Poetry Month Continues

Nearly halfway through April- poetry Month- and StarkLight Press would like to congratulate all of our marathoners on their stirring and thought-provoking poems! Thanks to everyone who applied to enter our writer’s circle for the contest, and congratulations to those who have engaged on our poem-a-day endeavor.

Our poets for our marathon will have their work published in our upcoming Poetry Month anthology… which of course will be coming out after May begins 🙂

We encourage everyone to try to write one poem at least for April, and to try to expand your poetic comfort zone with this (inexhaustive) list of poetry styles from around the world, thanks to Wikipedia:



Time for a Little Ordo ab Chao-

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With the tumultuous climate in the world, it occurs to us that there’s no time better to announce a poetry anthology!

Since April is approaching, and spring along with it, we hope to compile a poetry anthology in the interval, and provide some beauty, liberty and elegance of phrase to the melee.

We are including long and short poetic works on any subject, provided the content is of aPG-13 sort of calibre, and free from choleric discourse, please.

Meter is open-ended; we encourage exploration into a variety of poetic styles beyond the standard, 21st Century styles.

We have sixteen contributors’ spots available, with up to three contributions each.

Those poets selected for inclusion in our poetry anthology will be promoted through StarkLight Press and its social media and print media networks. Interviews with our poets will be included as part of our online promotion of this work.


To that end, here are some links to some great lists of poetic styles:




Don’t break your brain with these entrancing poetic styles- heart before style any day!

Please send queries or submissions to starklightdesk@gmail.com, along with a brief bio and/or links to your websites.

Our submission call ends May 15, 2019, or when our sixteen slots are filled. However, poetic submissions will also be considered for our subsequent anthologies, as well as slots in our StarkLight Short Story series.


Tony Stark,

Publisher and CEO,

StarkLight Press.



A Touching Poetry Anthology

StarkLight Press is pleased to announce its latest poetry collection by Canadian author Lucie Guerre. This beautiful anthology of poetry and photography celebrates life, love, family and togetherness in the modern world.

Look for Lucie Guerre’s Soulstice, in February, 2017, just in time for Valentine’s Day! Tune in here later this month for exclusive interviews with the poet herself as she talks about her journey and her work.

In the meantime, you can find Lucie as an author on Facebook at The Writings and Musings of Lucie Guerre.






Poetry Marathon Awards Arrived!

The arrival of our award statuettes for the intrepid poets who completed our marathon in August had to be shared today!

14614298_301308913584520_641074357_oOur poets will soon be receiving a beautiful, 6″ gold statue for their completion of StarkLight Press’s 24 hour Poetry Marathon! Those poets who completed the half marathon of 12 poems will receive the white and silver statuettes, for twelve poems in as many hours is no small feat, either!

All of our poets submitted their works to the anthology celebrating this marathon, which was completed this past August. From the Depths, a StarkLight Poetry Anthology, hits shelves across B.C. later this week, and is released internationally next Thursday. Look for your copy of this beautiful, touching and riveting anthology of poems online today, however, in e-book and print here:


Our StarkLight Bookstore will shortly be updated with our new title, and we will be sure to post pictures of the poets with their shiny star trophies in the next month!


Congratulations again to all the poets who contributed to our 24 hour Poetry Marathon!

If you would like to reserve your space for next year’s marathon, to take place in August, email us at starklightdesk@gmail.com today.


StarkLight Press Bookstore

Peruse through our available titles here, order yourself a copy of your favorite books today!

Starklight Volume 2– featuring fiction from L.E. Caine, Will Norton, Jeren Nethers, Virginia Carraway Stark, Nicholas Vincenzi and Tony Stark. This anthology touches on everything from aliens in the oil patch to demon children, planetary destruction to zombie apocalypse. Nice, light reading 😉

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StarkLight Volume 3- this anthology features stories about forbidden historical romance, interplanetary vacations gone awry, possessed objects, Katrina Calvera and haunted hotels. This volume includes a short story from The Program at Green Hill, where psychics and other remarkable people find themselves working for the Navy.  http://www.theprogramatgreenhill.wordpress.com

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Dalton’s Daughter- The official autobiography of Lt. Sasha Wheaton, GAF Medical Officer to Detach Detachment. Follow the salacious, exciting, scandalous career of the Galaxy’s favorite soldier as she moves from resource planet to one of the most influential women in the Galactic Association of Globes and Asteroids. (Adult content advisory)

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Tales from Space Volume 1- This highly addictive, thought-provoking volume provides backstory to the incredibly engaging GAF Mainframe Universe. Read the events behind important references in the GAF Universe, including the Legend of the Bluestone Maenad, Verily Wrought’s kidnapping, the foundation of the Grater Love Cult, Buxbie’s Better Bees and more!

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A Letter to Canada’s New Prime Minister


StarkLight Press would like to congratulate Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party of Canada on their success in our Federal Election. The change in guard instigated by yesterday’s results brings forth reflections on what it is to be a leader of Canada and what our nation requires at this pivotal point in its history. As such, I have organized my thoughts into a letter for our next PM, with what humble advisements I would wish him to hear.


Mr. Trudeau,

The running of a nation is a delicate and sensitive procedure. Its closest analogy would seem to me to be the raising of a child. It is often chaotic, utterly exhausting and one of the most rewarding pursuits given us.

When raising a child, there are moments as a parent when the world seems to contract and its edges crispen. There is only you and your child, who soaks up every word, every movement, every nuance you provide- or don’t provide- for their development.

At such times, a parent must acknowledge with humility that they have been given the incredible right to form another being’s nature… and thus affect the entirety of the future.

Inside these moments, a parent knows he must tread carefully, speak gently, do less, allow the child to provide the parameters. The parent then deftly provides the answers, security and situations for the child to succeed on their own. Be it coming to new comprehension, accomplishing a new task or deciding for themselves what comes next, these moments are the delicate ones that form the child’s being for the rest of its life.

It seems to me that the running of a nation such as Canada is a series of these quiet, intimate, formative moments. We are less the brash and bombastic child, less the child who needs a firm hand and more the child who has a quick mind and wisdom beyond its years.

Perhaps it is because Canada is still a young country, formed in an age when humanity was finally outgrowing the simple, brash signifiers of the toddler. We were forged as humanity began to understand itself as an aware being in a complex and gigantic world.

Perhaps it is because we as a nation are retiring, self-sufficient, competent souls who enjoy being in Canada more than we enjoy doing in, or at, Canada. In either case, we are very similar to that quiet, thoughtful, ever-growing, ever-maturing child.

The majority of we Canadians are too smart to be mindlessly swept up in the bold headlines and shock reporting that sways the hearts of citizens elsewhere in the world. We are aware and capable of coming to complex decisions under our own power. We do not require the stern discipline of House Rules for its own sake, or the bluster of threat and coercion.

Which brings us back to those delicate moments in parenting when one realizes that their child is no longer strictly in need of boundaries and protection, but is a being in its own right who can discuss matters and come to reasonable conclusions. It is a difficult time for a parent. The urge to bluster through with authoritarism is still close at hand. It is an attractive proposition not just because it is easier than accomodating- it also in theory protects the child more than allowing them to make their own decisions. It is a difficult time for a parent because, by including the child’s views into family decisions, the parent must admit that their child is a being separate from themselves.

From what we have seen on the world stage in recent years, it is an easy mistake for leaders to make, this refusal of the fact their peoples are beings with wishes and desires separate from those in power. In many cases, those wishes are not so very different from the way the leaders would run things, if they could. In some cases, the differences are staggering. Accepting this individuality is the hardest part of good parenting. It would seem to be the most elusive quality in running a country, as well.

I think it would be one of the most challenging purusits, running a nation.

The role of Head of State contains within itself a grand array of those most delicate, most humbling aspects of parenting. A parent must only make a few hard choices for their child, yet for a nation hard decisions are frequent and their consequences massive. Running a nation also impacts the world stage in ways that stagger the sensibilities of the common man. Certainly, these qualities inherent in running nations are rivalled only by the intense potential that is molded by the parent of a growing child.

I would ask, therefore, Mr. Trudeau, that you treat this nation as you would your own child.

Remember where you came from, the good and the bad of your parents and grandparents. Be ever conscious of this and try to instill the best of your family line into your nation. Be unafraid to acknowledge the shadows in the past, for being honest with your children about those dark spots can lead to the greatest growth and understanding.

Remember, especially as the bluster and tumult of the world political stage begins to buffet you, that your nation is an entity of its own, separate from you and separate from the others. It is a nation of well-considered, remarkably mature thinkers who value the harmony of the family and the harmony of the nation before blind wealth or military might. Value your nation’s individuality in the face of those who would want it to look more like themselves, and less like Canada.

Remember most of all, that as a nation, we stood up in great numbers to quietly and respectfully ask for a brighter future. A nation that will do that without violence, without strife, without hyperbole, is that child of uncommon maturity. If there is a difficult decision, if there is a sudden setback, have the humility and trust to speak to us, knowing we have the awareness to calmly and earnestly speak back.

These steps you take now are formidable. You have much to overcome, much to prove and much to accomplish. Every parent does.

Know that you do not take these steps alone. We take them with you, little by little, ginger and watchful, each of us hoping the other will rise to the occasion and allow the blossoming of something great, together.


Tony Stark,

President and CEO,

StarkLight Press.

In My Mind’s Eye- A Poetry Anthology


Here’s the fetching front cover to the first poetry anthology from StarkLight Press!

Inside, you can find beautiful poetry by participants in the online 24 hr. Poetry Marathon and top-notch writers from around the world. Featuring the fruits of more than a year’s poetic efforts, this beautiful anthology will be available the end of October, 2015.

Authors include:

Doris Ray (British Columbia historian)

Laura Callender (President, CW Press)

Monica McCawley

Liane Carter

Virginia Carraway Stark

Jason Pere

Meg Dunn

Jenn Spaulding

Jen M. Duell

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and more!

Check back at starklightpress.com for pre-order links for ebook and print versions!

Tony Stark,

President and CEO,

StarkLight Press.

In My Mind’s Eye- A Poetry Anthology

StarkLight Press is pleased to announce the upcoming release of its first poetry anthology, entitled In My Mind’s Eye.


This anthology features poetry from online writers’ groups chaired by Virginia Carraway Stark as well as a selection of poems from participants in the 24 Hour Poetry Marathon 2015.

Collected and compiled by StarkLight Press, this anthology will be available in perfect-bound and e copies November 1.

Featuring authors Ingrid Exner, Laura Callender, Virginia Carraway Stark, Monica McCawley, Hank Porter, Roxann Harvey, Jenn Spaulding, Jen M. Duell and more.

You can order your advance copies through StarkLight Press today!

– Tony Stark,

Publisher and CEO,

StarkLight Press

Poetry Marathon Anthology

StarkLight Press is pleased to publish a collection of poems from the intrepid, dedicated poets who took part in the 2015 24 Hour Poetry Marathon.

Several of the many participants have had their inspiring and impacting poems selected for the StarkLight Press Poetry Marathon Anthology. Read the creativity brought forth by an entire day of hourly poetry crafting and celebrate poetry on a deadline!

We are pleased to offer the Poetry Marathon Anthology in ebook and print format, available soon from StarkLight Press- The Center of the Media Galaxy.

– Tony Stark,

Publisher and CEO,

StarkLight Press.