J. Artemus Gordon, Art Editor
J. Artemus Gordon received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, Ohio where he honed his skills as a painter, illustrator, sculptor, and graphic designer. He currently resides in Kansas.
Portraits are one of Gordon's specialties--one of the things for which he is known is his uncanny ability to capture a likeness. Three examples may be found here in this section: Below may be found Gordon's portrait of Eric McHenry, the guest judge for the 2018 Songs of Eretz Poetry Award Contest, and a caricature of Ross Balcom, one of our Frequent Contributors. They are composed of ink and watercolor on paper. Gordon's self-portrait (pictured here) is watercolor on paper. Most of the original illustrations that have complimented the poetry in Songs of Eretz in 2018 were created by him.
In addition to making art, Gordon enjoys gourmet cooking and video games. He is available for freelance hire and invites you to explore his website JasonArtGo.com, to connect with him on LinkedIn, to email him at JasonArtGo@gmail.com, and to check out his work on Instagram @JasonArtGo.
A Note about Our Frequent Contributors: Frequent Contributor status is bestowed upon a select few up-and-coming poets handpicked by the Editor In Chief. Membership in this exclusive group is by invitation only.
Ross Balcom, Frequent Contributor
Ross Balcom lives in the former constitutional republic of the United States. His poems have appeared in Beyond Centauri, inkscrawl, Poetry Midwest, Spectral Realms, Star*Line, and other publications. In addition to poetry, his interests include parapsychology, hypnosis, and neuro-linguistic programming (NLP). A Charter Member of the Frequent Contributor ranks, Ross has been an FC since January 1, 2016.
Terri Lynn Cummings, Frequent Contributor
Yoni Hammer-Kossoy, Frequent Contributor
Yoni is a software engineer born and raised in the United States and now residing in Israel. His poetry is forthcoming or has most recently appeared in Picaroon Poetry, Right Hand Pointing, Lunch Ticket, Cacti Fur, and Poetica's 2017 Mizmor L'David Anthology. Feel free to “friend” Yoni on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/yoni.hammerkossoy.5 or to follow him on Twitter @whichofawind. Yoni has been a Frequent Contributor since January 1, 2018.
Gene Hodge, Frequent Contributor
Sierra July, Frequent Contributor
Past Frequent Contributors:
Charter Member David Pring-Mill was a Frequent Contributor from January 1, 2016, to October 27, 2017. Enjoy his poetry here: http://www.songsoferetz.com/search?q=David+Pring-Mill.
Charter Member John Reinhart was a Frequent Contributor from January 1, 2016, to December 13, 2017. Enjoy his poetry here: http://www.songsoferetz.com/search?q=John+Reinhart.
Charter Member Kaitlyn Vaughn (nee Frazier) was a Frequent Contributor from January 1, 2016, to May 18, 2016. She came out of retirement and graciously agreed to cover for Frequent Contributor Terri Lynn Cummings who was on a leave of absence from December 25, 2017, to July 2, 2018. Enjoy her poetry here: http://www.songsoferetz.com/search?q=Kaitlyn.
Past & Current Contest Judges:
Note: Our Editor in Chief, Steven Wittenberg Gordon, MD (see above for his bio), served as the judge for our first annual contest, which awarded a $500 honorarium in 2015.
Carol Hamilton, judge for our second annual contest, which awarded a $1,000 honorarium in 2016:
Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, PhD, judge for our third annual contest, which awarded a $1,000 honorarium in 2017:
Caryn lives in the country just south of Lawrence, Kansas with her husband and their family. Find out more about Caryn at her website: http://carynmirriamgoldberg.com, http://www.goddard.edu/people/caryn-mirriam-goldberg/, and http://bravevoice.com.
Eric McHenry, judge for our fourth annual contest, which awarded a $1,000 honorarium in 2018:
Former Kansas Poet Laureate Eric McHenry was the Guest Judge for our Fourth Annual Songs of Eretz Poetry Award Contest. As a run-up to the official contest opening, one of McHenry's poems was featured in Songs of Eretz Poetry Review from August 16 through August 31. As a special treat, then Guest Artist, now our Art Editor, J. Artemus Gordon, provided original illustrations to accompany each poem.
McHenry was the Poet Laureate of Kansas from May 2015 through May 2017 and teaches English at Washburn University in Topeka. Waywiser Press published McHenry’s newest book of poems, Odd Evening, in 2016. His previous collections include Potscrubber Lullabies, which won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award in 2007, and Mommy Daddy Evan Sage, a children’s book illustrated by Nicholas Garland. He also edited and introduced Peggy of the Flint Hills, a memoir by Zula Bennington Greene.
McHenry’s poems have appeared in: The New Republic, Yale Review, Cincinnati Review, Field, Poetry International, Gulf Coast, Poetry Daily, and Poetry Northwest from whom he received the 2010 Theodore Roethke Prize. His poetry criticism has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Slate, and other publications.
McHenry lives in Lawrence, Kansas with his wife and two children. For information about his books, visit https://waywiser-press.com/eric-mchenry/.
Lowell Jaeger will judge our fifth annual contest, which will award honoraria as follows in 2019: $1,000 for 1st place, $200 for 2nd place, & $100 for 3rd place.