New Year

As I begin my first round of poetry submissions in 2014 (a little behind schedule), I’m feeling those doubts I haven’t yet been able to outgrow: will I fail? do I have anything worth saying?   Is this the year it all dries up?  I started submitting in January two years ago with the same questions.  While my impulse to write continues to overpower my fears I will ultimately fail at it, I’m still left hoping to grow enough as a writer to move beyond the vanity and insecurity I feel now.  Someday, maybe.  Maybe I won’t ever.  Maybe that’s not a bad thing.  In any case, I found myself looking back at the bio portions I included in my cover letters over the past two years.  The exercise helped remind me that while two years pass quickly, they can encompass a lot of hard work, patience, frustration, and persistence.  Even a year can hold a lot of successes, no matter how small they seem, or how unexpected they are in the forms they take.  So here they are, two years’ worth of cover letter bios.  And here’s hoping that as the new year takes shape, we can be encouraged by what we manage to accomplish.

 

1/1/2012

I was born in 1984, and grew up outside Detroit, Michigan.  I currently live outside Washington, D.C., and work as a high school English teacher.  These poems, if selected, will be my first published.

5/18/2012

Benjamin Goldberg lives with his wife outside Washington, D.C.  He teaches high school English.  He earned a B.A. in English and a M.A. in Education from the University of Michigan.  His poems are forthcoming in Raleigh Review and The Southeast Review in which he was selected as a finalist in the 2012 Gearhart Poetry Contest by James Kimbrell.

10/7/2012

Benjamin Goldberg lives with his wife outside Washington, D.C.  His poems are forthcoming in Raleigh Review, MAYDAY Magazine, Terrain.org, and The Southeast Review in which he was a finalist for the 2012 Gearhart Poetry Prize.   He teaches high school English.

6/1/2013

Benjamin Goldberg lives with his wife outside Washington, D.C.  His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Southeast Review, South Dakota Review, Raleigh Review, Terrain.org, MAYDAY Magazine, and elsewhere.  He was a finalist for the 2012 Gearhart Poetry Prize and the 2013 Third Coast Poetry Prize.  He teaches high school English.

10/13/2013

Benjamin Goldberg lives with his wife outside Washington, D.C.  His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Southeast Review, Grist, South Dakota Review, New Delta Review, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. He was a finalist for the 2012 Gearhart Poetry Prize, the 2013 New Millennium Writings Award for Poetry, and the 2013 Third Coast Poetry Prize.  He teaches high school English.  Find him online at www.benrgold.com.

11/13/2013

Benjamin Goldberg lives with his wife outside Washington, D.C.  His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Salt Hill, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Greensboro Review, Grist, The Southeast Review, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. He was a finalist for the 2012 Gearhart Poetry Prize, the 2013 New Millennium Writings Award for Poetry, and the 2013 Third Coast Poetry Prize.  He teaches high school English.  Find him online at www.benrgold.com.

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