Category: Self-taught MFA

“Dear World Outside the United States” essays, poems by Rob Carney + writing prompt

Rob Carney is known for his origin story poems, poems of the Northwest, and talking about myths and progress in his essays and poems, which have often been featured on Terrain.org and other publications. Recently, two more of his current-event themed essays and corresponding poems have been published […]

Sticks & Stones: How to Write a Poetry Newsletter – guest blog post by Erica Goss

In 2017, I decided to start a newsletter. I named it Sticks & Stones after the childhood chant “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Of course, words can and do hurt, and are far more powerful than mere sticks and stones, but […]

The Beginners Guide to Free Verse Poetry – guest blog post by Marilyn June Janson M.S. Ed.

Memoir workshops are ideal for introducing the beautiful art of poetry writing. Many of my students have not yet experienced the joys of writing free verse. This blog post illustrates how I teach this workshop. Free verse is not just another vehicle to tell your story. It’s so […]

How To Market Your Poetry Online – guest blog post by Hayley Zelda

Not everyone in modern times truly appreciates poetry. It's often linked to old sonnets and pretty love rhymes. But as a poet, you know there's much more to it than meets the eye. Just like short stories, novellas, and books, poetry has different genres, styles, and rules.  Marketing […]

Creativity: On the Page and At the Launch – guest blog post by Elizabeth Jorgensen, Nancy Jorgensen

Poets and writers are creative. On paper, we concoct characters and emotions. We invent forms and structure. We imagine people and places. We use the latest technology to research our work and appeal to readers. We write, edit and revise so no verse or phrase or word is […]

Balancing ‘The Bell Jar’: How Sylvia Plath Led to a New Appreciation for Poetry – guest blog post by Jessica Stilling

I don't know what it was about The Bell Jar that made me want to write about it but from the second I put the book down I knew there had to be more to Sylvia Plath and her character, Esther Greenwood's, story. When I learned that Plath […]

Balancing 'The Bell Jar': How Sylvia Plath Led to a New Appreciation for Poetry – guest blog post by Jessica Stilling

I don't know what it was about The Bell Jar that made me want to write about it but from the second I put the book down I knew there had to be more to Sylvia Plath and her character, Esther Greenwood's, story. When I learned that Plath […]

Tending the Roots in a STEM-Crazed World – guest blog post by Prartho Sereno

Excerpts from Prartho Sereno's book-in-progress, Tending the Roots in a STEM-Crazed World: Gleanings from a Curriculum in Wonder If' a child loses her natural friendship with the world of animals and trees, her sense of belonging to the realms of weather and the moon and stars' how will […]

6 Thoughts on Reviewing Poetry + tips & where to submit reviews – guest blog post by Alina Stefanescu

1. I come to reviewing as a reader, a simple lover of books. For many years, I believed that loving a book was not reason enough to review it. I believed that one needed special degrees in judgement in order to be able to speak of books with […]

Uncovering the History (and Future) of Blackout Poetry – guest blog post by Emily Ramser

The first time I asked to study blackout poetry, I was an undergrad at Salem College. I'd asked the director of my Creative Writing program to do my honors independent study on it. I remember sitting in her office on the second floor of Main Hall, fiddling with […]

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