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Hi! My name is Bill Waters, and I love to write! Over the years, I've carved out a small but vibrant space for myself mainly in the areas of Japanese-style micropoetry, photo and video poetry, ekphrastic poetry, found verse, and compressed prose. My work has appeared in print and online in numerous established, up-and-coming, and aspiring niche publications, as well as on signs as part of public poetry installations.
Are there any writers out there who like to write collaboratively? It's fun! There are two-person and three-person rengay (Japanese-style micropoetry that employs alternating stanzas); multiperson "exquisite corpse" poems, where writers are given only the last word of the preceding stanza as a prompt; two-person tapestry poems, in which two poems -- one written by each participant -- are shuffled together into one poem, and other possibilities.
Why write collaboratively? It's interactive; it's friendly; it stirs up the creative juices; and it can lead to some remarkably good (and publishable!) results. I'm game... Are you? :- )
Hello fellow creators! I am currently writing my first adult fiction novel. I plan on a series but will be presenting my work(s) as stand-alones to start. I am looking forward to pitching my novel end of this year and beginning the next creation. I am also an artist, mostly charcoal and oils on canvas. I teach and translate as well. My dream is to be a full time author someday. I have a background in the sciences. Would love to join a group where there's a great drive to finish, edit, query, and hopefully publish. In the future, I will be looking for beta readers, sensitivity readers, and critique partners. Would love to learn from others' experiences and share all about my experiences as well as what I've learned from my research. Would be open to exchanging chapters for review.
I write in a lot of different genres--short stories, poetry, novels, essays, memoir; horror, fantasy, speculative fiction, literary fiction. Much of what I've been writing lately has been a mix of essays on social justice issues, personal/narrative essays, and writing craft; some short horror/folklore-inspired stories; a handful of poems; and a memoir. I'm currently exploring the themes of intergenerational trauma, biracialism, the American Dream, subverting the "madwoman in the attic" trope, justice in the horror genre, and the picaresque/maqamat as a form. Carmen Maria Machado and Roxane Gay are the authors whose work probably best resembles my current work.
I'm looking for ideally a local (NYC-based) writing group that I can grow alongside, who can help me see what I perhaps can't in my writing because I'm too close to it and who can suggest particular form and craft development--so for this reason, I'm looking for a group of intermediate or advanced writers, not beginners. For right now, despite vaccines, I'd like to stay remote/digital, but once the pandemic has dissipated, I'd like to meet in person. I don't write for children, so I'm looking for a group of writers outside of the children's/YA world.
I have a B.A. in creative writing and business administration from Iowa's Coe College, alma mater of Paul Engle. I've taught and tutored in English Language Arts and English for Students of Other Languages, and I freelance edit (though this is currently on hiatus) and work full-time in trade publishing in a non-editorial capacity.
Holly Jahangiri is the author of Trockle; A Puppy, Not a Guppy; and A New Leaf for Lyle. She draws inspiration from her family, from her own childhood adventures (some of which only happened in her overactive imagination), and from readers both young and young at heart. She lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband, J.J., whose love and encouragement make writing books twice the fun.
Happily introverted. "Not looking for a writing group" the same way Liesl (The Sound of Music) didn't "need a governess."
I'm a Spanish–English literary translator with a particular affinity for creative nonfiction from Latin America; I've worked on a wide range of texts including books by Ricardo Piglia and Hebe Uhart. I've also begun writing my own fiction and essays, as well as more experimental hybrid texts involving photography, and am hoping to find a community of writers with similar aspirations to trade ideas and encouragement.
P.S. I love editing and am happy to provide extensive feedback and line edits on other writers' work.
Futurepoem books is a New York City-based publishing collaborative dedicated to presenting innovative works of contemporary poetry and prose by both emerging and important underrepresented writers.
Our rotating editorial panel shares the responsibility for selecting, designing and promoting the books we produce. Futurepoem also occasionally invites writers or multi-genre artists to produce work for special projects that is then documented in print or via other media.
The Plentitudes is a quarterly international literary journal housing captivating short stories, personal essays, and poetry from diverse voices. We believe in the power of writing - in its plentitudes of forms - to touch the soul, shift the gaze, and offer new perspectives.
We publish quarterly, approximately in January, April, July, and October. Submissions open three months prior to each issue's publication.