A collage of the images featured in the winter newsletter, including: the AP logo carved in stone, a photo collage of farm animals, a photo collage of Victorian tennis players, bubbling soap, and a cheeseburger, and a photo of our founding editor Leona with her Mantis Q40 Braille display.

Smell Menagerie: ‘Aromatica Poetica’ Winter Newsletter

The AP Winter Newsletter features: Open submissions, talks and travel, exploring barnyards by nose, chocolates by touch, a soap/burgers story, and more…

Dear friends and family,

The new year always launches me into a gratifying state of cautious optimism. Thanks to a small burst of speaking invitations, I’m looking forward to connecting with some of you in person over the next few months, beginning on March 2 with a multi-media storytelling event called “Turn Me into Gold” at Saint Joseph’s Arts Society in San Francisco. It’ll be my first performance in my hometown—at least since grade school! Speaking of grade school, I was honored to be profiled in the latest issue of Burke’s Magazine, and am excited to connect with fellow alums here in NYC on January 30—register HERE. Later in March I’ll travel to Greenville, and  in April to Kalamazoo and Los Angeles, where I’ll be discussing There Plant Eyes at the Braille Institute with the incomparable Maggie Nelson!

In Aromatica Poetica news, we’re open for submissions through March—send us your fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art. We are pleased to be working with a wonderful new submissions platform called Stack Submissions. Register and submit HERE. It’s free for writers to sign up and use, and extremely affordable for publishers. They’ve been wonderfully receptive to all my accessibility requests, but please let me know if you run into any difficulties. We look forward to reading your work!

A Whirl of Writing

Sitting on a wood Victorian table in the foreground are a Greenish gritty pumice soap bar soaping up with suds, and a cheeseburger also engulfed by suds. In the background, a black and white photograph of four Victorian lady tennis players in white dresses and hats with black ties and holding tennis rackets in different positions.

💮 “Flight of Barn” * Nonfiction * Rebecca Blaevoet

💮 Spirit Becomes Concrete: Mandy Aftel’s Jasmine Grandiflorum Concrete * Leona Godin

💮 Feel the Deliciousness: The Purdys Braille Chocolate Box * Review by Kerry Kijewski

💮 “Soaping Up” * Fiction * Mike Lewis-Beck

💮 “Ayahuasca” & Other Poems by Robert Beveridge

💮 “Smelling and Tasting, Again for the First Time” * Personal Essay * Thelma Fayle

💮 “An Imperfect Cook” and Other Poems by Kashiana Singh

Late 2022 Roundup

I'm sitting in the Louisville airport wearing my black suit dress and tall boots and sunglasses, holding up my slick new Mantis in its matching black case with a big "I'm a lucky girl" smile!

These past few months have been full of talks and travel. I wrapped up my first-ever designed course at NYU, “Blindness and Insight from King Lear to Jane Eyre,” and flew to Louisville for the Hidden Legacies of Helen Keller Symposium, then returned a few weeks later for the American Printing House for the Blind’s Annual Conference, where I was surprised with the gift of a Mantis Q40, which is turning out to be one of the coolest pieces of tech I’ve encountered in a long time—thank you APH!

Finally, I was delighted to talk blind pride, blind culture, and There Plant Eyes on The Pulse (an AMI podcast), and FS Cast (a podcast from the makers of JAWS, my screenreader).

Wishing you strength in all your resolutions to stop and smell the roses!

M. Leona Godin & Aromatica Poetica

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A panoramic view of Rebecca’s farm with photos of some of the barn animals—geese, a rabbit, Lady the cow, and a baby goat—overlayed with transparency so you can see the lush green land behind.

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