The 2023 Pikes Peak Poetry Summit is a celebration of poetry held each April in honor of national poetry month. It’s a day full of free poetry and music performances, workshops, an open mic, and more, sponsored by the Pikes Peak Library District and organized by our Pikes Peak Poet Laureate, Ashley Cornelius. This year’s … More Author signing: Brook Bhagat at the Pikes Peak Poetry Summit Saturday, April 22
The Studio West black box theater was full on the evening of March 23, making the Spring Reading featuring Poet Laureate Ashley Cornelius the most widely attended literary reading at PPSC in recent history. Nearby Universe founder and facilitator and English faculty member Brook Bhagat organized and MCed the event. “I want to help my … More Student/Faculty/Nearby Universe Spring Reading featuring Poet Laureate Ashley Cornelius packs the house
Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Ashley Cornelius is coming to PPSC on Thurs., Mar. 23! Ashley is an award-winning, nationally recognized spoken word artist and speaker committed to using her voice to uplift marginalized communities. The evening will begin with refreshments and hot drinks at 5:30 in the Art Gallery at Studio West downtown–get your raffle … More Student/Faculty/Nearby Universe Reading featuring Poet Laureate Ashley Cornelius Thurs., Mar. 23
Brook Bhagat is happy to share that her poem, “Nightfall,” was published this month in Rat’s Ass Review, an online poetry journal whose editors make no apologies for their subjectivity. They publish what they like, and if you disagree, they don’t give a rat’s ass. Check out “Nightfall” here.
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
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
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”
Brook Bhagat is happy to share that her work has been included in a new anthology from Alien Buddha Press–The Alien Buddha Goes Pop. This is her first humor writing to be published in a while. Brook’s two poems, “Creed” and “Phyllis,” are (very) nontraditional haiku odes to characters from the TV show The Office.
Brook Bhagat is thrilled to share the news that her poetry collection, Only Flying, due for release in November of this year, is now available for preorder. From the publisher’s website: “Only Flying is a collection of surreal free verse and prose poetry that celebrates transformation and paradox, exploring both the silence of the seeker and the outrageous wilderness … More Publication Announcement by Nearby Universe Founder Brook Bhagat