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“Lingering in the Margins” Poetry Anthology, Reading and Q&A

September 29, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The River City Poets Anthology Lingering in the Margins grew from three women’s love of poetry. Their humble idea was to offer an opportunity for fledgling poets in their community to be published. Two years and two hundred poetry submissions later, Lingering in the Margins represents the unique voice of over 50 poets, both new and experienced, woven into a tapestry of perspectives.

Readings from eight contributors will be followed by a discussion of how our creative spark became published book. Co-editors Joanna Lee, Judy Melchiorre, and Marsha Owens will talk about criteria for successful submissions, book structure & design, and more, with time for audience Q&A.

Judy Melchiorre has been published in three anthologies, and her poem “De-constructing” will be published in Streetlight Magazine in September 2019. She has been a part-time substitute teacher for ten years, currently with high schoolers. She lives in Richmond, VA with her husband, two snuggly dogs and one sassy cat.

Marsha Owens’ essays and poems have been published at the Huffington PostStreetlight MagazineWild Word Anthology, and online at Poets Reading the NewsNew Verse NewsRat’s Ass and others. She is humbly grateful to the writing community in Richmond for their support and friendship.

Joanna Suzanne Lee’s poetry has been published in a number of online & print journals including Rattle, Streetlight,Right Hand Pointing, and Dead Mule, and has been nominated for both Best of the Net and Pushcart prizes. Dissections, her first chapbook, was published in 2017 (Finishing Line Press). Joanna is a founder of the River City Poets community and former board chair of Richmond’s James River Writers. She lives in the Northside with her husband John and cat Max.


Contributors reading from the anthology: Maria Badillo, Jason Bates, J. Thomas Brown, Debbie Collins, Joan Mazza, Govind Narayan, Mary Riley, and Julie Wenglinski. 


September 29, 2019
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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