Setu: Western Voices Special Edition (February 2019)

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Setu: A Bilingual Journal of Literature

February 2019

Western Voices

Special Edition


Submission Guidelines:

Please send 3-5 previously unpublished poems

12 point Times New Roman

Attached as Word Document

Include a 100 word or less bio


Write “Western Voices Edition – Your Name” in the subject line

Deadline is February 20, 2019


Submissions should be addressed to both:



We look forward to receiving and reading your work!



Scott Thomas Outlar

Guest Editor


Visit for regular edition guidelines and to access past issues.

Songs of Selah: Transcendent Zero Press

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On the latest episode of Songs of Selah I had the pleasure of interviewing the publishers of Transcendent Zero Press, Dustin Pickering and Z.M. Wise. An archive of that conversation can be listened to here…

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Dustin Pickering is the founder of Transcendent Zero Press and editor-in-chief of Harbinger Asylum. He won a poetry contest in 5th grade and was introduced to Shel Silverstein by his teacher. He came to writing naturally. He is the author of several poetry collections including Salt and Sorrow, The Daunting Ephemeral, The Future of Poetry is NOW: Bones Picking at Death’s Howl, Knows No End, The Alderman: spurious conversations with Jim Morrison, and a work on aesthetics called A Matter of Degrees. His favorite poets and writers are Frederico Garcia Lorca, Dostoevsky, Nietzsche, Henry Miller, W. H. Auden, Frank O’Hara, Audre Lorde, Langston Hughes, among many others.  He reads books on many subjects including history, political science, genetics, philosophy, psychology, and theology. He started playing guitar at age 13 and still enjoys it. After learning every Nirvana song, he turned to inventing his own music. He has also illustrated for two books released by Alien Buddha Press.  He edited the bestselling Selfhood: Varieties of Experience with Kiriti Sengupta. Currently he is preparing a collection of love poetry called Epiphanies and Sudden Realizations of Love with the editor, Claudine Nash.

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Z.M. Wise is a proud Illinois native from Chicago, poet, essayist, co-editor and poetry activist, writing since his first steps as a child. He is co-owner and co-editor of Transcendent Zero Press, an independent publishing house for poetry that produces an international quarterly journal known as Harbinger Asylum. He has published four full length books of poetry, including: ‘Take Me Back, Kingswood Clock!’ (MavLit Press), ‘The Wandering Poet’ (Transcendent Zero Press), ‘Wolf: An Epic & Other Poems’ (Weasel Press), and ‘Cuentos de Amor’ (Red Ferret Press). Other than these four books, his poems have been published in various journals, magazines, and anthologies. Besides poetry and other forms of writing, his other passions/interests include professional voice acting, singing/lyricism/songwriting, playing a few instruments, fitness, and reading. 

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Alms of Ouroboros

Thank you to Ian Chung at Eunoia Review for publishing this excerpt from my forthcoming book, Of Sand and Sugar.

Eunoia Review

Those politics
will eat you for breakfast
and leave the empty plate
smeared with grease

That’s not God in your needle
That’s not love in your message
That’s not virtue in your stained glass
That’s not power in your eyes

I can see you
the same way I
can see straight through myself

just another tail
chasing itself
around the cycle
we have suffered
and survived before

Mounds of dirt
vials of blood
bones and ash
piled atop the earth


are all
sooner or later
kissed by their sacrifices
and smashed
by the hands of time

That’s not gold in your teeth
That’s not love in your mission
That’s not honor in your oilfields
This is not your reaping of wheat

This is a reprint of work originally published in Dissident Voice.

Scott Thomas Outlar hosts the site where links to his…

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Songs of Selah: An Interview with Don Beukes

On the latest episode of Songs of Selah I had the pleasure of interviewing a good friend and great poet, Don Beukes. Please listen to an archive of the episode here…

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Don Beukes, originally from Belhar, Cape Town in South Africa is the author of The Salamander Chronicles (Creative Talents Unleashed) and Icarus Rising- Volume One (Alien Buddha Press), which is a unique ekphrastic collection written in collaboration with artists from South Africa, America and the UK. His poetry has been anthologized in numerous collections and translated into Afrikaans, Persian, French, and Albanian. He was nominated by Roxana Nastase, editor of Scarlet Leaf Review for the ‘Best of the Net’ in 2017 as well as the Pushcart Poetry Prize in 2016.  His debut South African Publication was published in August 2018 by Libbo Publishers with three prominent SA poets in a unique anthology reflecting on experiences of Apartheid and other global themes. 

Don Beukes - In Pursuit of Poetic Perfection

Find out more about Don’s work here at his website, The Salamander Chronicles.

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A past interview with Don featured in the Showcase Spotlight series here at 17Numa can be read here…

Don Beukes - The Salamander Chronicles

Orbs of God/Otherwise Engaged Literature and Arts Journal

Light from the stars is not dampened by a canvass of clouds during autumn. Faith that they shine alive through the night behind a curtain of gray. Even the orbs of God are allowed to rest, still in their sleep, glowing warm with each sigh, dreaming of new worlds to brighten.

I’m stoked to have four poems included in the new winter 2018 print edition of Otherwise Engaged Literature and Arts Journal. 

Otherwise Engaged Literature and Arts Journal Winter 2018 Cover

Thank you to everyone who has picked up a copy of my latest book, Abstract Visions of Light, from Alien Buddha Press. Your support of independent artists and publishers is greatly appreciated!

For anyone interested in picking up a signed copy directly from me for the holidays, please contact me via email at or through Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. The collection is also available on Amazon at the link below…



Today I received word that my writing has been published in the 300th literary venue since beginning to send out submissions in 2014.

And earlier this month my 1,500th poem was published during that same span of time.

Two nice milestones to reach.

My motto remains the same. One step and then the next. Always looking forward.

I sat on the front porch this morning watching the rain fall along with the leaves, and I thought about my amazing family and friends who have supported and encouraged me during this life. I am truly a lucky man.

I honestly believe that the real work has only just begun. I have big dreams, and I know that in order for them to be achieved my actions must follow suit.

I am more excited than ever about the possibilities of what the future holds.

Above all, I am extremely thankful.