End of an Era: Celebrating Poet Linda Blaskey

Poet Linda Blaskey will be editing a new journal Quartet, which launches in January. Keep your eyes peeled for information.


Poet, Katherine Gekker had this to say to Linda:

"Linda, you have been a constant supporter of poetry, for me and for this whole community. You accepted some of my poems for The Broadkill Review at a time when I doubted the value of everything I was writing. Ever since, I have felt your gentle presence at my side, supporting me, and sometimes prodding me to experiment and go beyond what I have believed is possible. Thank you for everything. "


 


A seasoned composer, organizer, and literary activist, The Broadkill Review Poetry Editor Linda Blaskey will be embarking on a new venture, editing, Quartet, a journal for women of a certain age, an underrepresented group of writers in the worldwide literary community. Quartet will launch in January. Blaskey's last batch of curated poetry will be featured in our November-December issue before we transition to a quarterly schedule.

A tough no-nonsense poet, Linda Blaskey's verse rises out the rural landscape, lush, flush with strength and music; a quality that has not gone unnoticed by her peers and admirers. Her frankness resonates. "My favorite photograph of Linda shows her holding a falcon on a gloved arm. Her smile is fearless, her eyes are full of respect for the bird. This is how Linda brought me to poetry—she took me out of my comfort zone, showed me when to use restraint. Because she’s not afraid of experimenting with techniques that might fail, she encourages me to do the same. But mostly, she pushes me to read poets who make me uncomfortable, and that’s where the real learning begins." Poet Gail Braune Comorat on Linda Blaskey.

Fierce. Uncompromising. Both words describe writer Linda Blaskey's work and personality. An accomplished writer of stories, nonfiction, and poetry, Blaskey’s work has been turned into a staged reading and has been included in anthologies, including the esteemed Best New Poets Series. She’s the winner of two Delaware Division for the Arts Fellowships, the Dog Fish Head Poetry Prize, as well as had her poems included in North Carolina Poetry on the Bus series. Linda Blaskey’s acclaimed debut collection, White Horses, from Mojave River Press, was released the same year as Walking the Sunken Boards, a collaborative collection from Blaskey, and poets Jane C Miller, Gail Braune Comorat, & Wendy Elizabeth Ingersoll.

And being a writer means one must engage in reading, to learn from other writers and poets, and also engage in the work of being a part of a writing community, to share with other writers and poets. By that measure, Linda's influence stretches across the Delmarva peninsula, internationally, through her work with first The John Milton Poetry Festival and then The Dogfish Head Poetry Prize. Jamie Brown, founding editor of TBR, and festival progenitor said Linda "helped organize and staff the fourth annual event. She became a key player for the next seven or eight years until the Theater closed and was sold, and the event moved to the Milton Memorial Library." Shortly after "I was able to persuade Linda to take on the additional role of Poetry Editor for The Broadkill Review." You can read Jamie Brown's full tribute here.

And as time passed, Blaskey's leadership in regional literary circles expanded. Poet Sherry Chappelle calls Blaskey " the lynchpin holding the many spokes of the Delaware poetry community together with her passion, extraordinary work ethic, and expansive love for the genre and its practitioners. She's a poetry Energizer Bunny!"