Poets and the Art of Writing Poetry

Recent  Features

In the WTP Spotlight: DeWitt Henry

“What fine chisel / could ever yet cut breath?” DeWitt Henry reflects on statues in his newest poem.

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In the WTP Spotlight

Mary Gilliland’s poetry appears in WTP Vol. VII #10, and she has a forthcoming collection from Bright Hill Press out in 2020.

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Laura Foley

Featured poems from Laura Foley’s collection SYRINGA appear in November’s Woven Tale Press magazine.

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The Poet's Pulse

Nathan McClain

Nathan McClain

“I was concerned…that these were the only poems I’d ever write.” Interview by Sara London, WTP Poetry Editor Nathan McClain is the author of Scale (Four Way Books, 2017) and a recipient of fellowships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, The Frost Place, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Currently, he teaches at…
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Poetry Prompt

"Starters" from Ellen Doré Watson

"Starters" from Ellen Doré Watson

Ellen Doré Watson offers a series of  “starters” for generating the raw material for new poems. The following prompts are inspired by “Three Girls, One of Them a Coward…
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Great Reads

Book Review: Free Ferry

Book Review: Free Ferry

A Growing America in the Nuclear Age By Linda Simone Linda Simone’s poetry publications include Archeology (Flutter Press, 2014) and Cow Tippers (Shadow Poetry Press, 2006). Her poems, essays, and book reviews appear in numerous journals and anthologies. Born and raised in New York, she now lives in San Antonio,…
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One-on-One Poetry Intensives

Instructor: Sara London,

WTP Poetry Editor

This is a masterclass for anyone who has been writing poems and is eager to revise her/his/their way to even stronger work. Writing effective poems involves a uniquely delicate dance of control and surrender. An initial spark — an image, memory, idea, or language itself — may launch us on a poem with confidence, yet ultimately usher us toward some unexpected wilderness. How do we navigate that line of tension between clear purpose and a poem’s surprising wild side? How do we follow a path of compelling illumination and bring a poem to resonant conclusion? We’ll take a close look at matters of subject, imagery, diction, lineation, rhythm, tone, and more. Students will receive written feedback on work (submitted in advance), tips for future revisions, and reading recommendations. (Number of poems to be determined in pre-conference communication.)

(On acceptance you will be contacted by email to schedule a convenient meeting time.)


Sara London

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Author of the poetry collections The Tyranny of Milk and Upkeep (forthcoming in 2019), both from Four Way Books. Her poems have appeared in The Hudson Review, Poetry East, The Iowa Review, the Poetry Daily Anthology, The Common, and many other journals. She is also the author of two children’s books, and has reviewed children’s literature for The New York Times Book Review. She earned an MFA at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and later worked at Scribner’s, as fiction editor at Seventeen magazine, and as poetry editor at Special Report. She teaches creative writing and literature at Smith College. www.saralondonwriter.com

Look for our own first WTP Selected Works edition, and a variety of titles and genres by our  Woven Tale Press authors.

cover of Upkeep poetry collection by Sara London