Ed Shacklee's bestiary The Blind Loon is now available from the publisher Able Muse Press ( or for preorder at The official publication date is 24 July 2017. "Filled with beasts real or fantastical", some of which first appeared in LUPO, it includes over 50 illustrations by Russ Spitkovsky. Those who have appreciated Ed's work here and elsewhere have been looking forward to this and I hope will join me in ordering a copy pronto from the publisher.


There's Gold In Them Thar Pennines!

Joan Butler, a contributor to LUPO from Issue 2, has just scooped first prize and a cheque for £450 for her poem Pennine Waller, plus a commendation for another piece, in the Cannon Poets’ Sonnet Or Not competition, judged by Steve Ellis, professor of English Literature at Birmingham University.

Not content with showing fellow-Luperati how to convert metre into moolah with this and her previous win in the Settle Sessions competition (see Hawk Talk in LUPO for December 2016) she has demonstrated a flair not just for sonnet-lining but also stomach-lining. Not long ago her vegetarian moussaka took first prize in her annual village show. It must be something in the Yorkshire water.

A Fisher First

Our contributor Annie Fisher (Issues 19, 21, 22, 23, 26, 28 and 32) whose verse publication debut was in LUPO for September 2012 has recently had a  debut poetry pamphlet, Infinite In All Perfections, published by Happenstance. “She has an eye for mischief, an ear for rhythm and form, delicious deftness of touch and incorrigible joy in the process of creation.”  Details from

Another Miller's Tale

LUPO contributor Nancy Bailey Miller (Issue 34 and forthcoming) posted the link to her poem “Obituary,” a lament on the death of cursive writing, on her Face Book page.  Seeing “Obituary: Nancy Bailey Miller,” her niece immediately responded to the post in horror. “Are you OK, Aunt Nancy?”  Not only is the poet in good health, but “Obituary” appears in her sixth volume of poetry, Tacking Lessons, published by Cheshire Press and just released July, 2016. Tacking Lessons may be purchased at or for $14.95



Stage To Page

LUPO contributor (Issue 34 and forthcoming) James B. Nicola's Stage To Page (Poems From The Theater) was published in June by Word Poetry imprint at WordTech Communications. (ISBN: 978-1-62549-187-9)  Available at Powells, Barnes and Noble and Amazon on-line.