Some very quick things:
- At last week’s 34th Annual William Paterson University’s Authors Reception, I was unexpectedly asked to give a reading from Ethel’s Song: Ethel Rosenberg’s Life in Poems (Calkins Creek, 2022). I hope to attend the 35th annual event next year to read from Facing the Enemy: How a Nazi Youth Camp in America Tested a Friendship (Calkins Creek, 2023).
- I delighted in using a method I read about in Marbles on the Floor: How to Assemble a Book of Poems. The essays suggested printing out the poems four to a page, cutting them up, and then playing around with them to find the right order. It was great fun, and I think I finally have a manuscript that might work, so much tighter than what I had in January.
- I am using Alan Watt’s 90-Day Novel to explore and structure a memoir of my Junior Year Abroad as a Jew in Germany. Playing around with it last night with the beta test of Ignite Your Write.
- Last chance to register! New webinar to commemorate Yom Hashoah, featuring Dr. Natalia Aleksiun
Have a good week!
I was taught by Carolyn Forché to “walk my poems” basically to spread them out on the floor in a circle and walk around them. Usually the organization or the poems speak to me in a certain way and I see how to arrange them.
Thanks so much for this! Yes, spreading them out and being able to so easily move them around with such a tactile feel sparks revelation even.