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History of The Camel Saloon

Proverbs

With the right companions, no camel route is long. (Turkish)

The barking of a dog does not disturb the rider on the camel. (Egyptian)

If you love, adore the moon; if you rob, steal a camel. (Egyptian)

If you want to keep camels, you need a big door. (Afghan)

The camel and its driver each has his own plan. (African)

When the shooting starts, grab your camel and head for the mountains. (Bedouin)

2014

September 


September 14 Photography exhibition 20/20:  Stephanie D. Rogers Eye on West Texas opens.

August

August 31  The month concludes with a record 8.843 page views, some of them no doubt representing human visitors.

August 31  The Second Hump, Volume V, Number Four, is published with works by six authors.

August 17 Photography exhibition 20/20:  G. Tod Slone Eye on Newfoundland and Labrador opens. 

August 17 Amit Parmessur's The Dodo's Gone to Sleep is the Saloon's 3,000th post,

August 2  Nominations for Sundress Publications Best of the Net are submitted. Selected works are:

1492 by Will Monigold
http://thecamelsaloon.blogspot.com/2013/11/1492.html

Be Some Sugar ! Baby by Narendra Kumar Arya
http://thecamelsaloon.blogspot.com/2013/12/be-some-sugar-baby.html

How Beer Was Discovered:  The True Mythology  by Michael H. Brownstein
http://thecamelsaloon.blogspot.com/2013/09/how-beer-was-discovered-true-mythology.html

Life in a Word by Patricia Williams
http://thecamelsaloon.blogspot.com/2014/01/life-in-word.html

Lore by Miranda Stone
http://thecamelsaloon.blogspot.com/2013/08/lore.html

What the Schools Teach by Vanessa Raney
http://thecamelsaloon.blogspot.com/2014/05/what-schools-teach.html

August 2  The Second Hump, Volume V, Number Three, is published with works by nine authors.

July

July 2 Special Eye of the Needle issue published, Vortice, number six in the series.

June

June 29   The Second Hump, Volume V, Number Two, is published with works by six authors.

June 3   The Second Hump, Volume V, Number One, is published with works by two authors.

May 

May 2   The Second Hump, Volume IV, Number Twelve, is published with works by two authors.

April

April 5   The Second Hump, Volume IV, Number Eleven, is published with works by two authors.

March

March 9  The Second Hump, Volume IV, Number Ten, is published with works by two authors.

February

February 27 The Saloon passes 200,000 page views.

February 2 The Second Hump, Volume IV, Number Nine, is published with works by two authors.

January

January 26 The Books on Blog series continues with Number 44, Less Than A Man, by Linda M. Crate; and Number 45, Alphabet Wars, by Michael Cluff.

January 17  The Saloon wins the 2013 Preditors & Editors Readers Poll award for poetry ezines.

January 8 The Second Hump, Volume IV, Number Eight, is published with works by four authors.

2013

December

December 31 The joint clocks out of August with a record 7,514 page views.  Again, special thanks to the vampires, spiders and robots for all their contributions to the count.

December 15  Photography exhibition 20/20: Amy Soricelli's Eye on New York City opens.

December 8 The Second Hump, Volume IV, Number Seven, is published with works by four authors.

November

November 10 The Second Hump, Volume IV, Number Six, is published with works by four authors.

October

October 20 The Second Hump, Volume IV, Number Five, is published with works by four authors.

September

September 7 The Second Hump, Volume IV, Number Four, is published with works by four authors.

August

August 31 The joint clocks out of August with a record 7,195 page views.  A very special thanks to the vampires, spiders and robots for all their contributions to the count.

August 17 The Second Hump, Volume IV, Number Three, is published with works by four authors.

July

July 13  The Second Hump, Volume IV, Number Two,is published with works by two authors.

July 13  Nominations in poetry for The Best of the Net are submitted to Sundress Publications:

A CLAN OF FIVE AND A HALF MEN by Ayeni Tolulope 

Apollo's Gift by Michael H. Brownstein 

bombs go off everywhere. i am tired by Amy Soricelli 

Folk Remedies for Blue Throat by Tracy Koretsky 

Night Town Eden by David Mac

Science Experiment by Kait McIntyre 
http://thecamelsaloon.blogspot.com/2012/09/science-experiment.html

July 13 Nominations from The Bactrian Room for the Tenth Million Writers Award for short stories published online during 2012 are:


June

June 5  The Second Hump, Volume IV, Number One,is published with works by sixauthors.

May

May 10 The Second Hump, Volume III, Number Twelve, concludes with works by six authors. 

May 3 The Saloon celebrates the third anniversary of its founding.

April

April 5 Photography exhibition 20/20 Lauren TIvey's Eye on Bolivia opens at the Saloon.

April 4  The Second Hump, Volume III, Number Eleven, is published with works by four authors.  

March

March 12 Camel Saloon granted ISSN by the Library of Congress.

February

February 27 The Second Hump, Volume III, Number Ten, is published with works by four authors.  

February 2 The Second Hump, Volume III, Number Nine, is published with works by four authors.  

January 

January 31 The Saloon sets a new record with 6,736 page views for the month.

January 26 Eye of the Needle Issue Number 5 is issued, All India Festival in celebration of Republic Day, with works of poetry, photography and art by twenty contributors.

January 7 A special edition of Books on Blog is issued, The Men of Autumn, Women of Fall, by Leah Angstman of Propaganda Press.  It is numbered 42 in the series.

2012

December

December 30 The Second Hump, Volume III, Number Eight, is published with works by six authors.  

December 15  Scheduled series of Books on Blog concludes with issues Nos 38-41:

Number 38, Postcards from Italy by Bryan Murphy
Number 39, Audition for Hell:  A Collection of Poems by A.J. Huffman
Number 40, Staying Awake with Shiva by Jagannath Rao Adukuri
Number 41, A Bird’s Life by Stan Galloway

December 6  The Second Hump, Volume III, Number Seven, is issued with works by six writers.


November

November 11 Saloon reaches 100 followers.

November 8 Saloon reaches Google Page Rank 4.

November 4  Nominations for the Pushcart Prize are made:

A Clan of Five and a Half Men by Ayeni Tolulope 
http://thecamelsaloon.blogspot.com/2012/08/a-clan-of-five-and-half-men.html

A Shayira of Sorts by A.V. Koshy

http://thecamelsaloon.blogspot.com/2012/10/a-shayira-of-sorts.html

Apollo’s Gift by Michael H. Brownstein 

http://thecamelsaloon.blogspot.com/2012/10/apollos-gift.html


November 4 The Books on Blog series continues with Number 36, Working Stiff, by Mike Berger; and Number 37 The Indispensible Guide to Unearthly Practices, by Austin McCarron,

November 3 The Second Hump, Volume III, Number Six, is issued with works by four writers.

October

October 11  Saloon reaches 100,000 page views.

October 7 The Books on Blog series continues with Number 34, Pointman Cometh, by David S.Pointer; and Number 35 Firestorm:  A Rendering of Torah, by Michael S. Brownstein,

September  

September 30 The Second Hump, Volume III, Number Five, is issued with works by four writers.

September 9 The Books on Blog series continues with Number 32, The Day the Looking Glass Shattered by Ben Rasnic, and Number 33, In Stereo:  Thirteen Sonnets and Some Fire Music, by Thomas Zimmerman.

September 2 The Second Hump, Volume III, Number Four, is issued with works by four writers.

August

August 10  The Books on Blog series continues with Number 30, Supernal Factors, by KJ Hannah Greenberg, and Number 31, Last Call, by James Babbs.

August 4 The Second Hump, Volume III, Number Three, is issued with works by eight writers.

July

July 31 The Saloon registers a record 5,669 page views for the month.

July 14  The Saloon storms the Bastille with works by 11 writers.

July 8  The Books on Blog series continues with Number 28, Hear Time Echo by Byron Beynon, and Number 29, Years of Gold Philosophy, by A.J. Kaufmann.

July 8  Nominations in fiction from The Bactrian Room are submitted to Sundress for The Best of the Net:

Title:  Cunjure
Author:  Tammy T. Stone
URL:  nbsp;
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Title:  Hiding from Wolves
Author:  Rachel J. Fenton
URL:<;">   
http://bactrianroom.blogspot.com/2011/12/rachel-j-fenton-hiding-from-wolves.html

July 1  The Second Hump, Volume III, Number Two, is issued with works by eight writers.

July 1  Nominations in fiction, non-fiction and poetry are submitted to Sundress for The Best of the Net:


NON-FICTION

Title:  Meeting Dad Again
Author:  Donal Mahoney

Title:  Escobilla 2
Author:  Claudia Rey

FICTION

Title:  The Short Story
Author:  Brittany Fonte

Title:  Watchingstoned, T.V.
Author:  John Pursch

POETRY

Title:   Goodbye, So Long, and Farewell
Author:   Danica Green

Title:   Sweet Love
Author:   Nazra Emamdee

Title:   Icarus
Author:   Marc Carver

Title:   Knock.  Knock.
Author:   Peter Franklin

Title:   Reptilian Mind
Author:   Wayne Lee

Title:   Halfway to Naked
Author:   KJ Hannah Greenberg

June

June 15  The Friday Night Six Pack offers a full set of brews by Ed Werstein.

June 12  The Second Hump, Volume III, opens with works by six writers.

June 10  The Books on Blog series continues with Number 26, Manga Girls Need Love! by Kyle Hemmings, and Number 27, In the Year of Everything Dying, by John Grochalski.

May

The Book on Blog series continues with Number 24, Stronger than Dirt, By Dennis Mahagin, and Number 25, This Way to the Egress, by Richard Hartwell.

May 3  The Saloon celebrates its second anniversary.

April

April 30 Volume II of The Second Hump concludes with works by six contributors.

April 8 The Books on Blog series continues with Number 21, Artsy Fartsy by Chris Butler, Number 22 Now That The Revoluition Has Begun by Craig Shay, and Number 23, a Special Opening Day Edition, Baseball a la Shakespeare by Michael Ceraolo.

April 5  The editor is featured in a Six Questions For interview http://sixquestionsfor.blogspot.com/2012/04/six-questions-for-russell-streur-editor.html

March

March 21 The eleventh issue of The Second Hump, Volume II, is posted with works by six contributors.

March 3  The tenth issue of The Second Hump, Volume II, is posted with works by six contributors.

February

February 29  Saloon sets records in February with more than 5,100 page views on main page and more than 10,000 overall on all pages.

February 18 Eye of the Needle Number Four is published as Morning (Sonnet 27).

February 14 Duotrope lists The Bamboo Forest.

February 14 English PEN adopts the Free Zhu Yufu petition.

February 4 Alan S. Kleiman's Centerfold becomes the most viewed poem in Saloon history.  Free drinks for life to the New York counselor.

February 2 Saloon sets record with 445 page views in single day.

February 1 Free Zhu Yufu blogsite created at http://freezhuyufu.blogspot.com/ to support petition.

January

January 31 Free Zhu Yufu campaign launched with the creation of an online petition at http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/free-zhu-yufu/ calling for his immediate and unconditional release.

January 31  The ninth issue of The Second Hump, Volume II, is posted with works by eight contributors.

January 7  Books on Blog series continues with Number 15, The Docks Sing in Strange Tongues by Panos Panagiotopoulos; and Number 16, Mild Noir by Sarah Ahm.

2011

December

December 31  The eighth issue of The Second Hump, Volume II, is posted with works by four contributors.

December 17  Poets Democracy releases Peering into the Sun by Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal.

December 12  Books on Blog™ accepted by Duotrope for listing.

December 11  Books on Blog™ submitted to Duotrope for listing.

December 8  The Books on Blog™ series continues with the publications of Number 13, South Africa Today:  From Protest to Protest by Joseph Masetle; and Number 14, Bad Poems by Ross Vassilev.

December 1  The seventh issue of The Second Hump, Volume II, is posted with works by ten contributors.

November

November 19 Selections for 2011 Pushcart Prize Nominations are:

APACHE TRAIL (ARIZONA SR 88), Ben Rasnic
http://thecamelsaloon.blogspot.com/2011/07/apache-trailarizona-sr-88.html

Chinese Cicada Slough, Amit Parmessur
From Lord Shiva & Other Poems
http://booksonblog4.blogspot.com/

It was just a place, John Grochalski
http://thecamelsaloon.blogspot.com/2011/06/it-was-just-place.html

Real Ghost, Carmen Eichman
http://thecamelsaloon.blogspot.com/2011/02/real-ghost.html

Red Sky Mine, Devlin De La Chapa
http://thecamelsaloon.blogspot.com/2011/07/red-sky-mine.html

Waiting Room, Rachel Marsom-Richmond
http://thecamelsaloon.blogspot.com/2011/08/waiting-room.html

November 14  Raymond Keen wins Free Drinks For Life as his Soul Star becomes the 1,000th poem accepted for publication at The Camel Saloon.

November 12 The Books on Blog™ series continues with the publications of Number 11, Not Under A Banyan Tree by Jan Oskar Hansen; and Number 12, The Gravedigger's Son, by Donal Mahoney.

November 12  The Bactrian Room opens for business with the publication of Cunjure, by Tammy T. Stone.

November 2 The Bactrian Room is listed by Duotrope Digest.

November 1 The Bacrtrian Room is established.

November 1 The sixth issue of The Second Hump, Volume II, is posted with works by six contributors.

October

October 16 The Books on Blog™ series continues with the publications of The Dog Outside the Palace Gates by Ian Mullins  and Abstractions: From Paint to Poetry by Neil Ellman.

October 2 The fifth issue of The Second Hump, Volume II, is posted with works by four contributors.

September

September 16 The Books on Blog™ series continues with the publication of Waltz of the Meatballs by Jospeh Farley and Don't Get It Twisted by Sarah E. White and Jason E. Hodges.

September 3 The fourth issue of The Second Hump, Volume II, is posted with works by four contributors.

August

August 7 Two new Books on Blog™ are released: Love Poems for Michael by Joan McNerney; and Postcards from Iraq by Sandy Benitez.

July

July 29 The third issue of The Second Hump, Volume II, is posted with works by six contributors

July 9 Two new Books on Blog™ issued by Saloon: Recollections, by Felino A. Soriano of California; and Lord Shiva & Other Poems, by Amit Parmessur of Mauritius.

July 9 Home page for Books on Blog™ established at http://booksonblogtm.blogspot.com/

July 1 The second issue of The Second Hump, Volume II, is posted with works by six contributors

June

June 26 Poets Democracy Publishing announces the publication of its first books, The Muse of Many Names, by the Saloon's own barkeep, Russell Streur, and A Cup of Storm, by Taufiq bin Abdul Khalid.

The Muse of Many Names, it is said, displays Russell Streur's broad poetic range - at times caustic, others sweet, always true. It is sometimes hard to imagine that his many voices emanate from the same source.

Taufiq bin Abdul Khalid has been compared to Rumi and other mystic poets. His passionate voice is sensitive and clear as he writes of love and longing. His first book of poems, A Cup of Storm, has the power to transport us to another world. http://www.pr.com/press-release/334614

June 19 The Camel Saloon opens its doors today to the creation of digital poetry chapbooks with the publication of its first two Books on Blog™, First Poems from Viet Nam, edited by Michael H. Brownstein, and Safety First, by Darryl Price.

First Poems from Viet Nam features poems written by 18 students enrolled in a first-year English class taught by Michael H. Brownstein at the University of Agriculture in Ha Noi. The selections are the first poems ever written by the students in any language. Themes range from the happiness of drinking tea with friends on sunny mornings to the imagination of life as birds and lizards among lotus blossoms and cay buoi trees.

Safety First is a new collection of poems by Darryl Price. Laced with images of blue snow, ancient hunger and eternal mystery, Price’s work celebrates love and loss along the highways of modern civilization. The road is dangerous but the destination is worth the risk.
http://www.pr.com/press-release/332991

June 16 Julia Biederman wins Free Drinks for Life for submitting the 100th postcard to the Saloon, Greetings from...The Road in Woodstock, New York.

June 4 The Saloon enters into a partnership with Poets Democracy to publish World Poetry.

May

May 29 Volume II of The Second Hump opens with works by eight contributors

May 15 Doors open at The Camel Saloon Bookstore.

May 3 The Saloon celebrates its first anniversary.

May 1 Volume One of The Second Hump concludes with the selection of four poems from April's postings.

April

April 10 Eye of the Needle Number Three is published under the title Bella Akhmadulina Day.

April 1 Eleventh edition of The Second Hump issued, composed of 12 works representing the editor’s choice of March’s postings.

March

March 4 Icarus by Chris Butler is the 500th poem posted at the Saloon.

February

February 27 Tenth edition of The Second Hump issued, composed of 13 works representing the editor’s choice of February’s postings.

January

January 30 Ninth edition of The Second Hump issued, composed of six works representing the editor’s choice of January’s postings.

January 21 The Desert News and Telegraph transitions from a Saloon page to a stand alone blog.

January 12 First International Poetry Night draws a record 362 page views.

January 8 The Camel Saloon is listed by The Poetry Kit.

January 8 The Camel Saloon is listed by New Jersey Poets and Poetry.

January 8 Photography exhibition 20/20: Cath Barton's Eye on Wales opens.

January 4 The Camel Saloon is listed by The Great American Poetry Show.

January 1 Eighth edition of The Second Hump issued, composed of six works representing the editor’s choice of December’s postings.

2010

December

December 30 Editor Interview: The Camel Saloon is issued by Duotrope Digest:
http://www.duotrope.com/interview.aspx?id=4744

December 14 The Saloon emerges from fledgling status at Duotrope Digest and lands in top 10 spots on the swift and approachable market lists.

December 5 The Saloon joins LitList, a social network of print and online literary journals, book publishers, and writers located at http://litlist.net/

December 1 Seventh edition of The Second Hump issued, composed of ten works representing the editor’s choice of November’s postings.

November

November 27 The Saloon nominates the following works for consideration of The Pushcart Prize:

42 Minutes and a Burned Out Clutch by Loretta Franta
http://thecamelsaloon.blogspot.com/2010/05/42-minutes-and-burned-out-clutch.html

My Blood by Jenny Picciotto
http://thecamelsaloon.blogspot.com/2010/09/jenny-picciotto-my-blood-runs-thick-and.html

The Minute by Kenneth Pobo
http://thecamelsaloon.blogspot.com/2010/06/minute-villa-park-illinois-found-out-i.html

Wormwood by Jessica Otto
http://thecamelsaloon.blogspot.com/2010/11/wormwood.html

You and Me by Aashish Thakur
http://thecamelsaloon.blogspot.com/2010/11/you-and-me.html

Your Departure Left Me in Pain by El Habib Louai
http://thecamelsaloon.blogspot.com/search/label/El%20Habib%20Louai

November 25 The Saloon selects Azurite Climber by Julie Kovacs as its official house poem.

Azurite Climber
by Julie Kovacs

Camel of Bactria
making a living climbing a steep mountain
the home of azurite
ancient gemstone
found in graves along with gold
Golden camel
your name is Zarathushtra
after the ancient Persian prophet
who spoke of
good thoughts
good words
good deeds
to the ancient world
long before the advent of the Persian Empire.

November 5 A showing of watercolors by G. Tod Slone opens under the title P. Maudit: The Exhibition.

November 1 Sixth edition of The Second Hump issued, composed of eight works representing the editor’s choice of October’s postings.

October

October 31 A new page, The Desert News and Telegraph, is added at the Saloon's main page to publicize books issued by Saloon patrons, showcase new literary sites created by the denizens of the joint, and highlight any other news or events that members of the community wish to share.

October 21 Second edition of The Eye of the Needle published, celebrating Jack Kerouac Day with works by 26 contributors

October 8 Steven Gulvezan is granted Free Drinks for Life for becoming the 100th contributor to the pages of The Camel Saloon.

October 3 Photography exhibition 20/20: Steve Prusky's Eye on the Movaje Desert opens.

October 2 Fifth edition of The Second Hump issued, composed of six works representing the editor’s choice of September’s postings.

September

September 17 Photography exhibition 20/20: Andrew Taylor's Eye on England opens.

September 5 Fourth edition of The Second Hump issued, composed of four works representing the editor’s choice of August’s postings.

August

August 1 Photography exhibition Asian Caravan: Photographs by Jeffrey Miller opens.

July

July 31 Third edition of The Second Hump issued, composed of 12 works representing the editor’s choice of July’s postings.

July 20 Carmen Schreffler hits for the cycle with a poem published at the Saloon, a photograph at the Gallery, a landscape on the Postcards page, and recognition as a Kindred Spirit.

July 18 Cath Barton is granted Free Drinks for Life at the Saloon for sending in her photograph of a camel, taken in the High Desert of the Sinai, Egypt.

July 14 Saloon patrons Storm the Bastille with postings by 13 writers.

July 4 100th poem published with the posting of Regarding Kay, by Robert Vaughan.

July 3 First edition of The Eye of the Needle is published under the title Don't Tread on Me, celebrating Independence Day with works by 21 contributors.

June

June 27 Second edition of The Second Hump issued, composed of 14 works representing the editor’s choice of June’s postings.

June 14 The Saloon is approved for listing by Duotrope Digest.

June 3 jkdavies is granted Free Drinks for Life at the Saloon for being the first to figure out that a photograph accompanying a submission earns a contributor Preferential Treatment. (Photograph: Saltburn Pier; Poem: Robbed)

May

May 30 First edition of The Second Hump issued, composed of six works representing the editor’s choice of May’s postings.

May 28 The Camel Saloon Postcards page opens. First postcard published is Kerala, India, by David Posluszny.

May 27 The Camel Saloon Gallery page opens. First art published is Untitled, by Katherine Fary.

May 22 The Camel Saloon is listed by Poetry Super Highway.

May 12 The Camel Saloon opens its doors for business. First poem published is 42 Minutes and a Burned Out Clutch, by Loretta Franta.

May 3 The Camel Saloon is established.