First item of business: Wilderness Interface Zone is issuing a call for nature-themed prose: creative nonfiction or environmental nonfiction, eco-criticism, interviews, hybrid literary forms, and short fiction, including novel excepts, that reflect on humankindâ€™s relationship to the natural world, wherever writers engage it.
Weâ€™re especially interested in writing that demonstrates the need for and effects of what I call â€œgreen languageâ€â€“rhetorical prowess that taps into the fertile realm of languageâ€™s most vital energies. One of WIZâ€™s foremost goals is to advocate for better behavior in the teeming yet at-risk environment of human language.
Item two: Poets, please continue sending your poetry. WIZ loves poetry! Please send your nature-inspired poems to Jonathon at WIZpoetryeditor@motleyvision.org.
Item the third: For the past three years, starting on or around the spring equinox, WIZ has launched its Spring Poetry Runoff, an annual, themed poetry competition celebrating springâ€™s highly anticipated arrival. Each year, the influx of vernal verse has graced WIZ with a garden of poesy. It’s been one of my favorite times of the WIZ year.
This year, Jonathon and I have chosen not to run the Runoff. Weâ€™ll bring it back in 2014 in new and improved form. However, we will host an informal spring fling featuring poetry and prose that revels in the arrival of warmer and brighter days, the annual emergence of life, and the onset of spring migrations that change lifeâ€™s scenery.
Spring rises before the sun on March 20. Feel free to add a ribbon to WIZâ€™s literary maypole. Even if your poem, essay, short story or novel excerpt merely mentions spring and nature, please consider submitting it to the festivities.
(Edited 3/12/2013 at 12:10 p.m.)