About DirtyMartini


Alan W. Jankowski
March 16, 1961 - March 10, 2017

Alan was a longstanding member of Stories Space and served as a moderator from August 2011 until March 2017. In his memory, we have preserved his profile page just as he left it.


I drink therefore I am...

Alan W. Jankowski
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Earth, for now..., New Jersey, United States
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28 Jul 2021 06:35
Sex, drugs, rock & roll
Favorite Books:
My little black book
Favorite Authors:
Stephykat69, erotic author...Pete Townshend, Chuck Berry, Willie Dixon big influences on me...they are the best, after all...
Favorite Movies:
Good ones...I mostly like music vids...my faves are "Albert King Live In Sweden 1980" and "The Who At The Isle Of Wight"...
Favorite Music:
Checking out my Playlist should give you a clue...


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12 Oct 2010
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Topic: My poem "The Conning Of America" published in multiple charity anthologies...
Posted: 03 Mar 2017 11:05

Managed to get my poem "The Conning Of America" published in multiple charity anthologies, and I believe this is the first one released as of today. It's quite a big project with 19 editors and a total of 351 poets, and note that 50% of all net sales receipts donated to Planned Parenthood. Here's an interview with two of the editors which tells the story behind it...

Meet the Press: Dante Di Stefano in Conversation with Michael Boughn and Kent Johnson, editors of Dispatches from the Poetry Wars and its new book series, Dispatches Editions

And here's the listing of all the poets and editors involved on the Spuyten Duyvil website...

Dispatches Editions - Resist Much / Obey Little - Inaugural Poems to the Resistance

And it is available on Amazon as well for anyone interested...

Resist Much / Obey Little: Inaugural Poems to the Resistance

I'll add the other anthologies that my poem is included in to this thread as they're released. There were a number of charity sub calls in response to the election, and I believe it's included in at least three...though frankly it's hard for me to keep track of these things myself...

http://upload.storiesspace.com/1412923400-Resist Much Obey Little Anthology Feb. 28, 2017..jpg

Topic: 62 Poetry Manuscript Publishers Who Do not Charge Reading Fees...
Posted: 23 Feb 2017 23:24

62 Poetry Manuscript Publishers Who Do not Charge Reading Fees

So many poetry publishers charge submission fees to writers. The following is a list of publishers who have at least one free reading period a year, where they will consider all the manuscripts submitted to them...

62 Poetry Manuscript Publishers Who Do not Charge Reading Fees

Topic: Litbreak Calls for Prose and Poetry Submissions...pays up to $100.00...
Posted: 23 Feb 2017 22:57

Litbreak Calls for Prose and Poetry Submissions
Payment: up to $100/story
Job source: WritingCareer.com

Litbreak, an online literary journal launched in Dec. of 2015, has an ongoing reading period to find the best eccentric prose and poetry written by both emerging and established writers...

Litbreak - Submissions

Topic: WOLVES: Now Accepting Submissions, stories and poems...pays up to $30.00...
Posted: 23 Feb 2017 22:52

WOLVES: Now Accepting Submissions

An online journal that pays up to 30 dollars for fiction...

WOLVES: Now Accepting Submissions

Topic: 25 Literary Journals That Publish Genre Writing...
Posted: 23 Feb 2017 21:03

25 Literary Journals That Publish Genre Writing

A curated list publishers that accept genre writing –– science fiction, romance, mystery, western, etc. Many of these publishers pay well for the stories they publish...

25 Literary Journals That Publish Genre Writing

Topic: Third Flatiron Publishing Calls for Satiric Science Fiction Stories...
Posted: 23 Feb 2017 20:35

Third Flatiron Publishing Calls for Satiric Science Fiction Stories
Payment: 6 cents/word
Job source: WritingCareer.com

Third Flatiron Publishing, a quarterly sci-fi/f publication, is now curating stories for the June 2017 issue, this one with the theme called, "Cat's Breakfast"—a collection of stories inspired by the satiric social commentary of Kurt Vonnegut...

Submissions Guidelines

Topic: No fee contest, theme is "borders"...poetry and prose, first prize $200 and publication...
Posted: 23 Feb 2017 12:43

A writing contest that might interest some, poetry and prose up to 2k...the theme is "borders"...first prize $200.00 and publication...no fee, deadline is March 1...

Spring 2017 Themed Contest—Borders

Topic: Seven upcoming anthology sub calls for short stories...
Posted: 20 Feb 2017 23:59

And more...

5 Anthologies Seeking Submissions

A variety of anthologies in need of submissions. Payment up to $300...

5 Anthologies Seeking Submissions

Topic: 7 Free Writing Contests With Cash Prizes of $1,000+...
Posted: 20 Feb 2017 14:30

7 Free Writing Contests With Cash Prizes of $1,000+
Cash prizes as high as $18,000. Deadlines are approaching...

7 Free Writing Contests With Cash Prizes of $1,000+

Topic: Seven upcoming anthology sub calls for short stories...
Posted: 20 Feb 2017 14:26

All upcoming anthology calls actually...

7 Short Story Publishers that Pay $240+ Per Story
Deadlines are approaching fast! The first deadline is February 28th...

7 Short Story Publishers that Pay $240+ Per Story

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The Conning Of America

A con man rolled into town, With a funny looking wig. Made a lot of promises, Everything will be really big. He claims he doesn’t like immigrants, Says they cause a lot of strife, But you certainly would never know, By looking at his imported wife. And he doesn’t like Muslims, And forget it if you’re black. And as for those pesky Mexicans, He’s sending them all back. ...

Added 25 Oct 2016 | Category Poetry | Votes 16 | Avg Score 5 | Views 1,785 | 13 Comments

Don't Feed The Trolls

To some the world revolves around them, And nothing else can matter. They’ll do anything to reach that end, Including endless idle chatter. They walk around like “Hey look at me.” And are only happy when you do. They’re like an exhibit for all to see, Like an animal in a zoo. Nowadays they’re on the net, joining many a site, And they bully everyone around. They’ll be on the computer, day...

Added 02 Oct 2016 | Category Poetry | Votes 10 | Avg Score 5 | Views 1,612 | 9 Comments

Starting Anew

Flowers bloom, the Winter thaw, Outside the songbirds sing. With the arrival of the bluebirds, I know that it is Spring. But listening to the bird’s songs, And watching the flowers bloom. I can’t but help myself, For feeling a certain gloom. For I find myself a bit jealous, As the flowers start anew, So often I wish I could do the same, If I just knew what to do. ...

Added 24 Mar 2016 | Category Poetry | Votes 8 | Avg Score 5 | Views 1,633 | 5 Comments

This Day Is Yours, It Belongs To You (Happy Birthday)

This day is yours, it belongs to you, Do anything that you desire to do. Watch your favorite shows, eat your favorite food, Do anything that puts you in a good mood. Your friends are here to celebrate too, This day is yours, it belongs to you. You’ve been working too hard, you need a break, Sit down and have another piece of cake. Open the presents your friends have bought, You can...

Added 15 Mar 2016 | Category Poetry | Votes 9 | Avg Score 5 | Views 1,658 | 6 Comments

One Chance

Nikolai reached his hand into his pocket and felt the knife. He had worked for weeks on it, slowly grinding down the stone blade day by day. He only had one chance to take out the guard when he reached the perimeter. From there he would have to rush to the lake and assemble the raft he had made out of drop cloths he found lying around the prison camp behind the officer’s quarters. He...

Added 23 Feb 2016 | Category Micro Fiction | Votes 13 | Avg Score 5 | Views 2,074 | 12 Comments

She Fills My Loving Cup

She’s hot and wet when she greets me in the morning, I know of no better way to wake up. And when I need her she is always there, She fills my loving cup. It is an affair that has been going on for years, And she will continue to comfort when I’m old. When I am down she perks me up, She warms me when I am cold. Dark and bold she comes to me, More beautiful than any sunrise. ...

Added 02 Feb 2016 | Category Poetry | Votes 11 | Avg Score 5 | Views 1,462 | 9 Comments

Recommended Read When A Child Dies, The Whole World Cries

Two young brothers are left at home, All by their lonesome selves, The older one notices a new toy, Sitting high up on a shelf. He climbs up and brings on down, What he believes is a toy gun, He thinks about the games they’ll play, Boy this sure will be fun. He aims the ‘toy’ at his little brother, And shoots him in the head, But that gun was not a toy at all, And soon...

Added 27 Oct 2015 | Category Poetry | Votes 12 | Avg Score 5 | Views 2,563 | 8 Comments

Recommended Read An Enemy That Haunts My Mind

Dedicated to combat veterans and PTSD sufferers, wherever they may be...thank you for your service... An Enemy That Haunts My Mind... In the middle of the night I lie in bed, Fighting an enemy that’s in my head. An enemy that’s always there, An enemy that won’t play fair. An enemy that haunts my mind, An enemy that is not kind. The price paid for doing good, Of doing...

Added 15 Mar 2015 | Category Poetry | Votes 13 | Avg Score 5 | Views 1,586 | 5 Comments

All Hallow's Eve

It’s All Hallow’s Eve and there’s little sound, Except for a few goblins dancing around, An old witch creates another evil spell, Summoning demons from down in Hell. The old hag stirs her boiling stew, Adds eye of a newt, and another shrew, The cauldron bubbles over the roaring fire, The smoke rising up, higher and higher. A black cat watches and suddenly screams, It’s enough to...

Added 31 Oct 2014 | Category Poetry | Votes 9 | Avg Score 5 | Views 1,714 | 4 Comments

I Offered You My Heart And Soul

I wish it could be different, I wish there was another way, If only for the sake of your children, I would have liked to stay. I came into your life a few years back, When you were looking for a man, I’ve tried to help anyway I could, But I’ve done all that I can. Your kids took to me from the start, And they always called me ‘Dad.’ You even told me more than once, That...

Added 24 Sep 2014 | Category Poetry | Votes 15 | Avg Score 5 | Views 2,649 | 8 Comments

Stories Coauthored

Recommended Read Colorado Calls, Jersey Rejoices

Note: This compilation occurred to me more than a year ago. In fact, the reason I logged on to Facebook on March 14, 2017, was to reach out to Alan and propose that we combine our efforts, merging his Colorado Calling and my Jersey Rejoicing into one poem. Instead, I learned that morning of Alan's passing a few days earlier. It threw me for a loop, and the idea got pushed to the back of...

Added 17 Mar 2018 | Category Poetry | Votes 7 | Avg Score 5 | Views 905 | 6 Comments

For a Friend I'll Never Meet

You always did like surprise endings, A twist no one could see coming, And that last one of yours was a doozy. Days later, we're still reeling, Not from the shock, which dissipates, But from a grief that lingers. You probably never knew The regard people held you in, For it seemed to sneak up As we chatted and laughed About topics big and small. Our esteem grew Alongside your virtual...

Added 17 Mar 2017 | Category Poetry | Votes 20 | Avg Score 5 | Views 1,317 | 10 Comments

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Hey hey DM [bh] I miss you. Again, you are on my mind. RIL my dear friend 😃♥ you make me smile. Thank you!

12 days ago
Your words are still in our hearts and thoughts.
16 Mar 2021 13:41
One more year and old friends are still around. [bh]
16 Mar 2021 06:34
Happy Birthday from the team at Stories Space.
16 Mar 2021 00:20
Hi DM [bh] you have been on my mind this week, so thought to show my face 😂😃 Sorry I have not been around SS but real life loves me too much 😂😂😃 Hey I found a thread in Break room, my new playroom. I miss you dear friend RIL 😃❤
06 Aug 2020 16:36
I will forever Miss You.
20 Jul 2020 11:44
Happy Birthday from the team at Stories Space.
16 Mar 2020 00:20
A quick peeking....

17 Dec 2019 11:42
Merry Christmas, my old friend... hope the lights are bright and the tree is tall where you are...

06 Dec 2019 14:04
27 May 2019 03:11
Happy happy very very very belated birthday DM! [bh] Sorry for the delay, real life kept me prisoner for a bit. I'm back and I posted everywhere (rofl) Yeah yeah ..I know deep down you're proud of me. I miss you, RIL 😊❤
22 May 2019 04:08
Happy Birthday as I know you are watching us all
16 Mar 2019 14:53
16 Mar 2019 08:54
Happy Birthday from the team at Stories Space.
16 Mar 2019 00:30
Happy New Year DM [hh]

01 Jan 2019 01:27
Merry Christmas in heaven DM [bh] ..having a few for you (w)

25 Dec 2018 20:19
Hi DM [bh] awesome competition. Did not submit a piece. You will be pleased, I read and commented on all the entries :) See, I knew you will be pleased. Totally missing your presence. RIL
19 Oct 2018 03:34
I miss you [bh]
16 Sep 2018 23:08
Happy Birthday Alan.
May penguins fly
On St Patrick's day
In his green tux
16 Mar 2018 22:32
Happy Birthday from the team at Stories Space.
16 Mar 2018 00:30
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