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  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (January 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786463929
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786463923
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,331,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Women and Poetry: Tips on Writing, Teaching and Publishing by Successful Women Poets is a delicious array of topics guaranteed to stimulate your muse whether you are an emerging or established professional. The contributing authors offer invaluable insight into the gamut of writing issues."
---Dr. Barbara Harbach, co-editor, Women in the Arts: Eccentric Essays in Music, Art, and Literature, (Columbia Scholars Press, 2010)

"Women and Poetry: Tips on Writing, Teaching and Publishing by Successful Women Poets presents a cornucopia of advice and commentary on the poetic process for both the beginning and skilled poet. Melding creativity and practicality, the volume harmonizes the multiple voices of a broad spectrum of women poets. "
-- Dr. Robert P. Holley, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, contributor, Writing and Publishing: the Librarian's Handbook (ALA Editions), 2010),  author of over one hundred publications.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Story Circle Book Reviews on April 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
Unlike the reclusive Emily Dickinson in her Amherst room, modern day poets have a need to reach out to teachers, a creative community of other poets, and to have our voices heard. Support for all aspects of a poet's life come in the form of 59 essays in Women on Poetry.

One of the essayists, Suzanna M. Henson, writes: "Poetry is a living, breathing presence in American life." Emily Dickinson is an example of a poet who translated life experiences into poetry. Her words, as well as those of William Carlos Williams, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Sylvia Plath are cited in "Tapping Inspiration: Using Life Experiences in Your Poetry", which appears in Part 1, "Our Writing Life--A Collective Voice." The section also includes practical and inspiring advice in "The Fine Art of Revision" by Judith Skillman, and "Mirrors and Muses: Poetry with Friends." In the latter essay, Kate Chadbourne, a singer, storyteller and poet in New England, encourages poets to meet with other poets, by sharing poems via email, getting together at a cafe to chat and write, or going to dinner and a poetry reading. She reminds us to support our friends by attending their readings and buying their books. Kristen Berkey-Abbott in "Poetry at the Swimming Pool and Other Unconventional Places" gives pointers on creating your own book tour."Women Writing for (a) Change: History, Philosophy, Programs" is a fascinating essay by Sarah W. Bartlett who is an owner of one of the affiliates of this empowering program in Vermont.

In Part II, "We Who Pass It on--Tips on Teaching," Ellen Bass offers her "Top 14 Teaching Tips." These are essential for those who plan to teach workshops in their community or at conferences and retreats.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Gunn on February 5, 2012
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"This collection of articles is a modern day literary 'tool belt' for women poets at all stages of their writing career. Whether you are just starting out, refining your craft, or trying to find balance in your creative life, this collection will become a roadmap to literary success!"
-Connie Post, Poet Laureate Emerita of Livermore, California (2005-2009); winner of the 2009 Caesura Poetry Award
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Janet G. Husband on February 1, 2012
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This is a kaleidoscope of concise and beautifully written essays about writing and teaching poetry. Every page offers insights--from sources of inspiration, the art of revision and the constraints of meter and rhyme to practical advice on getting published, promoting your work and starting a blog. Poets and teachers will love it.
---Janet Husband, author of Sequels (American Library Association, 4th ed., 2009)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Luna on January 30, 2012
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"Women and Poetry: Tips on Writing, Teaching and Publishing by Successful Women Poets is a delicious array of topics guaranteed to stimulate your muse whether you are an emerging or established professional. The contributing authors offer invaluable insight into the gamut of writing issues. Congratulations to Carol Smallwood and Colleen S. Harris for gathering and editing this treasure book of wisdom."
---Dr. Barbara Harbach, co-editor, Women in the Arts: Eccentric Essays in Music, Art, and Literature, (Columbia Scholars Press, 2010) and Editor of WomenArts Quarterly Journal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lee on April 22, 2012
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In the March 2012 issue of The Writer magazine, one can find a full review of this wonderful book (page 20-21.)"Imagine having more than 40 fellow female poetry writers all gathered in one room, all willing to give you useful advice on the how and why of writing poetry. One by one, these women pull you aside and whisper in your ear their individual take on the writing process or the publishing world. They give you checklists, worksheets and questions to ponder. They provide personal examples from their own writing lives to help you learn what they have learned. Their overall intent is to improve your own poetry-writing experience and to convey their love of the writing process and of poetry in general."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susan Lynch on March 13, 2012
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This book is a writer-friendly, comprehensive guide to the practical matters facing poets and teachers of poetry. Each subject is covered in clear, concise, sympatico language that anyone can peruse and use straight from the carton. There are chapters (59!) for everything, from where to find inspiration and time to write to how to present at a conference; when, where, why and how to publish a chapbook; writing on taboo subjects such as childhood sexual abuse; how to teach grammar, meter, 19th century women poets, and myriad other helpful perspectives. Sequenced in four sections: writing, teaching, publishing and essential wisdom, the table of contents gives simple yet precise direction to a reader's area of interest and who is giving the advice. I was impressed by the cohesive positive energy of the compilation, the generosity with which each author shares her considerable expertise and experience, personal and professional, toward the goal of giving the reader what she needs to do her own writing, teaching, publishing and presenting with panache.
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