I am interested in meeting like-minded poets for periodic sessions where we can share and provide feedback on each others' work, offer encouragement and insights about what keeps us motivated to keep writing. Serious minded folks who, like me, have spent a lifetime reading and thinking about what it means to be an artist despite the isolation and misunderstandings that are entailed. I am less interested in publishing than I am in being satisfied in my heart that the writing is the best I can do. I am also old enough to consider my inspirational forebears those poets active during that last century. People like Roethke, Levertov, Olson, the San Francisco poets, Merwin, Cummings, Rich, Wright, and so on. And of course Emily Dickinson. I have published in a handful of small journals and self-published a chapbook within the past couple of years. I have also attended workshops at a number of places, including Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, Juniper at UMass, and was accepted to Kenyon Summer Writing workshop this year. I have no intention of enrolling in an MFA program, though if it weren't for the cost...who knows?
My name is Cherelle. I'm a poet and a writer. I've been writing ever since I was in elementary school. It's truly my passion. My degree is is for Creative Writing for Entertainment. I graduated almost 5 years ago but have been having a little trouble actually writing something. I have made progress recently. I'm currenlty working on my first poetry book. I have attmepted to do a fiction book but it was a lot harder than I thought it was. I'm hoping these groups will help to inspire me and learn new things. I'm always looking to improve.
We seek poetry that deepens our understanding of ourselves and the world(s) we live in. We want poetry that renews us, that fortifies us, that makes us come back to ourselves.
Samples of poems we love and can’t imagine the world doing without include: “Looking West from Laguna Beach at Night,” by Charles Wright, “Let Evening Come,” by Jane Kenyon, and “won’t you celebrate with me,” by Lucille Clifton.
Hi! I'm a budding poet with a few years of experience and a lot of passion. I've been published in my school's little literary journal and worked in workshop-based poetry classes. I love love love to read and write poems!
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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! My writing experience has been a great one. My knidergarten teacher told my mother that I was a natural storyteller but I didn't realize my passion for writing until the 7th grade. I was the kid in the back of the classroom, afraid to speak because of a stutter so I wrote everything down. I have been attached to pen and paper every since. I would like to improve my poetry, specifically, and I am really looking for honest and open feedback. I would love to be a part of a writing group that is willing to give blunt feedback; not just handed out compliments. Thank you!! Can't wait to meet you :)
I'm a long-time writer, but have only ever published what I write on my personal blog. I am currently working on a piece of fiction based on my family's story and also starting what I think will be a memoir. I use poetry writing as a personal tool to stretch and grow, and am thinking about creating a volume of my work at some point.
Basically I'm a newbie who wants to surround herself with lots of talented, fun people who are doing similar things.