Dear Poets,

Submissions are now open for the Summer 2010 issue through April 15th. Please note that Assistant Editor, Jenith Charpentier is taking over as editor with this upcoming issue. I am still acting as publisher of the journal, but all submissions sent through the Ballard Street editorial address will now go directly to her.

Also, we have a new mailing address. Please visit our guidelines for details:

Best of luck,

Heather Macpherson


Ballard Street Poetry Journal


Dear Summer 2009 Contributors,

If you did not receive your free contributors copy in which you appeared, please forward your mailing address to

Sorry for any inconvenience.

Thank you,


Ballard Street Press, an extension of BSPJ, is very excited to release our first chapbook, This Language River, by Elaine Bentley Baughn.  The release party is on Wednesday, July 22nd at the Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square, Worcester, MA at 7 PM in the Banx Room. Please join us if you can!

Of Bentley Baughn’s work, Sue Ellen Thompson writes, “…In her debut collection, This Language River… reveals how words can be used to weigh and measure the world in which we live-its joys and sorrows, its endless desires…”

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments served. Elaine will have copies of her chapbook for sale, $6 dollars each. We will also have discounted copies of BSPJ available. I am  hoping our summer ’09 issue might be readyat that time, but cannot confirm yet.

-I’m currently organzing th last of the e-mail submissions. We have an editorial meeting on July 9th so the last of all e-mail and snail mail responses will go out shortly after that.

-The summer issue is currently slated for a late July release. More details to follow.

Dear Poets,

Join us Sunday, July 5th for our first workshop with poet, Dave Keali’i. If you are receiving this and you already registered, please consider this a reminder; if you cannot attend, please e-mail by noon on Sunday.

There is still space available for this series. All the details are below. Drop me an e-mail to register.

Heather J. Macpherson, Editor
Ballard Street Poetry Journal

All workshops are free w/a suggested donation of $3-5. This series is held at the Worcester County Poetry Association 1 Ekman Street, Quinsigamond Village, Worcester. To register e-mail

Looking to Mythology and Legend: This summer join poet Dave Keali’i: The goal of this workshop is to utilize the rich tradition of world mythology and legend in poetry. While Greek and Roman mythology is a vast mine, there is a whole world out there that can be explored. Participants are encouraged to keep an open mind and consider what other pantheons, archetypes and legend may be discovered.

The first workshop will broadly deal with the themes of creation and “how something was invented/stolen/or gotten”. Examples include Maui stealing fire, how the leopard got its spot, and the Giant’s Cause Way.

The second work shop will look specifically at different pantheons to see what participants can come up with.

The third workshop will involve writing to create one’s own pantheon/mythology, however that’s interpreted.

In other words, think outside the Parthenon. This series meets on the following Sundays: July 5th, 19th, & 26th, 2-4PM.

Bio: for the last 7 years Dave has been a part of the Massachusetts poetry scene, writing and reading his own work. He has spent 5 of those years as the co-host of two poetry readings. His poems have appeared in The Ballard Street Poetry Journal, The November 3rd Club, Ashe and are forthcoming in ‘Oiwi: A Native Hawaiian Journal and Breadcrumb Scabs. He is rumored to have gained political control over the islands of Tuvalu, Rarotonga, and Raiatea. He has yet to deny or confirm such claims.

These programs are supported in part by a grant from the Worcester Cultural Commission, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, as well as Ballard Street Poetry Journal and Worcester County Poetry Association.

BSPJ Winter 09

April 4, 2009

Long time, no post. Well, that’s how it goes when juggling a seven month old baby, editing a journal, and finishing graduate school.

Apologies for the delay, but the BSPJ Winter 09 issue will be in the mail to contributors on Monday, April 5th, 2009.

This issue features fantastic work by Michael Hood, Isaiah Vienese, Kristina England, Tony Brown, Dorinda Wegener, Victor D. Infante, Sergio Ortiz, Mary Ellen Talley and many others. I am updating the website tonight and tomorrow and you can purchase a copy of the new issue, or subscribe ($12.00!) at our website:

More updates to come- check back frequently!

BSPJ Receives Mini-grant

February 7, 2009

I am pleased to announce that the BSPJ Workshop Series

has received a $600.00 mini-grant from the

Worcester Cultural Council. Much thanks to this hard-

working organization for their support.

Winter 2009 Issue Release

January 25, 2009

We are currently laying out the winter 2009 issue. Contributors will soon receive a pdf of their work for a last look before publication. Look for this in your e-mail in the next week.

Plans for our release party is underway.

BSPJ offers workshop series (now) throughout the year. Workshops are free and limited to10 participants. We meet at the Worcester County Poetry Associatin Office, 1 Ekman Street, Worcester, MA. 

Registration open for the following workshop series:

Poetry Writing from Life with Heather J. Macpherson. This three-workshop series will focus on finding the heightened and mundane moments from our lives to become poetry on the page. This series meets on: March 1st, 8th, & 15th. To register, e-mail:

How do you make the poem on page reflect the poem on stage? with Tony Brown.  In this series of three workshops, participants will take two poems from initial conception to public unveiling at a poetry reading.  The first session will involve a couple of intensive writing prompts and exercises to create the first drafts of two very different poems.  The second will focus on refinement of the poem with an eye toward making line breaks, punctuation, stanza breaks, etc., reflect the actual “voice “ of the poem and the poet, while the third will be devoted to refinement of the delivery of the poem in public performance.  In all three workshops, oral recitation will be used as a key tool for editing and (more importantly) deep exploration of how to make the poem say what the poet wants it to say. April 12th, 19th, May 3rd. To register, e-mail

Coming up:

Looking to Mythology and Legend:This summer join poet Dave Keali’i: July 5th, 19th, & 26th

The goal of this workshop is to utilize the rich tradition of world mythology and legend in poetry. While Greek and Roman mythology is a vast mine, there is a whole world out there that can be explored. Participants are encouraged to keep an open mind and consider what other pantheons, archetypes and legend may be discovered. In other words, think outside the Parthenon.  

Coming Fall 2009Evolving Imagery: Emodiment and Comparison Using Simile, Metaphor & Metonym with poet Lea C. Deschenes: September 6th, 13th,  20ieth.

Details to follow!

Posting to the BSPJ Blog

January 25, 2009

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