Our Commitment to Haiku

By |August 28th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

AnswersInsteadsmOver the past almost 20 years, the Aurorean has demonstrated its commitment to publishing haiku by dedicating a section in each issue to the best haiku we can find. Publisher/Editor Cynthia’s view: “The practice of the ancient art of haiku helps poets in all facets of their poetry writing. It helps poets clear away the clutter, and hone down to the necessary images and centeredness of our work.” With this commitment in mind, we are pleased to announce publication of our first all-haiku chapbook of poetry, Answers Instead: a life in haiku by Edward J. Rielly, coming in September.

Stanford M. Forrester, Editor of bottle rockets and past president of the Haiku Society of America says, “Each poem in this book evokes the past, but puts us in the present. Once we’ve read these poems, they will unavoidably stay with us for a very long time. This collection of poems is that good. Ed Rielly is a master poet and this book is destined to become part of the American haiku canon.”

Answers Instead is now available for pre-order and we are pleased to offer this chapbook to the Aurorean’s long-time haiku readers and writers for their permanent haiku collections.


Beginning Poetry Workshop at Pyramid Life Center

By |July 15th, 2015|events, workshops|0 Comments

From Cynthia: There’s still time to sign up for a spot in my Beginning Poetry Workshop this weekend in the Adirondacks! Friday evening-early Sunday afternoon at beautiful Pyramid Life Center. THREE DAYS, TWO NIGHTS’ LODGING, ALL MEALS and WORKSHOP for $130. Plenty of time for paddling and swimming in pristine Pyramid Lake.



Poetry Workshop with the Aurorean Editor

By |July 8th, 2015|Announcements, workshops|0 Comments

Pyramid Lake

Beginning poets: Aurorean publisher/editor Cynthia Brackett-Vincent is offering a three-day, four-session poetry workshop at Pyramid Life Center in the beautiful Adirondacks. Next Friday, July 17th–Sunday, July 19th. $130 includes THREE NIGHTS LODGING, ALL MEALS, AND WORKSHOP. Come, be inspired! There will be time for swimming and/or paddling on pristine Pyramid Lake on Saturday afternoon. Register Here: Pyramid Life Center

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New Review of Where the Meadowlark Sings

By |May 1st, 2015|chapbook reviews|0 Comments

WheretheMeadowlarkMany thanks to Ed Bennett of Quill & Parchment for his wonderful review of Ellaraine Lockie’s award winning chapbook Where the Meadowlark Sings. You can read the full review HERE

Poetry reading with Gus Peterson

By |April 16th, 2015|events|0 Comments

When the Poetry's Gone

Join us in downtown Farmington as Gus Peterson reads from his debut chapbook, When the Poetry’s Gone (Encircle Publications, March 2015)

When: Thursday, May 14 at 7:00pm

Where: Devaney Doak & Garrett Booksellers
193 Broadway St, Farmington, Maine 04938





The Writers Forum radio show

By |April 11th, 2015|News|0 Comments

Poet Ellie O’Leary hosts The Writers Forum monthly on WERU-FM. Yesterday, I was honored to join Ellie along with her other guests, Valerie Lawson and Micheal Brown, who publish Off the Coast. We had a great time talking poetry and poetry publishing. You can listen to the show here: Listen

You’ll hear me reading from my book, Questions About Home, the title poem of my new manuscript, Playing Armageddon, and the obligatory kitty poem (for there always has to be one kitty poem in the bunch!), “Stray, Rescued.” You’ll also hear Valerie and Michael reading their work—always a treat!


—Cynthia Brackett-Vincent


By |March 24th, 2015|quotes|2 Comments

Our moments of inspiration are not lost though we have no particular poem to show for them; for those experiences have left an indelible impression, and we are ever and anon reminded of them.”

—Henry David Thoreau


Three chapbook releases in one month!

By |February 10th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Encircle Publications is celebrating its 20th year of publishing poetry (1,300+ poets) in the Aurorean! Since 2011 we have been honored to publish fine chapbooks through our Chapbook Contest and our Open Reading periods. Next month, we will publish three chapbooks simultaneously: Pieces of Life Between Latitudes by New Hampshire’s John T. Hitchner, Marking the Bend by New Mexico’s Steve Ausherman, and When the Poetry’s Gone by Maine’s own Gus Peterson. Many thanks to Ted Bookey for his rave recommendation of Gus’ chapbook. You can read more recommendations for and order these fine chapbooks here:When the Poetry’s GoneMarking the BendPieces of Life…

Reviews are rolling in!

By |February 10th, 2015|chapbook reviews|0 Comments

Reviews are coming in for our Chapbook Contest winner, Ellaraine Lockie’s WHERE THE MEADOWLARK SINGS! Thanks to Jendi Reiter for this lovely one! Two Poems from Ellaraine Lockie’s “Where the Meadowlark Sings”

20th Anniversary Issue

By |February 10th, 2015|Announcements|0 Comments

We’d like to announce ahead of time that our 20th Anniversary Issue (October, 2015) will be an all-New England edition! Poets who call New England home for 6+ months a year are welcome to submit from 2/16–8/15 2015.