Dakota County Library Poetry Contest. Poets of all ages submitted original poems during the month of April. Haiku, free verse, odes and sonnets – no matter what their poetry style, all were celebrated at Dakota County Library's annual poetry contest. Donna Isaac receive 1st Place in the Adults: Ages 19 and Older category for her poem "Pandemic."
Donna's poem "Off" will be part of the 2020 Minnesota Voices Poetry Collection. It will also be available for viewing online or contact Wadena County Historical Society, 603 Jefferson Street N, Wadena, MN 56482, 218 631-9079.
Donna's poem,"Markings" will be published by Streetlight
Magazine, May 2020.
The Poetry Society of Va. announced the winners of their national poetry contest April 2020. Donna Isaac's poems won the following awards.
place, Carleton Drewry Memorial Award for her poem
2020 contest anthology will come out in the fall, as The
Poetry Virginia Review 2020.
The Exposition Review will publish "12 movements: looking for love da, da, da" for publication in their upcoming "Act/Break" issue spring 2020
Wraparound South will publish "All Raccoons," "Pictures, and "Secret Sharers" by Donna Isaac in their spring 2020 edition.
Donna's poem "Story" was published by Earth Hymn: KYSO Flash Anthology 2019.
"The Play is Not the Thing," an essay about a failed field trip, was accepted for publication by Kappan and will be available in their March 2020 issue.
"Downtime" will be published in The Whitefish Review, 24th issue, "Awakenings," December 7, 2019.
Donna's work won the following awards at the League of Minnesota Fall Conference: 1. The Blizzard Writers' Award, first place for "The Art of Hearing"; 2. The Poets Potluck Award, award of merit for "Beach Drama"; 3. The Heartland Poets Award, second place for "Lunar Musings"; and 4. The Moccasin Award, award of merit for "Adrift."
The Very Edge Poetry Collection will publish "Entrepreneur Sans Wall," "Directions," and "Precious Land." The editors write that the poetry has a "fiercely gentle nature...just what we are looking for." This book will be published in the spring of 2020.
Tishman Review will publish the poem "Adrift."
"Memorial Day" will be published in the Spring/Summer 2020 issue of Military Experience & the Arts' on-line journal, As You Were. This poem honors Donna's uncle, Leon Pleasants, Air Force veteran.
North/South Blogspot has published two poems by Donna Isaac, "Precious," "Rustica" and "August Fruit."
Finishing Line Press will publish Donna's chapbook, Persistence of Vision, November 2019 and is now offering prepublication ordering (July-Nov.) by sending $13.99 plus shipping (check or money order made out to "Finishing Line Press") to
Finishing Line Press
Post Office Box 1626
Georgetown, KY 40324
Shipping is only $2.99 per copy, ($16.98 total). Or order online. Click and scroll to "Preorder Forthcoming Titles" or "Bookstore." You may search by title: Persistence of Vision. Credit card orders will be processed through PayPal. Preorder ships November 1, 2019.
Persistence of Vision centers on a love for movies featuring 32 original poems and cover photography by Laura Bittle.
Donna Isaac's first full-length collection of poetry, Footfalls is now available through Pocahontas Press or through contacting Donna at donna
"Encounter Near Aldie, Virginia," "Needle and Thread," and "Berry Is My Madeleine" have been accepted for inclusion in Is(sue) 7 of AvantAppal(achia), online edition.
poem "Encounter Near Aldie, Virginia" won first place in the
New Voices category sponsored by the Poetry Society of
Donna's poems "Offering," "Picking," and "Family Foods" are, as of May 13, 2019, posted on the Poetry Post at the Phalen Poetry Park in St. Paul.
Two poems: "August Morning" and "Making Do" will be published in the first annual Gabriel's Horn Anthology, Startled by Joy.
The Poetry Society of Virginia awarded First Place to "Carmen Aponte," Donna's poem about a friendship for the Bess Gresham Memorial Prize.
Wordrunner eChapbooks has published three poems: "Roasting Vegetables," "The Golden Ratio," and "Entrepreneur sans Wall" for April 2019.
The poem "Make Love, Not War" will be published by the University of Pennsylvania spring 2019 online issue of The Penn Review
The Poem "Grief" will be published by Goddard College's literary journal Clockhouse, Vol. 7.
"Trust" published in Upon Waking; 58 Voices Speak Out From the Shadows, poems by and for women who are victims of sexual abuse.
"The Good Girl" and "I Hear America" have been chosen for inclusion in a Walt Whitman celebration anthology.
"The Real Deal" is part of the Jim Webb Special Is(sue). Jim Webb aka Wiley Quixote, Kentucky poet and activist, passed away fall 2018,
The Saint Paul Almanac will publish "Church Ladies" in their upcoming issue, Volume 12. saintpaulalmanac.org
Genre: Urban Arts will publish Donna' s poems ""Carrots" & "Teeth" in the next issue, #8. genreurbanarts.com (announced February 2019)
"Story" has been accepted as a semi-finalist in The DavenTree writing challenge. Winners and finalists will be selected in a few weeks. (announced February 2019) KYSO Flash Literary JournalDonna's poem "For Pete's Sake" has been published by Typishly, an online journal, December 18, 2018.
Donna's poem "Brokenness" will be
published by Earth's
Daughters, issue #92 with the theme "She
Donna earned the following recognition:
•First Honorable Mention in the Lost in Translation category for her poem "Learning Arabic."
•First Award of Merit in the South Minnesota Poets' Society category for her poem "After."
•First Honorable Mention in the Musica Award for her poem "The Day Rita Dove Danced for Me."
•Second Award of Merit in the Mississippi Valley Poets & Writers' category for her haiku "Over the Mountain."
Donna's poem "Transaction" is published in the Bacopa Literary Review 2018 (Writers' Alliance of Gainesville).
My poem "Truth/Time" has been published in issue 3 of Rascal, live for the fall 2018 issue.
The poem "Suggestions" will be published in Adanna's annual issue #8 with the print publication scheduled for late August or early September 2018.
Rascal Journal will publish "Truth/Time," in their upcoming summer 2018 issue.
"Transaction," a prose poem, will be published by Bacopa Literary Review. The print edition will be out in October 2018.
"Elementary School" will be published by Perfume River Poetry Review (Tourane Poetry Press) April 2018, celebrating the theme of childhood.
"September Sky" and "Our Daily Walk" published in In Plein Air--poems and drawings of the natural world by Poetic License Press
The following poems by Donna Isaac received recognition by the League of Minnesota Poets' Annual Awards, 2017: "Remedies" awarded by The Southeastern MN Poets' for first honorable mention; "Shapes and Shadows" awarded by the Lilian Osborne Memorial for third honorable mention; and "The Station off Heisey Avenue" awarded by the Janelle Hawkridge Memorial for second award of merit.
The Martin Lake Journal, 2017 will publish three of my poems: "Dark Death"; "Rise"; and "Constrictions."
"Ten" and "Vignette" are published in The Moccasin, Vol. LXXX, 2017, the poetry journal of the League of Minnesota Poets.
Shark Reef, an online journal, will publish "Constrictions" by Donna Isaac, Winter 2018 edition, posted by January 2018.
Crosswinds Poetry Journal will publish Donna Isaac's poem "Rise" in their Spring 2018 issue. Crosswinds Poetry Journal, Vol. II, 2017 published two poems, "Tomatoes" and "Taking Heed". Portions of the proceeds go to food shelves and non-profit literacy groups. You can order a copy here.
"Dark Sky Spot" was published in the Martin Lake Poetry Anthology.
Purchasing the book benefits local food shelves.
The anthology can be found at various independent bookstores, e.g., Micawber's at 2338 Carter Ave., St. Paul. A plethora of fine Minnesota poets!
St. Paul Almanac published my poem "To Grandma Delores Suffering from Lewy Body Dementia" in their spring 2017 publication.
The book release party was April 6, 2017
Black Dog Cafe, 308 E. Prince St., St. Paul.
Shark Reef literary journal published my poem "The Great Escape" in their winter 2017 issue
If you go to this link you will read a poem I wrote. Hope you enjoy!
My poem "Summer Job" was published by Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel: Appalachia Under Thirty, vol. 19, 2016.
To purchase copies of the annually themed journal, go to sawconline.net or contact Donna via email@example.com
The University of Missouri at Kansas City, BkMk Press,
recently announced the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry. My poetry manuscript was honored as a finalist for this award.
My poem "Venus, Later" won first place in the Dakota County Library's Adult Poetry Contest.
The winning works were published on this website: www.co.dakota.mn.us/libraries by June 18th, 2015.
Click on Poetry to read my poem and the other winning poems.
My poem "Visitors" was published in Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, Volume 18
the literary journal of the Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative at the beginning of June 2015.
Copies of the journal are $12.00 and can be purchased through firstname.lastname@example.org
"I Want to Go Out" won honorable mention in the Bloomington City Poetry Contest.
"Wedding" was an acknowledged achievement.
Winners of the contest were honored at the Creekside Community Center in Bloomington
Aug. 16th, 2014 from 4:00-6:00 P.M.
Reception and readings
The poems was featured on bloomingtonmn.gov beginning in Sept. 2014.
"The Candle of Memory" and "West Virginia: 12 Steps"
These poems were in the October edition of White Stag, a literary/arts magazine.
To purchase the book, go to whitestagpublishing.com.
"Off" Published on Sleet an on-line literary magazine in the spring 2012 issue
Go to www.sleetmagazine.com to read it.
"Springs" was published in The Highlands Voice distributed by West Virginia Highlands Conservancy.
"About Her Losing a Breast" Appears in the February 2012 online literary magazine, Hospital Drive, published by the University of Virginia Medical School. Go to http://hospitaldrive.med.virginia.edu to view this work dedicated to Donna's aunt, Janice Bageant.
Dakota County Poetry Anthology
Minnesota Arboretum Calendar 2010-2011
Sponsored by Writers Rising Up
My poems: "Ode to the Dragonflies" "Asking" "Turns"
Four of my poems were featured on Cracked Walnut's first audio cd, vol. 1, "Departures," found at www.crackedwalnut.com.
The poems are entitled: "How Precious Did That Grace Appear," "Facts," "Off My Feed," and "I Want to Go Out."
All of the poetry revolves around the theme of loss, leaving, and death.
My poem "Nativity: Four Years Later" was published in the Cancer Poetry Project book.
Go to www.cancerpoetryproject.com for full information and to purchase the book.
My poetry capstone "Sustenance" received Outstanding Poetry Thesis 2007 from Hamline University.