Pushcart Prize

2020 finished on a high note for Iris Anne Lewis when she heard that she had been nominated by Black Bough Poetry for the Pushcart Prize for her poem Swan Song in the Geissenklösterle Cave.
The Pushcart Prize is an American literary prize published by Pushcart Press that honours the best “poetry, short fiction, essays or literary whatnot”[1] published in the small presses over the previous year. Magazine and small book press editors are invited to submit up to six works they have featured from which the final selection is made.  Anthologies of the selected works have been published annually since 1976. The initiative is supported and staffed by volunteers.
Published as part of Black Bough’s Silver Branch series where Iris was the featured poet for November 2020, you can read her poem along with a section of her other works at https://www.blackboughpoetry.com/iris-anne-lewis

The High Window

Iris Anne Lewis is delighted to have three poems published in the Winter 2020 edition of The High Window. This well regarded quarterly online magazine publishes work in English by new and established poets from the UK and around the world. Alongside a lively and eclectic mix of poetry, each new issue contains a literary essay, a selection of poems in translation, poetry reviews and occasional features. 

Iris’s poems (Autumn MigrationNovember and Carol) all have a seasonal theme. You can read them by clicking https://thehighwindowpress.com/category/poetry/, then click on Iris’s name in the list of poets. Or if you want to enjoy a feast of poetry, why not read through the whole issue.

Three poems by Frank McMahon are to be published in a Covid-inspired anthology of poetry and prose by Palewell Press. Frank said ‘Can you hear the people sing?’ brings together voices from around the world, tragic, worried, resilient, humorous, poetic, reflective. They all give evidence of the shared humanity which is helping us to survive and keep going.’ You can find out more about Palewell Press and order a copy of the anthology here.

Featured Poet

Iris Anne Lewis is the featured poet for November on the Black Bough Poetry website https://www.blackboughpoetry.com/iris-anne-lewis. As well as some background information about iris, you can read a sample of her work and listen to her reading a couple of her poems.
Black Bough Poetry publish micro-poems from across the world. Only the most compressed, the most pristine, the most vivid, make the cut. As well as enjoying Iris’s poetry, whilst you are on the website,  why not look at some of the other poets showcased in Black Bough’s  Silver Branch series or take the opportunity to read previous issues of the magazine.


On behalf of Black Bough Poetry Iris Anne Lewis will be hosting #TopTweetTuesday on October 27th. #TopTweetTuesday is a great way for poets to share a poem with a supportive community and receive positive feedback from the host and other writers. So next Tuesday log on to Twitter and post a poem marked @blackboughpoems @IrisAnneLewis #TopTweetTuesday. If you prefer just to read a great range of poems, just follow the hashtag #TopTweetTuesday and enjoy.