The Works of Jayne Pupek

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Richmond, VA, United States
Jayne Pupek is the author of the novel "Tomato Girl" (Algonquin Books, 2008) and a book of poems titled "Forms of Intercession" (Mayapple Press, 2008). Her writing has appeared in numerous literary journals. In addition to her own writing, Jayne freelances as a ghostwriter, editor and mentor. A Virginia native, Jayne has spent most of her professional life working in the field of mental health.

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Friday, January 4, 2008


2008 is off to a pretty good beginning. I received a letter from Kristy Bowen of dancing girl press telling me that "Notes to Jackson" will be included in an anthology of epistolary poems forthcoming around Valentine's Day. This is such an exciting project because it combines poetry and art. Each poet is responsible for creating a design for their "letter poem"---can be a postcard, a letter inside an envelope, origami, etc.--and the sky's the limit as far as what kind of medium used-- glitter, watercolor, collage. The individual pieces will be included as a set inside a 5x7 box. How neat is that?

I also received news that two of my poems were accepted by Zygote in my Coffee. "Inside the Ward" will appear in issue 103(February) and "Postage Stamps" will follow in issue 104 (March). Karl is wonderful to work with as an editor and responds promptly to submissions. Zygote is one of the most bold and innovative literary journals available in the U.S. If you're interested in a journal that is receptive to work with an edge, please consider Zygote.

I'm delighted that Press1 has accepted two poems ("Protocol" and "Life with Frederic on Cassatt Street) for their next issue. Press1 is relatively new, but the first issue featured amazing work. It was here that I first came across Leonard Gontarek’s poems. His collection, Deja Vu Diner, published by Autumn House Press in 2006, is one of my recent favorites.