Author: Christopher Margolin

Chris Margolin spent more than a decade in Education as a high school English teacher, and is now an Instructional Coach for the Longview School District. He is also the founder of The Poetry Question, an online journal which focuses on reviews of small press poetry publications, and runs a regular series called "The Power of Poetry," where notable poets share their personal stories of how poetry has affected their lives. Margolin resides in Vancouver, Washington with his wife, and daughter.

POWER OF POETRY #99: MATÉ JARAI

POWER OF POETRY #99: MATÉ JARAI

“Poetry is confession for the Godless. If my mind is a fury, if I can’t make sense of my own feelings, I scribble or I type, and whatever comes out, ‘quality’ doesn’t matter, it’s real and it’s there.”

POWER OF POETRY #98: SK GROUT

POWER OF POETRY #98: SK GROUT

“It seems I cannot escape poetry, even if the thought fleetingly crosses my mind.”

#TPQ5: MARTHA WARREN

#TPQ5: MARTHA WARREN

What will Martha Warren, whose work has appeared in The Canadian League of Poets’ Poetry Pause and Headline Press, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: Bára Hladík

#TPQ5: Bára Hladík

What will Bára Hladík, poet based in Tio’tiá:ke, Montréal, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: JENNY ROBBINS

#TPQ5: JENNY ROBBINS

What will Jenny Robbins is an English teacher, comedienne and CNF Editor for @Heroin_Chic_Mag, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: TOM ALEXANDER

#TPQ5: TOM ALEXANDER
What will Tom Alexander, author of one collection of poetry and is working on a second, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: NAOMI ORTIZ

#TPQ5: NAOMI ORTIZ

What will Naomi Ortiz, writer, poet, visual artist, facilitator, and the author of Sustaining Spirit: Self-Care for Social Justice (Reclamation), a guide on self-care for diverse communities, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: CLIFFORD BROOKS

#TPQ5: CLIFFORD BROOKS
What will Clifford Brooks, Editor-in-Chief of the Blue Mountain Review, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

POETRY IN THE NEW WORLD #1: ERNESTO CEPEDA

POETRY IN THE NEW WORLD #1: ERNESTO CEPEDA

Let us use poetry to be the spark that lights up others who are consumed by darkness. We will be the flames, the candles and the fire, keep writing, reading, submitting and posting our work.

#TPQ5: TYLER PUFPAFF

#TPQ5: TYLER PUFPAFF

What will Tyler Pufpaff, Poetry Editor at Variant Literature, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: MLA CHERNOFF

#TPQ5: MLA CHERNOFF

What will MLA Chernoff, a Jewish, non-binary pome machine, include in today’s #TPQ? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: JULEIGH HOWARD-HOBSON

#TPQ5: JULEIGH HOWARD-HOBSON

What will Juleigh Howard-Hobson, urban drop out, living off-grid in middle of rural nowhere where nothing can bother her, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

REVIEW: ALCOHOLIC BETTY- ELISABETH HORAN (FLY ON THE WALL PRESS)

it’s the TKO after 12 rounds at the bar. But you’re looking up from the mattress wondering where Dr. Bottle and Nurse Amphetamine were to throw in the towel.

#TPQ5: JULIANNA MAY

#TPQ5: JULIANNA MAY

What will Julianna May, a poet from Eastern, Pennsylvania, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

WE HAVE THE GREATEST COMMUNITY

WE HAVE THE GREATEST COMMUNITY

This is not a post about poetry. This is a post about reaching out to the community for help in a time of need. The outpouring of love and help thus far has been beyond overwhelming. We are humbled and grateful.

POWER OF POETRY #97: CASEY BOTTONO

POWER OF POETRY #97: CASEY BOTTONO

My truth rarely comes to the page easily, but it is always worth the work. Abandoning ‘perfection’ has brought me to a point where I can be utterly honest. 

#TPQ5: SIMON MEDHURST

#TPQ5: SIMON MEDHURST

What will Simon Medhurst, Ramsgate poet and performer, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: MARY JAIMES-SERRANO

#TPQ5: MARY JAIMES-SERRANO

What will Mary Jaimes-Serrano, who lives in Kansas with her family and writes poetry, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: CLARENCE CARVEL

#TPQ5: CLARENCE CARVEL

What will Clarence Carvel, writer, poet and optimist, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: MELANIE JANISSE-BARLOW

What will Melanie Janisse-Barlow, whose ongoing Poet Series, a self-curating/practopoietic series of portraits of Canadian poets, has reached 80 pieces and has gained national media coverage in Canada and the US, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: DARBY LYONS

#TPQ5: DARBY LYONS
What will Darby Lyons, reader of poetry submissions for The Cincinnati Review, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: RISA DENENBERG

#TPQ5: RISA DENENBERG
What will Risa Dememberg, co-founder and editor at Headmistress Press, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: KENNING JP GARCIA

#TPQ5: KENNING JP GARCIA
What will Diarist, Kenning JP García, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: WILLIAM WARD BUTLER

What will William Ward Butler, whose chapbook Life History is forthcoming from Ghost City Press, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: SEAN SINGER

What will Sean Singer, author of Discography (Yale University Press) and Honey & Smoke (Eyewear publishing), include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: MAGI GIBSON

What will Magi Gibson author of the popular Wild Women of a Certain Age, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: NATALIE ANN HOLBOROW

#TPQ5: NATALIE ANN HOLBOROW
What will Natalie Ann Holborow, a poet and blogger from Swansea, include in today’s #TPQ5?

#TPQ5: EILEEN FARRELLY

#TPQ5: EILEEN FARRELLY
What will Eileen Farrelly, musician and songwriter who can be found singing for beer in pubs around Glasgow, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: AVALINA ROBIN HARVEY

#TPQ5: AVALINA ROBIN HARVEY
What will Avalina Robin Harvey, award-winning journalist at The Toronto Star, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

POWER OF POETRY #95: AMY SHIMSHON-SANTO

POWER OF POETRY #95: AMY SHIMSHON-SANTO

Aging has meant gaining and losing things. Two stolen bikes. Careers. Partners. A parent. Poetry never left. It shows no sign of weariness. It is eager and ready.

#TPQ5: JENNA LYNCH

#TPQ5: JENNA LYNCH
What will Jenna Lynch, whose first chapbook, The Mouth of Which You Are, from Finishing Line Press, was released November 2018, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: GABRIELLE GRACE HOGAN

#TPQ5: GABRIELLE GRACE HOGAN
What will Gabriella Grace Hogan, whose work has been published by the Academy of American Poets, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

OPEN SUBMISSION: TPQ POETRY PAMPHLET SERIES #1

OPEN SUBMISSION: TPQ POETRY PAMPHLET SERIES #1

Submit your manuscript today!

#TPQ5: TEODORA LaLOVA

#TPQ5: TEODORA LaLOVA
What will Teodora Lalova, Bulgarian author who currently lives in Brussels (Belgium), include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: JASON O’TOOLE

#TPQ5: JASON O’TOOLE
What will Jason O’Toole, author of Spear of Stars (2018) and Soulless Heavens (2019), include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: AMANDA CRUM

#TPQ5: AMANDA CRUM
What will Amanda Crum, writer and artist, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

POWER OF POETRY #94: JESSICA DRAKE-THOMAS

POWER OF POETRY #94: JESSICA DRAKE-THOMAS

Poetry is far from dead or dying any time soon. Like all art forms, poetry adapts. It will endure, so long as poets exist to write it.

#TPQ5: DAVID WOJCIECHOWSKI

#TPQ5: DAVID WOJCIECHOWSKI
What will David Wojciechowski, author of Dreams I Never Told & Letters I Never Sent (Gold Wake Press), include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: MICHAEL CHIN

#TPQ5: MICHAEL CHIN
What will Michael Chin, whose third collection, The Long Way Home is forthcoming in 2020 from Cowboy Jamboree Press, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: GLORIA MACHER

What will Gloria Macher, Canadian Peruvian-born writer living in Montreal exploring social, political, ecological and existential themes that fuel our reflection on the human condition, include in today’s #TPQ5?

POWER OF POETRY #93: TRAVIS CRAVEY

POWER OF POETRY #93: TRAVIS CRAVEY:

These are human passions, after all, more than lust or greed or God: we want to connect.

#TPQ5: GLENIS G. REDMOND

#TPQ5: GLENIS G. REDMOND
What will Glenis Redmond, a nationally known touring teaching artist and a poet include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: KRISTINE ESSER SLENTZ

#TPQ5: KRISTINE ESSER SLENTZ
What will KRISTINE ESSER SLENTZ, a queer, experimental poet from northwest Indiana and the Chicagoland area, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: KEITH A. WELCH

What will Keith Welch, writer from Bloomington, Indiana where he works at the Indiana University Herman B Wells library, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: CONYER CLAYTON

#TPQ5: CONYER CLAYTON
What will Conyer Clayton, whose latest chap, Trust Only the Beasts in the Water was published by above/ground press, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

POWER OF POETRY #92: TONY BROWN

I present as White, but I am of mixed race heritage. My mom is Italian-American, my father Mescalero Apache. I grew up hearing at home that I was never to think of myself as White, yet no one would ever see me as anything else.

#TPQ5: RHYS OWAIN WILLIAMS

#TPQ5: RHYS OWAIN WILLIAMS
What will Rhys Owain Williams, a writer from Swansea, Wales, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: KATIE MANNING

#TPQ5: KATIE MANNING
What will Katie Manning, founding editor-in-chief of Whale Road Review, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: NATASHA GRAHAM

#TPQ5: NATASHA GRAHAM
What will Natascha Graham, artist, poet and writer of literary fiction, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

POWER OF POETRY #90: JDG

Poetry moves. It’s transformative, and that transformation can be a catalyst for what we choose to make of ourselves, our stories, and our passions. Poetry is a place we can learn about others and ourselves.

REVIEW: GHOSTS IN THE REFLECTION – LETTERS TO ERIN – JAMES F. MILLER (FLY ON THE WALL PRESS)

It’s the way society sees itself but refuses to remedy anything. There are no roses growing here. This is sidewalk chalk guiding readers through each crack in the concrete.

#TPQ5: PAIGE BRUCKNER

What will Paige Bruckner, aspiring poet trying to balance creativity with school and social life, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: LAURA DiNOVIS BERRY

What will Laura DiNovis Berry, poet and movie enthusiast, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: JENNY MITCHELL

#TPQ5: JENNY MITCHELL
What will Jenny Mitchell, joint winner of the Geoff Stevens Memorial Poetry Prize, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

POWER OF POETRY #89: A. A. PARR

I wrote for the joy of it, I wrote to make my mark on the world, I wrote because it bled out of me so quickly dropping it onto paper was the only responsible act I felt I could make.

#TPQ5: JESSICA L DRAKE-THOMAS

What will Jessica Drake-Thomas, whose newest book, Burials, is forthcoming from CLASH Books this year, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: YANIA PADILLA SIERRA

#TPQ5: YANIA PADILLA SIERRA
What will Yania, a bruja/writer/artist and suicide prevention SME, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: HALA ALYAN

#TPQ5: HALA ALYAN
What will Hala Alyan, Palestinian American writer and clinical psychologist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: ADAM STEINER

#TPQ5: ADAM STEINER
What will Adam Steiner, author of Politics of The Asylum, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: GARETH CULSHAW

What will Gareth Culshaw, whose second collection is out in June by Futurecycle called Shadows of Tryfan, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

POWER OF POETRY #88: ESTEBAN RODRIGUEZ

I turned to poetry to calm my encroaching anxiety, and I’ve turned to it since as a way to remind myself that I am a part of this world, that I exist within all the good and bad that it presents every day.

#TPQ5: ELIZABETH MOURA

#TPQ5: ELIZABETH MOURA
What will Elizabeth Moura, who lives in a converted factory and works with elders, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: MIRIAM CALLEJA

#TPQ5: MIRIAM CALLEJA
What will Miriam Calleja, bilingual poet and Maltese wordsmith, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: AARON POOCHIGIAN

#TPQ5: AARON POOCHIGIAN
What will Aaron Poochigian, whose book “Manhattanite,” won the Able Muse Poetry Prize, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: DAVID L O’NAN

What will David O’Nan, EiC of Fevers of the Mind Poetry & Art Digest, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: MESLISSA ELEFTHERION

What will Melissa Eleftherion, writer, librarian, and visual artist, include in today’s #tpq? Find out inside!

POWER OF POETRY #87: AMEE NASSERENE BROUMAND

POWER OF POETRY #87: AMEE NASSRENE BROUMAND
To attempt to tell all the truth—the kind of truth that slumbers at noon and wakes at midnight—requires slantness. Slantness is the language of night. Slantness is a gap in the facade of mundanity, a way for reality in all of its mystery to seep through the boundaries of language.

#TPQ5: ALI JONES

What will Alison Jones, teacher, and writer with work published in a variety of places, from Poetry Ireland Review, Proletarian Poetry and The Interpreter’s House, to The Green Parent Magazine and The Guardian.

#TPQ5: BRIANNA SALINAS

Brianna is an emerging Spanish to English translator, a film photographer, an itinerant traveler, and a sometimes poet.

POWER OF POETRY #86: THOMAS STEWART

POWER OF POETRY #88: THOMAS STEWART

A word can muster a thousand thoughts. A poem can create a universe.

#TPQ5: SOL

#TPQ5: SOL
What will Sol Camarena Medina, a mad lesbian poet from Valencia, Spain who’s also a loud laugher and lover, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: THOMAS STEWART

#TPQ5: THOMAS STEWART
What will Thomas Stewart, whose poetry pamphlet, ’empire of dirt’, was published by Red Squirrel Press, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: CAITLIN SCARANO

#TPQ5: CAITLIN SCARANO
What will Caitlin Scarano, whose debut collection, Do Not Bring Him Water, was released in Fall 2017 by Write Bloody, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: KATIE O’BRIEN

#TPQ5: KATIE O’BRIEN
What will katie o’brien, poet, community worker, queer activist, and Netflix enthusiast, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: RAINE GEOGHEGAN

#TPQ5: RAINE GEOGHEGAN
What will Raine Geoghegan, poet, writer, and Performance Coach, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: KRISTEN SWANGUARIN

#TPQ5: KRISTEN SWANGUARIN
What will Kristen Swanguarin, collector of poetry books and animal teeth, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

POWER OF POETRY #85: WILL SCHMIT

POWER OF POETRY #85: WILL SCHMIT

The poem is an artifact. Art as fact in the face a world determined to ignore the contemplative plaintiff. To hold the pen lightly enough to allow perspective to shift is to be attentive to the ghosts of chance, challenge, and chagrin.

#TPQ5: SHANNON SANKEY

#TPQ: SHANNON SANKEY
What will Shannon Sankey, author of We Ran Rapturous (The Atlas Review 2019), include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: ILLY KOTZ

#TPQ5: ILLY KOTZ
What will Illy Kotz, an English-Hungarian artist, writer and poet living in Bristol, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: STEVE KISTULENTZ

#TPQ5: STEVE KISTULENTZ
What will Steve Kistulentz, author of the forthcoming poetry collection The Mating Calls of the Dead (Black Lawrence Press, 2021), include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: FLOSE BOURSIQUOT

#TPQ5: FLOSE BOURSIQUOT
What will Flose Boursiquot, a Haitian-born poet and writer, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

POWER OF POETRY #84: BARTON SMOCK

POWER OF POETRY #84: BARTON SMOCK

You can’t catch a fish with the shadow of a bird. But you tried, right? You tried in that poem your friend wrote, the one where a stone ate a star. And is maybe still eating.

#TPQ5: JOSHUA ROTHES

#TPQ5: JOSHUA ROTHES
What will Joshua Rothes, editor/publisher of Sublunary Editions, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: Z.M. WISE

#TPQ5: Z.M. WISE
What will Z.M. Wise, Co-Editor at Transcendent Zero Press, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: CARLIE BLUME

#TPQ5: CARLIE BLUME
What will Carlie Blume, a Vancouver, Canada born writer of poetry and fiction, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: SANDRA T

#TPQ5: SANDRA T
What will Sandra T, poet and storyteller based in Brooklyn, NY, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: OSCAR HOKEAH

#TPQ5: OSCAR HOKEAH
What will Oscar Hokeah, author of the forthcoming novel Unsettled Between, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

POWER OF POETRY #83: KARI FLICKINGER

POWER OF POETRY #83: KARI FLICKINGER

Poetry has turned me into a piece of broken technology, searching the horizon for symbols. It has estranged me from everyone I once loved, from every notion I ever thought to belong to.

#TPQ5: FRAN-CLAIRE KENNEY

#TPQ5: FRAN-CLAIRE KENNEY
What will Fran-Claire Kenney, Queer writer, filmmaker, and student, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: CHRISTINA THATCHER

#TPQ5: CHRISTINA THATCHER
What will Christina Thatcher, Creative Writing Lecturer at Cardiff Metropolitan University, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

POWER OF POETRY #82: MDSHall

POWER OF POETRY #82: MDSHall

We are soothsayers and truthsayers; warriors armed with words to be placed into action; protectors of the Univearth in search of the multiverse…

#TPQ5: AICHA MARTINE THIAM

What will A. Martine, a trilingual writer, musician and artist, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: SARA PISAK

What will Sara Pisak, Contributing Editor at Helen: A Literary Magazine and Staff Reviewer at Glass Poetry Press, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

REVIEW: DISTANCE TRAVELED – MICHAEL CHIN (BENT WINDOW BOOKS)

The janitors clean up the mess left from cheers, jeers, and broken hearts. The lights go out. You say goodbye to the players, loved ones, enemies, and continue with the game of life. As long as the ball keeps bouncing, life will continue.

#TPQ5: SK GROUT

What will SK Grout, author of the micro chapbook “to be female is to be interrogated”, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: MISS MACROSS

What will miss macross, multigenre writer who enjoys watching mecha and taking naps, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: ANNE GRAUE

#TPQ5: ANNE GRAUE
What will Anne Graue, author of a chapbook, Fig Tree in Winter, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

#TPQ5: AMANDA EARL

What will Amanda Earl, managing editor of Bywords.ca, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!

REVIEW: HOW MY CAT SAVED MY LIFE AND OTHER POEMS – JULIETTE SEBOCK (BOTTLECAP PRESS)

They are our pain. Our love. Our fight through relationships when we can’t do it ourselves. They need food and water and shelter but don’t always have that option – even if they’ve been there for years.

#TPQ5: KEITH MARK GABOURY

#TPQ5: KEITH MARK GABOURY
What will Keith Mark Gaboury, whose work appears in Poetry Quarterly and New Millennium Writings, include in today’s #TPQ5? Find out inside!