Stephanie M. Wytovich, MFA

Dear Anne Sexton

An open letter to Anne Sexton on her birthday.
Stephanie M. Wytovich, MFA

When Fiction Sells, Why Write Speculative Poetry?

There are a lot of ways that poetry can not only strengthen your writing career and author brand, but also your bank account.
Stephanie M. Wytovich, MFA

Five Poetry Collections to Read This Summer

Contemporary poetry recommendations from the first half of 2022.
Patricia Grisafi

Do It For The Kids: I Wrote A Book On Sylvia Plath That I Wish I Had As A Teenager

We still treat teenagers like their interests and passions are amusing instead of existence-altering. So I wrote a book on Sylvia Plath to challenge that.
Stephanie M. Wytovich, MFA

Dear Emily Dickinson

A haunting open letter to the influential American poet.
Karina Wilson

LURID: Moral Panic in Poetry — A Quilt for David

Sometimes the best way to retell a tarnished story is through poetry. Steven Reigns' new book, "A Quilt For David", re-examines an old moral panic from the 1990s and finds it wanting.
Stephanie M. Wytovich, MFA

Dear Charles Bukowski

An open letter to Charles Bukowski on his birthday.
Jay Wilburn

Why Every Author Should Write Haiku

There are important things prose authors can learn by experimenting with haiku. It is an easy artform to take up, but difficult to master.
Stephanie M. Wytovich, MFA

Conjuring Strength Through Poetry: Battling the Slasher Movie in Your Head

Horror poetry reaches out into the darkness in hopes that understanding the shadows will shed light on our fears.
BH Shepherd

Beyond the Comfort Zone: Writing Outside Your Box

An exploration of how writing in unfamiliar genres and formats can help you grow as a writer.
Gabino Iglesias

10 Reasons Why Poetry is the Manliest of Genres

We all know genres aren't male or female, but if they all ended up in a bar fight, would poetry be the manliest?
Annie Neugebauer

A Traditional Form Poetry Starter Pack

Interested in experimenting with traditional form poetry but not sure where to start, or if you'll like it? Suggestions for poets who want to avoid rhyme, avoid meter, keep it quick, or just have fun.
Leah Dearborn

Finding the Big in the Very Small with Tanka Poetry

Tanka poets have a unique way of perfectly freezing a moment in time, of turning a short impression into a story of five lines.
Taylor Houston

UPDATED WITH WINNER: Workout Your Brain: Write a Sonnet (& Win!)

Is your brain getting flabby from too much science fiction writing? Shake up your writing routine by trying out one of the oldest forms in the book. That's right--write a sonnet!
Taylor Houston

Hashtag Haiku: #funwithshortforms

Take a break from all that serious writing to play with a couple short forms--one old, one new.