Open Heart Farming 2017 – Call for submissions!

Mary Ellen Sullivan holding painting by Open Heart Farming poet Scot Jamieson
Fall in love with the poetry of the land! ~ Mary Ellen Sullivan

I’d like to invite you to participate in my little poetry project, Open Heart Farming  – food and farming themed poetry by residents of Nova Scotia. This year we’ll be publishing the sixth annual issue of Open Heart Farming. I’ll be sharing tales about Open Heart Farming in future posts.

Open Heart Farming Poetry 2017: Call For Submissions.

Fall in love with the poetry of the land! Residents of Nova Scotia are invited to submit original poems, verses, or rhymes about farming or food for the sixth annual issue of Open Heart Farming.

Guidelines: We ask that poems not exceed 28 lines long (not including title and your byline) and 43 letters wide. This is due to the formatting of the issue and allows us to publish approximately 20 poems. We can sometimes include slightly larger poems and love little ones like haiku.  Visit  to see previous issues and learn more about Open Heart Farming poetry.

Please include one or two paragraphs about yourself, your relationship to farming and/or food, what inspired your poem, and where you live in Nova Scotia.  Submit up to three poems to

Visit  to see previous issues and learn more about Open Heart Farming poetry.

Deadline for submissionsApril 30, 2017.


Literary treats at Atlantic News, Halifax, NS







Triple sweet treat spotted at Atlantic News. Treat your sweetie this Valentine’s Day to a free copy of Open Heart Forgery and Open Heart Farming poetry, or a creatively-priced copy of my My Farm Whispers poetry chapbooks. Three publications and a store with heart ❤️ !

You can savour issues of Open Heart Forgery and Open Heart Farming at and







Check out Atlantic News at

PS This is a little promo of these three publications that are dear to my heart. Stay tuned for more tales!

About Me

Hi I’m Mary Ellen Sullivan and I am excited to set up my first Word Press blog. Hope you’ll enjoy traveling with me as I figure this out.

I’ve been writing poetry since I was a pip-squeak. I write a lot about growing up on my childhood farm, food and farming issues, and just about everything. Lately I’ve been writing more prose and a couple of articles. I plan to share them to you in later posts.

I’ll be telling you about a little poetry project I started called Open Heart Farming. For the past 5 years I’ve put together an annual issue of Open Heart Farming poetry. The poems are by Nova Scotian poets on the themes of food and farming. And fun! Visit the issues and explore Open Heart Farming at

I’ve also independently published a collection of my poems, My Farm Whispers, designed by my daughter Evelyn Stewart.

Now to get a little serious, here’s a more formal literary bio:

Mary Ellen Sullivan grew up on a farm outside Guelph, Ontario and now lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Much of her writing is inspired by her love for her childhood farm.  Her poetry and prose has been published in the Ecology Action Centre’s newsletter Ecology and Action, Understorey Magazine, Rural Delivery Magazine, Rhubarb, the anthology In the Company of Animals: Stories of Extraordinary Encounters, Canadian Jesuits International Mission News and a poetry chapbook, My Farm Whispers. She won the 2012 Elora Writers Festival for poetry and the 2014 Atlantic Writers Competition for poetry.

Mary Ellen is the proud poetry harvester for Open Heart Farming Poetry, an annual collection of farm and food-centric poems by Nova Scotia poets, and writes the Open Heart Farming blog.  

My short story, “Raising Nellie”, was published in In the Company of Animals.

Looking forward to chatting with you.