Poets and the Art of Writing Poetry


A Visit With Donald Hall

Joyce Peseroff pens a tribute to Donald Hall and the house that raised his family as well as his art.

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Literary Spotlight: Michele Leavitt

Michele Leavitt’s poetry appears in WTP Vol. VI #3. Read “At Night-Point” here.

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Michael Hettich

“And then I’m outside, standing in a summer / downpour, mounting my bike and riding, / dismayed and joyous at the sudden exuberance / of a storm that will flood all the streets and darken / the afternoon”

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Literary Spotlight: Lisa Stice

Lisa Stice’s poem, with a title inspired by a Salvador Dali painting, makes a reappearance from WTP Vol. V #3.

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Literary Spotlight: Bob Meszaros

Bob Meszaros’s poem “Triangulation” appears in October’s WTP magazine.

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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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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

Sara London headshot

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