“You Night” by Gabriela Marie Milton selected for 2022 Pushcart Prize nomination

Dear Readers,

I am deeply grateful to my publisher Brian Geiger – Vita Brevis Press – for selecting my poem You Night for 2022 Pushcart Prize nomination.

Below, please see his email.

My poem You Night was published in Vita Brevis Poetry Anthology, III and you can read it here.

In four years and a half of blogging I managed to accomplish a lot, including two poetry books one of which became a #1 Amazon bestseller.

I very much appreciate everyone who supported me during my journey as an author. I strive to give back to our community and I will continue to do so.

Have a glorious spring everyone.

Gabriela Marie Milton
#1 Amazon Bestseller Author
Woman: Splendor and Sorrow :I Love Poems and Poetic Prose
Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings

Souls by Gabriela Marie Milton translated into French by Miriam Descendres

Joseph Mallord William Turner – The Decline of the Carthaginian Empire, Public Domain

When Miriam sent me the French translation of my poem Souls I was waiting for a train to nowhere at the corner of Friday and Saturday.

Oh, fragile blossom of my dreams how friendship and beauty go together.

Miriam, thank you for bringing tears of joy into my life. Thank you for being you. Thank you for this marvelous translation. Thank you for giving me “the kind of things that money just can’t buy.”

Souls by Gabriela Marie Milton

I had to go through your soul
to get to mine
once in mine
I wish
I would have stayed in yours
memories of that port where demons haunted you
empty chests
our hearts taken out every evening
mornings pumping despair and agony
no blood left
between your soul and mine
an autumn naked sky

French translation by Miriam Descendres

Il me fallu traverser tes méandres
Pour revenir en moi-même;
une fois parvenu,
combien aurais-je désirer
être encore en ton âme.

Les bateaux…
Mémoires de ces ports
où les démons hantent
Les battants de ta poitrine.

Et nos coeur laissés là à l’abandon;
chaque soir; pour de nouveau pulser
sous les feux de l’aube,
entre désespoir et agonie.

De sang, il n’en reste plus goutte
s’écoulant en mon âme, la tienne. …

et cet automne comme un ciel mis à nu.

You can find Miriam on Twitter https://twitter.com/13rrance

The poem Souls is included in my first collection of poetry Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings (Vita Brevis Press, 2020) available on Amazon here.

Gabriela Marie Milton
#1 Amazon Bestseller Author
Woman: Splendor and Sorrow :I Love Poems and Poetic Prose
Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings

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#1 Amazon Bestseller Author
Woman: Splendor and Sorrow :I Love Poems and Poetic Prose
Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings

Dear Mama: An Immigrant’s Secret Cry by Shailja Sharma – Preface by Gabriela Marie Milton

“Dear Mama: An Immigrant’s Secret Cry” author Shailja Sharma, published by Pittsburgh-based Setu Publications, a merit-based, peer-reviewed publisher with a preface by Gabriela Marie Milton.

When Shailja sent me the manuscript of her book and asked me to write a preface I was sure I was not going to do it. I had too much work to do: too much research, too many responsibilities, too many hours helping various communities, including the poetry community. I definitely was not going to do it. That was valid before I opened the manuscript. The moment I opened it I could not put it down.

First, here is Shailja talking about her book:

“Dear Mama: An Immigrant’s Secret Cry” is a secret tear flowing from an immigrant’s heart. It’s the tear that is hidden from mama for many years while settling in a land away from home. It feels better when it finally flows. These poems depict lacks and memories, struggles and hardships, as well as hopes, promises, potential, and empowerment. Some of these pieces were recently published world-wide. Due to an excellent readership, the author was compelled to extend and compile this book.”

Below is my preface and the Amazon link where you can find the book.

In 2017, Jessica Traynor, wrote an opinion piece in The Irish Times entitled “James Joyce, the emigrant who left Dublin in body but not in mind.The theme of immigration has been a constant presence in world literature. Most recently, contemporary novels such as Julie Otsuka’s The Buddha in the Attic, and Cristina Henriquez’s The Book of Unknown Americans excellently depict the challenges and struggles of immigrants.

Shailja Sharma (Ph.D.), a psychologist practicing in the USA, steps on the same roads with her beautiful poetry volume entitled Dear Mama: An Immigrant’s Secret Cry. The book reflects the trauma immigrants endure when settling in new lands. The opening poem screams alienation: “I missed telling you how much I missed you.”

In order for the new life to keep as least a semblance of past – a past where the familiar lies – the author tries to reproduce in her place of settlement Indian customs. Lines like: Hold your Deepak/Flaunt the sari, are representative. Shailja decries the lack of free-play, discrimination, prejudice, and longs for the smoothness and protection that once she felt at home.

Dear Mama: An Immigrant’s Secret Cry, stands apart not only because of the theme the author addresses – immigration being a major subject in multiple societies these days – but also by the power of its astonishing verse, the talent of its author, and the empowerment the author offers. In the pages of this book the reader will find poetry at its best. Shailja Sharma’s verses are the mirror in which immigrants can find themselves and, equally, the highest expression of poetic endeavor.

Here is a snippet from the book

There used to be a wall
with a hook that anchored
my belongings. Some wet memories
have pickled over the years.
It’s raining and my feet are
running to the backyard to
save grandmother’s pickle jars.
I know it’s too late, but I continue to
stand in prickly rain drops. My
wounds are wet and I am shivering.
I am crying for the concrete floor, on which,
sat a folded towel holding her
steaming pressure-cooker.
I have lost that floor…

You can find the book on Amazon HERE:

A Gentle Reminder – Please do not forget to submit to the anthology Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women.

You can find the call for submissions HERE. Please follow the guidelines for submissions. Poetry that does not follow the guidelines will not be taken in consideration.

Thank you.
Have a great weekend everyone.

Gabriela Marie Milton
#1 Amazon Bestseller Author
Woman: Splendor and Sorrow :I Love Poems and Poetic Prose
Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings

Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women (an Anthology) – Call for Submissions

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Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women (an Anthology) – Call for Submissions

Dear Readers,

With great pleasure I announce that submissions are now open for the anthology: Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women. This anthology will be edited, and curated, by me and published by Experiments in Fiction.

For those of you who do not know me, I am Gabriela Marie Milton a #1 Amazon bestselling poet, and an internationally published author. My literary work appeared in various magazines and anthologies. I am the author of the #1 best-selling poetry collection ‘Woman: Splendor and Sorrow’ (Vita Brevis Press, July 2021) and, the author of ‘Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings’ (Vita Brevis Press, April 2020). Under the name Gabriela M I was awarded 2019 Author of the Year at Spillwords Press (NYC). My piece ‘If I say I love you’ was nominated for 2020 Spillwords Press Publication of the Year (Poetic). Presently I am the editor of MasticadoresUsa.

I am honored to have this anthology published by Experiments in Fiction, a publishing house owned by Ingrid Wilson who is herself a successful poet and writer, nominated for Spillwords Author of the Year 2021. Her previous publications include ‘The Anthropocene Hymnal: Songs of a Self-defining Era’ in July 2020: a poetic response to the climate and ecological crisis.

That said, let’s get down to business.


I seek poetry that addresses the challenges women face in our society, and the diversity of means they use to overcome pain and accomplish their dreams.  How you interpret the theme is up to you.

I chose this theme because I wanted to underscore how powerful women are, and how much they can accomplish regardless of the adversities most of them go through. Women are strong. Women can stand up for themselves and be successful under very difficult circumstances.  Please tell us about your struggle and your successes.

I did not choose this theme as a social posture. If I had done so some people would have thought – perhaps – that women’s work is inconsequential unless grouped under the label of feminism and/or similar categorizations. Let me be clear. No matter how one looks at this anthology, the featured poems included in it will be outstanding and consequential. That much I can promise you.

If your work is selected for publication, please remember that it is not a certificate of belonging to one group or another.  Your work will be a testimony of your poetic talent, and your power to overcome difficulties and reach for the sky.

Submission guidelines:

Please submit two poems at shortprose12@gmail.com.

Submit your poems in a Word Document, together with a short bio.  You should use Times New Roman 12, double space. No poem should be longer than one page. No bio should be longer than 400 characters.

Please title you submission Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women.

Poetry sent to any other email will not be taken in consideration.

Example of email submission:

Dear Editor,

Attached please find my submission for Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women.



The deadline for submission is April 15.

The plan is to have the anthology published at the end of May 2022.

Looking forward to your submissions,


Gabriela Marie Milton
#1 Amazon Bestseller Author
Woman: Splendor and Sorrow :I Love Poems and Poetic Prose
Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings