Dec 14 – Putting Together Your Poetry Collection – a panel discussion
Wondering what to do with all those poems? Thinking of putting together a collection–of any size? A panel of poets will talk and answer questions about their experience and share useful tips. Panelists to include Brad Davis, Claire Zoghb and Leslie McGrath, and one more to be announced.
Claire Zoghb’s full-length collection, Small House Breathing, won the 2008 Quercus Review Poetry Series Award and was published in fall 2009. A chapbook, Dispatches from Everest, is forthcoming from Pudding House Press. Her work has appeared in Connecticut Review, CALYX, Mizna: Prose, Poetry and Art Exploring Arab America, Natural Bridge, Naugatuck River Review, and in the anthologies Through A Child’s Eyes: Poems and Stories About War, Eating Her Wedding Dress: A Collection of Clothing Poems, and the forthcoming CRUSH. Twice a Pushcart Prize nominee, Claire was the winner of the 2008 Dogwood annual poetry competition. Her poem “Boundaries” was selected by Dorianne Laux for an Honorable Mention in the Crab Creek Review’s 2011 Poetry Contest. Her work was recently featured on http://www.mediterranean.nu. A freelance book designer and graphic artist, she lives and dines with her Lebanese husband Nicolas in New Haven’s Morris Cove neighborhood and works just across the harbor as Graphics Director at Long Wharf Theatre. Her late father-in-law, a native Alexandrian, continues to be her main muse.
Leslie McGrath is a widely published poet and a former managing editor of Drunken Boat , an online journal of the arts. “My poetry is informed by my training in clinical psychology, as well as a background in Spanish language literature,” she said. Her poetry has appeared in Agni online, Alimentum, Beloit Poetry Journal, DIAGRAM, Poetry Ireland, and elsewhere. Her literary interviews have appeared in the Writer’s Chronicle and on public radio. Winner of the 2004 Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, her first collection of poetry, Opulent Hunger, Opulent Rage, was published by Main Street Rag Press (2009.) She is also the editor, along with Ravi Shankar, of Radha Says, the posthumous poetry collection of Reetika Vazirani, published by Drunken Boat Press. A chapbook, Toward Anguish was published by the Providence Athenaeum, 2007. Read her poem How To Wolf A Cook on Poetry Liner Notes
Brad Davis has assembled several of his own books: the winning chapbook of the 2005 Sunken Garden Poetry Prize, four books with Antrim House, one with Wipf & Stock, and a chapbook (finalist in two contests) with Finishing Line Press. He is also editor of SUNKEN GARDEN POETRY 1992-2011, an anniversary anthology for Hill-Stead Museum and Wesleyan University Press (May 2012). In addition to editing books, Brad has been an editor of literary magazines since high school, founding Paumanok in 1986, Broken Bridge Review in 2003,and Theodate in 2011. He teaches creative writing at the College of the Holy Cross, and has recently judged two chapbook competitions.
Faith Vicinanza is poet, author of numerous chapbooks, a workshop facilitator and educator, a publisher and founder of Hanover Press which has published books from many poets around the state including a former state poet laureate. (She also founded the Wednesday Night Poetry Series). Faith is an advocate for peace, an advocate for the environment, an advocate for children and a long time supporter of poetry and small press activity in the state of Connecticut.