Print by Note to Self.
If you write or love formal poetry, and are going to be near Philadelphia this summer, the West Chester Poetry Conference is running from June 5-8. A.E. Stallings, William Logan, Dana Gioia and many more poets will be present, as well as my beautiful, genius grad school roommate (and bestie) Anne-Marie Thompson who will be reading from her collection, Audiation, which won the 2013 Donald Justice Poetry Prize.
I have a review of Gregory Chatonsky’s work at the Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei coming out this week in Daily Serving! I had the pleasure of visiting this little gem in the heart of downtown while visiting Taiwan for two amazing weeks.
Stay tuned–Chatonsky has some amazing stuff!
Now that all MFA decisions have been made (4/1 being the deadline), you’re either entering a program in the fall, or in a slump after the frenzy of applications and rejections.
Take this as a gift of time to read more and widely. (This year marks my departure from primarily American and primarily realist literature. It’s a heathy divorce.) Much of contemporary fiction is flooded with mediocre stuff. Don’t add to it. Take a break from writing, and read outside of what you’ve been reading, or get to the stuff you know is great. And don’t lose hope. The important thing is that you create worthwhile work. Writing is a craft, and craft requires mastery. It doesn’t matter when or how long it takes. You don’t always have control over that anyway.