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About the Future of the Site

By David Castro

We have been working on this site for two years now, and it has been a blast. Being a home for new and upcoming writers is something that I, myself, have wanted to do for a lifetime. Which is why the next thing I have to say is hard.

Both of our work lives have grown to the point where we don’t have a lot of free time life for other projects, including this one, and thus, we are putting the site on indefinite hiatus. If or when we have the time to commit to this project fully, we will open back up, but until then, we will not be taking anymore submissions.

Posts that are already queued to post will continue to be posted until they run out. If you have a piece that was due to post but wasn’t, we are sorry. If or when we start up again, those pieces will get priority to be published before new submissions.

We thank you for following us, for submitting your work with us, and for taking this journey with us. We hope we are able to start it up again. Please check out our featured authors and follow them, we know that they are going to do big things. Here’s to seeing you all again.

Birthdays

Hello readers,

I would just like to say, on this second year of our site, thank you to all of our contributors. It is because of all of you that we have a site at all. When we started the site in 2015, we didn’t know if we were going to get any submissions at all. Readers don’t know this, but we opened submissions in that April, hoping that month would be enough to get the posts to fill that first May.

And now we are here. We have more than enough, pieces planned out into October at this point. We have hundreds of followers on the site itself, not to mention our social media. Our family of featured contributors is so big at this point, and we thank them for being so dedicated in joining us on this journey.

Here’s to another year of Babbling with all of you.

David R Castro

Welcoming New Featured Contributors

By David Castro

It is always good to welcome new people into our Featured family, and this month, I get to welcome the largest crop yet, three new writers. Without further ado, lets get into it.

Harry Ricciardi is a boat-maker from a wonderful sounding place called Vineyard Haven. When not building boats, he writes amazing and brief poetry such as the “Whatever” series of micro poetry and “Nevermind“. He has a lot of new posts coming up, including another run of “Whatever” poems, so keep an eye out on the horizon for him.

Michael Lee Jordan is a known quantity on the online poetry scene, having one Best of the Net in 2016 and 2 Pushcart Prizes for poetry in 2015. We are glad to get to have his work on our site, in pieces like “Give Me Booze or Give Me Jesus” and “Everything Red for the Queen”, and many more to come. This award wining writer is a great addition to our family.

From Southeast Asia, Noor Aisya Buang graces us with her words in one of the fastest jumps to Featured status we have seen in our history. She constantly sends us amazing poetry and it is amazing to see work from her unique view point. She has had poetry and stories written in multiple languages and published in many countries, and we are so very proud to be counted as one of the places she is published in America.

We love the work that our Featured Contributors give us, and if you would like to be join them, feel free to contact us at submissionsboti@gmail.com to find out how.

Welcoming our Newest Featured Contributor

Writer and poet Jaime Mac as quickly became one of favorite contributors. She has published “Oh Barkeep My Barkeep” and “Waking up in CIA Interrogation”, and will have another story published tomorrow afternoon. You can see her bio on our Featured Contributor page, follow her on Twitter and Instagram, and go to her website jaimemac.com for more information about her.

An Explanation and Correction

By David Castro

Due to a family emergency, I have been lax on getting pieces from our cherished submitters queued and ready to go on the site. I am sorry about this, and to correct it, Any piece that should have been published in the last few weeks that wasn’t will be published at the earliest open spot and the submitter will be notified as such. I am personally very sorry about this mix up.

Micro Poetry 9

Words

seduced them

in the springtime

by essence of

the blossoms

though rebelled

in the autumn

the wayward leaves

— Soodabeh Saeidnia

Soodabeh was born in Iran and received multiple degrees from Tehran University of Medical Sciences. She has being worked as the University researcher, as a professor for 10 years in Japan, Iran and Canada, and has published about 150 scientific papers in prestigious journals as well as books in both English and Persian. Now, she is living in New York with her husband and 9-year-old son. She is interested in writing science fiction and poems in English, and has published a book of her poems in Persian named “Words for myself”, which you can find here, as well as her Facebook and Twitter.