Poetry Prize Deadline August 31

Summer-2015-Judges

Just a reminder that the Tethered by Letters annual writing contest deadline is fast approaching. Have your short stories, flash fiction, or poetry submitted by August 31. I’m this year’s judge in poetry; finalist poems will come to me anonymous. Poetry winner receives $150.00. Good luck!

Mass Poetry Feature and Interview

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The folks at Mass Poetry have been kind enough to spotlight Split the Crow in this feature on their website. The piece includes a pretty in-depth interview about my newest collection and my life as a poet in general. There’s also an audio reading of one poem and text of a different poem, both from Split the Crow. It’s a nice Monday gift to be featured by the largest poetry organization supporting poets in Massachusetts. Thanks Mass Poetry!

A Successful Reading, An Upcoming Workshop!

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Last night’s poetry reading at the APE Gallery with three amazing woman poets was a huge success! There were well over 60 people, all chairs taken, many standing, with several wandering in off the street. It didn’t hurt that Northampton was in full summer weekend revelry. It was like a block party down there. I may have to rethink my bias against reading first, it was a great slot. The audience was enthusiastic and putting out some great energy. The variety of tone, subject matter and style of the poems, coupled with the short 15 minute readings made for one of the best readings I’ve ever been to, let alone been part of. I’d like to thank photographer Kate Way for her photography, Susan Kan for pulling together such a successful event, my fellow readers Carol Edelstein, Amy Dryansky and Michelle Valois, all talented, smart, kind and supportive. And a big thank you to the audience for choosing a poetry reading over all the other exciting, more fun, things you could have been doing on a warm night in August. You bolstered my spirits!

I got word yesterday that my proposal for a workshop, titled: The Found Poetry Workshop was accepted for inclusion in this fall’s Amherst Poetry Festival. The workshop will be 1 to 1.5 hours of prompts that give the poet a little something to start with, or, in the Cento’s case, the entire poem cribbed from other sources. I taught a (much) longer version of this workshop early in the summer and was amazed at the stunning poems my poet/students produced. They were a little amazed too. The Amherst Poetry Festival takes place the first weekend in October. More to come on the time, place and particulars of my workshop.

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