I want to welcome my new readers and thank to those who are still with me for some years. First, I would like to present you with an interview from Prosetrics: The Literary Magazine (fall 2023 edition) where I was the featured poet. Second comes a short poem and some announcements.
Prosetrics Interview (excerpts)
Thank you, Gabriela, for joining us as our guest poet for this issue. We’d like you to introduce Gabriela to our readers in your own words.
Thank you for having me, dearest R. It’s a pleasure to be with you and your readers. Few things about me. I write under the pen name Gabriela Marie Milton. I was born in Europe, and I live in the US. I am an Amazon bestselling and award-winning poet, and an internationally published author. I am the author of the #1 best-selling poetry collection Woman: Splendor and Sorrow: | Love Poems and Poetic Prose (Vita Brevis Press, 2021), and the author of Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings (Vita Brevis Press, 2020). I edited and curated the #1 Amazon bestselling anthologies Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women (EIF, 2022) and Hidden in Childhood: A Poetry Anthology (Literary Revelations, 2023).
My work has been translated into Italian, Spanish, Romanian, and Albanian. An English – Spanish bilingual edition of my poetry will be published in the spring of 2024. Presently I am negotiating the translation of some of my work into Bengali.
I am also a publisher. I am the owner of Literary Revelations Publishing House and the editor of a literary journal owned by Literary Revelations.
I was awarded 2019 Author of the Year at Spillwords Press (NYC) and I am a 2022 Pushcart Prize Nominee.
But let’s try to find a better introduction for you and your readers: I am Gabriela. I breathe the poetry of sunsets “atrocious” or not. I live in my own mind – a space where poetry engraves itself on blue walls. I believe in the words of Federico García Lorca, “In Spain the dead are more alive than the dead of any other country in the world.” I love the languor of Greek afternoons when I can read Seferis by the sea. I love the musky aroma and sweet flesh of the Tuscan melons, and I am fascinated by the echoes of steps in the night. I love cities. I crave the kind of anonymity that only a big city can offer. And as I once wrote, “I am who I am, and who I am is hidden from view.”
My journey of writing began before I went to graduate school in the US. I wrote three novels, not in English, the second of which received a prize from an international writers’ association. I wrote them under a different name. In 2017 I opened a blog – shortprose.blog – and I started writing poetry under the name Gabriela Marie Milton. I cannot hope I will ever be Fernando Pessoa who became famous under a considerable number of pen names including his real name, but I am ready to move forward in my writing journey and start writing under a different pen name.
The inspiration behind my poetry: I grew up in a family that loved poetry, art in general. Poetry was with me as my self-consciousness developed. In high school I was able to recite a good number of classics by heart. I walked with their poems in my mind. I loved with their words in my soul. I suffered with their tears in my eyes. I breathed the coolness of beautiful winters with poetry in my mind.
You can read more below:
A Short Poem
I will sleep
on your right shoulder
wings of birds
will cover us
in the morning
the breeze will blow us
out to sea
buried in the waves
- Literary Revelations thanks you for your submission to our upcoming anthology Petals of Haiku. We are thrilled with the number of submissions. The deadline is January 15 so we are still receiving submissions. With a cover designed by the brilliant duo of award-winning Japanese artists, Hikari, and her mentor Naoki Kimura, please do not miss the chance to have your words grace the pages of our anthology.
- Thank you for your poetry and short prose submissions to Literary Revelations. The volume of submissions that we have to read is very high so please be patient with us.
- Please do not forget that we are looking forward to late December when we plan to release Greenlandos by Virginia Mateias. You can read more here.
Gabriela Marie Milton
2022 Pushcart Prize Nominee
Publisher, Editor, Award Winning & #1 Amazon Bestselling Author
Hidden in Childhood: A Poetry Anthology (ed.), Literary Revelations, 2023
Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women (ed.), Experiments in Fiction, 2022.
Woman: Splendor and Sorrow :I Love Poems and Poetic Prose, Vita Brevis Press, 2021.
Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings, Vita Brevis Press, 2020