WIDOWS: Seeking women’s poems and short personal essays about
experiences of widowhood (de facto or de jure), for an anthology. We
are a published poet/editor and a scientist/professor of
neurolinguistics, both widowed. The Widow's Handbook will include
writing about bereavement (sudden or following an illness/ long vigil),
mourning rituals, grieving, other people’s responses, coping
strategies, spiritual resources, supportive people in the author’s life
(or lack thereof), evolving social life (isolation, work, friends,
dating), and rebuilding (including but not limited to finding a new
love or focus). Some of the writers whose work we know we’d like to
include are already published widely, but the book will also give
less-known poets an opportunity to be read on this challenging topic.
We hope to send out a book proposal next year. Once we have chosen the
work to be included, the manuscript will be submitted to trade
publishers. Deadline: June 30, 2011. Please send submissions with a
stamped SASE for reply to: The Widow's Handbook, 1427 Commonwealth Ave.
#401, Brighton, MA 02135.