After some wonderful folks donated and a manuscript editing job came in for the exact amount I needed to cover the rest, all of the stars have aligned to make attending the 2015 Sewanee Writers’ Conference a possibility. I head down tomorrow morning as a Tennessee Williams Scholar. WOO HOO! I’m super excited to spend 12… More Heading off to Sewanee Writers’ Conference!
After reading this post a long while ago, I’ve been thinking a lot about my own submission habits and how they have developed. I used to be a diehard submitter. I submitted pretty much as soon as I had new work, and since I was in graduate school, I was generating new work all the… More Submit like a Man
As of late, I’ve gotten super into pantoums. The pantoum is a poem of any length composed of four-line stanzas where in each stanza, the second and fourth lines serve as the first and third lines of the next stanza. I’ve been using four line stanzas using the repeating pattern ABCD BEDF EGFH GCHA (or GAHC). I’m a… More Process: The pantoum
I, along with a stellar group of presenting authors, will be reading, meeting with folks, and hosting workshops for adult and student writers. Expect to see me on Sunday holding down with some great student writers on how to modernize and adapt myths, fairy tales, tall tales, and legends into poems and essays.
Remember that time when you sold wallpaper or lemonade or that awful boy scout popcorn in the hopes of greasing your fiscal wheels or at least coming away with bragging rights and a stellar CD player? We all did that when we were too young to get jobs. We sold things. We wheedled our parents.… More Send This Little Poet To The Sewanee Writers’ Conference!!
Yesterday, I finished the rough draft of this version of Swallow Tongue Redux 2015. I followed my dear editor’s advice even though it felt uncomfortable in the process. Put this poem here?? What is she thinking? Cut that line! THAT LINE!!! Cut this poem. THIS WHOLE POEM!!!!!!! AHHHHH! But I carried it through. I needed to see the whole… More Asking the tough questions
Where there is no love, put love—and you will find love. Where there is no memory, put memory— and you will find memory. Where there is no pull, put iron filings, put metals, put bindings, put jaw traps wide open, and there you will find pull. —John of the Cross –From Sarah Vap’s “Thirteen Untitled Poems”… More The importance of form