Q&A

On Handling Criticism and Critique Groups

Over the weekend, I was asked by a poet for tips on how to handle criticism as he tried thinking out whether he should join a writing critique group. With his work, he was afraid of a few things: He wouldn’t be able to handle the critiques. That is, he was afraid too much...

Are You Planning Ahead for a Big Hit in Poetry?

I received a couple questions over the weekend as part of my Writer’s Market thing I do. And I thought they both would work well as things to ponder here. In fact, I’m opening myself up to poetry specific questions at my work email (robert.brewer@fwpubs.com) if you put “Poetic Asides Poetry Question” in your...

Does Self-Publishing Wreck Poetry Careers?

Received this question via e-mail from poet Liesl Garner: “Last year I performed a poetry show at our local Fringe Festival. I got wonderful reviews, and I am performing a Repeat Performance in October of this year. The Fringe Festival is every Spring, and I plan to participate each year. After my first show,...

How to list in POET'S MARKET

If you or anyone you know has a journal (print or online), press, contest, festival, conference/workshop, or organization you’d like to appear in the 2009 edition of Poet’s Market (which comes out in August 2008), it’s simply a matter of submitting the appropriate questionnaire for consideration. (This is for NEW listings or listings that...

Published is Published!

A couple of weeks ago I participated in an editor’s panel at the National Federation of State Poetry Societies Convention in Oklahoma City. My fellow panelists were Madelyn Eastlund (former NFSPS president and editor of Harp-Strings Poetry Journal) and Sandra Soli (a very experienced poetry editor and widely published poet). The three of us looked...