Wombwell Rainbow Interviews: Dustin Pickering

The Wombwell Rainbow

Wombwell Rainbow Interviews

I am honoured and privileged that the following writers local, national and international have agreed to be interviewed by me. I gave the writers two options: an emailed list of questions or a more fluid interview via messenger.

The usual ground is covered about motivation, daily routines and work ethic, but some surprises too. Some of these poets you may know, others may be new to you. I hope you enjoy the experience as much as I do.

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Dustin Pickering

is founder of Transcendent Zero Press, the literary publisher responsible for the award nominated journal Harbinger Asylum. He is the author of eight collections of poetry, including O’Riordan: spurious conversations with Dolores, Salt and Sorrow, Knows No End (Number One bestseller in new releases of Native American poetry), and The Daunting Ephemeral. His collection on aesthetics A Matter of Degrees was published by Hawakal in…

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Stretching Back by Cory Costantino

Creative Talents Unleashed

Stretching across a mountain of moments,

a compacted heap of wrappers and notes

once held or recorded the vast signals of a life

drilling through time I see what I have felt:

repeating patterns, spent layers of feeling compressed

finally squeezing out the air in between

where I try to insert subconsciously,

one more gasp, always one more gasp

of air that is not there, and make it seem it is the present,

a moment renewed, on news not new, and I wake up

to see layers of feeling already had and repeated

that I wouldn’t feel again if I could stop and look

at the mountain of moments, I’ve already been

settling like bands in the soil marking

how often the ground shifted under my feet

but I stare so hard all I see is that moment

entombed in a layer,

and all I think is what is written…

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Interview/English: Poetry as Viewed from the Eyes of Youth

From Vatsala Radhakeesoon…

Poetry and Creativity

Interview of  poetess  Crystal Stone

Vatsala Radhakeeson: Crystal Stone, welcome to Poetry and Creativity blog! Please tell us about your background,  earlier life and actual life?

Crystal Stone:
I was born in Myrtle Beach, SC but grew up in suburban towns outside of Philadelphia, PA. I have a Bachelor’s of Arts from Allegheny College and I’m currently attending Iowa State University for my MFA in Creative Writing and Environment. I took a two-year gap between school to teach algebra in Jackson, MS through Teach for America.

V.R :  What has been the initial propelling force for your poetry-writing?

C.S : When I was in fourth grade, I was part of a program called Young Authors. Through this program, we wrote stories and learned how to bind books. Once we finished one, they went in the school library. I wrote a short story about a white Christmas on my floppy disk…

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Setu: Western Voices Special Edition (February 2019)


setu magazine logoSetu: A Bilingual Journal of Literature

February 2019

Western Voices

Special Edition

Submission Guidelines:

Please send 3-5 previously unpublished poems

12 point Times New Roman

Attached as Word Document

Include a 100 word or less bio

Write “Western Voices Edition – Your Name” in the subject line

Deadline is February 20, 2019

Submissions should be addressed to both:




We look forward to receiving and reading your work!


Scott Thomas Outlar

Guest Editor

Visit Setumag.com for regular edition guidelines and to access past issues.

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CTU Press Release: Contributors Announcement – Naughty Nuts & Bolts

Creative Talents Unleashed

Congratulations to the following contributors whom have been chosen for the literary publication Naughty Nuts & Bolts.

Naughty Nuts & Bolts Contributors:

Bipul Banerjee – Journey

Glenda Higgins – First Date Anxiety

Stuart Kilmartin – Midnight Passion

Branch Isole – Kindred, Imaginary Lover, She said

Raja Williams – Baggage

Luna Love – Illecebrous, Craving, Fuckless Loveless Sexless Sex

Don Kingfisher Campbell – Love Woman from another land, Living Dream, Electricity

Lynn White – Eye contact, Bury me deep

Maggie Mae – A Dance begins, Tell me,  Attention

Angela Bertoli – Chances, Do You Want to Play, Anticipation

Sue Lobo – That Place, The Landscape Of Your Skin

Peter V. Dugan – The Dance, Hello Kitty

Valormore De Plume – Lover’s Ooze, Enchanted

Jill N. Pontiere – Perhaps We Should, Breathless

Heather Hazlett – Fire Kisses Day, Music Box

Paige Turner – Self-Rejection, Beautiful Liar, My Prison

Ken Allan Dronsfield –…

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Now Accepting Anthology Submissions: Addicted

A chance to get published in the forthcoming CTU Anthology…

Creative Talents Unleashed

Submitting to independent publishers like Creative Talents Unleashed guarantees your work will remain yours, and we give each writer a fair share of publicity. All the proceeds for our anthologies go into a “starving artist” fund, in order to give new authors a chance at publishing their very own book at little to no cost.

Explore our site and our talented authors. This might just be the opportunity to get your name into the writing world.

Get all the details by clicking on the link below:

Currently Accepting Submissions for the following Anthologies:


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From January 20th  – March 1st 2019

Addiction is a complex condition that is generally characterized by persistent drug use or problematic behaviors, despite the knowledge of the negative consequences.

Although substance use may be the activity that is most commonly associated with addiction, a person is capable of developing an…

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Appointment at Sarajevo – Collaboration

Creative Talents Unleashed

‘Next June, The Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand, heir apparent, in his capacity as Inspector General of the Austrian Army will attend the summer maneuvers of the Sixth District Army to be held in Bosnia. A visit to Sarajevo will follow ending on the 28th of June…’ newspaper clipping.

The youth at the cafe table stares at the black letters,

His lips move as he rereads the words,

The white and black turn scarlet in his mind,

‘I shall shatter walls and windows

and the shards shall carve the future,

My ghost shall shriek down the halls of Vienna

and rock the very throne…’,

He coughs, and feels the sudden pain in his lungs,

Gavrilo says to his companions,

‘Next June we have a date with destiny….’

And the world will be changed for ever.

Europe erupts

Shock -troops swarm over Serbia

As Russian cross-hairs drift west


And Prussia, must…

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