Canopic News 

July 20, 2017

Running Late,” a poem by Featured Voice Robert E. Wood (May 2016), is the latest addition to Canopic Jar’s Film Suite.


July 19, 2017

Canopic Publishing is pleased to announce that we are currently at work on the publication of a memoir by singer/musician/songwriter Mick Lee​ (working title: Adventures of an Undiscovered Dinosaur). There is no set date as yet, but we expect to have books in hand by early 2018.

Besides his established talents as a musician, Mick is–like all Canopic authors–a gifted storyteller, and having spent his early adulthood as a professional musician in the UK from the late 1960s through the mid-1980s, he has a backlog of interesting stories.

Mick was introduced to the British music scene by Graham Bond, one of the founding fathers of the British Blues Boom and the man who introduced the world to, among many other things, the rhythm section of Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker. From there Mick’s network grew, and he had the great fortune of playing with some of the most talented musicians of the era–some famous, some not so much. His memoir pays homage to these artists and their art. And, while the memoir provides a good dose of entertainment along the way, the focus is indeed on the music. We wouldn’t have it any other way–and neither would Mick.

We’ll be sharing more from Mick Lee very soon.


May 19, 2017

Britny Cordera’s “Ode to the Desert” joins Canopic Jar’s Generation Suite!


May 12, 2017

Jim Pascual Agustin joins The Canopic Jar Featured Voices. Jim writes and translates in Filipino and English. He grew up in Manila, the Philippines, during the reign of the late dictator, Ferdinand Marcos, and moved to South Africa in 1994. His poetry covers an interesting patch of ground and is well worth the journey.


May 6, 2017

Pleased to have “Praise the Grandmothers” by Todd Robinson join Canopic Jar Suite: Generation.


April 29, 2017

River City Ebb & Flow: Dr. Jas. O’Phelan’s Stories from the Wicker Basket under this Fragile Balloon by Jim Biedenharn (Canopic Publishing 2017) is now available. We’re very proud of the collection of stories. Jim’s history with Canopic Jar stretches back to 1987 when his story “Sunbelt” (which would be called ‘flash fiction’ today) appeared in Canopic Jar #3. As the promo line states, In many ways this little collection of stories just may identify Jim Biedenharn as one of the last genuine voices of Southern Literature. 


April 23, 2017

Canopic Jar is extremely pleased to announce poet Gene Kimmet as the latest Featured Voice. While searching for an apt description of Mr. Kimmet’s work, the word “complete” kept popping into my mind. And that’s it. He is a complete poet. Artist, craftsman, performer, scholar–he covers it all and does it all extremely well. Suffice it to say that if I had to pick a starting poet for the seventh game of the world series from among all the many talents who have graced Canopic Jar these past 31 years, I’d hand the quill to Gene.

As a bonus, we were able to stop by his apartment in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin and film him give a private reading of the Feature Voice selections.  –PR


April 08, 2017

William Cowper (1731 – 1800), an 18th Century poet for whom in 1763 the prospect of an examination for a job in the House of Lords caused a mental breakdown and an attempted suicide, is now featured on the Canopic Jar Sharing Page. We are pleased to share his poem “The Retired Cat” in honor of one of Canopic’s greatest influences, the late Dr. Mister Bill Wolfe, without whom our view of the world would be considerably more narrow (narrower?).


March 21, 2017

The Nothing,” Canopic editor Phil Rice’s recent addition to Writings from the Porch, is posted today in honor of his dad and dedicated to his son. We hope readers enjoy the little vignette.


February 28, 2017

Harry Owen joins the list of Canopic Jar Featured Voices with a selection of finely-crafted poems. Very pleased to have Harry’s work grace our journal.


February 11, 2017

The talented Dawn Promislow has enlivened the Canopic Jar Presidential Suite with her poem The red barn.


February 02, 2017

Visual artist Jason Heuser takes the Canopic Jar Presidential Suite down a new path with “Reloaded: Presidential Portraits.” Heuser’s talent and vision for detail takes the portrait concept into some creative directions.


January 27, 2017

Poet Neil Silberblatt returns to Canopic Jar with “Licking for Bobby,” an excellent addition to the Presidential Suite.


January 23, 2017

Pleased to add “Riding the Rails” by poet Beth Gordon to the Canopic Jar Suite: On the Train.


January 22, 2017

A new link, “Writings from the Porch,” has been added to the Phil Rice author page ( “Writings from the Porch” is basically Phil’s blog, but he doesn’t want to call it that (#coolkidsyndrome). The best part of his blog so far is the use of Sarah Hasty Williams’ painting.


January 17, 2017

Two new poems have been freshly added to the Canopic Jar Presidential Suite: “An American Tale” by Athol Williams and “Poem for an inauguration” by our own Rethabile Masilo. We look forward to receiving many more submission to the intriguing suite.



January 7, 2017

Rethabile Masilo, author of Letter to Country (Canopic 2016) and co-editor of Canopic Jar, has been awarded the prestigious 2016 Glenna Luschei Prize for Waslap (The Onslaught Press, 2015).
Congratulations Rethabile!

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Canopic Jar is an arts journal dedicated to the simple idea of keeping the creative energy flowing in and out. The first Jar appeared in 1986 as a tiny print mag of drawings and poems. Since that modest beginning in print, there have been live shows, a studio recording, an old-fashion VHS movie, and a softcover book—among other ventures. In 1999 the first online Jar was posted. We have since sought to carve our own little digital niche while continuing to nourish and pursue physical expressions as they are presented. Our goal is to, above all else, lead with the art.

Currently our primary online forums are the Featured Voices and the Suites. The Featured Voices are artists showcased by a selection of writings, visual art, audio, or any other genre that applies. The artists are selected by the Canopic Jar editors, but we gladly accept suggestions.

The Canopic Jar Suites are theme-based collections of poetry and other artistic renderings. The themes are open to liberal and organic interpretation — wherever the artist takes them or they take the artist. We post contributions as they are accepted by the editors, so the suites are built gradually and shared as they are progressing.

Suite submission guidelines: Please send submissions or inquiries to with “Canopic Jar Suite” in the subject line.  Writing can be within the email or in an attachment (Word doc preferred). If you have any questions, please send us a note.

For our book publishing imprint, please visit Canopic Publishing.

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