I've been writing poetry somewhat seriously for ten years or so, and have published several dozen poems in little magazines and anthologies. My poems often tend to have a narrative quality, although I aspire to make them more lyrical and I do write quite a few sonnets. I think my biggest accomplishment so far was to have a poem chosen one of the two monthly winners in Rattle magazine's ekphrastic contest. I also was first runner-up a few years ago in the poetry contest of New Letters magazine. I've participated in several writing groups locally, one of which I helped to organize, and have enjoyed them but often felt that the critiques are not very searching and sometimes are overly polite at the expense of being helpful. The best critiques I've gotten were at the summer writing program in Iowa City, where I got some one-on-one advice from workshop leaders (Katie Ford, Max Garland). So what I would hope to find is an oppportunity to receive, and give, thoughtful and honest feedback, to and from people who are experienced enough as poets to be knowledgeable but sympathetic critics.
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.
I have selfpublished two chapbooks of poetry, am working on a third plus editing a fiction manuscript. I am just looking for opportunities for networking and friendship.
Looking for Good Company
phrase. If you say that someone is in good company, you mean that they should not be ashamed of a mistake or opinion, because it is shared by many others, or by someone important or successful. If you find it difficult to cope with your family you are in good company because most people feel the same.
I thought this definition was an apt way to describe what writer's group at the very least could be. I am poet that works hoping one day to just be a poet who writes. I am always looking for good discussions, support, and collaboration, I am always willing to give it. Please contact me if you feel the same. I will do all I can to help. Thank you.
I've been writing both prose and poetry for several years and have been published in several literary magazines, finding this process challenging, but extremely rewarding when an editor finds my work a fit for their publication. My own collection of poetry was published in 2018, which I found to be extremely fulfilling. Doing a book launch and readings in Albuquerque for various audiences was a discovery in performing my own work.
Currently seeking a writing group with supportive poets to connect and collaborate on new poems. Would like to meet weekly or bi-monthly for 1-2 hour session. All poets with quirky styles of writing, not stuck in one particular way of presenting their thoughts. Would enjoy those that possibly have been published either in literary magazines or have taken the time to put together a collection of their own work. Open to videoconferencing, particularly with our current situation during the pandemic.
Spiritually oriented micro poetry.
I have been writing recreationally on & off for about 10 years. I've intermittently submitted poetry to online zines within some of those years--some accepted--most rejected. My most recent published work was in the form of a poem, which was selected in an anthology showcasing writers of color around the world called "A Garden of Black Joy: Global Poetry from the Edges of Liberation and Living". I am looking for a writing group--preferrably POC, but open to all-- (in the genres of fiction, poetry, and memoir) that holds me accountable for sticking to the work. I would like to find a collective that is geniunely interested in helping each member further develop in their craft. At best, a family of writers committed to self-development. I would love to share any information found on grant writing, workshops, readings etc.
We look for well-crafted, thoughtful, and thought-provoking writing and visual art that examines, interprets, and redefines the full spectrum of life, past and present, in the Midwest. The Midwest is the region of the north central United States that includes the Great Lakes area and the upper Mississippi River valley (according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Midwest is comprised of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, and Missouri). Of course, the Midwest is also a state of mind.
Revise your work, proofread, and be professional, patient, and persistent.