Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Carolyn Howard Johnson and MaAnna Stephenson in USA Book News Poetry Category as Finalist.

Magdalena Ball and I are thrilled to have our chapbook of poetry--a cooperative effort--named a finalist in USA Book News' poetry category for 2009. We hope you agree this may be an honor (or merely a resource!) that your writers (poets among them?) may be interested in learning about! Please let me know ( if you publish the release or edit it or use the information in it in any other way so that I can thank you in my newsletter. You know, keep the promotion ball (and the love) rolling.

For Immediate Release
Contact: Carolyn Howard-Johnson

Reflections on Motherhood a Prize Winner

Award-winning Poets From Two Hemispheres Awarded for Chapbook

"a different kind of future
airy and permanent
the dry bliss of yellow bows
and shiny shoes"

She Wore Emerald Then: Reflections on Motherhood was conceived by Californian Carolyn Howard-Johnson and Aussie Magdalena Ball as part of their poetry chapbook series designed to commemorate holidays; their efforts were rewarded October 19 when it was named as a finalist for poetry book by USA Book News.

They believe that many need an alternative to the cloying greeting cards usually available for mothers' birthdays, Mother's Day and other holidays in card shops for about the same price as a card but--being poetry--with a high perceived sentimental and monetary value..

Howard-Johnson's first chapbook, Tracings (Finishing Line Press) was honored for excellence by the Military Writers Society of America and named to Compulsive Reader's Ten Best Reads. Her poetry has also been published in journals like Pear Noir, Montana State University's literary magazine, Writings from the River, Mt. St. Mary’s College journal Mary, The Pedestal magazine and in the soon-to-be released anthology by UCLA’s own Suzanne Lummis. She is the author of several other award-winning books. She is also an instructor for the UCLA Extension Writers' Program.

Ball’s novel Sleep Before Evening received unanimous 5-star reviews for its linguistic beauty and the intensity of its plot. She is also the author of an award-winning poetry chapbook Quark Soup, and a nonfiction book The Art of Assessment: How to Review Anything. Her website The Compulsive Reader,, has become a benchmark for high quality online literary criticism.

Artwork for She Wore Emerald Then is by May Lattanzio. She is a freelance writer/photographer, and author of Waltz on the Wild Side -- An Animal Lover's Journal and contributor to Native West's anthology Least Loved Beasts of the Really Wild West - A Tribute".

Learn more about Magdalena Ball at

Learn More about Carolyn Howard-Johnson in the Media Room at

Find a catalog of Lattanzio's writing at and her photographs at or

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Connie Gotsch Host Write On Four Corners KSJE FM, Farmington NM Author two award winning novels Snap Me a Future and A Mouthful of Shell available

Always in Print ‘Cuz They’re Print on Demand!

And now out! Belle’s Star,’ a youth novel from Artemesia Press at and, and through your local book store.

1 comment:

Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

Mmmmmm. My posts aren't taking. Thank you for this, Connie. There's an important concept for your visitors here; how well contests can work to promote poetry.
Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Also author of The Frugal Book Promoter