This book really is a workshop for writers on the go, with writing prompts (and sample poems based on those prompts), craft tips and Q&As contributed by more than 50 poets – from Jeanne Marie Beaumont and Adele Kenny to Baron Wormser, Jane Hirshfield and Jeffrey McDaniel, to list just a few of the names that popped out at me.
The book was inspired by Diane’s blog, Blogalicious, and her monthly poetry email newsletter, which regularly features poetry prompts and sample poems, craft tips and book recommendations. If you don’t receive her newsletter already, take a second to sign up via her blog (The sign-up box is on the right-hand side of the page).
I’m pleased to have my poem “Still Life,” from Every Possible Blue, included in the anthology, along with a Q&A that Diane and I did about how I came to write the poem.
BOOK LAUNCH IN WEST CALDWELL, NJ THIS SUNDAY
For those in the area, there will be a book launch reading and party this Sunday, November 10th at 2:00 p.m. at the West Caldwell Public Library (30 Clinton Rd., West Caldwell, NJ). Approximately 20 contributors will be on hand to read from the book and sign your copy. (Unfortunately I cannot be there, except in spirit.)
WANT TO WIN A COPY OF THE BOOK?
For those who can’t make it to West Caldwell, I will be giving away a copy of The Crafty Poet: A Portable Workshop at the end of this month. To enter the book giveaway, just leave a comment on this web post that includes your name and the name of the best poetry book you read this year. (It doesn’t have to be a new book; I just want to know what I should add to my reading list.)
By the way, if I get a good number of responses I may have to make book giveaways a regular thing around here!