"Salutations to all the poets and wannabe poets as well!"
"Thanks for the lovely poem, and for being your lovely self."
Joanna Suzanne Lee earned her MD from the Medical College of Virginia and a Master’s Degree in Applied Science from the College of William and Mary. Her poetry has been published in a number of online and print journals, including Rattle, Right Hand Pointing, and Contemporary American Voices, and has been nominated for both Best of the Net and Pushcart prizes. Joanna is a founder of the River City Poets community and a co-editor of the 2019 anthology Lingering in the Margins. She lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband John and cat Max.
Setting myself the goal of a daily writing practice for a full month has much the same feel of oh-my-god-what-have-I-signed-up-for as running my first marathon last December. I ran for St. Jude and had raised money on their behalf, but because of the coronavirus I ran here in Richmond on the Capital Trail that stretches east of the city. Out alone in the woods on a partially flooded trail and no one around, I learned something about myself. After months of training and trepidation, at around mile 16, with every muscle in my body screaming at me, I realized the only thing keeping me on my feet was the thought of how devastating it would be to admit to the world that I couldn't finish. If I hadn't had friends, fans, and family waiting to hear how it went, who had donated their dollars and sent out their blessings on my behalf, I might have stumbled off the course in defeat. I needed the accountability to keep me moving those last ten miles.
So I know the importance of having someone in your corner for these long hauls, whatever the end goal. Your support will give me vital inspiration as I write for the twenty-eight days of this month, to keep me on course when my creative stamina starts to drop.
For the 30/30 project, Tupelo Press provides the canvas, I bring my words, accompanied by other fine poets, writing thirty poems in thirty days (well, 28 poems in 28 days--it IS February), all ours to edit and submit as we wish. 30/30 poems have been taken by over 90 journals and featured in over 40 published chapbooks, all so Tupelo Press can keep publishing exquisite and diverse voices that might never be heard otherwise.
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