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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 171

I apologize for the late prompt this week, but it’s just been one of those days (and weeks, for that matter). Nothing horrible, just busy. For this week’s prompt, take the phrase … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 170 (Challenge Poems)

The 5th annual April PAD (Poem-A-Day) Challenge is nearly here! I hope to get a post up with all the guidelines sometime this week. As usual, I’m very excited and can’t wait … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 169 (Ekphrastic Poetry)

While at the AWP conference in Chicago, Tammy and I were able to swing by the Art Institute of Chicago. It was a great experience, and the art inspired quite a few … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 168 (Preparation Poems)

Okay, so I’m getting ready to attend my first AWP Conference ever in Chicago, which means that I still haven’t packed anything, and I’m scrambling to get as much work done as … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 167 (Risk Poems)

For this week’s prompt, write a risk poem. That is, write a poem in which either the narrator, a character, or whatever takes a risk, or in which risk is involved. For … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 166 (Thinking Poems)

Good morning! Over this past winter, I put together 8 e-books for writers that included some niche market guides, such as Horror Writer’s Market, Mystery Writer’s Market, and others. However, one of those … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 165 (Dead End Poems)

For this week’s poetry prompt, write a dead end poem. By dead end, I just mean hitting a wall or road block in a physical or metaphorical sense. And to make things … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 164 (Habit Poems)

Good news! I’ve announced which poems will be published in the 2013 Poet’s Market. Check out the selections. For this week’s poetry prompt, write a poem about a habit. The habit could … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 163

For this week’s prompt, write a friend of a friend poem. This poem would be one in which you write about or in the voice of a friend of a friend. Why … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 162

Poetry relies on art as much as (or maybe even more than) craft to communicate. Sometimes, we need to look at the ugly sides of human nature to find the beauty in … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 161

After getting bombarded with some unexpected projects at the end of 2011, I’m finally starting to catch up with 2012. It’s a pretty nice year so far, and I hope to start … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 160

I hope everyone has had a great start to 2012! I’ve been catching up on work-related stuff after nearly 2 weeks out of the office. Plus, I have started up two new … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 159

I apologize for the extremely late Wednesday Poetry Prompt. In fact, it’s probably Thursday for most folks. I’ve been on vacation this week, which means I’ve been playing with my five kids … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 158

For this week’s prompt, write a box poem. This poem is either about a box or includes a box somewhere in the poem (or title). Don’t be afraid to poem outside the … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 157

For those who participated in the haiku challenge over the weekend, I just want you to know the results are still coming. I’ll make a post as soon as I’m able. For … Read more

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 156

This is our first Wednesday Poetry Prompt since the 2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge. I hope everyone’s having fun getting their chapbooks together who participated. For this week’s prompt, write a “while … Read more

2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 30

We made it. Day 30! Now scramble up to the peak with me and jump up and down in celebration. Another PAD challenge completed! Before the prompt, a couple quick notes: A … Read more

A Quick Note on Being Respectful

Here we are again. In the midst of another Poem-A-Day challenge. Stepping on each other’s toes again. Sigh. I’m sorry I dropped the ball on this one, because everyone seemed to be … Read more

2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 29

For four weeks, we’ve poemed our hearts out. Now, we’re just a Two for Tuesday prompt and tomorrow away from completing this challenge. Let’s roll up our sleeves and work some magic. … Read more

2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 28

Whew! I can’t believe we’re only three days (well, two after today) from finishing another poem-a-day challenge. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving week (who celebrates Thanksgiving anyway). Click here to … Read more

2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 27

For today’s prompt, write a tribute poem. Write your tribute poem for anyone or anything you like–Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Harry Potter, etc. Have fun! Here’s my attempt: “Poets” For those about … Read more

2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 26

For today’s prompt, write a good old days poem. Sometimes the good old days were actually good or not, everyone has a good old days poem in them (even if it’s someone … Read more

2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 25

For today’s prompt, please write a consumption poem. There are any number of things we consume as people, and even more if you think outside the human experience. Some are good, some … Read more

2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 24

Happy Thanksgiving (for all people who celebrate Thanksgiving)! For all people who don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, happy fourth Thursday of the month of November. Unfortunately, we had to call off the Thanksgiving trip … Read more

2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 23

If all goes well this morning, I’ll be on the road by 5 a.m. Atlanta time. If you’re able to participate today, please help spread the word about this prompt on Facebook, … Read more

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