I am a fellow at Rhino Poetry in Chicago. The magazine was established in 1976 and is one of the most trusted and profound poetry magazines. This publication is a non-profit organization, and each year ends with fund raising for the next year’s operating costs.
Rhino Editors have (and continue to) read thousands of submissions over the years, and I am honored to be a part of their team. They teach me MFA quality poetry reading skills, for which I am very thankful. Your support for Rhino will enable it to continue publishing emerging and established writers, host poetry readings, and organize writing workshops. This is the springboard through which many creative minds have reached widespread audiences, defining lives and learning environments abroad.
This example picture shows $25 for a donation; however, you are able to change the amount. Visit their pay pal account (HERE).
Homonym is a Berlin based online journal. The editor in chef, Carolina Moura, gave me a wonderful opportunity to promote my graphic poem with an .mp3 recording. Please enjoy viewing "The Pay Phone" and listing to its original poem. In the journal, I explain my process of graphic poetry as well.
Visit Homonym Journal Issue 2 (HERE)
As readers can see, “The Pay Phone – Graphic Poem” is very difficult to read. Words and sentences are intentionally upside-down and drowning into the similar background color. The cut-out letters are almost like a life-threatening letter. All my graphic poems are filled with personal moments. The cut-outs are origami-paper that was donated from a family of cancer survivors in Japan.
One patient called her daughter every evening from a hospice’s pay phone and said, “I want to live. Talk to you tomorrow.” I could not ignore the image of a patient standing by a pay phone every day to share how much she wanted to live and spend the future with her lo…
I am a fellow at Rhino Poetry in Chicago. The magazine was established in 1976 and is one of the most trusted and profound poetry magazines. This publication is a non-profit organization, and each year ends with fund raising for the next year’s operating costs. Rhino Editors have (and continue to) read thousands of submissions over the years, and I am honored to be a part of their team. They teach me MFA quality poetry reading skills, for which I am very thankful. Your support for Rhino will enable it to continue publishing emerging and established writers, host poetry readings, and organize writing workshops. This is the springboard through which many creative minds have reached widespread audiences, defining lives and learning environments abroad. This example picture shows $25 for a donation; however, you are able to change the amount. Visit their pay pal account (HERE) or learn more about RHINO MAGAZINE.
Thank you very much for having me for wonderful poetry readings in 2017.
Live Glass Lyre at the BookMarket (Glenview, IL)
Red Rover Series 100 Thousand Poets for Change
Poetry Today Local TV Show at Highland Park Poetry (Highland Park, IL)
Poetry Throwdown at Kafein Coffee (Evanston, IL)
Woman Made Gallery Literary Series (Chicago, IL)
Woman Made Gallery Graphic Poetry = Trans. Sensory Exhibition
Rhino Reads at Bookends & Beginnings (Evanston, IL)
Rhino Editor and Fellow Reading at the Book Stall (Winnetka, IL)
Drunk In Midnight Choir
My three graphic poems are in the Issue #2 Fall 2017.
Would you like to see more graphic poems?
My five graphic poems are in the new issue of Tupelo Quarterly.
Thank you very much for supporting my graphic poetry project!
Every morning @Well.Fed.Artist features one artist who may be a writer, poet, musician, painter, dancer, performer, or visual artist. Every evening @Well.Fed.Artist releases a one-minutes video for artists. @Well.Fed.Artist wants to help artists to be financially independent.
You may support artists by purchasing their books and art, or just visit their websites and follow their work. There are amazing and inspiring creative worlds out there!
I am so thankful to learn and know about the artists every day. Follow Instagram@Well.Fed.Artist
Catherine Cowie, an MFA candidate at Pacific University, and I established the "Well Fed Artist Movement". Our goal is to help artists (visual artists, writers, poets, dancers, and performers) maintain financial independence. Watch our one minute video at Instagram!
Alessandra Rolffs(Poetry Editor at Cream City Review) interviews writers, poets, and artists in her website. Her series is called "5-9 Working Writers". I talked about my graphic poetry project and I was really happy to show the process of "Dividing" which was recently published in Tupelo Quarterly. Enjoy reading!!
I am currently a fellow at Rhino Poetry Magazine and am working with
their fabulous editors. The submission window is still open (until October 31st, 2017) and I would
like to tell you a secret - - statistically there is a higher chance to
win the prize! (Picture : Dali With Rhinoceros)
Please join Live Lyre at the BookMarket (Glenview, IL) on September 30 from 2:00pm to 4:30pm to celebrate the publication of “Silver Seasons of Heartache”. Featured poets include Nina Corwin, Naoko Fujimoto, Mary Jo McMillin, Laura Ring, Kathabela Wilson, and Rick Wilson. There is an open mic event as well! Read with us!)
Other good news is that I am going to sell my graphic phrases from “Silver Seasons of Heartache” for the first time. This collection will be only sold at the Glass Lyre Press event. The pieces are limited. (Priced from $40)
It takes me a long time (maybe still) to realize that Mother is not absolute. Like her teaching a small thing like “eat breakfast every day”. Her study was dietetics in college, and I strongly followed her until I learned about fifteen-hour fasting (done daily). This experience applies in many aspects of my life. Healthy people do not like living surrounded by these proverbial walls.
“Two Dollars and Thirty Cents” was written after reading “Calmly We Walk Through This April’s Day” by Delmore Schwartz.
Great news is my graphic poems will be featured in Tupelo Quarterly. Thank you very much for supporting this project, Kristina Marie Darling! This is the first of my graphic poems to be printed, so please enjoy and pick up the magazine!
Bad news is one of my graphic poems has been MISSING after I dropped them off at a frame shop. I am super upset; however, I received this news as the universe is telling me to translate my poems from the 1950s project into graphic poems.
Please cheer and follow me when I start posting my new graphic poems, the world of mimicking famous poets from the 1950s with my visual esthetic.
I said it. I am going to commit to this for now. Thank you to my missing piece (I mean it).
“POETx Fujimoto” shows how I adapt a featured poet’s cover art into my graphic poems. Today's collaboration is with Angela Narciso Torres. I first study a poet’s work, then find connections between their cover art, themes, and my original poems. Enjoy viewing the graphic poem.
It is a 30 minutes show and I spoke about poetry, graphic poetry, RHINO magazine, Tupelo Press, "Home, No Home," and myself (and my mother's dress). Jennifer Dotson is a wonderful host, as was everyone in the crew and staff at the TV station. Thank you very much to them for this amazing opportunity!
I left my full-time job nearly one-year ago and I am very thankful for how far I could explore my poetry and art career. I would like to say, "Thank You" to all my friends and family. Great news: My official website has launched! This was truly supported by Angela Narciso Torres, Silvia Bonilla, and Catherine Cowie. These three beautiful women gave me wonderful ideas in order to create my new path. On my website, you will be able to observe and read about my poems, graphic poems, and upcoming events. You will see my new projects and can be a part of them if you like.
Please sign up and subscribe my seasonal E-NEWS. Finally, my husband helped me immensely both emotionally and technically. Thank you very much to him with a lot of love.
I sometimes (maybe often) want to break every tea cup when I
am upset (especially from love related moments). I wanted to capture
these instances from "Silver Seasons of Heartache". This is a graphic
phrase from my 5th poem in the collection.
"Silver Seasons of Heartache" has inappropriate humor in a heartbroken moment. I wanted to capture it using a leftover cutout from the cover art for Rachel Custer's poetry book. (Graphic Phrase Project #4)
I am really thankful that Rachel Custer and her publisher (Five Oaks Press) trust my art and use it for her first book. You may enjoy reading her poetry book. I absolutely did. Your may purchase her poetry book fromFive Oaks Press. (Photo by Rachel)
Lunch Time Atlas, the third poem in “Silver Seasons of Heartache”, is about someone wanting to talk to her co-worker; however, she does not have the chance to start a conversation. Maybe she is shy, or he is simply not interested in her. Either way, this is a heartbroken moment. In the poem, she holds his hand and leaps into the sky—like jumping into the beautiful cloudless reflection of a pool—and she imagines herself saying, “You will have a great time with me!” For this graphic phrase, I wanted to explore how to visually express a “cracked sky”. So, I observed the sky—it was a day with a solar eclipse no less!—and used a cut of origami left over from “A Big Bowl of Beef Stew”(#1), layered it with summer-like colored paper used in “From an Apartment”(#2), and, for the glare in the sky, added gold paper from “Mugwort’s Leaves”(#3). *Note: Graphic Phrase is a miniature version of graphic poetry. Currently, I …
Graphic Phrase is a miniature version of graphic poetry. Currently, I am
translating my chapbook, "Silver Seasons of Heartache" (Glass Lyre
Press), into graphic phrases using leftover origami paper from my
previous graphic poetry project. Twenty seven graphic phrases will be posted from today. Enjoy.
Japan surrendered to the Allied Forces on August 15, 1945. This is 72
years since the end of World War II. War does not only bring out the
worst between countries, but also individuals as well. Like when my
grandfather lost his hearing in one ear when his own General struck him
out of frustration.
Photo by Woman Made Gallery Reading – Wild Cuts: Collage and Beyond on Friday, August 11, 2017 Graphic Poetry = Trans. Sensory Would you like to see more pictures from Woman Made Gallery? You may visit their Facebook page.
TODAY (Friday, August 11, 2017)
"Wild Cuts" Poetry Reading at Woman Made Gallery
685 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60642 Event
Featuring Poets: Duriel E. Harris, Bethany E. Lee, Simone Muench, Naoko
Fujimoto, Carolina Faller Moura, Fulla Abdul-Jabbar and Alison Thumel
Collage has appeared in wildly distinct forms across all the major art,
literary and cultural movements of the 20th and 21st century. This
event includes collaborative sonnets, Oulipian operations, erasures, a
sound/video/spoken word performance, and graphic poetry.
Ruby Thorkelson, curator for the concurrent art exhibit, writes,
"Cutting, pasting, glitching, and bundling, the artworks in 'Wild Cuts'
collide to produce a twisting and unstable definition of contemporary
Three Poetry Events around Chicago in August
August 11th, Woman Made Gallery "Wild Cut"Featured Poets: Duriel E. Harris, Bethany E. Lee, Simone Muench, Naoko Fujimoto, Carolina Faller Moura, Fulla Abdul-Jabbar and Alison Thumel. (This is my first time to show graphic poetry collection!)
August 14th, Buzz Cafe "Trio of RHINO Poetry Editors Featured Poets:Jan Bottiglieri, Gail Goepfert, and Beth McDermott (They are amazing RHINO editors!)
August 17th, Kafein with local poets and poets from Tupelo's 30/30 project Featured Poets Leonard Zawadski,Naoko Fujimoto, Michael Joseph Garza, Catherine Esther Cowie, and Pablo Otavalo (Have you ever heard Pablo's carefully composed works?)