Author Archives: Robert Lee Brewer

About Robert Lee Brewer

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Hélène Cardona

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 26

Every day brings joy and pain, at least that’s what my Facebook feed would have me believe. Every day, I see stories of people helping each other and harming each other. Every day, I see surprises that improve lives and surprises that completely shatter lives. Every day, babies are born, people die, and some...

Todd Swift

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 25

What an exciting month! One thing I tried to do this year was involve a few international judges, since we have participants from around the world. Today’s guest judge is definitely one of those: He’s from Canada, based in London, and today is in Paris. But really, every judge–whether here or there–is worth checking...

Matt Rasmussen

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 24

If you were to use one word to describe your April this year, what would it be? For me, I’d probably select whirlwind. I always come into the month expecting it to last forever, but it rushes by faster than I can imagine–and I’ve been through a few now. Anyway, play along or not–thought...

Kathryn Stripling Byer

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 23

Believe it or not, we only have a week left of poeming after today’s prompt. Let’s make it the best week of the month! For today’s prompt, write a historic poem. It could be a poem about a landmark event, specific battle, an era in time, or whatever you consider a historic happening. *****...

Justin Marks

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 22

Way to go, everyone! I know it’s impossible to comment on everyone’s poem during this challenge, but remember that a few kind words here and there can help your fellow poets keep at it during this final week or so of the challenge. Keep at poeming! For today’s prompt, write a nature poem. For...

J.P. Dancing Bear

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 21

Today marks three weeks into the challenge! If you’re still on board, great job! Let’s kick this month’s butt as we move into the single digits for days left in this challenge. For today’s prompt, we’re dealing with our third “Two for Tuesday” prompt(s): Write a “what you are” poem, or… Write a “what...

Megan Volpert

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 20

This challenge has been and will continue to be great, but I want to make everyone aware of a contest deadline that just around the corner for the Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition. The deadline is May 4, and one grand prize winner will receive $5,000 in cash, an interview in Writer’s Digest magazine,...

Dorianne Laux (photo by John Campbell)

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 19

I have to admit: I was more than a little worried about yesterday’s poem. But it looks like most people survived it. In fact, there were some incredibly tight pieces that emerged yesterday. Let’s keep it rolling today. For today’s prompt, write an authority poem. Maybe you are an authority on something or know...

Christian Bök

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 18

I’m not going to sugar coat it; today’s prompt is a little different. But hey, different can sometimes be good, right? (Crickets.) For today’s prompt, pick 2 vowels and write a poem using words that only contain one or both of those vowels. For instance, write a poem with words that only have a...

Todd Boss

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 17

I’ve heard from a couple people about a problem with commenting on other poems. I’m forwarding to our tech team in the hopes of getting the issue resolved, because I know everyone can use as much positive reinforcement as possible. Let me say this generally though; the poems I’ve been reading this year have...

Cecilia Woloch

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 16

Great job, everyone! We’ve made it past the half-way marker, and so many are still trucking along, making new friends, finding new favorite poets, and–hopefully–having fun! Let’s make the second half even more fulfilling than the first. For today’s prompt, write a science poem. Your poem could be about science in a general sense,...

Alberto Rios

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 15

After today, we’ll be half way through this challenge. It’s hard to believe, but April is flying by. For today’s prompt, pick an adjective, make it the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. If you’re feeling stuck on this one, go back through your poems earlier this month and find adjectives...

Annie Finch

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 14

It’s Tuesday, so I guess it’s appropriate that I have two things to discuss this morning. First, it was pointed out that there is a person copying and pasting other people’s work in the comments of this blog, which is probably the laziest form of plagiarism I’ve ever seen–but we’re working to get this...

Terri Kirby Erickson

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 13

I don’t know if I need to point this out, but I will anyway. Please give the guest judges some loving each day. As with everyone else involved with this challenge, they’ve graciously volunteered their talent and–more importantly–their writing time to contribute to this project. Please check out their work and, if you like...

Kim Addonizio (photo by Lin Tan)

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 12

Every year, I do a few speaking appearances around the country, and this year I’m actually going to be leaving the country–headed north of the border and Vancouver to Squamish, British Columbia, Canada for the Quest Writer’s Conference. I’ll be one of the Fellows, and the faculty includes Alicia Ostriker, Oliver de la Paz,...

Michael Dylan Welch

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 11

I’m headed back to Georgia today with Will and Hannah. So wish us luck, send good thoughts and prayers, and anything else you prefer. Here’s hoping we’ll have a safe voyage and a new prompt tomorrow morning. Speaking of gas prices, be sure to check out my debut poetry collection Solving the World’s Problems–if...

Ruben Queseda

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 10

One of the cool parts of the challenge is having the chance to be included in the second volume of the Poem Your Heart Out anthology. The book includes each prompt, the winning poem for that prompt, space to put your own poem(s), and more. The first volume rocked, and you can get a...

Alison Stine

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 9

It’s an inexact science pairing up guest judges with prompts/days in the challenge. A few request days, but most don’t. I chose the 9th for today’s judge, because I learned that the release of the Kindle edition of her debut young adult novel is today! Yes, if you have a Kindle and are into...

Denise Duhamel

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 8

Huffington Post recently posted an article on 5 Cool, Fun (and Funny!) National Poetry Month Projects, and guess what one of the five projects happened to be? This challenge! It’s only cool and fun, because of the people participating–so great job, everyone, for rocking so much. For today’s prompt, write a dare poem. This...

David Kirby

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 7

There is a prompt and example poem attached to each day of this challenge, as well as a guest judge, but don’t forget to check out the poetic posts at the bottom as well. There are links to poet interviews, poetic forms, and more. It took an entire week to get to our first...

Molly Peacock

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 6

Our first Monday of the challenge, and we’re not going to let it defeat us, right? Right? C’mon now, let’s get this week started off poetic! For today’s prompt, write a things-not-as-they-appear poem. Poetry is filled with metaphors, similes, symbols, and layered meanings, so this should be a softball prompt. If you’re struggling, look...

Denise Low

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 5

Heads up: After posting tomorrow morning’s poem, I’m going to be headed up to Ohio to visit my two oldest sons for their Spring Break. I’ll still be posting poems and trying to keep an eye on things, but I won’t have access to my regular F+W e-mail–and really, I’m going to be devoting...

Taylor Mali

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 4

Great job, everyone! It’s been a lot of fun reading everyone’s poems (ok, I haven’t been reading everyone’s poems, but I have been skimming through). Speaking of reading poems, if there are specific poets you really enjoy and would like to read more, try using Anders Bylund’s nifty Poem-A-Day search tool, which he developed...

Martha Silano

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 3

I always think of Day 3 as the day that the challenge gets real. Make it through today, and you can make it through this whole challenge. Also, this is our first Friday; be sure to keep up through the weekend–or catch up first thing on Monday morning. For today’s prompt, write a machine...

Afaa Michael Weaver (photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths)

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 2

Whew! What a great first day! I didn’t read everything, but I did read a lot yesterday, and I enjoyed a lot of what I read. Plus, it’s great to see all the positive feedback from so many. Before today’s prompt, I just wanted to call your attention to a couple things. First, you...