and Eve’s Venom (Post Traumatic Press, 2014). Anthology credits include Calling All Poets 20th Anniversary Anthology, Reflecting Pool: Poets & the Creative Process (Codhill Press, 2018), and Like Light: 25 Years of Poetry & Prose (Bright Hill Press, 2018). He is the President of “Calling All Poets” (New Paltz /Beacon, NY.)
He loves Emily most of all.

http://www.mikejurkovic.com / http://www.callingallpoets.net

Eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ai-firefly-and-mike-jurkovic-tickets-124164295751

ICYMI

ICYMI

Just so everyone is aware:

First & Foremost! The November 22nd gwfM Spoken Word Sunday Event is all about our outstanding features and the open mic’ers!

Secondly and last – November 22nd is my 65th birthday! And I am celebrating it by hosting an outstanding event with outstanding features! And I do plan to open up the program with a Bang with the opening poem! (Or if my bang turns into flop, we will move right along with the program)

So come on out and enjoy the program with me (and slip me a little happy birthday greeting in the process) !!!

Program Details listed below:

A. i. Firefly & Mike Jurkovic Rock great weather for Media’s Spoken Word Sunday’s

great weather for Media is bringing you another great poetry event with 2 amazing features:

Mike Jurkovic, Poet – Walkill, New York
-and-
Ai. Firefly, Poet – Staten Island, New York!

When:
Sunday, November 22nd – 4pm-6pm EDT

Where: ONLINE ZOOM

YOU MUST PREREGISTER FOR ZOOM ADMITTANCE: click link to register via
Eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ai-firefly-and-mike-jurkovic-tickets-124164295751

Also: ONLINE – STREAMED LIVE on great weather for MEDIA’s facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/great.weather/

Plus open mic. 3 minute time limit. The host will be taking open mic signups during the event.

Hosted by Jerry T. Johnson

21+

POET BIOs

A.i. Firefly was born in 1979 in a crazy little town called Staten Island, NY. Poet, musician, educator, wife & mama, she has been featured in print and on the web by publications such as NYSAI, Having A Whiskey Coke with You, great weather for MEDIA, and is active in the expansive international poetry scene on Instagram as @a.i.firefly.
Photo by Kristopher Johnson, Deep Tanks Studio

A 2016 Pushcart nominee, Mike Jurkovic’s poetry and musical criticism has appeared in Main Street Rag, Conclave, Comstock Review, North Dakota Quarterly, California Quarterly, Chronogram, Wisconsin Review, etc., with little reportable income. His full-length collections are AmericanMental (Luchador Press 2020), Blue Fan Whirring (Nirala Press, 2018), smitten by harpies & shiny banjo catfish (Lion Autumn Press, 2016), and Eve’s Venom (Post Traumatic Press, 2014). Anthology credits include Calling All Poets 20th Anniversary Anthology, Reflecting Pool: Poets & the Creative Process (Codhill Press, 2018), and Like Light: 25 Years of Poetry & Prose (Bright Hill Press, 2018). He is the President of “Calling All Poets” (New Paltz /Beacon, NY.)
He loves Emily most of all.

http://www.mikejurkovic.com / http://www.callingallpoets.net

Eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ai-firefly-and-mike-jurkovic-tickets-124164295751

TWO!!!

TWO!!!

We are TWO DAYS AWAY from:

A. i. Firefly & Mike Jurkovic Rock great weather for Media’s Spoken Word Sunday’s

great weather for Media is bringing you another great poetry event with 2 amazing features:

Mike Jurkovic, Poet – Walkill, New York
-and-
Ai. Firefly, Poet – Staten Island, New York!

When:
Sunday, November 22nd – 4pm-6pm EDT

Where: ONLINE ZOOM

YOU MUST PREREGISTER FOR ZOOM ADMITTANCE: click link to register via
Eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ai-firefly-and-mike-jurkovic-tickets-124164295751

Also: ONLINE – STREAMED LIVE on great weather for MEDIA’s facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/great.weather/

Plus open mic. 3 minute time limit. The host will be taking open mic signups during the event.

Hosted by Jerry T. Johnson

21+

POET BIOs

A.i. Firefly was born in 1979 in a crazy little town called Staten Island, NY. Poet, musician, educator, wife & mama, she has been featured in print and on the web by publications such as NYSAI, Having A Whiskey Coke with You, great weather for MEDIA, and is active in the expansive international poetry scene on Instagram as @a.i.firefly.
Photo by Kristopher Johnson, Deep Tanks Studio

A 2016 Pushcart nominee, Mike Jurkovic’s poetry and musical criticism has appeared in Main Street Rag, Conclave, Comstock Review, North Dakota Quarterly, California Quarterly, Chronogram, Wisconsin Review, etc., with little reportable income. His full-length collections are AmericanMental (Luchador Press 2020), Blue Fan Whirring (Nirala Press, 2018), smitten by harpies & shiny banjo catfish (Lion Autumn Press, 2016), and Eve’s Venom (Post Traumatic Press, 2014). Anthology credits include Calling All Poets 20th Anniversary Anthology, Reflecting Pool: Poets & the Creative Process (Codhill Press, 2018), and Like Light: 25 Years of Poetry & Prose (Bright Hill Press, 2018). He is the President of “Calling All Poets” (New Paltz /Beacon, NY.)
He loves Emily most of all.

http://www.mikejurkovic.com / http://www.callingallpoets.net

Eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ai-firefly-and-mike-jurkovic-tickets-124164295751

THREE!!!

THREE!!!

We are THREE DAYS AWAY from:

A. i. Firefly & Mike Jurkovic Rock great weather for Media’s Spoken Word Sunday’s

great weather for Media is bringing you another great poetry event with 2 amazing features:

Mike Jurkovic, Poet – Walkill, New York
-and-
Ai. Firefly, Poet – Staten Island, New York!

When:
Sunday, November 22nd – 4pm-6pm EDT

Where: ONLINE ZOOM

YOU MUST PREREGISTER FOR ZOOM ADMITTANCE: click link to register via
Eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ai-firefly-and-mike-jurkovic-tickets-124164295751

Also: ONLINE – STREAMED LIVE on great weather for MEDIA’s facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/great.weather/

Plus open mic. 3 minute time limit. The host will be taking open mic signups during the event.

Hosted by Jerry T. Johnson

21+

POET BIOs

A.i. Firefly was born in 1979 in a crazy little town called Staten Island, NY. Poet, musician, educator, wife & mama, she has been featured in print and on the web by publications such as NYSAI, Having A Whiskey Coke with You, great weather for MEDIA, and is active in the expansive international poetry scene on Instagram as @a.i.firefly.
Photo by Kristopher Johnson, Deep Tanks Studio

A 2016 Pushcart nominee, Mike Jurkovic’s poetry and musical criticism has appeared in Main Street Rag, Conclave, Comstock Review, North Dakota Quarterly, California Quarterly, Chronogram, Wisconsin Review, etc., with little reportable income. His full-length collections are AmericanMental (Luchador Press 2020), Blue Fan Whirring (Nirala Press, 2018), smitten by harpies & shiny banjo catfish (Lion Autumn Press, 2016), and Eve’s Venom (Post Traumatic Press, 2014). Anthology credits include Calling All Poets 20th Anniversary Anthology, Reflecting Pool: Poets & the Creative Process (Codhill Press, 2018), and Like Light: 25 Years of Poetry & Prose (Bright Hill Press, 2018). He is the President of “Calling All Poets” (New Paltz /Beacon, NY.)
He loves Emily most of all.

http://www.mikejurkovic.com / http://www.callingallpoets.net

Eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ai-firefly-and-mike-jurkovic-tickets-124164295751

Notes From My Writing Experience. Post #2

Notes From My Writing Experience. Post #2

I Also Use Submittable

Attached to this post is a picture of my Submittable Account. The pic displays my active submissions. Active submissions are those that are submitted and have not been accepted or rejected yet. Of course this is my own definition. A more high fa-lu-ten definition may state: Active submissions are submissions that are under consideration. (I used my proper English voice when I said that)

Using my street voice, half of these ain’t being considered at all right now —especially during a pandemic. All the publishers are short staffed. Also, due to the pandemic, I am sure that submission totals have skyrocketed.

Therefore, try to be patient. I have edited for small presses before. I have great appreciation for their work and their challenges. As matter of fact, I think every writer should do a round of editing for a small or large press at least once in their lifetime. Writers attitude towards publishers may change quite a bit after that experience. More importantly, their writing and their writing approach may change. I know mine did.

Oops, I digressed a little —Back to using Submittable.

How does Submittable benefit me?
1. Electronic submissions – no stamps, no envelopes, No SASE – that’s self-addressed stamped envelope for the computer age crowd.
2. Tracking of your submissions – automatic. You don’t have to track your own, Submittable does it for you. I use Submittable for tracking and I use my own spreadsheet in conjunction with Submittable.
3. It is easy to withdraw a poem that was simultaneously submitted and accepted by another publisher (imagine writing withdrawal notes by hand to 29 publishers)
4. Oh, by the way, if you did submit a poem to 30 publishers and one publisher accepted your poem, you should immediately notify the other 29 publishers that the poem was accepted by another and is no longer available. Don’t be a jerk, It is the right thing to do.
5. I use Submittable to track —when was the last time — I submitted to a publisher. (Some publishers only allow 1 submission a year)

I will stop here. There are many other benefits for using Submittable. It has many benefits for the writer and the publisher.

Stay tuned for my next post: Resources

ICYMI

Notes From My Writing Experience. Post #1

I Track What I Submit

I track what I submit in a spreadsheet whose design I borrowed from an old edition of Writers Market. Over time I tweaked the format, customizing it to my specific needs.

The picture you see is an example of how I track my submissions. I usually estimate that most publishers will respond favorably to my submissions within 60 days after submission deadline. If I receive no response within 80 days, I consider it “rejected”. Why? I have never received an acceptance for any submission that has aged past 62 days.
I mark these aged submissions as “no response” and I filter them out of my list.

I am not a writing expert. Nonetheless, I have experience on being published and I want to share my tools and my experience with you.

Look for more posts about what I have experience as a writer in the near future.

ONE WEEK AWAY!!!

ONE WEEK AWAY !!!

A. i. Firefly & Mike Jurkovic Rock great weather for Media’s Spoken Word Sunday’s

great weather for Media is bringing you another great poetry event with 2 amazing features:

Mike Jurkovic, Poet – Walkill, New York
-and-
Ai. Firefly, Poet – Staten Island, New York!

When:
Sunday, November 22nd – 4pm-6pm EDT

Where: ONLINE ZOOM

YOU MUST PREREGISTER FOR ZOOM ADMITTANCE: click link to register via
Eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ai-firefly-and-mike-jurkovic-tickets-124164295751

Also: ONLINE – STREAMED LIVE on great weather for MEDIA’s facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/great.weather/

Plus open mic. 3 minute time limit. The host will be taking open mic signups during the event.

Hosted by Jerry T. Johnson

21+

POET BIOs

A.i. Firefly was born in 1979 in a crazy little town called Staten Island, NY. Poet, musician, educator, wife & mama, she has been featured in print and on the web by publications such as NYSAI, Having A Whiskey Coke with You, great weather for MEDIA, and is active in the expansive international poetry scene on Instagram as @a.i.firefly.
Photo by Kristopher Johnson, Deep Tanks Studio

A 2016 Pushcart nominee, Mike Jurkovic’s poetry and musical criticism has appeared in Main Street Rag, Conclave, Comstock Review, North Dakota Quarterly, California Quarterly, Chronogram, Wisconsin Review, etc., with little reportable income. His full-length collections are AmericanMental (Luchador Press 2020), Blue Fan Whirring (Nirala Press, 2018), smitten by harpies & shiny banjo catfish (Lion Autumn Press, 2016), and Eve’s Venom (Post Traumatic Press, 2014). Anthology credits include Calling All Poets 20th Anniversary Anthology, Reflecting Pool: Poets & the Creative Process (Codhill Press, 2018), and Like Light: 25 Years of Poetry & Prose (Bright Hill Press, 2018). He is the President of “Calling All Poets” (New Paltz /Beacon, NY.)
He loves Emily most of all.

http://www.mikejurkovic.com / http://www.callingallpoets.net

Eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ai-firefly-and-mike-jurkovic-tickets-124164295751

Just So You Are Aware!

Just so everyone is aware:

First & Foremost! The November 22nd gwfM Spoken Word Sunday Event is all about our outstanding features and the open mic’ers!

Secondly and last – November 22nd is my 65th birthday! And I am celebrating it by hosting an outstanding event with outstanding features! And I do plan to open up the program with a Bang with the opening poem!

So come on out and enjoy the program with me (and slip me a little happy birthday greeting in the process) !!!

Program Details listed below:

A. i. Firefly & Mike Jurkovic Rock great weather for Media’s Spoken Word Sunday’s

great weather for Media is bringing you another great poetry event with 2 amazing features:

Mike Jurkovic, Poet – Walkill, New York
-and-
Ai. Firefly, Poet – Staten Island, New York!

When:
Sunday, November 22nd – 4pm-6pm EDT

Where: ONLINE ZOOM

YOU MUST PREREGISTER FOR ZOOM ADMITTANCE: click link to register via
Eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ai-firefly-and-mike-jurkovic-tickets-124164295751

Also: ONLINE – STREAMED LIVE on great weather for MEDIA’s facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/great.weather/

Plus open mic. 3 minute time limit. The host will be taking open mic signups during the event.

Hosted by Jerry T. Johnson

21+

POET BIOs

A.i. Firefly was born in 1979 in a crazy little town called Staten Island, NY. Poet, musician, educator, wife & mama, she has been featured in print and on the web by publications such as NYSAI, Having A Whiskey Coke with You, great weather for MEDIA, and is active in the expansive international poetry scene on Instagram as @a.i.firefly.
Photo by Kristopher Johnson, Deep Tanks Studio

A 2016 Pushcart nominee, Mike Jurkovic’s poetry and musical criticism has appeared in Main Street Rag, Conclave, Comstock Review, North Dakota Quarterly, California Quarterly, Chronogram, Wisconsin Review, etc., with little reportable income. His full-length collections are AmericanMental (Luchador Press 2020), Blue Fan Whirring (Nirala Press, 2018), smitten by harpies & shiny banjo catfish (Lion Autumn Press, 2016), and Eve’s Venom (Post Traumatic Press, 2014). Anthology credits include Calling All Poets 20th Anniversary Anthology, Reflecting Pool: Poets & the Creative Process (Codhill Press, 2018), and Like Light: 25 Years of Poetry & Prose (Bright Hill Press, 2018). He is the President of “Calling All Poets” (New Paltz /Beacon, NY.)
He loves Emily most of all.

http://www.mikejurkovic.com / http://www.callingallpoets.net

Eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ai-firefly-and-mike-jurkovic-tickets-124164295751

Notes From My Writing Experience

Notes From My Writing Experience

I track what I submit in a spreadsheet whose design I borrowed from an old edition of Writers Market. Over time I tweaked the format, customizing it to my specific needs.

The picture you see is an example of how I track my submissions. I usually estimate that most publishers will respond favorably to my submissions within 60 days after submission deadline. If I receive no response within 80 days, I consider it “rejected”. Why? I have never received an acceptance for any submission that has aged past 62 days.
I mark these aged submissions as “no response” and I filter them out of my list.

I am not a writing expert. There are 11,001 writers who qualified to be listed in P&W. Out of that list I am ranked #11,001. There are, probably, another 10,000 well known writers who are not in that directory. That makes my ranking about #20,001. Nonetheless, I have experience on being published and I want to share my tools and my experience with you.

Look for more posts about what I have experience as a writer in the near future.