Celebration of Langston Hughes & the New One Stop!

So I hope you’ve all heard the news – the indomitable One Stop Poetry, which you have all helped to grow to where it is today, has now moved itself across the virtual pond a touch. We’re off of blogger now and onto our own web site…but fear not; just because we moved doesn’t mean any loss to the quality we are committed to bringing you, or to the wonderful poetry you have all shared with us. One Shot Wednesdays and One Shoot Sundays, as well as our weekly One Stop Forms, Spotlights and Celebrations will go on unimpeded…and hopefully better than ever.

It’s interesting to look back sometimes. Just think, it wasn’t that long ago One Stop was just starting out, One Shot Wednesdays was the new thing on the block, a new meme for the creative to enjoy. We were a water cooler for the creative community.  Now, we’re bringing new content to the block every day of the week, with a staff of eight wonderful people all dedicated to the arts we so love. We’ve come a long way in a short period – hell, thanks to your support, we’re #3 in the official art rankings for the Shorty Awards (and actually #1 by vote totals) and #1 in poetry!

Langston Hughes

Kicking things off today is Pete Marshall with our latest Saturday Celebration…and who better to start off the new site with than Langston Hughes? Here’s a preview:

“Researching Saturday Celebrations often throw out a great surprise and none more so for me this week than that of Langston Hughes. Being from England, it is also exciting for me to learn of poets from overseas and Langston certainly was a good choice.

James Mercer Langston Hughes was born the 1st of February 1902, in  Joplin, Missouri, to parents who were both of mixed race. His mother was a school teacher and came from a politically active family that supported Black Rights. Langston’s grand uncle, John Mercer Langston was the first African American to be elected to the United States Congress. His grandmother was married to Lewis Sheridan Leary, an activist that joined John Brown, and died, during the raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859. She later married Charles Henry Langston who also was an abolitionist and helped lead the Ohio Anti-Slavery Society.”

For the rest of the article, and more quality One Stop articles, swing by the new One Stop Poetry. You won’t be disappointed. And don’t forget to stop in tomorrow to see my latest interview and photo prompt for One Shoot Sunday…this week I speak with Iquanyin Moon, and iPhoneographer with a modern look into the photography field.  Thanks to all of you that have helped us come this far! Your support is everything.

Hopes, Memories, and a little Creativity…

Michigan State Capitol Building, by Chris Galford

No Present

Caught himself along the past–

years passed before he ever realized

No Present.

So many are consumed by the past, and what has gone before, they forget to live in the present. As 2011 looms, I hope you reflect, but I also hope you take the time to look around you and enjoy a touch of the now.

Happy New Year’s Eve everyone!

Image care of Demotivational Posters.

I’d like to thank you all for all the support you’ve shown as readers, and peers…fellow writers and photographers all. That you’ve shared your works and encouraged and supported me in the sharing of my own has been a joy without end. I wasn’t sure how well the whole “young writer hitting the Big Bad Web” angle would go for me…you seem to see everyone everywhere trying it these days, and it certainly seems daunting to try and wade into such a hefty mass–amateurs, experts, and all manner of unseen forces lurking in the background, with the looming horror of plagiarism and creative theft.

And yet, things have gone better than I ever could have imagined. When I first started the Waking Den, I never would have dreamed there was such a vibrant and accepting community out there, just waiting to nurture and support fellow creative types. It has been an honor, yes, an honor, to read your comments on my own work, and to see and to read and pick through yours. There is a lot of talent out there, and it’s always a pleasure to discover new gems.

The One Shot Wednesday Mike

Another thing I never could have anticipated this year: One Stop Poetry. When I first started posting my poetry, and my photography, I thought I would be lucky if anyone swung through. I would have been happy with a couple comments here and there, be they critiques or praise. Yet then Leslie Moon came along, and through her I met the other wonderful founders of One Stop: Adam Dustus, Brian Miller and Pete Marshall. To be a part of that community, of such an up-and-coming site for creativity, was a joy among joys. Suddenly all those fellow poets were in one places, and they were sharing, and reading, and writing…it was the promised land.

When Leslie asked me on-board as a fellow manager, I was not only stunned, but ecstatic. Never in a million years could I have predicted that – and I couldn’t have asked for more. Since then I’ve gotten to work with Gay Cannon and Claudia Schoenfeld as well, two more managers added to the One Stop family. Between them and the founders, it’s a team without equal – and the experience has been both a blessing and a treasure. I get to interview photographers about their passion, see into the minds behind an art that has always fascinated and intrigued me. I get to share something I genuinely enjoy with the world-at-large.

And one can’t put a price on that.

Pure Michigan, by Chris Galford

Joy? I have a lot of it from this year. 2010 was a great year. I graduated, and not only that, I did so while acing every class. I had a great internship with the Lansing City Pulse that showed me first-hand how a real news organization works, and gave me an

See that guy in the fancy hat? That's me. Post-graduation with my father.

opportunity to flex my knowledge of the arts, as well as my photographic eye. I’ve climbed mountains, wandered beaches. I finished my first novel in a trilogy, “The Hollow March,” edited it, and gotten quality reviews back from its first readers. I’ve met new friends, joined a community of fellow writers, established a writer’s group in my own town, and have set about the ground work for hunting down publishers for short stories, poems and that fancy novel of mine. I’ve applied to law school, gotten my letters of recommendation, and now…I’m ready to hit the ground running.

If 2010 was a great year, I plan on making 2011 an amazing year. I hope you all will continue to support me as I do so – I couldn’t have come so far without all your kind words, your critiques, the inspiration of your presence.

And I hope above all that you all will have a wonderful year ahead as well. Here’s to the old year, and to the new – Cheers to all of you!

 

"Foggy Notions of Photography," by Chris Galford

Merry Christmas!

A Christmas greeting and well-wishes from all of us at One Stop Poetry! May all the season treat you well, and find you right, as we wind our way through these wonderful holidays, and into a New Year.

And featuring, “Christmas Bells,” a Poem by the famous Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882):

“I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along
The unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Till, ringing, singing on its way
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime,
A chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,
And with the sound
The Carols drowned
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And in despair I bowed my head;
‘There is no peace on earth,’ I said;
‘For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!’

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
‘God is not dead; nor doth he sleep!
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men!’”