Update: There is Strength in Our Stories

The Editors of We Will Not Be Silenced owe an apology to everyone who took the time to submit to our April Event, There is Strength in our Stories. We received so many submissions for There is Strength in Our Stories and the upcoming Anthology But You Don’t Look Sick that we literally could not read and respond to all the submissions during the month of April.

We are still deeply committed to publishing the pieces that were accepted and will post them on Blood Into Ink (WordPress), Whisper and the Roar (WordPress), and our WWNBS Facebook page between now and the end of June. Many of the submissions were suburb and have us considering a volume 2 of We Will Not Be Silenced.

Thank you for your patience and good humor as we catch up.

Kindra M. Austin
Candice Louisa Daquin
Rachel Finch
Christine E. Ray

I never feared death – Marilyn Rea Beyer

I never feared death

Until you died.

 

Now – again – I fear facing you

With your dark curls and your Sinatra sneer.

 

Like on my 28th birthday when you warned to me watch my weight,

“Or I’ll trade you in for two 14s.”

 

And then you actually did.

More than two, really.

 

You mocked my other lovers as “nice boys,”

Then taught me toxic lessons.

 

Yes, you made my blood rush,

Grabbed me by the waist and hissed, “Follow me.”

 

Who’s your jitterbug partner now?

Do you make the tender angels cry?

Do you do to them what you did to Bernadette?

 

I wish sometimes I did believe in Hell

So I could just let you go.

 

That frail gray man who died last year did not resemble you.

 

People said how much you’d changed. Really?

Enough to apologize?

Enough to quench my fear of Heaven?

 

Marilyn Rea Beyer has been reading poetry in public since the 1960s but only began writing her own in the 2000s. She holds a Master’s in Oral Interpretation of Literature from Northwestern University and has had a varied career in teaching, high tech, folk radio and recently retired as PR Director at Perkins School for the Blind. A native Chicagoan and long-time resident of Lexington, Mass., she now lives on Massachusetts’ North Shore in Salem with her husband, history author and filmmaker Rick Beyer. Website: http://www.marilynreabeyer.com

To Live Like Shakespeare – Marilyn Rea Beyer

I want to live like Shakespeare.

I could move to Stratford-Upon-Avon

And live down the block from Anne Hathaway.

 

But I’m not into the tourist trade.

 

Still, I’d love to live in one of those houses

With a pointed roof, wattle and daub with criss-crosses,

And a rounded door.

 

Oh sure. I know that inside there’d be

Modern plumbing, central heat

And thermal-pane glass in the windows.

 

But sometimes

When I’d be going down the back stairs

To do the wash,

 

I could imagine myself as Ophelia

Going down to the water

To throw herself in.

 

Marilyn Rea Beyer has been reading poetry in public since the 1960s but only began writing her own in the 2000s. She holds a Master’s in Oral Interpretation of Literature from Northwestern University and has had a varied career in teaching, high tech, folk radio and recently retired as PR Director at Perkins School for the Blind. A native Chicagoan and long-time resident of Lexington, Mass., she now lives on Massachusetts’ North Shore in Salem with her husband, history author and filmmaker Rick Beyer. Website: http://www.marilynreabeyer.com

How to Join Whisper and the Roar or Submit Guest Writing

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Are you a fan of exceptional writing? Are you a writer of poetry, prose, essay or short fiction?  Do you consider yourself a feminist?

Whisper and the Roar is currently recruiting new Collective Members as well as guest writers.

Submission Guidelines for Whisper and the Roar:

  • Send up to 3 pieces of original writing in either PDF or Word document attached to an email that includes your real name as well as the name you publish your writing under.  Although we prefer previously unpublished work, we will consider published work as long as it has ONLY been published on a blog. You must own the rights to any work you submit to Whisper and the Roar
  • Include a brief biography that includes a link to your website/social media site where readers can go to read more of your writing.
  • Please attach a suggested image for each piece of writing that you submit
  • Understand that you will not be paid for your submission. We are a small collective, and can only offer support in building your platform and showing your work to our own audience.
  • Allow up to 2-4 weeks for a response.
  • Send submissions with Whisper and the Roar in the subject line to: christine.e.ray@gmail.com

Whisper and the Roar is a sister site of the Sudden Denouement Literary Collective.

We are looking for top caliber submissions that can stand up with our Whisper and the Roar regular contributors. If you are not familiar with Whisper and the Roar, please visit the site.

What does it mean to become a member of Whisper and the Roar Literary Collective?

Collective members are expected to:

  • submit 1 to 2 pieces of original writing a month for publication on W&R
  • reblog their W&R pieces to their individual blog/social media site
  • respond promptly to reader comments on their W&R posts
  • Show their support for other W&R Collective members by visiting the site regularly, reading other writer’s work and liking and commenting as they are so moved.

 

How to Join Whisper and the Roar or Submit Guest Writing

underwood5_secr_boss_legs_1920s

Are you a fan of exceptional writing? Are you a writer of poetry, prose, essay or short fiction?  Do you consider yourself a feminist?

Whisper and the Roar is currently recruiting new Collective Members as well as guest writers.

Submission Guidelines for Whisper and the Roar:

  • Send up to 3 pieces of original writing in either PDF or Word document attached to an email that includes your real name as well as the name you publish your writing under.  Although we prefer previously unpublished work, we will consider published work as long as it has ONLY been published on a blog. You must own the rights to any work you submit to Whisper and the Roar
  • Include a brief biography that includes a link to your website/social media site where readers can go to read more of your writing.
  • Please attach a suggested image for each piece of writing that you submit
  • Understand that you will not be paid for your submission. We are a small collective, and can only offer support in building your platform and showing your work to our own audience.
  • Allow up to 2-4 weeks for a response.
  • Send submissions to: christine.e.ray@gmail.com

Whisper and the Roar is a sister site of the Sudden Denouement Literary Collective.

We are looking for top caliber submissions that can stand up with our Whisper and the Roar regular contributors. If you are not familiar with Whisper and the Roar, please visit the site.

What does it mean to become a member of Whisper and the Roar Literary Collective?

Collective members are expected to:

  • submit 1 to 2 pieces of original writing a month for publication on W&R
  • reblog their W&R pieces to their individual blog/social media site
  • respond promptly to reader comments on their W&R posts
  • Show their support for other W&R Collective members by visiting the site regularly, reading other writer’s work and liking and commenting as they are so moved.