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If you live in the Boston, MA area or will be visiting in early November, mark your calendar for The Somerville News Writers Festival V, to be held at the Jimmy Tingle Theater on November 11 at 7 p.m. Featured poets include Gloria Mindock, Dainelle Legros Georges, Irene Koronas, La Galluccio, and Douglas Holder. The 2007 Ibbetson Street Lifetime Award will be presented to Robert Pinksy, former U.S. Poet Laureate and founder of The Favorite Poem Project.

A classic 1994 Dave Barry column explores the poetry anthology biz.

The poems are out there: poetry about aliens.


UPDATE FROM LO (not "LA") GALLUCIO (with apologies):

Thanks for the mention. I only wanted to let you know that my name is actually Lo Galluccio, not La Galluccio. Although I kind of like your variation. I also have an Italian website at I'll be reading at Out of the Blue Gallery with Edward J. Carvahlo on August 18th. Again, thanks for the mention and your publicizing the Writer's Festival which I am proud to be part of this year.

WD Poetic Form Challenge

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Kimo Winner

Learn the winner and Top 10 list for the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the kimo.

8 Things Writers Should Know About Tattoos

8 Things Writers Should Know About Tattoos

Tattoos and their artists can reveal interesting details about your characters and offer historical context. Here, author June Gervais shares 8 things writers should know about tattoos.

Tyler Moss | Reporting Through Lens of Social Justice

Writing Through the Lens of Social Justice

WD Editor-at-Large Tyler Moss makes the case for reporting on issues of social justice in freelance writing—no matter the topic in this article from the July/August 2021 issue of Writer's Digest.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Intentional Trail

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Intentional Trail

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have a character leave clues for people to find them.

Sharon Maas: On Books Finding the Right Time

Sharon Maas: On Books Finding the Right Time

Author Sharon Maas discusses the 20-year process of writing and publishing her new historical fiction novel, The Girl from Jonestown.

6 Steps to Becoming a Good Literary Citizen

6 Steps to Becoming a Good Literary Citizen

While the writing process may be an independent venture, the literary community at large is full of writers who need and want your support as much as you need and want theirs. Here, author Aileen Weintraub shares 6 steps in becoming a good literary citizen.

Daniel Paisner: On the Pursuit of a Creative Life

Daniel Paisner: On the Pursuit of a Creative Life

Journalist and author Daniel Paisner discusses the process of writing his new literary fiction novel, Balloon Dog.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 614

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write a summer poem.

Give Your Characters a Psych Eval

Give Your Fictional Characters a Psych Eval

TV writer, producer, and novelist Joshua Senter explains why characters can do absolutely anything, but it's important to give them a psych eval to understand what can lead them there.