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NaPoWriMo starts very soon

Friday, March 30, 2012
30 poems in 30 days

Residency in Ireland for west Wales writers

Thursday, March 29, 2012
The Coracle Ireland/Wales Writer’s Residency: deadline Tuesday 17th April

"I was shy…"

A quick reminiscence by Jean Vengua on Adrienne Rich

An editor's advice on cover letters

"…cover letters don't mean much."

Fundraising reverend to read poems for 24h

Starting at 11.00 a.m. on Friday 30 March, the Dean, the Very Reverend Dr Frances Ward, will read poetry non-stop for 24 hours.

Call for Funny Science Haiku

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
"So this is essentially a call for some Haiku on various organisms, preferably ones that work in the phylogenetic context."

Is a bitch for a haiku
Too many sybbles

~Paul Clarkson

Patricia Jabbeh Wesley on Metta Samá (Lydia Melvin)

Saturday, March 24, 2012
On putting a book together:
During our little meeting, I struggled with her when she decided to kick out a few of the poems from the book because she felt that they made the book weaker and the book did not need them anyway. “Just because you have had these poems published in literary magazines doesn’t mean they all have to get into this book. They can wait for the next one,” Lydia stressed in that “hello, you getting me?” sort of way. I tell you, I was flabbergasted. I am an African woman, you hear me, and I am in every sense of the word, so when a younger sister claims that sort of authority with me, I kind of get a cultural shock. But I had a lot to learn, I tell you. Many of life’s lessons or the education we get does not come from professors paid to teach us, I have learned.

An interview with Marly Youmans

Friday, March 23, 2012
"If a writer relies on what she did the time before, she may please a publisher because a good many publishers don't like surprises, but she won't surprise herself..."

An interview with poetry prize-winner Joel Ephraims

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
"When you read even centuries old poetry you still get a sense of life and energy and real connection with something that is alive."

Call for Poems, Prose and Art

Monday, March 19, 2012
For Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Issue 18

"British/Jewish, English/Welsh, seeker/sceptic, bourgeois/bohemian, poet/doctor"

Saturday, March 17, 2012
Profile: Dannie Abse

moria poetry

Friday, March 16, 2012
[the asemic issue] …is fresh.

"Many of us became writers because we were silenced in some way…"

Thursday, March 15, 2012
Speaking the Poem's Voice by Polly Clark

Gwyneth Lewis: "Writing Clytemnestra has taken three years – much longer than a poem."

"For me poetry comes naturally but theatre is new to me."

Sylvia Plath: Put Poetry Before Biography

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Alex Pryce writes, "Many readers come to Plath thinking of her apparent unhappiness, but to indulge this tendency is to miss out on the rewards of Plath's literary work."

Why We Wear Masks

Monday, March 12, 2012
An essay by Jeannine Hall Gailey

Paul Mitchell Interviews Dorothy Porter

Saturday, March 10, 2012
Porter says she didn't know much about the art of the librettist before Mills asked her to work with him, but she went into it with a "spirit of adventure".

Private writing in a public space: Café Poet Anne Kellas

Friday, March 09, 2012
"The cafe gets very busy but it’s the ideal atmosphere to write in…"

How Do I Get the Right Blurb?

Tuesday, March 06, 2012
by Cynthia Arrieu-King

The Nervous Breakdown

Monday, March 05, 2012
… is fresh.

Chapbook with pay-it-forward bonus

Debbie Yee: "Part of the scope of the grant is a pay-it-forward component, where I make my own chapbooks and give them away if a reader will first buy the chap of an emerging writer or demonstrate that they have recently done so."

Four wakes and a funeral for Andrew McMillan

"Most of us would be lucky to get one wake after we kick off – a few maudlin mongrels standing around for just long enough to neck a few whiskies, exhale a few whines and piss off before the fights break out. But our mate Andrew McMillan got better than one miserable wake – he got four raucous sendoffs."

Andrew McMillan has won literary awards for essays, short stories and poetry, had a play produced by Darwin Theatre Company (Dingo Calling), written and produced radio specials for the ABC (On The Roadhouse x 25) and written lyrics for Janie Kitto, an Aussie singer/recording artist based in Europe.