Dear Contributors and Potential Readers of "Through A Distant Lens: Travel Poems":
my original plan was to have the new book ready for holiday gifting. A few days after releasing the call for submissions, I received a phone call out of the blue asking me to teach a creative writing course at Skagit Valley College (two hours+ round trip drive from home). The instructor originally scheduled to teach this had bagged out on short notice -- of course I said yes, and then scrambled hard to put together text and syllabus.
Shortly after that, I was asked to take part in poetry judging for a local competition, so of course I said yes, and guess what? This year saw a record-high number of submissions. That is good news for the local writing community.
Long story short: I am not at the point I hoped to be with the new book project, for which I have also received more submissions than anticipated. The overall quality is high, the poems are delightful, and I do not want to rush this compilation in order to meet my earlier, arbitrary timeline. January completion is looking much more realistic, and keep in mind that a poetry collection will be a delightful Valentines Day surprise for a loved one.
The cover photo has been (tentatively) selected. Many poets have already been notified, but if you have not yet heard about your submission, hang in there. Heartfelt thanks to all who sent poems. This will be a gorgeous collection.