River Heron Review

Magazine Stand :: River Heron Review – 5.2

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Publishing in an open-access online format since 2019, River Heron Review is true to its namesake in being a sophisticatedly stylish journal. This newest issue features the work of Thomas McGuire, winner of the 2022 River Heron Poetry Prize selected by Deshawn McKinney. Finalists whose works are also included: Sarah Carey, Tresha Faye Haefner, Steve Nolan, and Sal Ragen. Contributors’ works fill out the rest of this installment, including Julie Cooper-Fratrik, Stephanie McConnell, Sylvia Karman, Jennifer Bullis, Grant Clauser, Beth Oast Williams, Michael Young, Eve Rosenbaum, Stephanie Yue Duhem, Suzanne Honda, Grant Chemidlin, Carol Sadtler, Richard Foerster, Amy Beth Sisson, Matt Thomas, Lisa Marie Oliver, Charity Everitt, Andrea McLaughlin, Gloria Monaghan, Devon Balwit, Ken Turner, Daniel Rabuzzi, Cheryl Martone, Ale de Luis, and Frank Paino. General Submissions and The River Heron Editors’ Prize opened on September 1 until November 30. Additional submissions and contest period deadlines can be found on the River Heron Review website.

Call :: River Heron Review – Poems, For Now

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River Heron Review online poetry journal offers readers a supplemental issue, Poems, For Now, highlighting poems responding to the current socio-political climate. Writers are invited to submit up to three poems that respond to the questions: What are the issues that concern you? Prompt you to action? The next submission period is July 15 – September 15 with publication on October 15, 2022. River Heron Review will donate $1 from each submission fee to Philabundance, the Philadelphia area’s largest hunger-relief organization and a member of Feeding America.

Events :: River Heron Review Summer-Fall 2022 Workshops

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River Heron Review offers a continuous flow of incredible writing workshops through summer and even into fall. Even though these are offered virtually, some have limited seating, and in the past, some have been ‘waitlisted,’ so take a peek now and don’t delay if you are interested. Upcoming workshops include AWA Creative Writing Workshop, Telling the Story – Poetry, (Re)Discovering Your Writer’s Voice, Poetry Boost: From Title to Publication, Intro to Write the Story of Your Life: Guided Autobiography, Write the Story of Your Life – Level 1, Write the Story of Your Life – Level 2.

River Heron Review – Issue 5.1

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The newest issue of online literary magazine River Heron Review includes poems written by 17 new and returning contributors. Their words are sure to inspire and perhaps broaden your take on the world. We hope that you are as moved by the images, themes, and topics so thoughtfully covered in these poems as we are.

Stop by the River Heron Review website to read the full issue.

Writing Prompts from River Heron Review

watercolor painting of a river heronSometimes it can be hard to get started when you sit down to write, but River Heron Review has some tips at their blog. Judith Lagana, founding co-editor of the journal, offers up three simple strategies for creating new writing.

The first tip she gives is: “Pull a line or sentence from something you’ve recently read that particularly resonates with you. [ . . . ] Consider the intention of the line. Consider how the author uses language to construct the line and give it meaning. Meditate on the line. Consider each word individually and then, write.”

Check out her two other tips for generating your own writing prompts at the River Heron Review website and get to writing.

River Heron Review’s Fall 2021 Workshops

watercolor painting of a river heronDid you know River Heron Review offers workshops? These virtual workshops create an encouraging writing environment with a supportive community open to offering and receiving feedback. The Fall 2021 workshops include “Witnessing and the Poetics of Social Justice,” “(Re)Discovering Your Writer’s Voice,” and “Write the Story of Your Life,” among others. The dates and prices vary, so don’t miss out on your chance to attend these workshops—go check out the Fall 2021 offerings here.

Sponsor Spotlight :: River Heron Review

watercolor painting of a river heronRiver Heron Review is an online poetry journal first envisioned in New Hope, Pennsylvania by Robbin Farr and Judith Lagana. They wanted to serve the literary community through publication, readings, workshops, and bringing the written word to life in as many ways as possible.

RHR publishes two digital issues a year (in February and August) online along with a contest issue and a supplemental issue. Speaking of the contest issue, the River Heron Poetry Prize is currently open to submissions through May 31. The Winner receives $500 and publication. This year’s final judge is Shankar Narayan who won the 2020 prize.

RHR also offers affordable digital workshops. Upcoming workshops include the Summer 2021 AWA Creative Writing Workshop with editor Judith Lagana, Telling the Story – Poetry with editor Robbin Farr, and (Re)Discovering Your Writer’s Voice with editor Judith Lagana.

Stop by their listing on NewPages to learn more!