In recent years we’ve seen the works of numerous local authors published. At the same time, we’ve been seeing more and more local poets creating breathtaking works, without being issued the same indelible attributes. There are various reasons for this that we’re not going to delve into today, but what we can assure you is that the time has come for our talented young poets to step up and be recognized.
A group of Buffalo-based writers and curators, in tandem with publisher BlazeVOX, have decided that it’s long overdue to collect the recent works of young local poets that will then be published an anthology. The curated works will be assembled together, in preparation for a launch in December of 2017.
In the meantime, the collaborators are asking that interested poets send 3 to 5 poems (published and unpublished) as a Word document to under40Buffalo@gmail.com. All of the requirements can be found at this website. Unsolicited submissions will be accepted through the month of April.
Editors Noah Falck and Justin Karcher are excited to get the ball pen rolling on this project, and are hoping that word spreads quickly so that they can do their part to recognize the awesome efforts that have been made by local poets who have been contributing to this city’s vast cultural expansion. To that end, Falck and Karcher have noted that “This is, certainly, a celebration of the work young Buffalo poets have been doing in recent years — starting magazines and presses, winning national awards, teaching younger writers, and going abroad as ambassadors for our city and its arts. At the same time, though, this “under 40″ anthology is a celebration of all the great writers and works that have passed through this city over the last two centuries. The writers we hope to include in the anthology all feel proud to be a part of that tradition.”