Saturday, September 05, 2020

Glenn Ingersoll reading with Quiet Lightning’s virtual Poets-in-Parks

Quiet Lightning and California State Parks present: 

The 6th annual Poetry in Parks!

Monday, 07 September at 7 PM – 8:30 PM

online via Zoom

This is a free event, but RSVP is required. RSVP here:

A live literary mixtape in two sets, featuring readings by Elizabeth Burch Hudson, Ladan Khoddam-Khorasani, Robert Keim, Jeanie Ngo, Glenn Ingersoll, Andre Le Mont Wilson, Brandon Henry, Jane Mauchly, Carla A. Hanson, Aleesha Lange, Deborah Bernhardt, Karisma Rodriguez, Sorcha Collister, Shirley Huey, Rohan DaCosta, Wood Reede, Alex Maceda, Doug Mathewson, and Elisa Salasin!

All selected authors will be paid and published in sPARKLE & bLINK 107 featuring cover art by Judit Navratil.

If you’d like a copy of the sPARKLE & bLINK book, featuring all selected writing and cover art by Judit Navratil, donate $15 (paypal or venmo); issue 107 will be mailed to you — plus a bonus back issue.

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Glenn Ingersoll reading for Ventura County Poetry Project tonight

Glenn Ingersoll

followed by an open mic

reading starts at 7:30, Thursday, August 27 

hosted by Phil Taggart

under the auspices of the EP Foster Library 

the zoom room opens at 7

join Zoom Meeting – new zoom number

meeting ID: 960 750 1600

Ventura County Poetry Project, a weekly reading series in Southern California, has moved online during the covid-19 pandemic.

That makes it easier for me to join them! I will be reading from my Berkeley home. 

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Glenn Ingersoll listing at Poets & Writers

Check out my listing at Poets & Writers: Glenn Ingersoll

Currently it’s pretty bare. No bio yet. Maybe tomorrow …

I’ve thought about having a listing at Poets & Writers since I found out there was such a thing. Years and years ago. 

Once I even  put together an application packet. I think this was before the internet, when you were required to send pages photocopied from magazines. I never submitted it. I’m not sure why. 

Or, wait, was there a Poets & Writers directory pre-internet? I'm not sure. In the internet’s early days P&W could still have wanted the supporting documents hard copy. Literary culture hadn’t exploded online. Few literary magazines had a web presence, let alone posted poems or stories.  

I am self-conscious about this sort of thing. Self-promotion vs. letting the work speak for itself. Maybe I didn’t finish the application process because I didn’t feel worthy. Maybe I was afraid the editors would reject the application because the magazines in which my poems had been published were too obscure. Maybe I was afraid that I would expect a listing to have some meaning, some consequence. If I got a listing and nothing came of it, nobody wrote, nobody called — would that hurt my feelings? Or was following through just too much bother? Not worth the cost of postage? Might there have been a charge to be listed back then?

This spring, what with the covid shutdown and the things-to-do list getting a few line-throughs, I looked up the latest version of the directory application. Like I said, I’ve thought about getting listed for years. The application has been made easy. If your stuff is up online — and the venue is one P&W officially recognizes (not “too obscure” or too vanity-press) — you just upload a link. Six links are required. The P&W directory editors review the application, then add your name to their database (or, I guess, don’t). 

Once you’re in you can expand the listing with author photo and bio. I see there’s even an option to link to video. 

If you have any suggestions for improving the listing, leave me a note in comments below. Or send me an email.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Autobiography of a Book — in a book for the first time!

Otoliths #58, which includes chapters from Autobiography of a Book, is now available in a three-part print version. 

Part one includes the Autobiography of a Book chapters. is offering a 15% discount through August 14 if you use the code PROSPER15. 

Sunday, August 02, 2020

Autobiography of a Book in Otoliths

Otoliths includes three chapters from Autobiography of a Book

in issue 58, southern winter 2020:

"in which the book snuffs a wonder bundle"

"in which the book in in" 

"in which the book is rescued by butterfly"

Otoliths is published out of Australia by editor Mark Young. Young describes his goals for Otoliths this way: The ezine should “contain a variety of what can be loosely described as e-things, that is, anything that can be translated (visually at this stage) to an electronic platform. If it moves, we won't shoot at it.”

update: Otoliths #58 is now available in a print version

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Autobiography of a Book in Witty Partition (formerly The Wall)

Witty Partition (formerly The Wall) includes three chapters from Autobiography of a Book in their issue #11, vol 2, Summer 2020:

The editors in their introduction to the issue prepare the reader: “Our Fiction section features a light-hearted romp, excerpted from Glenn Ingersoll’s Autobiography of a Book—with that very book as primary protagonist.”

Romp on!

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Monday, June 08, 2020

Autobiography of a Book

The project I’m working hardest on finding a place for in the world is Autobiography of a Book.

Autobiography of a Book is the story of a book willing itself into existence. Every word Book presents brings it closer to its dream, its dream, that is, of being what it claims to be, a real, honest-to-goodness book. 

Book came to me as a voice and demanded I type as it spoke. I usually scoff at people who claim their writing is dictated by the muse, so I find it funny to be saying something like that myself. But Book is a character, in both senses of the word, and I was ready to listen and to work. Whatever it said, I was happy to go along. 

I did wonder during the process if Book would achieve a respectable book length. At almost 44,000 words, I think it did. Short for a novel these days. But then, is it a novel? I struggle with how to characterize Book. There's nothing fictional in it. Everything Book says happened because Book is all language and anything Book says is undeniably Book, even if impossible. Does Book have human arms and legs? Yes, when Book finds it convenient to imagine so; when imagination is defeated, Book borrows the reader’s hand, the reader’s heart. 

Book is written as prose, but it does read a bit like poetry. It must be prose poetry! 

Also unlike a novel (perhaps like a life?), Book does not have a plot. Book has ideas, actions. Book has thoughts and more thoughts and tries to work them out. Book’s parts often read as essays. Perhaps that’s the way Book would be most properly classified — as a collection of personal essays, the personal essays of someone whose person is no more (somehow more?) than those essays.

Because the essays usually read as separate propositions I am submitting them in small batches to literary magazines and ezines and trying to convince editors that the excerpts can stand alone. I usually send out three pieces at a time. Although I think Book is best understood in more than one dose, I do occasionally send to sites that will only allow one piece at a time. 

Except for a live reading series, the places that have chosen Book excerpts have so far published all I sent them. I expected more picking and choosing. The editors seem to treat the submission as one unit. As I said, each piece of Book will try out a particular proposition. Yet the pieces don’t always come to the same conclusions. Book changes its mind, attempts to reinvent itself, gets confused, forges forth, raves, whines, whispers, wants not to be too seriously — because Book wants to live a full life.  

Seven online journals have included Book excerpts:


The curated reading series Quiet Lightning also included an excerpt that was previously published in Hawai’i Pacific Review.

More excerpts are forthcoming in Ginosko Literary Journal 

How many places have rejected at least one piece of Book? More than 100 ...

I have submissions out to more. I expect more rejections (got another as I prepped this post). Yet I know Book is good, interesting, weird, funny, sad. I know somebody else will decide it fits with what they want. I owe it to Book to find that editor.

When Book is read that is when Book really lives. That is the true life of Autobiography of a Book — a reader making it part of theirs. 

Whether an editor accepts or rejects, is delighted or bored, confused or enthralled, so long as they have been a reader, they have given Book life. 

Book thanks them, as it thanks every reader, for its life. 

[blog post updated 9/12/20]

Saturday, June 06, 2020

“I Want” at Cacti Fur

is up at Cacti Fur
posted May 27, 2020

“I Want,” was, I believe, the first of the poems I “found” in the UC Berkeley library catalog. I was so delighted with it that I squeezed out of the library catalog many further list poems. At last someone else likes it too!

Friday, April 17, 2020

Two found poems at Cabildo Quarterly

“I did not interview the dead”
“The ‘Where is it’ index showing the geographical positions of all the important localities”

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Glenn Ingersoll page at Living Senryu Anthology

There is now a page of Glenn Ingersoll poems at the Living Senryu Anthology

If you are familiar with haiku, you’ve got a start on senryu. In fact, much of what we think of haiku in the West is, according to anthology’s editors, actually senryu. Do visit the page at the anthology that both describes senryu and distinguishes it from haiku. 

I first discovered the Living Haiku Anthology and a couple of months ago I applied to be included. Editor Don Baird wrote back to say many of the poems struck him as senryu, though he did say that there is overlap in the two forms. I followed the link he provided to the Living Senryu Anthology and enjoyed browsing the poems collected there. Today I am happy to learn that my work has been included in it. 

My thanks to Bryan Rickert and the rest of the editorial board.  

At present I have the “I” section of the index all to myself