The No Po-Biz Po-Biz: How to Finish Your Poems for Publication

The No Po-Biz Po-Biz: How to Finish Your Poems for Publication

Rebecca Gayle Howell
Poetry
February 15 to February 19, 2016
Tuition Cost: 
$500
Class Size: 
12
Session: 
Winter
Level: 
1-Week Intensive

The submission process is a communication, a conversation between you and your future editors. In this workshop you will explore how to cultivate that conversation meaningfully. Through intensive and diverse studies of syntax, lineation, punctuation, diction, and style, you will learn how to drive your poems into a shareable space without losing their originality.

Have you been writing poems for a while, sending them out to magazines and contests, but with little or no interest? Do you feel lost when you research where to send, when, how, and why? The submission process is a communication, a conversation between you and your future editors. In this workshop we will explore how to cultivate that conversation meaningfully.  Our process will begin with what makes a poem stand the tests of time and place as we work to move your drafts into finished, polished pieces of art. We will also consider the past and current landscapes of small literary publishing, becoming savvy students of editorial policies and perspectives. Through intensive and diverse studies of poetic syntax, lineation, punctuation, diction, and style, we will learn how to drive your poems into a sharable space without losing their originality. Our goal: that you leave the workshop with a sheaf of poems (3-5 pages) ready for submission, as well as plenty of research into the business of poetry that will help you eliminate wasted hours on the internet and stay focused on your true vocation: the writing.

Biography

Rebecca Gayle Howell is the author of Render /An Apocalypse and the translator of Amal al-Jubouri's verse memoir of the Iraq War, Hagar Before the Occupation/Hagar After the Occupation, both of which received wide acclaim. Among Howell's honors are fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Carson McCullers Center, and the Kentucky Arts Council, as well as a Pushcart Prize; since 2014 she has edited poetry for the Oxford American. Her new book, American Purgatory, was selected by Don Share for The Sexton Prize and was released by London's Eyewear Publishing to both the U.K. and the U.S. in early 2017. Native to Kentucky, Howell is the James Still Writer in Residence at the Hindman Settlement School.
 

Academic Year: 
2015-2016