Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Goodreads Giveaway for The Crafty Poet

There's a Goodreads Giveaway for The Crafty Poet in progress right now. It runs until September 4. Just click the "Enter to win" button below and you'll be eligible to win one free copy. Limited to US residents.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Crafty Poet by Diane Lockward

The Crafty Poet

by Diane Lockward

Giveaway ends September 04, 2013.

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Saturday, August 17, 2013

State Poets Laureate Contest Winner

A few weeks ago I ran a contest connected to my new book, The Crafty Poet: A Portable Workshop, which includes contributions of poems and craft tips from 56 poets, 13 of whom are current or former state poets laureate. The contest required people to match the 13 with their respective states. The winner was Gary Glauber. The prize was one copy of the book. Gary's book is on its way to his house right now.

Here's Gary's winning list:

JoAnn Balingit – Delaware
Kathryn Stripling Byer – North Carolina
Kelly Cherry – Virginia
Bruce Dethlefsen – Wisconsin
Patricia Fargnoli – New Hampshire
Julie Kane – Louisiana
Sydney Lea – Vermont
Denise Low – Kansas
Wesley McNair – Maine
Linda Pastan – Maryland
Stanley Plumly – Maryland
Marilyn Taylor – Wisconsin
Baron Wormser – Maine

And here again is the back cover with the full list of 56 contributors:

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

The Crafty Poet: Just Published!

My new book, The Crafty Poet: A Portable Workshop, is now officially published! I'm happy with it from cover to cover. So many wonderful poets contributed to this book—more than 100 of them. You'll find twenty-seven Craft Tips and twenty-seven model poems from highly regarded poets, including thirteen former and current state Poets Laureate. Each model poem is followed by a prompt and two sample poems written to the prompt. You'll also find ten poems with Q&As between the poet and me. To make sure you stay busy, there are also ten bonus prompts.

The book is organized into ten sections:
Generating Material / Using Time
Imagery / Figurative Language
Going Deep / Adding Layers
Line / Stanza
Writer's Block / Recycling

This book can be used by the individual poet studying and working independently at home. Or it can be used in the classroom or workshop.

I hope you'll soon find The Crafty Poet in your hands and that it will offer you much to think about. Of course, I also hope that it will stimulate you to write some new poems.

One of the nicest compliments I've had on the book so far came from my publisher who said that he'd had a hard time doing the edits as he kept wanting to stop to write a poem.

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