January 12, 2022 – So happy that poem “Meadowlark” appears today in Sisyphus. One of the many bucolic-themed pieces I wrote during my stint in Tupelo Press’ 30/30 Project in August 2020, it took a while to find a home, but @sisyphusmag saw in it what I always could.
November 2, 2021 – Very happy to announce that poem “Meadowlark” has just been accepted for publication at Sisyphus Magazine for their upcoming Winter issue. Loving this because “Meadowlark” was the first poem I wrote for the Tupelo Press 30/30 Project this past August 2021. It never really took off but after a slight edit–here and there–it has finally found a home. Actually, I’m very attached to the piece and am glad it found such an amazing home at Sisyphus Magazine. HUGE thanks to Managing Editor Charles Entrekin for the acceptance!
October 25, 2021 – Poem “Midnight Specials” appears today at Sledgehammer Lit. So glad to return to prose poetry for a bit and also be a part of this amazing lit mag. Absolutely LOVE what they did with this piece. This was the first original piece of work written outside the pieces written for the Tupelo Press 30/30 Project: a true work of desire that was the first of many.
October 12, 2021 – Santeria-themed poem “Boveda” appears at Hispanecdotes today in their “Heritage” issue! This is part of a trio of similarly themed pieces (the others being “Santero” and “Palo Santo”) that were created as a result of my participation in Tupelo Press’ 30/30 Project this past August 2021. Very happy “Boveda” found an amazing home.
October 11, 2021 – Got the best news today! Red Fez accepted one of my new poems, “Santero”, for publication. It is one of three Santeria-themed poems that came out of my stint in Tupelo Press’ 30/30 Project for August 2021. So very thrilled to have my work included in Issue #151. It has been a long wait but was definitely worth it. BIG thanks to Editorial Director Doc Sigerson for the acceptance and for taking a chance on this unique culturally and spiritually meaningful piece.
September 13, 2021 – Very happy to announce that one of my favorite new poems, “Pomegranates”, will be featured at Poetishes (publication date TBD). This piece was originally published at Lothlorien Poetry Journal this month and it’s one of the first ones to be written as part of Tupelo Press’ 30/30 Project this past August 2021. There are about 7 or 8 poems in the collection that have a bucolic-themed vibe. This includes “Raspberry Bushes”, which similarly has sensual (if not lustful) undertones. Definitely a piece I would like to see make its rounds for a long time to come. Update coming out as soon as a reprint date is locked down.
September 6, 2021 – Great news this morning! Two new poems, “Dandelion Wine” and “Life From a Garden Fence” were accepted at The Milk House (a rural writing collective) for publication on October 7, 2021. Very pleased about these acceptances due to these poems being a few in a series of bucolic-themed pieces that I crafted during the Tupelo Press 30/30 Project. This is a departure from my normal subject matter, so it is quite pleasing to see that others appreciate the work. Many thanks for Editor Ryan Dennis for the acceptance! Truly honored.
August 4, 2021 – Hello All! A big thanks to all of you folks who follow my WordPress blog, Twitter, and/or Facebook page (Indelible Fingerprints)! In case you haven’t been to my website (davidaestringel.com), I do have a ‘Gallery‘ page where I–on occasion–post Vlog posts. I recently updated that page and included vlog posts that offer a mid-year review for 2021 and also some details on my recent participation in Tupelo Press’ 30/30 Project. Hope you can pop by and take a look.
August 3, 2021 –
On August 1, 2021, Tupelo Press kicked-off their 30/30 Project for August 2021, where 11 poets, including myself, will be challenged to write one poem a day for 30 days in an effort to not only hone our crafts but also raise money for this amazing indie press. The idea is to get “the bones down” with our daily submissions with the knowledge that said pieces will be “works in progress” and likely in need of further revision. In a way, the project offers readers the opportunity to view the writers’ processes in ‘real time’ and follow pieces from their inception to their ultimate completion and publication.
This is a new experience for me–releasing my little darlings for public posting before they are truly ready to fly the proverbial coop. Nonetheless, the point of this is to start writing and challenge my brain to think creatively, again, and find art in the world around me. Having said that, I have already submitted two pieces, “Meadowlark” (posted 8/2/21) and “Pomegranates” (posted 8/3/21) to get things rolling. I have never been one to incorporate a lot of nature into my work, but that seems to be changing a bit as of late. Who knew? I also am feeling drawn back, again, to my love of the Classics (which is evident in the pieces).
If you would like to not only provide encouragement to me during this challenge but also support Tupelo Press, please visit my donation page (https://tupelopress.networkforgood.com/projects/133342-david-estringel-s-fundraiser) and pledge $1, $3, or $5 per poem. Tupelo Press and I truly appreciate the support.
June 3, 2021 – Thrilled to get word that I will be one of 10 poets who will be participating in Tupelo Press’ 30/30 Project this August 2021. I will be writing one poem a day for 30 days, fundraising for this amazing independent press. I will am setting a minimum fundraising goal of $500 and will ask friends, family, and followers to support me in this “poetry marathon” by donating between $1 to $3 a poem ($30 to $90). More information and a link to my fundraising page will be posted soon.