The Nearby Universe celebrates its five-year anniversary at the winter write-in

A write-in, if you haven’t heard of it, is an event where writers get together, talk about their work and ideas for a small amount of time, and write near each other for a large amount of time. It’s basically parallel play for grown-ups, and it’s just as much fun 🙂 After two years of … More The Nearby Universe celebrates its five-year anniversary at the winter write-in

“The Torch” in Glissade – Brook Bhagat

Brook Bhagat is honored to have her poem, “The Torch,” selected for publication in “Glissade,” a special issue on dance, released yesterday from The Pine Cone Review. This poem was inspired by her favorite part of the Winter Olympics–watching the figure skaters disappear like dancers dissolving into the dance. Like other poems of hers that have eventually … More “The Torch” in Glissade – Brook Bhagat

“August Drops” published on A Story in 100 Words

One of Brook Bhagat’s favorite things about the Nearby Universe is the deadlines! She composes snippets of poetry or prose for the email meeting invitations to PPSC employees and is often able to revise and publish these pieces elsewhere. Her flash fiction/prose poetry “August Drops” began like this, at the top of the August email. … More “August Drops” published on A Story in 100 Words

Another Accolade for “The Homes of Birds”

Brook Bhagat’s narrative poem, “The Homes of Birds,” was a first-round winner in the 2022 Colorado Hearts and Minds Poetry Contest, a statewide competition that featured entries from 46 different counties. The poem, originally published in 2020 in the anthology A Walk with Nature, also won the 2020 nature writing contest at A Story in … More Another Accolade for “The Homes of Birds”

Pikes Peak Poetry Summit–Brook Bhagat

Brook Bhagat was honored to be invited to speak on the local poets’ panel at the Pikes Peak Poetry Summit, which included performances from Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Ashley Cornelius, Colorado state Poet Laureate Bobby LeFebre, and others. Brook spoke on the difference between conscious and mystical poetic inspiration, being an author and a mom, the intersection of poetry and activism, … More Pikes Peak Poetry Summit–Brook Bhagat