Wednesday, July 07, 2021

[NOW AVAILABLE] The Tongue They Shared by Paul Siegell (Moonstone Press, 2021)

The Tongue They Shared is 24 pages of Paul Siegell mesmerized by live music, mental health, America, Philadelphia, and the beloved tomato.

Wonderful cover design by Shannon Callery.

Runner-up in Moonstone Arts' 2021 Chapbook Contest:
"Pay the bill. Leave the credit card behind." – There is elegance and grace in the light on the cityscapes and salvage yards of The Tongue They Shared. Paul Siegell spins you a couple times and gently pushes you into the Poetry Funhouse, with a wink to the masters: e.e. cummings and Ronald Johnson. You can hear this poetry breaking through to a new language – with a Philadelphia accent.
Leonard Gontarek, Contest Judge, author of Take Your Hand Out Of My Pocket, Shiva

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Virtual Poetry Reading: 2021 Moonstone Chapbook Contest Winners – Kyle Laws, Faith Paulsen, Paul Siegell May 19 @ 7:00 pm

Zoom link here. Meeting ID: 843 0832 9737 – Passcode: 678146. Virtual Poetry Reading: 2021 Moonstone Chapbook Contest: First Prize: Kyle Laws – author of The Sea is Woman Runner-Up: Faith Paulsen – author of We Marry, We Bury, We Sing or We Weep Runner-Up: Paul Siegell – author of The Tongue They Shared

Friday, April 16, 2021

04.17.21- My first reading as Montgomery County Poet Laureate

Join Philadelphia Stories and the MCPL Program as we celebrate the winner, Caitlin Kossmann, along with the runners up, and Editors’ Choices of the 2021 Sandy Crimmins National Prize in Poetry. Also featured is the 2021 Montgomery County Poet Laureate, Paul Siegell.

Thursday, April 08, 2021

Sing it with me: "One baby to another says, 'I'm lucky to have met you'"

Nirvana is the band. Nevermind is the album. Spencer Elden is the baby. HOOK HAIKU is the poem. ONE ART: a journal of poetry is the journal. Mark Danowsky is the editor. Louisa Schnaithmann is also the editor. And today is the day, 27 years ago, Kurt Cobain was found dead at his home at the age of 27.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

I've been called many things, but this is the first time I've been called Poet Laureate. Absolutely wild. And away we go!

Tremendous thanks to the Montgomery County Poet Laureate program, executive director Joanne Leva, judge Ernest Hilbert, and all of the other judges and advisory board members. Gonna be a fun 2021!

Sunday, February 28, 2021

"an out-of-body wasabi experience"

Many thanks to the editors of Schuylkill Valley Journal (Vol. 50) for publishing these three "First" poems.

Wednesday, January 06, 2021

backstage at the submission apparition exhibition

2020: 1 poetry acceptance + 3 rejections received; 1 new boss, 1 house bought, 1 car leased, 1 negative COVID test + 1 baby girl born!
2019: 5 poetry acceptances + 34 rejections received; 1 work promotion + well, I got engaged, planned a wedding and done got married!
2018: 3 poetry acceptances + 1 fiction acceptance + 43 rejections received; (1 work promotion) + 1 Pushcart nomination!
2017: 10 acceptances + 50 rejections received; 1 book accepted!
2016: 11 acceptances + 53 rejections received;
2015: 12 acceptances + 88 (54/34) rejections received;
2014: 9 acceptances + 31 rejections received;
2013: 12 acceptances + 37 rejections received;
2012: 12 acceptances + 39 rejections received;
2011: 16 acceptances + 37 rejections received;
2010: 22 acceptances + 52 rejections received;
2009: 23 acceptances + 51 rejections received; 1 book accepted!
2008: 25 acceptances + 73 rejections received; 1 book accepted!
2007: 17 acceptances + 71 rejections received; 1 book accepted!
2006: 9 acceptances + 28 rejections received