Next week, I'll be appearing at the Pleasantville Poetry Slam! Do come if you're in the area (or feel like road-tripping). It's my first time at a slam, and I'm terribly, terribly nervous. It'll be fun.
So National Poetry Month is, like, totally a poet's version of Christmas. We decorate (for real, last year I hung poems on my office door), we talk poetry all month long to anyone who will listen, and we write a poem a day. Well, some of us do. Not me this year, but so many… Continue reading happy napomo!
So we are quickly (too quickly!) coming up on National Poetry Month. I'd set myself a goal for the year of participating in (and completing) NaPoWriMo, but I'm just not sure I can do it. This whole 3-classes-at-a-time thing is much harder than I thought. So I've decided to give myself a break this year:… Continue reading april approacheth
Chicago is a lovely city. What I noticed mostly is that people look you in the eye in Chicago. And they nod or smile at you. This does not happen in Philadelphia, so it was initially a little disconcerting. But it was also kind of cool. The conference itself was – well, overwhelming. There were… Continue reading post-awp round up part 2: the “but tell me how you really feel” edition
Here’s a quick recap of how I spent my days: Wednesday: Arrive at Midway at 2:20 p.m. Take the El to Roosevelt and walk 3 blocks to the Best Western at 11th & Michigan. Check in, drop bags in room, and head back out the door to find Miller’s Pub at Wabash & Adams, where… Continue reading post-AWP rundown
Happy Valentine's Day, kids. Here are some lovely poems you can read, in the event you're trying to impress someone today with your appreciation of fine, fine literature: Edna St. Vincent Millay's "Love is Not All" e.e. cummings' "i like my body" Anne Sexton's "The Kiss" (this one in several languages!) Carol Ann Duffy's "Valentine"… Continue reading screw you, chaucer (and other valentine sentiments)
This past weekend I attended the Winter Poetry and Prose Getaway, a fantastic weekend of writing workshops, readings, panel discussions, dancing and awesome people. This year (my 7th in attendance) I ventured into new waters by taking the fiction workshop, led by Richard K. Weems (due to Donna's familiar and affectionate recollections of Gov school,… Continue reading post-Getaway update