A panel presentation with: Lou Orfanella (poet, editor, publisher, college professor), Cortney Davis (poet, author, nurse), Tony Fusco (editor, publisher, poet, computer geek for a living), Brian Clements (poet, director of the MFA in writing at WCSU), and Faith Vicinanza (poet, photographer, editor, publisher, I.T. manager by day).
What does it take to get a publisher, to get accepted, to know a poem is ready to be submitted, to track your submissions, what about the guidelines, what about self-publishing, what about an agent? Come ask your questions of a CT-based panel of experts.
There will be refreshments and Cortney Davis has generously offered to bring two bags of used journals, anthologies and books on writing to give away, as well as books for sale which include 80+ full length poetry collections, in mint condition and some brand new, all by well-known poets, that will sell for $2 each with $1 going to Wednesday night poetry! This will be great, because it’s by donations that we are able to occasionally bring in out-of-state poets.
Cortney Davis is the author of four poetry collections, including “Leopold’s Maneuvers,” winner of the Prairie Schooner Poetry Prize. Her other publications include two non-fiction books, “I Knew a Woman” (Random House), winner of the Center for the Book non-fiction award, and “The Heart’s Truth: Essays on the Art of Nursing” (Kent State Univ.), winner of the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award and an IPPY Silver Medal in non-fiction; two anthologies, a book of poems for children and, most recently, a novel, “To Begin Again” (OakTara Publications). Cortney has been awarded an NEA Poetry Grant and three CT. Commission on the Arts Poetry Fellowships. She is the poetry editor of the journal “Alimentum: the Literature of Food.” www.cortneydavis.com.
Tony Fusco is President of the CT Poetry Society and has a Masters Degree in Creative Writing from Southern Connecticut State University. He is the editor of Caduceus, the anthology of the Yale Medical Group Art Place and past editor of The Connecticut River Review, and Long River Run, journals of the Connecticut Poetry Society. He has been editor of the Southern News and the poetry anthologies High Tide and Sounds and Waves of West Haven. His work as appeared in many publications including the Connecticut Review, Louisiana Literature, the Red Rock Review, The South Carolina Review, Lips, and The Paterson Review. He is the author of Droplines published in 2009 by Grayson Books and of Jessie’s Garden published in 2004 by Negative Capability Press and 3 Chapbooks. His poetry has won prizes in several contests including: The Sunken Garden Poetry Prize, He is a member of the New England Poetry Club. Tony has produced West Shore Poets a television poetry series at CTV. and is web-master for several web sites including the CT Poetry Society.
Brian Clements is the Founding Editor of the independent non-profit press Firewheel Editions and of Firewheel’s flagship publication _Sentence: a Journal of Prose Poetics_. He is the author or editor of seven books, most recently a book of prose poems, _And How to End It_ from Quale Press, and its sequel, _Jargon_, which is out this month, also from Quale Press. He teaches at Western Connecticut State University.
The Last Automat Press owner/publisher Lou Orfanella is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and drama including most recently The Sun Cannot Decide, Brief Encounters: Flash Fiction, and A Cabin in the Pines: A One Act Play. His work has appeared in publications including The New York Daily News, College Bound, English Journal, World Hunger Year Magazine, Discoveries, Teacher Magazine, and New York Teacher. He holds degrees from Columbia University and Fordham University and teaches writing at Western Connecticut State University. He has presented scores of public readings of his work and offers individual and group writing workshops. He can be contacted at LORFANELLA@hotmail.com.
Faith Vicinanza is a published poet, nature photographer, grandmother of eight, author of three collections of poetry, and currently working on her 4th and 5th poetry collections and a memoir. She is widely published and has been the editor for Hanover Press for nearly 15 years.