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Author Archives: Robert Lee Brewer

About Robert Lee Brewer

Senior Content Editor, Writer's Digest Community.

Interview with poet Cherryl Floyd-Miller

Earlier this year, Tammy and I took Baby Will with us to his first poetry event, a reading by Cherryl Floyd-Miller at Wordsmiths Books in Decatur, Georgia. Sadly, Wordsmiths has since closed, … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 9

Sorry for the late post today. I’ve had family visiting from Ohio the last few days, and they were all leaving this morning. So, you know, us Brewers can take our time saying … Read more

Good times!

I just finished having a great time on J.P. Dancing Bear’s “Out of Our Minds” poetry show on KKUP Cupertina. It was a lot fun–mostly because Bear has a real laid back … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 8

If you haven’t done so yet, I just wanted to mention that you can sign up for a free monthly newsletter from Poet’s Market (edited by yours truly) by going to www.poetsmarket.com … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 7

After we finish today’s poem, we’ll be a full week into April. Go us! Today is our first “Two for Tuesday” prompt of the month. On these days, I offer two prompts. … Read more

Fundamentals of Poetry Writing Workshop

If you want a way to continue the poetry beyond April, WritersOnlineWorkshops.com is now taking registrations for its Fundamentals of Poetry Writing workshop. The online course begins April 23 (registration closes April … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 6

All right, folks! After today, we’ll be 20% of the way through this challenge! And you’re all kicking some major booty, because I think y’all posted as many poems through the first … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 5

Whew! I’m tired. Was up until 4-ish this morning (driving home to Georgia from Ohio); tried posting around then; but the site was acting all funky. Now, on 3 hours sleep, I’m … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 4

Hope you’re having a good weekend! For today’s prompt, I want you to pick an animal; make that animal the title of your poem; then, write a poem. You could be very … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 3

The response has been so amazing that I now have all my blog comment notifications filtered into a folder in my Outlook. Isn’t that great?!? Something else that is great is that … Read more

Interview With Poet Denise Duhamel

(Note to prompt-hungry poets: This is not a prompt; please don’t mistakenly post your poems for prompts into the comments of this blog post.) Okay, so I know everyone’s busy with writing … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 2

Completely and utterly flabbergasted; that’s right–flabbergasted! You’re all so great. This challenge feels like it’s gone from being a house party to a block party–for poets no less. Basically, what I’m trying … Read more

April PAD Challenge: Day 1

Wow! It looks like we’ve got even more International participation than last year, and even the North American participants are chomping at the bit. In realization that much of the world is … Read more

Poetry Writing Titles on Sale Through April

Our eCommerce Marketing Manager just let me know this morning that all our poetry-related Writer’s Digest Books will be on sale through the month of April. All our poetry writing books will … Read more

April PAD Challenge 2009: Rules & Blah-blah-blah

I’m so excited (and I just can’t hide it)–tomorrow is when April begins, which means tomorrow is when the Poetic Asides April PAD Challenge begins! (Oh yeah!) Last night, I gathered some … Read more

November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 30

I’m so excited about Day 30 of our November PAD Chapbook Challenge that I’m going to go ahead and post now, instead of waiting until later this morning. It’s November 30th in … Read more

November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 29

Wow! I can’t believe tomorrow is actually the last day of this challenge. Isn’t that crazy?!? I haven’t even really been keeping too close of an eye on the poems I’ve been … Read more

November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 28

Okay, with 3 days left, it’s time to write a top-of-the-world or celebration poem. Even if your overall collection is a downer, try to find something related to your theme to celebrate. … Read more

Special Thanksgiving Day Post

Today, Tammy and I enjoyed Thanksgiving with her son (my stepson), Reese, and her family here in Georgia. It was a great time, and I was able to meet a few relatives … Read more

November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 27

We’re almost there. Time to crack our knuckles, roll up our sleeves, loosen our ties and get to work. What am I talking about? Today (at least in the U.S.) is Thanksgiving, which … Read more

November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 26

Okay, after today’s poem, there are only four days left for the November challenge. We’re sooooo close. And, yes, for those of us living in the States, there’s that little turkey-themed holiday … Read more

November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 25

I’ve noticed that a person or two has asked what I’ve got planned for after November. And here’s what I’m thinking: After November is over, y’all can have December to revise and … Read more

November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 24

Today starts our final week of this challenge. So, appropriately, I want you to write a hopeless or blues poem. We’re almost there, which is reason to celebrate, as well as reason … Read more

November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 23

Today’s prompt is to write a poem that I’m calling the “Been Everywhere” poem. If you’re doing locations, it would be a poem that gives a shout out to all the places … Read more

November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 22

For a collection (whether poetry, music, or whatever), I really like it when the individual pieces communicate with each other. So, for today’s poem, I want you to pick one of your … Read more

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