The No Po-Biz Po-Biz: How to Finish Your Poems for Publication
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.
Rebecca Gayle Howell's most recent book is American Purgatory, which was selected by Don Share for the 2016 Sexton Prize and named a must-read collection by both The Millions and the Courier-Journal. Howell's honors include fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center and the Carson McCullers Center, as well as a Pushcart Prize. Since 2014, she has edited poetry for the Oxford American.