By the way, I appreciate the poetry spotlight ideas people have sent my way. Keep them coming at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Poetry Spotlight Idea.
The 2017 Poet’s Market, edited by Robert Lee Brewer, includes hundreds of poetry markets, including listings for poetry publications, publishers, contests, and more! With names, contact information, and submission tips, poets can find the right markets for their poetry and achieve more publication success than ever before.
In addition to the listings, there are articles on the craft, business, and promotion of poetry–so that poets can learn the ins and outs of writing poetry and seeking publication. Plus, it includes a one-year subscription to the poetry-related information on WritersMarket.com. All in all, it’s the best resource for poets looking to secure publication.
The AWP Conference is the annual conference for the Association of Writers & Writing Programs. So it’s an event for writers, sure, but also an event for those who instruct writers (often, but not always, writers themselves). The conference changes cities each year, and this year will be in Washington, DC, February 8-11; next year, it will be in Tampa, FL, in March.
I’ve personally only been to one of these conferences, and it was an eye opening experience. I spoke on a panel when AWP breezed through the windy city of Chicago. And this was probably the first conference in which the speaking portion was less stressful than the wandering portion.
There are so many booths and tables for exhibitors that it felt like a comic convention or BookExpo America (a large book publishing event). But I ran into several people I’d “met” online; most of them noticing me first, because I was shell shocked. So it’s a great event for meeting people you know and for making new friends.
Plus, there are several panels, discussions, off-site poetry readings, the latest in writing and writing instruction, and so much more. Despite being overwhelmed the first time I attended, I do hope to make it down to Tampa next year (hopefully I’ll be signing a new book).
Check out these other poetic posts:
- Bryan Borland: Poet Interview.
- Collecting Poems Into a Book: 5 Poets Share Their Method.
- WD Poetic Form Challenge: Diminishing Verse.