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Harbor Review has published an advance review by Carla McGill of Rooted and Winged. You can find it here: Harbor Review: Rooted and Winged Review by Carla McGill


To celebrate my new poetry collection, I am holding a prose and poetry writing contest! Eligibility ends on July 15, so read the guidelines now: Rooted and Winged Writing Contest Guidelines


I am happy to announce the debut of my newest poetry collection Rooted and Winged  (Finishing Line Press, 2022).


The poems of Luanne Castle’s Rooted and Winged are embedded in land and weather. “Bluegills snap up larvae in slivers of illusory light,” she writes early in the collection, hinting at the sensibilities of the companionable speaker who will usher us through the book. 

Diane Seuss (2022, Pulitzer for poetry)


The presale ends on July 15. The number of copies of books sold during the presale determines the press run, so if you are interested in my book, it would be much better to purchase it during the presale.


As an added motivation (during the presale period only), for each book sold, $5 will be donated in the purchaser’s name to Liberty Wildlife, an amazing wildlife rehab center in Phoenix (presale purchasers who provide me with their name and email address will get an email receipt from LW at the end of the presale period).

Preorder here: https://www.finishinglinepress.com/product/rooted-and-winged-by-luanne-castle/

Rooted and Winged is a fitting title for this collection of poems that plant themselves in reality but often hint at the surreal.

–Karen Paul Holmes, author of No Such Thing as Distance.


To whet your appetite, here is a poem from Rooted and Winged:


Tuesday Afternoon at Magpie’s Grill

Flickering afternoon light slatted and parsed.

At 3PM, the booths empty except for me

and my notebook.

Would I notice if not for my companion,

my need to recognize and remember?

Without a record, will I hear the ice crashing

into the sink, the Dodger talk at the bar

at the end of the room under the Miller Lite

neon confident and beckoning?

My mother used to say about me,

In one ear and out the other, as if the words

flowed through me without stopping,

without truly entering me, leaving little

effect, as if I had no memory

of all the little parental transgressions.

Why am I not under the sycamore I spot

through the blinds in this Tuesday sunshine

listening to the very song with the shady tree?

What have I done with my life? When

I should have written a poem, I didn’t.

When I did, I didn’t get it quite right.

How can a poem do so many things:

wishing for the shade and thirsty for a beer,

feeling an urge to move my pen and noting

the tiny feet and brush of cuticle,

the solitary fly on my bare arm, while

imagining the chattering of the birds that swoop

from sycamore to jacaranda as if the parking lot

and dumpsters and broken bottles don’t exist.

No matter what I notice,

no matter what I record, I will never

capture the ease of wind-filled wings,

tail feathers a translucent backlit fan,

as my hollow bones jettison the detritus

to fly upward against the source.

2021-22 publications: If the poems are online, the titles are links so click away.

2 poems at Saranac Review  (Spotlight; April Things);  Issue 16 (Fall 2021)

Poem at Tipton Poetry Journal (formating may be incorrect)

poem at Last Stanza Poetry Journal (Generations have trod, have trod, have trod); Issue 7 (January 2022)

3 poems at Furious Gazelle (The Bad Daughter Walk; Sir; Drafty); December 2021

Poem at Feral: A Journal of Poetry & Art

2 poems at pioneertown

Poem at The Orchards Poetry Journal (page 95 in online version)

Poem at Cider Press Review


3 Linked Micros at MacQueen’s Quinterly


Modeling the Artist’s Life at BREVITY BLOG

Essay on inspiration at Brevity Blog


Best of the Net nomination

Editor Annest Gwilym of Nine Muses Poetry has nominated my poem Tuesday Afternoon at Magpie’s Grill  for Best of the Net 2019.



Luanne Castle’s short memoir, “The Secret Kotex Club,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Longridge Review in November 2018

Follow this link to a list of other nominees and a link to “The Secret Kotex Club”:

Our 2018 Pushcart Prize Nominees




Luanne Castle Kin Types Eric Hoffer Award Finalist 2018

Kin Types is named a 2018 Eric Hoffer Award Finalist

Read the announcement at http://www.HofferAward.com/.


The book trailer for KIN TYPES is out:


Preorder Luanne Castle's Kin Types

Luanne’s chapbook Kin Types is now available for pre-order at Finishing Line Press. 


The Doll Collection

Check out the beautiful new poetry anthology The Doll Collection, edited by Diane Lockward and published by Terrapin Press. See Luanne’s poem “Marriage Doll” alongside poems written by many other poets that include Chana Bloch, Alice Friman, Lee Upton, Kelly Cherry, and Jeffrey Harrison.


For the month of September 2015, Luanne is participating in the Tupelo Press 30/30 Project, a fundraising project. She has committed to writing 30 poems in 30 days. Check out the daily contributions of Luanne and other poets here.