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Creek Lover – A Chapbook!

25 Oct

Cover image of Creek Lover, chapbook. Image includes two copies of the book, with a picture of a creek dock and the marsh on the cover.

This past month I published my first Chapbook! It’s called Creek Lover and it’s a collection of poems centered around the salt marsh of Pawleys Island, SC.

I began writing the first poems in this collection in 2013, then later in 2017 they started taking form as a manuscript while participating in the O, Miami Chapbook Workshop in late 2017.

Two years later, the manuscript is now a shiny chapbook, self-published, hand made, and straight from my heart to yours.

Want to order one? They are only $10 (shipping included). You can send me the funds via Paypal or Venmo. All the details, plus some poems from the book can be found here.

Here are some comments I’ve received so far:

“Thank you for offering your poems to the wider world. They are a gift. Your images are powerful reminders of the splendor of the coast, the marsh birds & live oaks. What stirring words to warm me on this chilled mid-Western autumn day!” — C. Wheeler

“What a delight!” — J. Schledorn

“Your book is beautiful.” — S. Ahrens

“I love the personification, love the eroticism, love the glimpse at nature’s many faces, and loved the repetition of green-gold across several of your poems.” — A. Sehnaoui

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Sábado en Alausí / Saturday in Alausí

22 Oct

Columbia Journal Fall Contest Finalist!

I’ve always been a little wary about sending poems to contests. It seems almost impossible to win, and although the prizes can be substantial, the entry fees are not cheap.

This year I decided to try my luck and entered a number of contests. While I’ve definitely gotten my usual share of rejections, this year things have been different. I won the Betty Gabehart Prize, which was amazing. Then, I was selected as a semifinalist for the Frontier Industry Prize. While I didn’t make it to the finalist round, they told me that my poem made it to the top 4% of entries. That made me feel very good and it’s been a huge encouragement for me and my poetry.

Last week I got excellent news: my poem “Sábado en Alausí/Saturday in Alausí” was selected as a finalist in the Columbia Journal Fall Contest! I didn’t win any money, but my poem got published in the Columbia Journal Online— so stoked!

The poem is about the knock on the door that so many of my ancestors dreaded. Even after emigrating to South America from Spain, the Inquisition followed. The characters are different, but this story keeps repeating itself over and over.

This poem is in Spanish and English, which is another reason why I am so grateful that it was selected. It is a gamble to send a multilingual poem in as a contest submission. But, this poem has to appear in both languages, because it is written for the descendants. I couldn’t just send it in English. It would have been like sending half the poem.

Click here to read the poem: http://columbiajournal.org/fall-2019-contest-poetry-finalist-sabado-en-alausi-saturday-in-alausi/

Then, come back here and let me know what you think in the comments!

Self Portrait Con Naranja

9 Sep

I am elated to share that my latest poem is live on the Nashville Review!!!

This poem is dedicated to my mother, Lupe Eyde.

I am so grateful for the friends and mentors who helped me in the writing and revision process, including Maggie SmithNickole Brown and Gregory Pardlo. Seeing this poem living at Nashville Review is a dream come true for me.

Click here to read it: Self Portrait Con Naranja by Lupita Eyde-Tucker

Screenshot of "Self Portrait Con Naranja" on the Nashville Review.

2019 Betty Gabehart Prize for Poetry!

25 Jul

I have amazing news – I won the 2019 Betty Gabehart Prize for Poetry! I will  be reading my poems onstage with Dr. DaMaris Hill, author of “A Bound Woman is a Dangerous Thing.

From the Kentucky Women Writers Conference website:

“Every year the Kentucky Women Writers Conference offers three emerging writer awards in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Each winner receives full tuition support for the September conference, enrollment in a workshop, a $300 honorarium, and the opportunity to read her winning manuscript onstage during the conference. The Betty Gabehart Prize honors our good friend, patron, and former director who led the conference during its seminal decade in the 1980s.  2019 WINNERS ANNOUNCED! (please click on this link)”

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Reading at The Betsy March 7th!

2 Mar

For the past three weeks I’ve been participating in a generative poetry workshop through O, Miami with wonderful poet and human, Mahogany Browne (#blackgirlmagic). The workshop’s focus is “Nature and the Socio-Political Body” and the work being produced by the poets has been outstanding.

If you have an opportunity to workshop with Mahogany Browne— DO IT. It was excellent in so many ways. First of all, she conducts her workshop very professionally, and is an excellent manager of time. She kept us on track and each session included time for two generative prompts, close reading of poems by contemporary poets, and workshop time for feedback on our new poems. Secondly, the themes and topics that she chose to help springboard our poems resonated deeply with us. These were not fluffy and safe topics, but they were well presented and designed to help us draw from the profundities of our own well.

This Thursday, March 7th our workshop is having a finale reading at The Betsy in Miami Beach. I’ll be reading new work!

Here’s a link to the official info from O, Miami: http://www.omiami.org/events/2019/3/7/mahogany-l-browne-community-reading

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This is me, reading at the Bread Loaf Environmental Writers Conference in June 2018.

Tres poemas de Lupita Eyde-Tucker

3 Jan

Three new poems of mine are up on Digo.Palabra.Txt!

I am overjoyed that my poems in Spanish are finding homes. I also learned this past week that another publication, Contrapuntos VI, will be publishing some of my poems as well.

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Lupita Eyde-Tucker escribe y traduce poesía en inglés y español. Estudió poesía y traducción en Bread Loaf. Es Fellow de The Watering Hole y fue seleccionada como un AWP 2018 Writer to Writer Mentee. Sus poemas han aparecido en Baltimore Review, SWWIM, Muse / A Journal, Nashville Review, Small Orange, Aquifer, The Accentos Review. y próximamente en The Florida Review. Sus poemas tambien aparecen en su sitio de internet: www.notenoughpoetry.com

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Mientras la ostra no se abre

Esto es la historia de un exilio. La que persiste puertas adentro. En las mañanas abro la brecha: párpados de concreto, pestañas de hierro se hacen pasar por ventanas. En el aire, algo quemando, duerme. Su cabeza pesada sobre el hombro de la ciudadela con aliento de diésel, el olor de las pepas de acacia secando en la rama, algo de basura. Trepo la furgoneta, la quinta persona amontonada en un…

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Ode to Guayaquil

16 Aug

I am overjoyed to share that my poem in Spanish, “Ode to Guayaquil,” appears in the August 2018 edition of The Acentos Review! There is a great line up of poets in this issue that I am grateful to be counted among – including Alexandra Gulden, Monica Garcia, and ire’ne lara silva!

You can read the entire issue here: The Acentos Review

And I have a new bio pic!

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Crab on the Loose

12 Mar

Happy to report that my poem “Crab on the Loose” found a home at Muse/A Journal #6! If you can, definitely grab a copy, as it features a ton of really excellent poems and writers that I am honored to be included among.

You can pick one up here: www.museajournal.com

I recorded a reading of the most recent version of the poem – HAVE A LISTEN:

Pushcart Prize 2017 Nominees

2 Jan

Many thanks to the editors of Naugatuck River Review for nominating my poem, Año Viejo, for a Pushcart Prize!

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Naugatuck River Review announces nominations
for the 2017 Pushcart Prize. Congratulations!

Destiny O. Birdsong for “Mythicana”

Kristi Carter for “One Orange Streak of Day”

Howard Faerstein for “Splintering”

Lupita Eyde-Tucker for “Año Viejo”

alyssa hanna for “Amphioctopus marginatus”

Joshua Michael Stewart for “Visiting my Mother in the Nursing Home for the First Time”

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Año Viejo

1 Dec

My poem, Año Viejo, was published in the Fall 2017 issue of the Naugatuck River Review.

 

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Año Viejo was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

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