Illya's Honey
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Illya's Honey - The literary journal of the Dallas Poets Community


Statement of Purpose

We believe that poetry is not a casual endeavor, but rather a noble vocation through which we can achieve redemption and transcendence. We attempt to provide a setting in which writers, in a gathering of their peers, can create their best poetry and share information on issues of craft, content, and venues for recognition.

Illya’s Honey is proud to announce the recent publication of Editor Ann Howells’ book, Under a Lone Star, from Village Books Press. In this collection of short poems, Howells takes us on a journey through small towns, major cities, across west Texas, along the coast, and through the piney woods, noting in each location an observation, geographical, historical, or metaphysical, that makes that place unique. Each poem, of exactly fifty-five words, is illustrated with a line drawing by Dallas artist, J. Darrell Kirkley. The book is available on

“Every single one of these small wonders has a tonal warmth that produces a crystal clear snapshot of her perceptions. Susan Mitchell says, ‘The world is wily and doesn’t want to be caught.’ Howells has done what all writers want to do: She has not only caught her world, she has found the essence of it and has rendered it into words.”

Dorothy Alexander
Poet, publisher, storyteller

DPC has been holding its twice monthly workshop continuously for twenty years, though the location has changed several times. Currently, workshops are held the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, 7:00 pm at the main Half Price Books on N.W. Highway. Poets need not join the organization to attend. Each participant should bring ten copies of one original poem, and poets of all levels are welcome. DPC has also been holding its First Friday Open Mic (at 7:00 at the main Half Price, on the first Friday of every month) for ten years. A featured poet reads for approximately twenty minutes, then the mic is opened to anyone who signs up (three poems or five minutes, whichever comes first).

The Dallas Poets Community website is . Information on events and contests, photos, and member profiles can be found here.

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Summer 2017

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Editor’s Notes

Hello! Welcome to the Summer 2017 issue of Illya’s Honey. Is summer the most magical season? Well, William Shakespeare didn’t title one of his most fanciful plays A Mid-Autumn Night’s Dream, did he? No, for many of us summer conjures an array of intoxicating sights, sounds, and scents: languid sunsets, buzzing cicadas, along with crickets, grasshoppers, and frogs; colorful fireworks, stars and stripes, fragrant magnolias, and more. More time to play, to roam. I hope to have captured all that wonder within this issue. Not literally, of course, but in the sense of word play, imagery, rhythm, and emotion. Poets process the world--its feelings, changes, and textures--in moments, and that is what I most look for in a poem, the singular clarity of a moment made manifest in the sparseness of words. I hope you enjoy this issue. My friend Vic Rodriguez contributed the stunning featured image which perfectly captures the season at its most alluring.
Melanie Pruit

Enjoy the issue!

Melanie Pruit, Co-Editor, Illya's Honey

Lily Pad by Vic Rodriguez

We are accepting submissions for our Fall 2017 issue.
Previous Issues
Fall 2013 Winter 2013 Spring 2014 Summer 2014
Fall 2014 Winter 2015 Spring 2015 Summer 2015
Fall 2015 Winter 2016 Spring 2016 Summer 2016
Fall 2016 Winter 2017 Spring 2017

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