being a poet

Writing Weightless

September 24, 2012

Sometimes it is hard to get yourself to write. You sit in your favorite coffee shop chair, order a warm drink, stare at the reflections on the shop’s front windows, tapping your pencil to the trad jazz in the background. Other times, you sit down and the world dissolves into each sentence you [...]

Tate Street Festival Flash Poetry Contest

September 22, 2012

What a day! Thanks to everyone who joined us for the Tate Street Festival Flash Poetry Contest!  We’ll be reading through the poems and announce our winners within the next week. Stay posted! In the meantime, check out our post on other poetry contests for this fall, read about some great [...]

Should Poetry Be ‘More Playful’?

June 29, 2012

Noah Berlatsky of the Atlantic claims in this article, “As verse becomes increasingly dry, it’s getting more and more irrelevant.”   Agree or disagree? And..if you agree, is it, as Berlatsky says, “all the fault of the MFA program professionalization of highbrow lit” [...]

Writing Utensils

October 1, 2011

Inspiration is a fancy word for dedication.  Poetry has the power and stigma of being a mystical art. How must one sit down and fill a page?  Here are three tools for getting something on the page: 1. Music I always write to music.  Music takes pressure off of the silence. I am comfortable [...]