Elk River Writers Workshop

The 2021 Elk River Writers Workshop was held from August 15 to August 20 at Chico Hot Springs, a historic retreat in Pray, Montana, near Yellowstone National Park. The program featured workshops, craft talks, outings, lectures, panel discussions, and campfire readings for poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers. The faculty included poets William Pitt Root and Pamela Uschuk, poet and fiction writer Linda Hogan, poet and nonfiction writer J. Drew Lanham, and fiction and nonfiction writer Rick Bass.

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CONFERENCE
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Event Date: 
November 27, 2021
Rolling Admissions: 
yes
Application Deadline: 
November 27, 2021
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no
Financial Aid Application Deadline: 
November 27, 2021
Free Admission: 
no
Contact Information: 

Elk River Writers Workshop, Elk River Arts & Lectures, P. O. Box 2212, Livingston, MT 59047. CMarie Fuhrman, Director.

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Pray
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MT
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US

Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference

The 2021 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference was held from August 11 to August 21 in the Green Mountains of Ripton, Vermont. The conference featured workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as lectures; craft classes; meetings with editors, agents, and publishers; and readings by faculty and guests.

Type: 
CONFERENCE
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yes
Event Date: 
November 27, 2021
Rolling Admissions: 
ignore
Application Deadline: 
November 27, 2021
Financial Aid?: 
no
Financial Aid Application Deadline: 
November 27, 2021
Free Admission: 
no
Contact Information: 

Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Middlebury College, 204 College Street, Middlebury, VT 05753. (802) 443-5286. Noreen Cargill, Administrative Director; Jason Lamb, Coordinator.

Noreen Cargill and Jason Lamb
Administrative Director and Coordinator
Contact City: 
Ripton
Contact State: 
VT
Contact Zip / Postal Code: 
05753
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Jorie Graham With Michael Silverblatt

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“The work of most poets whom I admire requires an apprenticeship to the language of that particular poet.” Jorie Graham speaks about reading habits, influence, and accessibility to a wider audience as a poet in this 1999 interview with Michael Silverblatt, host of the long-running KCRW series Bookworm, produced by the Lannan Foundation.

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Burial With Mary Lattimore

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“imagine his joy as the sun / wizarded forth those abundant sugars / and I plodded barefoot / and prayerful at the first ripe plum’s swell and blush,” reads Ross Gay from his poem “Burial” in this video featuring music by Mary Lattimore. The track is featured in an album called Dilate Your Heart, part of a yearlong release campaign celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary of indie record label Jagjaguwar.

Climate Crisis

8.24.21

Rising global temperatures and natural disasters, such as the recent tropical storms and hurricanes in North America and the earthquake in Haiti, bring to mind the fragility of the environment and the effects of climate change. Over the years, poets have taken to their craft to raise awareness and humanize the climate crisis in works such as “I Don’t Know What Will Kill Us First: The Race War or What We’ve Done to the Earth” by Fatimah Asghar, “Let Them Not Say” by Jane Hirshfield, “Letter to Someone Living Fifty Years from Now” by Matthew Olzmann. Write a poem about the environment that draws the reader in emotionally, whether it is by describing a changing landscape or reflecting on the issue. For further inspiration, browse these poems engaging with the climate crisis curated by the Academy of American Poets.

Off the Grid Poetry Prize Accepting Submissions

The deadline is approaching for the eleventh annual Off the Grid Poetry Prize. Given for a poetry collection by a writer over the age of 60, the award includes $1,000 and publication by Off the Grid Press, an imprint of Grid Books. The prize aims to reward writers “ripened in craft and vision.”

Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript of at least 50 pages with a $25 entry fee by August 31. Jimmy Santiago Baca will judge. The winner will be announced by the end of the year. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Poets Tam Lin Neville and Bert Stern founded Off the Grid Press in 2003 with the goal to “provide a forum for older poets who are sometimes overlooked by the current marketplace.” The press later rebranded as Grid Brooks while preserving Off the Grid Press as an imprint. While the Off the Grid Poetry Prize remains reserved for older writers, Grid Books is open to writers of all ages and champions “creative work that springs from the margins.” In addition to poetry, the press also seeks to publish scholarly editions and oral history projects.

 

Poet Laureate Joy Harjo

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“I’m carrying this for America, but for Indigenous peoples in particular,” says Joy Harjo about what it means to be the first Native American to serve as the poet laureate of the United States in this 2019 PBS NewsHour interview with Jeffrey Brown. A Q&A with Harjo about her new memoir, Poet Warrior (Norton, 2021), appears in the September/October issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Poetry Award

Elixir Press
Entry Fee: 
$30
Deadline: 
October 31, 2021
A prize of $2,000 and publication by Elixir Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Esther Lee will judge. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a $30 entry fee by October 31. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

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