Publishing Your Poems (with Gail Thomas)
Whether you want to submit individual poems to journals or publish a complete manuscript, this workshop will give practical advice for presenting your best work. We'll explore how to find journals and presses that best fit your writing style, the importance of formatting, titles, and cover letters, poetry contests and the option of self-publishing. Publication involves risk-taking, so we'll also talk about dealing with rejection. *Please bring five poems for the hands-on demonstration of how these might work as a manuscript. Recommended for intermediate and advanced writers who have a body of work.
GAIL THOMAS has published four books of poetry: Odd Mercy (2016), Waving Back (2015), No Simple Wilderness: An Elegy for Swift River Valley (2001) and Finding the Bear (1997). Her work has appeared in many journals and anthologies, including The Beloit Poetry Journal, Calyx, The North American Review, Hanging Loose, and Valparaiso Poetry Review. She was awarded residencies at The McDowell Colony in New Hampshire and Ucross in Wyoming. As one of the original teaching artists for the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Elder Arts Initiative, Thomas led workshops and collaborated with dancers, musicians and storytellers in schools, nursing homes, hospitals and libraries across the state. You may read more about her work at www.gailthomaspoet.com.
When: Sunday, April 14 (1-4pm)
Where: Commons Coworking, Williamsburg MA