writing in gratitude

One writing practice I did keep up in the last year was a weekly email to a friend. We had started writing every Sunday as a check-in, accountability email, and understanding the power of gratitude; we always ended each email with a short (3-5 item) gratitude list for that week. If I review the 52… Continue reading writing in gratitude

Submitting experimental writing

Years ago, I posted a link to Bernadette Mayer’s poem Very Strong February. I was first introduced to Mayer’s work at Goddard. My advisor suggested that I include Midwinter Day in my book list. At the time, I was struggling to get through Gertrude Stein’s experimental book, Tender Buttons: Objects, Food, Rooms. The book is… Continue reading Submitting experimental writing

I am everything except me

In Conversation with Brendan Kennelly Starting at 4:56, poet Brendan Kennelly discusses his poem Bread and refers to an “old Irish tradition” of the speaker and voice in the poem being anything other than the poet. The language of his words moves me, “I am everything except me.” What does that mean to you? I… Continue reading I am everything except me

Trusted Links for Writers and Poets

16 Ways to Not Win a Poetry Contest: Guest Post by Miriam Sagan | WritersDigest.com Please welcome our guest blogger Miriam Sagan, who has read thousands and thousands of poems submitted to a variety of national and local poetry contests Fellowships for Writers and Poets – No Entry Fees! (… Creative writing fellowships are plentiful… Continue reading Trusted Links for Writers and Poets

7 Tips for Poetry Contest Success

Every creative writer will tell you…there is no money in poetry…but there is money, publication and the possibility to get your finest work seen by your poetic community. If you’re going to enter and ultimately win or place in a poetry contest you need to follow some simple rules.   Do your research, is it a legitimate press, a… Continue reading 7 Tips for Poetry Contest Success

Eat this Poem

As a former chef and a writer, the connection between food and writing (specifically for me, poetry) is strong. So when I discovered Nicole Gulotta’s website via Saveur magazine I became a fan of her writing and recipes. I was probably one of the first to preorder her book, Eat This Poem: A Literary Feast of Recipes Inspired… Continue reading Eat this Poem

A fine soft beautiful day

Sunday 27th December 1801 A fine soft beautiful, mild day with gleams of sunshine. I lay in bed till 12 o clock, Mr Clarkson’s man came, we wrote to him…Dorothy Wordsworth The Grasmere Journals I’ve kept a journal for more than 20 years. Some entries read like Wordsworth’s, simple observations of the weather, the garden and… Continue reading A fine soft beautiful day

10 Gifts for a Poet

10 Gifts for a Poet I reworked this content article 10 Gifts for a Poet for the holiday season. Although I would never turn down a gift card thank you Amazon and Starbucks!; it seems like gift cards have become the go to gift for the writer.If you have some other suggestions please comment on this post and… Continue reading 10 Gifts for a Poet