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10 Best Poetry Podcasts for Poets

For a little over a year now, I’ve been a co-host of the WritersMarket.com podcast with Brian A. Klems (listen here). While we cover business and marketing topics for writers, I want to share some of the best poetry podcasts for poets of which I’m aware (in no particular order). If you have a...

37 Common Poetry Terms

While I try to explain them as I go, I often drop common poetry terms on this blog in the course of describing poetic forms, during poet interviews, and more. So I’m going to share some common definitions in this post–most of them appear in the glossary of Poet’s Market (one more reason to...

Remembering Poet Thomas Lux

Poet Thomas Lux passed away this weekend on Sunday. Here’s a short tribute from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. As you may know, Lux volunteered as a former guest judge for the April PAD Challenge, and he was interviewed for this blog (read it here). He was a force within Atlanta poetry and throughout the country,...

Tips From Poet’s Market

As most of you already know, I’m the editor of Poet’s Market in addition to all the other hats I wear around here. It’s a hat I wear proudly, and I’m always trying to figure out ways to improve the annual book. That said, the greatest contributions come from other folks, including the hundreds...

Why Do Authors Cross Out Name When Signing Book?

When I attended my first book signing (for the Market Book series), a fellow editor advised me to cross out my name when signing copies. It’s a practice I’ve kept up since, and I’ve seen other authors do it as well, but I still wonder, “Why do authors cross out name when signing book?”...

Poetry Resolutions for 2017!

I don’t know how your poeming went in 2017, but mine was sort of up and down. On one hand, I wrote several drafts that I’m super excited about. On the other hand, my poetry submissions have been so lax that even a rejection would be a welcome sight about now. That said, here’s...

10 Best Winter Poems for Poets and Lovers of Poetry

In the northern hemisphere, winter is nearly upon us. In fact, many would argue that winter is already here–and they have the snow to prove it! As such, here are my picks for the 10 best winter poems for poets and lovers of poetry. If I’ve missed your favorite, no problem. Share your favorite...

5 Poets No One’s Heard of but Should

It’s one of my favorite questions to ask during poet interviews, something along the lines of “who is your favorite poet nobody knows but should?” And the reason is simple: I love learning about new-to-me poets no one’s heard of but should know, whether they’re contemporary or long lost voices of the past. So...

Meet the Poets of Poetic Asides

Recently, I was approached by Poetic Asides regulars Jane Shlensky and Nancy Posey about the possibility of Tammy and I heading up to Hickory, North Carolina, for a special poetry event that would try to bring together many of the Poetic Asides poets who’ve toiled on the blog–some for years and others who are...

Write Poetry for a Chance at $5,000 Cash (and More)!

For more than 80 years, Writer’s Digest has put on an annual writing competition for up and coming writers in a variety of disciplines, including poetry. The Grand Prize winner receives $5,000 cash, a paid trip to the annual Writer’s Digest Conference, an interview in Writer’s Digest magazine, and so much more! There are...

2015 April PAD Challenge: Next Steps

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, “What a poetry challenge!” Here are some numbers for 2015: 30 days 34 prompts (including 4 “Two for Tuesday” prompts) 26,000+ comments (and counting) 30 guest judges 1 incredible month! So, what’s next? First off, there’s a lot of poetry and poeming that happens around...

Find More Readers and Success With Your Poetry

Writing poetry for the sake of writing poetry is a worthwhile pursuit, but poets who wish to build an audience for their poetry will benefit from Find More Readers and Success With Your Poetry, an hour-long live webinar on finding more readers and success with their poetry. This session will share lessons learned first...

The Poetry World A-Z

Poets, save this post! It just may be the most incredible, informational, controversial, and blah-blah-blah poetry-related post you ever read! Ever!!!! After saving the post, be sure to share it with everyone–whether they like poetry or not. Because this post is about uncover the wide world of poetry by using the…wait for it…alphabet! Spectacular,...

Interviewing Poets: Why and How

Please welcome Glenda Council Beall to the blog. She was inspired to write a guest post after reading Jeannine Hall Gailey’s post on poetry book reviews last month. I really enjoy the guest posts on this blog, but they can only happen with your participation. If you have an idea, send it my way...

Reviewing Poetry Books: Why Does It Matter?

Please welcome the incredible Jeannine Hall Gailey to the blog! She’s going to cover a topic that I don’t feel gets enough coverage: poetry book reviews. I’m enjoying the guest posts on this blog, but they can only continue with your participation. If you have an idea, send it my way at robert.brewer@fwmedia.com, and...

Writing the Urban Sketch

Earlier this month, Daniel Roessler shared a three-part series on nature and poetry. I’m hoping to continue sharing both guest posts on various topics on Thursdays (missed last week because of illness and deadlines). If you have an idea, send it my way at robert.brewer@fwmedia.com, and we’ll work to flesh it out. This guest...

What Is the Value of Poetry?

In the opening poem (“matters of great importance”) of my collection, Solving the World’s Problems, I ask a simple question: what’s more important / writing a poem / or building a bridge… At least, the question starts off simple enough, but then it continues to spiral out into giving thanks, stocking chairs, delivering chairs,...

5 Favorite Poetry Collections: Bruce W. Niedt

For the final installment of the five-part series on favorite poetry collections, I’m happy to host Poetic Asides regular Bruce W. Niedt. He’s been involved with this blog so long that I can’t remember a time when he wasn’t commenting and/or sharing his love of poetry and other poets. Bruce is a career civil...

5 Favorite Poetry Collections: Kelli Russell Agodon

Here’s part four of the five-part series in which poets share their five favorite poetry collections–with reasons for their selections included. Hopefully, it’ll shine light on collections that absolutely need to be read (by the way, check out my 5 best books of 2013). This week, please welcome Kelli Russell Agodon! ***** When Robert...

5 Favorite Poetry Collections: Hannah Stephenson

Here’s part three of the five-part series in which poets share their five favorite poetry collections–with reasons for their selections included. Hopefully, it’ll help shine light on collections that absolutely need to be read. This week, please welcome Hannah Stephenson. ***** Here are five poetry collections I often return to. The Man Suit, by...

5 Favorite Poetry Collections: Tom C. Hunley

Here’s part two of the five-part series in which poets share their five favorite poetry collections–with reasons for their selections included. Hopefully, it’ll help shine light on collections that absolutely need to be read. This week, please welcome Tom C. Hunley. ***** A few years ago in a lecture at a writing conference, Robert...

Save on Your Poetry References

Today, the Writer’s Digest online shop is doing it’s an annual big sale that involves books, OnDemand webinars, and more discounted at 50% off their normal prices. It’s kind of a big deal. For instance, a poet who hasn’t purchased the 2014 Poet’s Market yet could get a copy today for only $15. All...

Call for Submissions: 2015 Poet’s Market

I originally posted this information on the WritersMarket.com blog, but since this one covers poetry exclusively, why not re-post here? If you have a great idea for an article pitch, I’d love to hear it. If not, you should at least be able to submit some poems for consideration. Running until 11:59 p.m. (Atlanta,...