I'm an essayist currently living in Washington, DC. I mostly write about the natural world, technology, and writing itself, although it's hard to say that my work follows any particular thematic trend with real consistency. I studied English in college with a focus on American poetry, and although I have quite a bit of workshop experience (it helps me stay on task, so to speak), I haven't been very determined when it comes to publishing my work. I'm hoping to find a writing group that will help me stay focused on writing with an eye toward publication, and gain a better sense of community with the larger writing world.
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I have been writing poetry for about five decades, and will soon earn an MFA in Poetry from Cedar Crest College. But I made my living as a naturalist, teacher and environmental educator (retired after 25 years with NYSDEC). So my poetry has always been centered in the natural world and my relationship to it, even when I'm writing poems concerned with family, loss and grief, love, etc. I pay a lot of attention to sound – musicality – in my work, and in my reading am generally drawn to lyric poetry, and poetry of plain speech/direct statement, and the poetry of nature and the non-human world. In a writing group, I'm looking for seriousness about the art of poetry, and commitment to helping each other improve our work. I hope to find a group that's committed to honest critique (i.e. appreciative reading with constructive criticism) while maintaining an atmosphere of friendliness and support.
I've been keeping journals since I was 11 years old...now 42. My writing has been a savior and a guide and I'm rebirthing post divorce and want to reignite my creative side. I revel in my own writing and the wisdom and guidance I meditatively wrote. Looking to connect with like minded travelers - no destination in mind, just braving a new space and fellow poets and creatives ❤️
The BeZine is an online quarterly magazine that publishes poetry, creative non-fiction, photo essays, fiction, and art related to social issues and spirituality (broadly defined). It focuses on the themes of peace, environmental sustainability, and social justice—but through the lens of creative writing and arts.
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Hi, my name is Hannah Rae! (they/she) I am a recent graduate of Belmont University, where I studied Spanish and Theology, with a Creative Writing minor. In my poetry, I explore themes of faith, mental health, queerness, travel, cultural immersion, the natural world, and the miracle of ordinary life and experiences. I have experience with writing workshops, but have not yet had work published. I am looking for spaces to share work, give and receive critique on one another's writing, seek accountability for putting in submissions and foster an uplifting writing community. I am also fluent in Spanish and write a bit in Spanish as well.
Working on a novel, first time writer. I also write poems and essays. All of my work is some manifestations of the sacaredness of the Earth. Looking for supportive groups struggling through the fascinating journey of bringing a story into life.
Laura Lauth teaches creative writing at the University of Maryland’s Jiménez-Porter Writers’ House, where she served as founding director from 2002-2005. She was recipient of the Orlando Prize in Poetry and The Tupelo Broadside Prize, and her poems have recently appeared in Bellevue Literary Review, The Los Angeles Review, Tikkun, and Painted Bride Quarterly, among others.
I am a writer of poetry, fiction and lyric essays seeking a group for workshop, discussion and/or critique. My ideal space would be one of curiosity and questioning, one with a mentality that isn't afraid to share and ask hard questions while remaining encouraging and positive. It's been five years since I graduated with an MFA (poetry emphasis) and since then my experiences have ranged widely—I was a tour guide at a sign museum for awhile, and now work as a food bank finance director. Through it all I've remained interested in the literary arts and now I'd love to grow that curiosity even more with a dedicated writing group.
Some of my favorite writers (an ever-growing, impossible-to-end list): Catherine Lacey, Claire Vaye Watkins, Garth Greenwell, Louise Erdrich, Toni Morrison, Morgan Parker, Pam Houston, Maggie Nelson, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Forrest Gander and Annie Dillard.