Illya's Honey
Our Legacy
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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Fall 2017

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Editor’s Notes

Here we are again, recovering from a long, overheated summer, settling into the cooler days of autumn. A number of changes have occurred here at Illya's Honey and at Dallas Poets Community. Illya's Honey has lost its publisher; Bob is moving on. We plan to go on hiatus for six months while we ponder our future. Archives, for the time being, will remain where they are. At some time in the future they will be moved to our new site. Look for an announcement on Dallas Poets Community's website, which is also undergoing a revamping, or on our Facebook page. Dallas Poets Community, itself, is also going in a new direction. However, we will be continuing our bi-monthly workshops (which are open to the public), our outreach into the schools, and our First Friday Reading series which brings in poets from around Texas and beyond. Our November reading will feature writer/poet/publisher/speaker/lawyer/municipal judge Dorothy Alexander, and our January reading will feature Dr. Christopher Manes whose readings we have enjoyed before. An open mic follows all of our readings. As always, we will be closed for December.

Now, let's focus on this issue of Illya's Honey, which has some outstanding work by former Poets Laureate of Texas (Larry D. Thomas) and Oklahoma (Carol Hamilton), work by poets from as far from Texas as Wales (Robert Nisbet and Byron Beynon) and Australia (Martin Christmas), and a plethora of exciting new work from poets new to our magazine and poets whom we consider old friends. One newcomer is Mikey Carlie whom I met at a WordFest workshop in Waco. I was so impressed by his facility with words -- poetry produced in a matter of minutes -- that I invited him to submit, and he did. This is his first poetry publication. I also have work by Travis Blair, who recently spent three months in Mexico writing and people watching, and by Mark Jodon whom I met at the Georgetown Poetry Festival. Again, I was impressed by his writing and invited him to submit. I also bought a copy of his book: Day of the Speckled Trout, which I am currently enjoying. Steve Klepetar, Michael Keshigian, Russell Rowland, Loretta Diane Walker, and many of your favorites and mine also have work in this issue. So pour a glass of your favorite beverage, prop up your feet, and allow yourself to become immersed in poetry!

Ann Howells

Fruited Vines by D. Marie Potter

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
Winter 2017 Spring 2017 Summer 2016

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