I am really excited to be joining Barrelhouse's upcoming Conversations & Connections conference in Arlington, VA on Saturday, May 12. I'll be appearing on a panel with Dan Brady and Celeste Doaks titled "To Make the World in Words: Writing Poetry From Real Life" (description below), and I will be providing feedback on people's poems during the "speed dating with an editor" event. I'm also super excited to attend the event and catch the other panels, especially the Poetry and Engagement panel. Check out the website, and I hope to see you there!
TO MAKE THE WORLD IN WORDS: WRITING POETRY FROM REAL LIFE
Our best material often comes from our lived experience, but that doesn’t make it any easier to write. Writing from real life presents its own thorny set of questions: How true does this have to be? What will people who know me think? This is real, but is it interesting? The poets on our panel will discuss how to navigate these questions and more, including the advantages poetry has over fiction and non-fiction when getting to the truth.
Panelists: Dan Brady (Strange Children, Barrelhouse Poetry Editor), Celeste Doaks (Cornrows and Cornfields), Gina Myers (Philadelphia, The Tiny Editor)