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Gerardo Mena

Gerardo Mena's Blog


June 12th, 2012

Posted on June 12, 2012 at 5:18 PM Comments comments (382)
Holy Moly!!!  I just got accepted into Goddard's amazing Master of Fine Arts program for poetry and I was offered a high school teaching job.  What an honor.   Looks like all those years of hard work and very little sleep are finally paying off.  

May 29th, 2012

Posted on May 30, 2012 at 12:34 AM Comments comments (0)
So I was a part of that national DOD think tank for streamlining combat medicine the past few days. Being in a room full of nationally famous trauma surgeons was quite a different experience. It was very humbling when they all looked me in the eye and asked me my honest opinion on certain procedures. Once we all learned how to work as a team (on day 2), the meetings went smooth. I love being able to give back to a great cause.

Also, I found out I'm a finalist for a huge national book contest.  I'm not allowed to say which contest or publishing house yet, but's big.  Fingers crossed.

May 22nd, 2012

Posted on May 22, 2012 at 11:14 PM Comments comments (6)
So I was walking around Barnes and Noble the other day and found a copy of Best New Poets 2011 in the poetry section. I read through it, even though I've done it a hundred times by now, and found my poem. And then it hit me, "Holy cow! My words are in Barnes and Noble!!!!" Granted, it's not "my book" or anything, but I still picked up a book and found my name in it. It was a weird feeling of accomplishment.

March 22nd, 2012

Posted on March 22, 2012 at 2:53 PM Comments comments (0)
Wow.  Just found out that I was a finalist for the "2011 Best of the Net" award, and that I received second place in the "Gemini Magazine Poetry Competition."  So blessed.

March 19th, 2012

Posted on March 19, 2012 at 12:32 PM Comments comments (3)
Holy cow it's been a while since I posted.  My apologies.  I'm neck deep in grading 9th grade essays as I'm currently doing my high school student teaching semester.  I'm still involved in the poetry scene, having just done a reading at Orr Street Studios for their Hearing Voices series, which was a BLAST!  That was the warmest (and largest) reception I've received for a reading.  What a great time with great people.
Also, I just received news in the last few days that I'm a finalist for the Andres Montoya Poetry Prize for my war poetry manuscript, had a poem accepted by Louisiana Review, and had a poem accepted by Cream City Review.  Wow, after several months of silence, to have such a flurry of success is a great feeling. 
Now....those essays aren't going to grade themselves.  Back to the grind. 
Keep on rockin' in the free world.

Dec. 5th, 2011

Posted on December 5, 2011 at 9:07 AM Comments comments (0)
A Pushcart Nomination!!!!!  Holy cow...what an honor.  My first one.  Many thanks to Jennifer Bowles and all the other cool cats at the Medulla Review for believing in my work enough for the nom.  You guys are so awesome.

November 21st, 2011

Posted on November 21, 2011 at 7:47 PM Comments comments (2)
Great news!  Last week I received an acceptance from the Raleigh Review!  I had a great time recording my poem for their online site.

Then, today... I received an e-mail saying that I was accepted into Prairie Schooner's Digital Online project for a multi-media project I created a while back.  I love the fact that they're creating an online page dedicated to multi-media poetry, which is possibly the future (and maybe savior?) of poetry.  While holding a book of print poetry is nice, if you want to capture the attention of today's youth, or those with attention-span problems (like myself), multi-media is definitely the way to go.  

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 5th, 2011

Posted on November 5, 2011 at 10:27 AM Comments comments (0)
A couple of interesting updates:

1.)  One of my poems was accepted by Permafrost, a magazine in Alaska, so it looks like my poem will be freezing its hind-end off.  I'm very happy to be a part of the Permafrost family, they seem like really nice people, and obviously they love literature, so they're definitely "my kind of people."

2.)  I was invited to read at the Mid-Missouri Author's Gala today.  I'm really excited to be a part of this cool event and to help promote Missouri writers and literature.  I'll be handing out free CD's of my acoustic music + a few tracks of my poetry.  It's going to be a good time.

3.)  So, lastly, the other day I received an e-mail from an old high school buddy that's in the Navy, and he was tasked to assemble a color guard for a veteran reading event at Union Station in Kansas City.  He went on to say he met with the event coordinators, and then made them read "So I Was a Coffin" and now they want me to be a part of the event.

So, this all goes to show that I am worthless without all the support of my friends and family.  And, in response, here's a video of what I do when I'm not writing:

September 18th, 2011

Posted on September 18, 2011 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (81)
My poem in Barely South Review went up this morning.  It's up on the Publications page and looks really nice.  Plus, I'm surrounded by some very talented poets, so...lots of thanks to the great editors from Old Dominion University that run that cool journal. 
The other thing I wanted to mention on here is that I had a great time at the U.S. Bank Scholarship Banquet the other night.  I was so inspired by the other recipients who have done so much for Columbia, MO.  It's refreshing to see young adults spend so much of their time trying to better their community. 
That's all folks!

September 13th, 2011

Posted on September 13, 2011 at 6:22 PM Comments comments (5)
I got to be involved in a nice news piece for the 10th anniversary of September 11th, ( for KOMU News that aired this past weekend.  It was definitely nice to be considered and to contribute for a great cause and remembrance.  Also, the amazingly kind editors at nominated a poem for a "Best of the Net 2011" award.  The contest results won't come out for quite a few months, but always nice to be thought of and nominated.