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The Next Big Thing

Posted by maria nazos on Wednesday, February 13, 2013,
Here is my self-interview in the Next Big Thing meme. Mary Biddinger, author of Prairie FeverSt. Monica, and O Holy Insurgency, has started a self-interview series called The Next Big Thing. I’ve been tagged by T.J. Jarrett (a wonderful poet and friend) to participate. Here’s my response based on my first collection of poems, A Hymn That Meanders which was published by Wising Up Press in June 2011.

What is the working title of the book:  


 A Hymn That Meanders.


 
Where did th...

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Is The Term "Poetry Bestseller" An Oxymoron?

Posted by maria nazod on Friday, January 20, 2012,
I have recently been on a roll trying to promote my first book of poems. And I am realizing something; it's a recent trend, I'm not sure if you've heard of it, but it's called poets like to complain. We poets have several topics of lamentation. I have listed them off for future reference:

1.) We like to complain that we don't make any money. 

2.) We love to complain that nobody reads us.

3.) We really, really like to complain that nobody reads us and that we don't make any money.


4.) We LOVE to c...
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Stymie Magazine Reading at AWP 2012

Posted by maria nazod on Wednesday, January 11, 2012,

March 2nd, AWP Writers' Conference Stymie Magazine Reading from 7-9PM. Come hear me read, along with other talented poets published by Stymie. The reading is located at Theory9 W Hubbard, Chicago, IL 60654, 312-644-0004. info@theorychicago.com

 


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Talking Information Center

Posted by maria nazod on Wednesday, January 11, 2012,
I am pleased to announce that my gracious colleague Renee Summers will be hosting me as a guest as the Talking Information Center's Poetry For You on Tuesday January 17th at 11pm.  

 The Talking Information Center is an acclaimed organized that offers a comprehensive radio show to blind viewers. I am proud to be a part of this effort. I will be reading from my book, A Hymn That Meanders, from some of my newest poems, and from my favorite poems written by others. You will be able to tune in by ...
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In Response to Stephen Bloom's Atlantic Article

Posted by maria nazod on Sunday, January 8, 2012,
When I initially saw the consternation on Facebook regarding Stephen Bloom's Atlantic article, "Observations From Twenty Years Of Iowa Life", I wasn't sure what to think. My peers from The University Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communications all had strong opinions and none of them positive. So, naturally I had to read the article myself. Bloom's article features an extremist's opinion of Iowa, ranging from  describing Iowans as "wasteoids and meth addicts with pale skin and rotted te...
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Recent Updates From The Past Year

Posted by maria nazod on Thursday, December 1, 2011,
Greetings, Gentle Readers! 

This is your host Maria, signing in to keep you abreast of my updates from the following year...after a loooong hiatus. 

2010-2011 has been a productive year for me. I am proud to inform everyone that my first full-length collection of poems entitled A Hymn That Meanders was published by Wising Up Press. The book is available from Wising Up Press, (the preferred method of purchase), Amazon, and Barnes and Noble. I also encourage you to check out the other quality boo...

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Nelson Mandela

Posted by maria nazod on Sunday, December 26, 2010,
So, in light of having gotten through the formidable time known as The Holidays, (I think I am telling on myself here, that I am indeed a Grinch), but I am pretty sure I have been feeling erratically lately. And I am pretty sure I just used one of my co-residents as a confessional Kleenex.

I'm not really sure how it began, but I've been reading this book "Lifeskills for Adult Children." So turns out that most Adult Children of Alcoholics have the tendency to "lie" to themselves, thus not expre...
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Loneliness And the Art of Reading

Posted by maria nazod on Tuesday, December 21, 2010,
I realize as I veer closer to my time back in Ptown, that I have felt an acute something: loneliness. I realized, being in a room for the last three months, excepting visits back to the Cape, then Georgia, I have pretty much been here, all alone. I'm pretty solitary by nature; I generally like being by myself, and electing when to be social, in which case, I can appear to be the most social human ever. Rest assured, I am not. 

In the meantime, however, amid all the submitting to literary journ...
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Guest Blogger: Jeannette Angell On Her Excellent E-Book The Crown & The Kingdom

Posted by maria nazod on Tuesday, December 21, 2010,
Greetings Gentle Readers.

Lately I've been blogging more so than usual. Now, enough about me. Today I want to shine the spotlight on my dear friend and colleague Jeannette Angell. She is going to be guest-blogging today on her e-book entitled "The Crown and The Kingdom." Jeannette is a wonderful friend, and an even more wonderful writer. You can find her at jeannetteangell.com. You can download "The Crown and The Kingdom" on Amazon. Also, please follow the book on Facebook. 

It is with great ho...

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The Crown and The Kingdom by Jeannette Angell

Posted by maria nazod on Tuesday, December 21, 2010,
Everyone, I am pleased to announce that my friend and colleague, author Jeannette Angell has published a compelling literary debut of historical fiction with her e-book "The Crown and the Kingdom." You will love her work, because I SERIOUSLY do. If you love me, you will go on Amazon.com and pick up a virtual copy online. It is only 3.99. You would not be wasting your time. 

Jeannette is the author of several amazing works, including but not limited to: Callgirl: Confessions of an Ivy League La...
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Slouch-Surfing The Wave of Rejections

Posted by maria nazod on Monday, December 20, 2010,

So, this week my site grossed a total of 80 visits. I want to thank you folks for checking me out. You are inspiring me to blog more, to keep up with adding content, and so forth. In the recent weeks, I have begun to submit my poems to magazines aggressively once again. Upon submitting to journals, fellowships, and contests, there is a preternatural pattern that occurs--probably the ONLY discernible consistency in publishing--it is called rejection. 

 

Anywhere from a few weeks to a month upon ...


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Iamb What Iamb: Reflections From Santa Fe

Posted by maria nazod on Sunday, December 19, 2010,
Greetings All,

I realize that I've not posted a blog in some months, now. However, upon examining the site traffic on MariaNazos.com, I was pleased (and a bit puzzled) to see that my site visits have doubled, almost tripled in the last few months. I'm trying to figure out why this is, but after trying to examine the reason, I realized, ultimately, I will never know. December 14th, a day where my site scored an all-time high of 20 visits, was not a special day. I did not do a reading, or make a...
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The "Review Review" Praises Poem Published in Inkwell Journal

Posted by maria nazod on Friday, July 30, 2010,
More good news! 

My poem "Cockfight" appeared in the Spring 2010 Issue of Inkwell Journal. I am pleased to inform you that Dell Smith of The Review Review has written an article titled, "Weaving a Cultural Tapestry" in praise of this issue of Inkwell. 

My poem "Cockfight" is specifically mentioned in the piece, in a highly complimentary manner. 


An excerpt from the official review reads:  

"...Maria Nazos’ poem "Cockfight" offers sweet, humid sights and signals from Havana, of useless roosters ...
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Vermont Studio Center Fellowship

Posted by maria nazod on Friday, July 30, 2010,
Hello folks!

I am ecstatic and pleased to announce that I have been awarded a Full Fellowship to Vermont Studio Center. This rocks! The fellowship includes a writing studio, room, board, and meals, all of which are covered for one-month in the quaint, laid-back town of Johnson Vermont. I love Johnson and am beyond thrilled and honored to receive this award. The fellowships are granted based on the quality and strength of the applicant's manuscript. Well, that means SOMEONE likes my stuff--a wh...
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You Can't Always Get What You Want: She Was A Master at the Art of Rejection...

Posted by maria nazod on Saturday, July 24, 2010,
Sing it: "You can't always get what you want...but if you try sometimes..." 

These days, it seems that all I find are more and more rejections, in my virtual and actual mailboxes alike. 
 
Yet another one came yesterday, this time from Gulf Coast. Man. OK. I am braving myself, tensing up those muscles as my ego takes yet another blow. 

I cast the I-Ching. Thus far, it has been my most powerful prophecy. Never once has this book misled me. It gave me the hexagram DIFFICULTY AT THE BEGINNING. 

"That...

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Summer Updates

Posted by maria nazod on Friday, July 16, 2010,
So, it has been awhile since I have posted. Sorry for the delinquent lapse in time, folks. Summer is here with a vengeance--most days are in the 80's and 90's. Provincetown is jam-packed with tourists and lined with drag queens. There are shows galore, bars galore, and beaches galore. 

Between all that going on, I recently took a class at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center with Robin Becker. The Work Center was kind enough to offer me a Cape Resident tuition scholarship, which made attenda...
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WOMR Appearances

Posted by maria nazod on Friday, March 26, 2010,
Hello, Gentle Readers! 

I wanted to make a fabulous announcement. On Thursdays, starting from next week, April 1st, and every Thursday from here on out, I am going to be co-hosting an Arts Show on Provincetown's own WOMR 92.1 FM with friend, comrade, and colleague, Jeannette Angell. Jeannette is a great friend, an even better writer. She is the author of Callgirl, Madam, Wings, Legende, and several other short stories, plays, and novels, too numerous to count. Jeannette and I shall be discussi...
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Costa Rica Reflection: Blog Number One: San Jose

Posted by maria nazod on Saturday, February 27, 2010,
So, I am going to stop griping and just really get in there and roll around in that beauty. Did you know, incidentally, they've done clinical studies at Harvard that prove that your brain cannot tell the difference between real and "fake" happiness? In other words, even if you do not have an external, concrete impetus for happiness, you can still realign your brains thought patterns with feelings of actual happiness? Cool stuff. And so, here I go...

I awoke at 4:30 AM and to hitch a ride to Lo...
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Manuscript "Trailer Park Heart" Selected by Marge Piercy as Runner Up for 2010 Philibrick Poetry Project Award

Posted by maria nazod on Sunday, February 14, 2010,
Terrific news, Gentle Readers.

My chapbook manuscript, "Trailer Park Heart" was chosen as runner up by renowned memoirist, novelist, and poet, Marge Piercy for the 2010 Providence Athenaeum Philbrick Poetry Project Award. Check out the formal announcement on their website. 

Naturally, I am pretty stoked. It is the first--and hopefully not the last--major recognition I have received in my writing career. All the same, I hope this shining accolade is akin to that of a chandelier at the end of a l...

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Back....and Exhausted

Posted by maria nazod on Monday, January 25, 2010,
Greetings, Gentle Readers,

I just got back from Costa Rica. I am still spinning from the magic of it, not to mention overwhelmed by the minutiae that has been waiting, ie, dealing with a lost cell phone, bills, laundry--loads and loads of dirty laundry, and, of course, being tired and strung-out from forty-eight hours of straight traveling from the Pacific Coast back to San Jose. 

I cannot express how incredible my journey was. That said, when I am in a better place mentally, I certainly shall ...
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Gearing Up for Costa Rica...And Breathless About it!

Posted by maria nazod on Tuesday, December 29, 2009,
So, I am about to say goodbye to my winter sublet lent to me by a generous friend. Right now, the tide is out. The sun has not yet set, but it will soon. Pretty soon, another friend will come over to watch the sun sink into the ocean. My last sunset in this beautiful place. At least, for a while. 

And pretty soon here, I shall be leaving for Costa Rica. I can hardly wait. I can hardly, moreover, believe it is happening. There is always something ecstatic and mystical about travel; it tends to ...
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Updates

Posted by maria nazod on Monday, December 21, 2009,
So, I hope everyone, both on the world's edge and off are enjoying the mighty lumps of snow. I have not posted in a little while, so I wanted to keep everyone abreast of my life, and hopefully inspire you to fill me in on yours. First off: Happy Holidays, especially if you are really, truly, happy to be spending this holiday with family and friends. And if you aren't? Happy Holidays to you, especially also. Find a man. Find a woman. Find someone whose company you enjoy, who can emphasize how ...
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Mucking Through the Slush Pile For the Clear Well Within: Maria’s Guide to the Modern Writer’s Hustle in Getting Published: Why You’re Getting Rejected, What You Can Do About It.

Posted by maria nazod on Saturday, December 5, 2009,

I’ve been meaning to write this blog for quite some time. And all this time, I’ve put it off, again and again for no apparent reason other than being lackadaisical. But now, however, I realize providing these tips is a civil act of duty; a way of rescuing other writers from the doldrums of submitting, including: the art of rejection, (which thus far, I’ve got down to a science,) who these editors, really are, and what we’re really up against. Most importantly? How to not take it a...


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And now...My Own Muse Talks Back...(And She's Overworked, Underappreciated, and Pissed-off. How Fitting.)

Posted by maria nazod on Saturday, November 21, 2009,
And so. Hopefully you've watched the clip of Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love giving an inspirational talk about nurturing creativity as posted in my last blog entry.

 Now, I need to tell you. 

In light of my own recent inability to write, a funny thing happened. As per Gilbert discusses, it is essential (in order to remain semi-sober and sane, sans a smoldering gun barrel poking from your mouth), to your creativity as a writer to view your muse a source of inspiration separately fr...
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Muses Need Breaks Too...

Posted by maria nazod on Saturday, November 21, 2009,
In light of my recent writerly constipation, I want you to check out this amazing video. It is a talk given by Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat, Pray, Love. In this fascinating, short lecture (without giving too much of it away), she discusses the idea of creativity and how we tend to place all of our emphasis, as creative individuals on ourselves. So, doing good work means you're a genius. But the next day, what does this mean, when you cannot write? As Gilbert aptly puts it, this is eno...
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In Light of the Darkness...

Posted by maria nazod on Saturday, November 21, 2009,
As per I was writing to a friend today, via email: these past few months, I was on a writerly roll. I wrote so many new poems, and they were great, and they seemed to roll off my pen and into my fingers to be transcribed onto my Mac with all the effortlessness of rain or breath. And I should have heeded the Ching's warning: that this was a powerful time for me, but it would only last for a spell. 

And so it did. And just like that, the seeds of inspiration that were shooting their lofty heads ...
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WOMR INTERVIEW TODAY: November 19th 12:30 PM-12:45 PM

Posted by maria nazod on Thursday, November 19, 2009,
Hello folks. Just to quickly remind you--due to some technical difficulties, my WOMR interview will by TODAY, November 19th at 12:30 PM Eastern Standard Time. 

Please tune in online or the old-fashioned way: by tuning into 92.1 FM. It is the interview featuring myself as a guest on Jeannette Angell's Arts Show segment. 

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If a Blog is a Narcissist's Wet Dream...

Posted by maria nazod on Saturday, November 14, 2009,
Call me Drenched. I've kicked the last of this cold and am grateful to see the last of it go. 

 Just took a walk down Commercial in the dark. My first nightwalk in what seems like forever. I couldn't even get on the beach because the winds were blowing so hard. I can't help but feel a little melancholic tonight. For what, I am unsure. I feel like whatever this feeling is, I have to carry it with me for a very long time. It seems more and more comforting to be alone. Sometimes I wonder if this ...
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Listen to me on WOMR 92.1 FM on Thursday, November 12th!

Posted by maria nazod on Wednesday, November 11, 2009,
Please, just a sweet little reminder:

Tune into Provincetown's WOMR radio on November 12, from 12:30-12:45 PM. If you're not in the lower Cape area, within listening distance, do so online. If you are on Cape, you can tune in the old-fashioned way: by turning to 92.1 FM  

Listen to me, being interviewed by talented friend and colleague Jeannette Angell Cezanne. I will be giving advice to young poets (though I am very much a young poet, myself), and talking about what brought me to Ptown, and ...

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A Case of the Blah's...And a Possible Cure...

Posted by maria nazod on Wednesday, November 11, 2009,
Hello All,

So, the fall on Cape Cod is in full-swing, and apparently so is the flu bug. I am sure a lot of you Ptowners reading this know what symptoms I am speaking of all too well: sneezing, sore throat, fatigue, muscular aches, etc., all compounded with an emotional case of the blahs. Seriously. I have been formulating a new ass-groove in the couch the size of Arizona, and for a physically active person like me, this sucks. There is ONE remedy that will at least temporarily assuage this sen...
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Notox: Releasing Rapunzel From Blinded Consciousness

Posted by maria nazod on Wednesday, November 4, 2009,
So, as most of you faithful readers know, last night, I suffered from a migraine. What this yielded was ultimately 21/2 hours sitting before the spectral blue glow of the idiot box, watching E's Top 20 Best and Worst Celebrity Plastic Surgeries. What can I say, the jacuzzi-like effect of bad TV can sometimes be relaxing, and wouldn't you know it--provokes a thought or two. Here I go...

I realize not everyone, celebrities included, did NOT attend a female-empowered school like my alma mater, Sa...
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WOMR Interview

Posted by maria nazod on Monday, November 2, 2009,
I want to thank my graceful hostess with the mostest, (who is likely cringing as she reads this, at my shameless coupling of colloquialism-meets-cliche) Jeannette Angell, for conducting a lovely, relaxed, and gracious first-ever radio interview for me! The pre-recorded show is scheduled to air on Provincetown's own WOMR come November 12 at 12:30-12:45 PM. You can listen to it online or the old-fashioned way, by tuning into 92.1 FM. 

I think Mademoiselle Angell may have created a monster; excep...
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In Light...

Posted by maria nazod on Saturday, October 24, 2009,
Of these recent positive developments, I cast the I-Ching. I got an especially noteworthy hexagram (symbol/fortune) today: (I am probably in danger of broaching a copyright infringement, but whatever. Live wildly.)

T'AI/PEACE:

This hexagram signifies a time similar to spring...there is a strong flow of energy, and harmony and prosperity are the reward for those who correctly balance their higher and lower natures. It is by remaining aware of our inferior self while insuring that the superior se...

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More Good News...

Posted by maria nazod on Saturday, October 24, 2009,
I have lived this past week in breathless wonderment. I know that I've long told you, Gentle Readers, of my plans to make 2009-2010 the best year of my life. Well, I forgot, amid all my planning to venture off to glorious places of hummingbirds and volcanoes, in the midst of filling out stacks and stacks of grant applications, and in between planning a winter that will be trisected between Ptown, Western Mass, Costa Rica, and elsewhere, I'd forgotten to live in the present gold moment. And th...
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Feminist Erotic Reading

Posted by maria nazod on Sunday, October 18, 2009,
Last week, colleague and Friend Jeannette Angell Cezanne and I gave a Feminist Erotic Reading at the Art House. I want to thank those friends who came: (this means you Dianne, and Patricia!) As well as those other women who graced us with their presence. 


We were delighted at the turnout, only because due to a lot of taxations of our lives, including Jeannette's play, "Flygirls" being performed in New York City, in addition to a phalanx of other reasons, we did not have the chance to promote t...
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Barbaric Yawp: Resounding To Making 2009-2010 the Best Year of My Life

Posted by maria nazod on Sunday, October 18, 2009,
Hello, Gentle Readers,

I realize it has been a long time since I've last blogged, but blogging to me is like long-distance running; once you begin, you want to continue, but if you don't really get past the first sweat, then keeping up with it becomes tough. However, a lot has happening, and I shall keep it general and succinct:

First off, after staying at a friend's lovely home in North Truro, (the neighboring town) that my two even lovelier friends so deigned to have me stay, the home is now ...
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Ch-Ch-Changes

Posted by maria nazod on Tuesday, August 11, 2009,
Yesterday, while unpacking my room, at the bottom of my last box of books, after all the scrabbling to find bookshelf space, I was stunned to find a book I had never seen before: "The I-Ching Book of Changes: A Guide to Life's Turning Points." 

The cover stared boldly at me from the bottom of the box. Never before had I seen this book. The impetus for it being there are many: perhaps someone had left it at my old house, perhaps I had accidentally picked it up from someone else's house. But bey...
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Great News: Maria Collaborates With Tony Zampella of My Ptown

Posted by maria nazod on Wednesday, July 1, 2009,
I am thrilled to announce that my newest project includes contributing to a bi-weekly blog "My Ptown" with Tony Zampella starting July 15th

 I liken Tony's blog to that of an ear pressed against the chest of Provincetown's beating heart; it contains a comprehensive, fun guide to all of the events that are exploding out of Ptown during this time of year. From drag shows to the Governor Bradford Bar's Fag Bash, to the weekly GAB featuring in-depth updates about local businesses, new and old, t...
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Blog

Posted by maria nazod on Wednesday, June 10, 2009,
Welcome to my site!

If you're first reading this, then I'm glad that you stopped by. I always feel like Doogie Houser, at the very end of the episode, when I sit down to reflect at my computer. Regardless, I am excited to have my site up and running, and after much suggestions from my more technologically-sophisticated friends, I decided an on-site blog was a must-have. About one thousands times a day, I find myself embroiled in incessant rants about the publishing process, the Massachusetts e...
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Maria Nazos I'm a poet, I just wrote my first book, and I believe in destiny but I sure as hell don't wait for it. Check out my blog for my random thoughts, events, and upcoming workshops.

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