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As part of Tiger Bark Press’s ongoing commitment to printing quality poetry by a diversity of voices, the press will hold an open reading period throughout the month of March 2022 for full-length book manuscripts by American poets who identify as Black, as indigenous, or as people of color. There is no entry fee for submission. Selected poets will be offered a standard publishing contract, with books scheduled for publication in late 2022 or early 2023. Submit a manuscript of 60–90 pages of original poetry in English, during the month of March, at https://stonecanoe.submittable.com. For questions, e-mail tigerbarkpress@gmail.com.



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by Kathleen Aguero

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Kathleen Aguero has published several collections of poetry: After That, Daughter Of, The Real Weather, Thirsty Day, Investigations: The Mystery of the Girl Sleuth, a collection of poems inspired by Nancy Drew. Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals, including Poetry magazine, The Massachusetts Review, and The Cincinnati Review. She is also co-editor of three collections of multicultural literature: A Gift of Tongues, An Ear to the Ground, and Daily Fare. Her creative nonfiction essay “Marriage Koan” appears in the anthology Why I’m Still Married. Recipient of a Massachusetts Fellowship in Poetry and a fellowship to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Kathleen also was awarded a writing grant from the Elgin/Cox Trust. She has taught at the Writers’ Center at the Chautauqua Institute in upstate New York, the NY State Young Writers’ Program at Skidmore, as well as in the Poets in the Schools Programs of New Hampshire and Massachusetts. In 2004, she held the position of Visiting Research Associate at the Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Center in Waltham, Massachusetts. In addition to teaching in the Solstice MFA program, Kathleen teaches for “Changing Lives Through Literature,” an alternative sentencing program based on the power of books to change lives through reading and group discussion. She is a consulting editor in poetry for The Kenyon Review.


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