Pushcart Nominations announced by The Delmarva Review – 2014

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The Delmarva Review, vol. 7, cover

The Delmarva Review, vol. 7, cover photo by Roger Camp     Click on image for larger view

It’s that special time of year for all of us as editors.  With pleasure, The Delmarva Review has nominated six authors for a Pushcart Prize for exceptional poetry, fiction, and nonfiction writing.

Poetry nominations were: “Devil on an Elevator,” by Charlie Clark, of Austin, Texas, “For the Readers of Graves,” by Adam McGee, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and “Morning Paper,” by John Palen, of Urbana, Illinois.

“Widow Fantasies,” a personal essay by Randon Billings Noble, of Washington, D.C., was nominated for nonfiction.

Short story nominations included “The Mythology of the Wife,” by August Evans, of Seattle, Washington, and “Robot on a Park Bench,” by Brandon Getz, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

“We are excited that our authors have the opportunity for a Pushcart Prize,” said Wilson Wyatt, executive editor of the Review. “Discovery of new literary writing and recognition of the authors are essential to our purpose.”

The Delmarva Review, published annually by the Eastern Shore Writers Association, in Easton, Maryland, is open to all writers.  Over a thousand authors submitted writing for the 2014 edition.  During a seven-year history, 60 percent of its published authors have come from the tri-state Delmarva region.  In all, the writers are from 27 states, Washington, D.C., and nine foreign countries.

The Review’s nominations were selected from 40 authors of poems, stories, and essays in its seventh annual edition.  Pushcart editors will make a selection from all nominations to publish in the 2015 anthology, The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses XL.

For Writers, the 2015 Submissions Period is Open

The new submissions period for The Delmarva Review is open now through February 28, 2015.  A submission link is posted on the “guidelines” page of the website www.delmarvareview.com.

The Review is carried by the following regional bookstores: the News Center, in Easton, MD, Mystery Loves Company, in Oxford, MD, and The Writer’s Center, in Bethesda, MD.

Both print and digital editions can be purchased from all major online booksellers, including Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and Apple. The worldwide availability of the Review greatly expands the potential readership of an author’s work.

The Eastern Shore Writers Association’s website is http://www.easternshorewriters.org. The organization also holds the annual Bay to Ocean Writers Conference (February 28), website http://www.baytoocean.com.

 

Public Radio Delmarva features the new “Delmarva Review”

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Recording in the WSDL studio, Delmarva Public Radio, are(l to r) George Merrill, Wendy Elizabeth Ingersoll, Wilson Wyatt, with show host Harold   Wilson

Recording in the WSDL 90.7 studio, Delmarva Public Radio, are(l to r) nonfiction editor George Merrill, poet Wendy Elizabeth Ingersoll, executive editor Wilson Wyatt, with show host Harold Wilson, fiction editor      Click on image for larger view

“Delmarva Today – Writer’s Edition” highlighted the new issue of The Delmarva Review, a literary journal, in a one-hour radio show, which included interviews and a dramatic reading by actors of one of the short stories in the Review.

Poet Wendy Elizabeth Ingersoll read from her poetry and was interviewed by program host Harold Wilson. Also interviewed were nonfiction editor George Merrill and executive editor Wilson Wyatt. The literary journal, published by the Eastern Shore Writers Association, printed an expanded edition of poetry, short stories and essays. It is available in print and e-book editions at major online booksellers, like Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Apple, and others. It is also carried by regional book stores, the News Center, in Easton, and Mystery Loves Company, in Oxford.

RADIO BROADCAST link:  http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/delmarva-today-writers-edition-17

AMAZON link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OPP6BZ4

Delmarva Review Welcomes New Submissions for 8th Issue

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The Delmarva Review, vol. 7, cover

The Delmarva Review, Volume 7 – Cover photograph by Roger Camp     Click on image for larger view

The Delmarva Review announced the opening of its submissions period for the eighth annual issue, for publication in 2015. Writers can submit poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction from November 1, 2014 through February 28, 2015.

The Review selects new literary prose and poetry for publication in print and electronic editions. All writers are welcome. Submissions are competitive.

The literary journal encourages great story telling, engaging essays, and moving poetry, all exhibiting skillful expression. Editors only read electronic submissions from the Submission Guide page on the website: www.delmarvareview.com.

The 2014 edition, just published, features the work of 40 contributors from 14 states, the District of Columbia, and one foreign country.

“Over a thousand authors submitted writing for the current issue,” said Wilson Wyatt, executive editor. “We selected stories and poetry addressing a diversity of human themes, each exploring the author’s unique voice, style, and command of craft. The cover photograph, ‘Dolls, Provincetown, MA,’ by Roger Camp, teases our imaginations with the potential for discovery.”

The Delmarva Review has earned national recognition among over 3,000 published literary journals nationwide. Open to all writers, about 60 percent of the published authors have come from the Chesapeake and Mid-Atlantic region.

Over the Review’s history, the work of 30 authors has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. The last issue’s featured essay, “Writing My Way Home,” by Ron Capps, was honored on the “Notable” list in the anthology, Best American Essays 2014.

The Delmarva Review is published by the Eastern Shore Writers Association Education Fund (ESWA), a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, to discover compelling new literary work and to inspire others to pursue excellence in writing.

In addition to Wyatt, the editorial board includes: Anne Colwell, poetry editor, Harold Wilson and Amy Abrams, fiction editors, George Merrill and Cheryl Somers Aubin, nonfiction editors, Cheril Thomas, submissions administrator, Bill Gourgey, publishing advisor, Melanie Rigney and Gerald Sweeney, editorial advisors, Jeanne Pinault, copy editor, Charlene Marcum, proofreading, and Laura Ambler, design and layout editor. All volunteer their time and talent to produce the Review.

The current issue, volume 7, is available worldwide in print and eBook editions from online booksellers, Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Apple, and others. It can be purchased from regional bookstores, including: The News Center, in Easton, Mystery Loves Company, in Oxford, and The Writer’s Center, in Bethesda, Maryland.

For additional information, see the website www.delmarvareview.com, or contact the publication at: The Delmarva Review, P.O. Box 544, St. Michaels, MD 21663, or email: editor@delmarvareview.com.

More information and to order, here is the Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OPP6BZ4

Tribute to High Flight

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"Inspiration," photo by Wilson Wyatt Jr.

“Inspiration,” photo by Wilson Wyatt Jr.      Click on photo for larger image

Today’s photo is a tribute to John Gillespie Magee Jr.’s familiar sonnet, “High Flight.”  He wrote the last line when he was inspired as a pilot, first reaching an altitude of 33,000 feet in 1941, during World War II:

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth, And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth Of sun-split clouds, –and done a hundred things You have not dreamed of –Wheeled and soared and swung High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung My eager craft through footless halls of air…

Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace Where never lark or even eagle flew — And, while with silent lifting mind I’ve trod The high untrespassed sanctity of space, Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.                                                                   

A special thanks to the organizers of the Annual Easton Airport Day, on September 27, where “Warbird Formation” flyovers generated choruses of “wows” from an appreciative crowd of children, mothers, dads, and our veterans. The planes were classics, many dating back to World War II. One could not see the show without being mindful of the importance of flight to our freedoms.

It was a beautiful day, filled with family enjoyment.  It was also a day of inspiration.

The Delmarva Review . . . Every cover has a story

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Covers of The Delmarva Review

Covers of The Delmarva Review

Coming in October, the seventh edition of The Delmarva Review literary journal features the work of 40 contributors from 14 states, Washington, D.C., and Italy.  Website http://www.delmarvareview.com.  More news to come.

The Delmarva Review…so many choices. So many talented writers.

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Choices come with the weight of decision and responsibility, never to be taken lightly. That is what we feel as editors of The Delmarva Review.  It’s decision time.

Cover - The Delmarva Review, Volume 6

Cover – The Delmarva Review, Volume 6

While our literary journal is young, at seven years, submissions are beyond expectations.  Over 1,000 writers submitted poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction for the coming issue.

We created the Review as a new publishing opportunity for literary work in print, offering writers permanence and readership beyond borders.  Standards are high as we welcome all authors.  Our goals are to select writing that inspires and encourages writers to create their finest work.  Literary writing is often considered the far end of the writing spectrum, reserved for the most skillfully created prose and poetry.  Through the journey comes discovery, giving significance to the pursuit. . .for literature and for the writer.

As editors, we will do our best to make thoughtful decisions, knowing we can only publish a sample of the work submitted.

Editors will finalize selections over the next few weeks and contact the authors. Publication of Volume 7 is October 2014.  On behalf of the publisher, the Eastern Shore Writers Association, we thank all the authors who have considered The Delmarva Review for publication.

This is a privilege.  We do not take it lightly.

The Delmarva Review is published annually in print.  A downloadable digital edition is available at Amazon.com. Website: www.delmarvareview.com.

 

“Chesapeake Views” – Blink of an eye

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Another book review of Chesapeake Views – Catching the Light. Thank you to Dara McBride, Feature Editor at The Cecil Whig, for the current article.

Chesapeake Sunrise, at Thomas Point Light

Chesapeake at Dawn, Thomas Point Light –  One of the images before the cover shot for the book.   Click on the image for a full view

This is the third consecutive book review and interview by an editor recently, all unsolicited. As a photographer and writer, I’m delighted.  In fairness, I must give most of the credit to the beauty of the Chesapeake Bay region. My contribution is a click of the shutter, a blink of the eye.

The published interview follows:

Photographer Wilson Wyatt catches Chesapeake moments                               By Dara McBride, dmcbride@cecilwhig.com | Wednesday, February 19, 2014

ST. MICHAELS — At just the right moment, with just the right light, photographer Wilson Wyatt can get the shot no one else can.

Out of 27 photographers taking photos of the Thomas Point Shoal Light, the historical Chesapeake Bay lighthouse, at dawn one morning, Wyatt walked away with the award-winning shot. After waiting for the sun to hit the roofline of the lighthouse, Wyatt captured the meeting of a cruise ship and tanker as they sky turned tangerine.

“Photography, for me, is purely a pursuit of beauty,” said Wyatt, 70, of St. Michaels. “A pursuit of passion and beauty, those are the things that make life worthwhile.”

The Chesapeake region has its own unique beauty, one that Wyatt has tried to capture as a photographer in his latest book, “Chesapeake Views — Catching the Light.” The scene of the Thomas Point Shoal Light, which won the Nikon Mentor Series “Best of Maryland” photo, is the cover of the book.

For area residents, the book is filled with familiar sights of the Eastern Shore, of lighthouses, sailboats and sunsets over water. The tabletop book includes 82 color images taken of the Chesapeake and Eastern Shore region. Also included in the book is information on where and how many of the images were taken.

Enchanted by the bay area, Wyatt and his wife decided to move to the Chesapeake region about 15 years ago.

Although now a skilled photographer, Wyatt started on the other side of communications: writing.

He started his career as a reporter and feature writer at The Courier-Journal in Kentucky and, intrigued by the skill of the newspaper’s photographers, took up photography as a hobby. He said he learned photography by studying the works of others and critique from mentors.

Over the years he has balanced both photography and writing. Right now, he is executive editor of literary journal The Delmarva Review and is active on the board of The Writer’s Center, in the Washington, D.C. area.

Today, he’s the one teaching the photography skills. As president of the Academy for Lifelong Learning at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, he leads spring classes in beginner and intermediate digital photography. He reminds himself and students that photography can be a demanding art.

Wyatt focuses on light in his series of Chesapeake photos. Photography is more than pointing a camera and pushing a button, he said. Photography is about catching light, the colors that make up a scene, how light bounces off clouds and waiting for the moment for it all to come together.

“I am definitely a morning person,” Wyatt said, commenting on his favorite time of the day to shoot. There are three stages of light to shoot in the morning, he explained: predawn light, the reflection on clouds before sunrise and the sunrise itself.

Photography is “a constant discovery,” Wyatt said.

“It’s always a challenge, and I wish I could go back and take many of the photos I took years ago again because I’ve gotten better,” said Wyatt.

In addition to “Chesapeake Views,” Wyatt has published another hardback book of his color photography in 2011, “Yosemite – Catching the Light.” He also publishes a blog on his experiences, Writing & Photography – the Art of Words and Images, at www.wilsonwyattjr.com.

For the full article in The Cecil Whig, go to:

http://www.cecildaily.com/features/arts_and_culture/article_c308bfd6-a792-59d1-8f7f-3c7334e2ed9f.html

Book Availability:

‘Chesapeake Views—Catching the Light,’ is available at Talbot County Public Libraries, the News Center, in Easton, MD and Mystery Loves Company, in Oxford, MD. For more information about signed copies of the book, contact the author directly by email at: wwwyatt2@gmail.com.

November Reflection, from "Chesapeake Views - Catching the Light" - click on image for a larger view

November Reflection, from “Chesapeake Views – Catching the Light”    click on image for a larger view

You’re invited . . .slide lecture on Nature and Landscape Photography

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First Sunrise in Spring, by Wilson Wyatt, from "Chesapeake Views - Catching the Light"

First Sunrise in Spring, by Wilson Wyatt, from “Chesapeake Views – Catching the Light”  Click on image for larger view

Reprinted from The Talbot Spy (talbotspy.org):

The Eastern Shore Garden Club will be welcoming Wilson Wyatt, Jr., photographer, author and teacher to its second Environmental Lecture with a slide talk on “Nature and Landscape Photography,” Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 11:30 AM at the Talbot County Free Public Library, in Easton, Maryland. It is free and open to the public.

Executive Editor and a founder of The Delmarva Review, Wilson Wyatt moved to the Eastern Shore about 14 years ago when he discovered the writers’ community he had been looking for. As an author and photographer he paints pictures and moods with words and light, believing that storytelling and a connection with your subject is as much a part of a good photograph as a story or poem––”when a photograph communicates a feeling from one human to another, the craft has turned into an art.”

While shooting his Nikon Mentor Series “Best of Maryland” award-winning photo: “Sunrise at Thomas Point Lighthouse” Wilson waited as two vessels passed each other behind the lighthouse while the sun rose. The shot captured this changing scene taken from his boat that was also moving.

In his recently published book, Chesapeake Views-Catching the Light, there are many examples of the varying light and landscape at different times of day and year. Each demonstrates the patience, the power of observation and inner sensitivity it takes to catch with a click the mood of a particular season or time of day as Emily Dickinson did with words in: “There’s a certain Slant of Light, Winter Afternoons.”

Wilson says, “There is pleasure in craftsmanship but when artistry happens, we know something special has occurred. The creation is exhilarating.” When you see his photographs called “December Reflection” or “The First Sunrise of Spring” (above), the quality of light is absolutely particular to the season. He says that photography is about working with light, a mere blink of light in a moment of time with your camera being a kind of clock. Carl Sandberg put it poetically in an inscription to Edward Steichen, “camera engraver of glints and moments.” Wilson Wyatt’s first book of photographs, also on light “Yosemite–Catching the Light” grew out of a camera trek with his son, also a photographer.

We were first told about Wilson Wyatt by a garden club member, who took his photography course and learned so much she recommended him for this talk. He will be giving workshops again this spring at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Academy of Lifelong Learning. Last year it filled quickly with 30 applicants and more on the waiting list.

A delightful way to end the year and welcome 2014

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My photo, “Winter Cardinal,” is the cover of Chesapeake 360‘s January 2014 issue.  Another image, “December Reflections,” illustrates a full-page article on Chesapeake Views – Catching the Light.  Thank you to The Star Democrat newspaper, on the Eastern Shore, for sharing these photographs of the Chesapeake Bay region.  As I say in my book, “Photography is all about working with light, a mere blink of light, measured in time. The camera is a kind of clock.”

"Winter Cardinal," the cover image on Chesapeake 360, for January 2014

“Winter Cardinal,” by Wilson Wyatt Jr., cover image on Chesapeake 360, January 2014     –  Click on image for full view

"December Reflection" photo and article in Chesapeake 360

“December Reflection” photo and article in Chesapeake 360  –  Click on image for full view

Last Book Signing of 2013 . . . time passes so quickly.

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Chesapeake Views - Catching the Light, book cover

Chesapeake Views – Catching the Light, by Wilson Wyatt Jr., book cover

A camera is a kind of clock, to borrow a metaphor from Roland Barthes, in Camera Lucida.  Photography is about catching light, a blink of light, measured in time. As I prepare for the last book signing of 2013, the year becomes an image of time passing, almost as quickly as “a blink of light.”

I remember starting my book a year ago, selecting 82 images from 26,000 taken over eight years.  Then came the writing, formatting, image proofing, the editing…and more editing.  Finally, the printing.  The hours seem like seconds, in memory.  Now the year closes with a final book signing.

Pleasure comes from holding the book in my hands, remembering when I captured the images and what inspired me… those magical feelings that come from photographing nature.  Sharing the images adds to the enjoyment. Unlike photographing a brief moment, a book lives on in time.

I look forward to tomorrow’s book signing as the year draws to a close.  For those of you who haven’t attended one, it is a celebration of sorts, regardless of how many books are sold. The conversations and camaraderie between authors and readers are festive occasions, paying homage to creative words and images, in my case, on paper. It’s a respectful way to celebrate the year.

If you’re in the area, join me and nine other authors, for a festive holiday “Authors Night,”  tomorrow (December 18), at the Kent Island Library, from 6 to 8 p.m.  We’ll celebrate books, writing, and photography. The library’s address is: 200 Library Circle, just off Main Street, in Stevensville, Maryland, on Kent Island, the Chesapeake Bay.

Author/photographer Wilson Wyatt - photo by James Dissette

Author/photographer Wilson Wyatt Jr. – photo by James Dissette

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