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Poetry Sundays with Stacia: A Conversation with Tara Betts.

Just a quick reminder that I’m blogging about poetry over at on Sundays. This week, we feature an interview with the lovely, gracious, wonderful poet Tara Betts whose book, Arc & Hue, was released September 1.

Here’s one of my favorite excerpts from our conversation:

There is no easy path to writing. It’s hard work and you have to read deeply and widely. Don’t just read things that you relate to or that mirror your experience. Read about what you find different, unusual, informative. When you do sit down to read anything look at the structure, the word choice, the turns, each sentence or each line. Take notes. Reading can teach you a lot about what you want to write or don’t want to write.

Read the rest of the article here.

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Poetry Sundays with Stacia.

Great news! Starting today, I’ll be writing a Sunday column for journalist/novelist/co-memoirist-to-the-stars Aliya S. King’s website!

I’ve started to write poetry again this year, after a seven-year hiatus. So Aliya has invited me to write about my return to the genre in an ongoing series of Sunday posts.

Poetry Sundays with Stacia will discuss:

– the ups and downs of the poetry-writing process
– the works of poetry legends like Gwendolyn Brooks, Robert Hayden, Sonia Sanchez, and Langston Hughes
– the works of contemporary poets like Suji Kwock Kim, Major Jackson, Tara Betts, and Randall Horton
– elements of poetic craft, such as musicality, internal rhyme, voice, and form/structure

It’ll also feature:

– Poetry Vlogs submitted by readers
– Interviews with burgeoning and renowned poets
– Poetic works-in-progress by myself and other guest contributors

Check out the inaugural article right here! Hope you like it! If you’d got suggestions or would like to be featured, please be sure to let me know!