Its Arrived



    List Price: $20.00, £14.95, Euros 16.50

    6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
    Black & White on White paper
    118 pages

    Blue Nib Publishing
    ISBN-13: 978-1999955021
    ISBN-10: 1999955021
    BISAC: Poetry / General

    “Welcome to The Blue Nib Anthology 1, Poetry, June – December 2017. Dave Kavanagh and I are delighted to present this book, which we hope will be the first of a series which collects together the best of the magazine.  
    The Blue Nib only began in June 2017 and we are both very proud of its progress to date and look forward to producing Chapbooks 2 and 3, and the January – June, July – August anthologies for 2018. The magazine has been a great success, so thank you to all our readers, our poets and writers, and of course our subscribers. Without you, we would not be able to run competitions and award prizes and publish chapbooks and anthologies (and other books that are in the pipeline). 
    This feast of a book contains poems from the winners and runners up of our first Chapbook Contest – Summer/Autumn 2017, judged by Michael Blackburn.  
    Dave and I have also chosen a selection of poems which comprise selected works from the other contest entries and poems chosen from Issues 1 – 18 of The Blue Nib. 
    I chose poems that gripped me, remained in my thoughts, and impressed me with their quirkiness, passion, elegant writing and form. Dave chose work not only because it was technically exceptional, or because of its artistry, but rather because it touched him deeply. For both of us, the problem was limiting the numbers we wanted to choose, because of limitations on space. 
    We hope you enjoy the book as much as we have enjoyed compiling it”.


    1. Graham Allen
    2. Liz Balise
    3. Alfred Booth
    4. Jim Bourey
    5.  Gregory Broadbent
    6. Lorraine Carey
    7. Charles Carr
    8. Mary Chydiriotis
    9. Marcy Clark
    10. Derek Coyle
    11. Cathy Donelan
    12. Ken Allan Dronsfield
    13. Kate Ennals
    14. Attracta Fahy
    15. Barry Fentiman Hall
    16. Jackie Gorman
    17. Michael Griffith
    18. Tom Hade
    19. Chris Hardy
    20. Seanín Hughes
    21. D L Hume
    22. Sarah Karowski
    23. Derek Kannemeyer
    24. Bridget Khursheed
    25. Therese Kieran
    26. Beth Kilkenny
    27. Steve Klepetar
    28. Klipschutz
    29.  Simon Lewis
    30. Luiz Canha Machado
    31. Ezra Maloney
    32. Linda McKenna
    33. Christopher Meehan
    34. Anne McMaster
    35. Joan McNerney
    36. Melissa Mulvihill
    37.  Patrick Murphy
    38. Naomi Tate Maghen
    39. Jeremy Nathan Marks
    40. Kirsty A. Niven
    41. Geraldine O’Kane
    42. Maeve O’Sullivan
    43. Akshaya Pawaskar
    44. Polly Richardson (Munnelly)
    45. Miriam Sagan
    46. Dr Sanjib Kumar Baishya
    47. Bekah Steimel
    48. dana st. mary
    49. Susan Wallace
    50. Anne Walsh Donnelly
    51. Maude Washington
    52. Glen Wilson
    53. Vincent Zepp




    1. I am honoured to be included in this wonderful anthology. I am in great company, congrats to all, and thank you to The Blue Nib.

    2. I am both humbled and honored to find my name included in this 1st Blue Nib Anthology.
      My thanks to the Blue Nib Team for selecting my work and including me alongside
      a stellar list of contemporary poets!

      • Jacob Swam the River is probably my favorite piece of yours, Ken. I re-read it and it always speaks to me, always impresses me.

      • I read your moving poem on The Blue Nib website and just re-read it in the anthology book.

        “Moving” seems lacking, but it is the most fitting adjective I can think of for your poem. Excellent writing!

    3. Just heard from Mike Griffith that I had something in this anthology. I’m really excited by this news! Thank you, Shirley and Dave, for considering my work. –Liz

    4. I read my piece from the anthology this past Saturday night at an open mic to good response.

      I felt like a “real poet” being able to hold a book with my work in it.

      Thank you Dave and Shirley!


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