website : www.chrissybankspoetry.com
MEETUPS : March, October, November 2018
PROJECT : My main aim is to publish a third collection of poems, the last one going all the way back to 2005 and now out of print. I have many poems to choose from, spanning many years, about a third published in magazines and anthologies. Failing the collection, I may try for several pamphlets.
I also have remnants of a novel I keep tinkering with and would like to wrap up one way or another.
QUOTE : ‘There’s a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.’ Leonard Cohen.
‘Poetry is the music of being human.’ Carol Ann Duffy
PROGRESS REPORT :
May 2018. I was shortlisted in the Indigo Dreams pamphlet competition, down to the final 8 out of over 200, so all going in the right direction, but still no publication.
I also entered, on a whim and at the last minute, the erbacce prize for publication of a full collection, or even ‘your collected works’. Have been longlisted for this one. It is a FREE annual competition, so they get entries from all over the world – over 5000. The long list is 120, so still 119 people to compete with, but encouraging nonetheless. Now I wait to hear the final results. I like the values erbacce embrace and they pay good royalty fees. We shall see. Later in May…………Ah well, it was worth a shot. Living in hope that there’s a publisher for me somewhere. Next step, V Press.
February 2018. I have entered a pamphlet-sized selection of poems and entered the Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition, being shortlisted and coming second in the Inaugural Wordsworth Trust Competition for a Single Poem.
March 2018 I entered the Geoff Stevens Memorial Prize Competition for publication of a full collection by Indigo Dreams and was shortlisted – in the last 8 from 200, so near and yet so far. Now awaiting this year’s Poetry Business Pamphlet results.
I am renewing efforts to send poems out to magazines, anthologies and competitions. I have three forthcoming in the North, one in Agenda (not Acumen, as I had mistakenly written before) and one in Antiphon at present. Update February 2018: ‘At Present’ is now last year! The last poem I had published was in the Journal. Carol Baldock of Orbis has taken a couple for a future issue.
August 2017 update: I have entered a couple of competitions this year. I was commended in the Ware Poets Comp. judged by Hannah Lowe and ‘Horrible Haircuts of Childhood’ appears in their competition anthology. Also, I was shortlisted in the Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition and won 2nd prize in the Wordsworth Trust Single Poem prize as a follow-on to that.
I completed a short eco-poetry course with Fiona Benson via the Poetry School and have attended some inspiring workshops at the Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival with Rachael Allen in May and at Ledbury Festival, where I got to work with my favourite poet, Tony Hoagland, who also gave an inspiring talk.
I am currently helping to organise the Exeter Poetry Festival and will be running a Poetry Reading workshop there, looking at poems by some of our performers, including Kei Miller and Emily Berry. Then I’m off to Lumb Bank in October for an Arvon retreat with Maurice Riordan and Kathryn Maris.
February 2018 update: Sue Boyle ran a stimulating workshop on the short poem at Exeter Festival and I have been trying to cut and condense much more ruthlessly ever since. It doesn’t come naturally! But it is a good discipline.